CFP: LGBT Debut Panel for ATHE 2011 (“A Queerer Time, A Queerer Place”)

CFP: LGBT Debut Panel for ATHE 2011 (“A Queerer Time, A Queerer Place”)

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites submissions for its debut panel from scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2011.

The overarching theme for the 2011 ATHE Conference in Chicago is “Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures,” which has inspired the LGBT Focus Group’s riff on that theme, ““A Queerer Time, A Queerer Place.” As the conference on the whole challenges us to transcend national borders and disciplinary lines, as well as to think about theatre’s ostensible insistence on repetition and presence, the LGBT Focus Group is especially interested in presentations exploring the specific ways in which LGBTQ scholars, performers, audiences, educators, and students negotiate the local, the global, time, space, and their queer interpenetrations. At the same time, all proposals on LGBT theatre and performance will receive equal consideration.

Both graduate students and faculty members are eligible to submit. Submissions will be evaluated and selected for presentation by a jury of scholars of theatre and performance, who are yet to be named.

Selection of papers is competitive. Authors of selected papers will present them at the ATHE conference, which will be held August 11-14, 2011, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate fees for the conference. Conference presenters should be ATHE members unless they work outside the academic study of theatre and performance. For information on the conference (including applicable costs), please visit

Papers should be an appropriate length for a 15- to 20-minute presentation (approximately eight pages). Submit your paper and a cover sheet as email attachments to LGBT Conference Planner Nick Salvato (ngs9[at] You should receive an acknowledgment of receipt within two days.

To maintain anonymity, please do not put your name in the body of the paper. On the cover sheet, include the title of your paper, your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Applicants will be informed of the judges’ decisions by May 1, 2011. Questions or concerns may be directed to Nick Salvato.