** Please note: This CFP requests completed papers by the date of submission. **
Call for Papers
ATHE’s Middle Eastern Theatre Focus Group:
The Emerging Scholars Panel in Middle Eastern Theatre
Deadline: March 15, 2020
The Middle Eastern Theatre (MET) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher
Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the Emerging Scholars Panel in Middle Eastern theatre and performance at the 2020 ATHE conference in Detroit, Michigan from July 29-August 2, 2020. Accepted papers will be presented in our debut panel.
Paper submissions may concern any area within the purview of Middle Eastern theatre and performance history, criticism, and studies, and we also welcome projects working with interdisciplinary methodologies. Papers can encompass themes within diaspora studies, Pre-Islamic studies, postcolonial theory and beyond. Paper submissions are especially encouraged to address intersections of ability, class, race, gender, nationality, and sexuality with Middle Eastern theatre broadly construed.
We recognize the dilemma of classifying a “Middle East” based on colonial terminology and borders, and we therefore welcome any work from countries in the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia, parts of South and East Asia, and Eastern Europe, as well as work that self-identifies as aligned with Middle Eastern culture, its diaspora, and the region at-large.
Submissions are open to emerging scholars (particularly graduate students and advanced undergraduate students) who have not yet presented at a national conference on a topic related to Middle Eastern theatre, as well as junior scholars who have not previously presented or published in the area of Middle Eastern Studies. Scholars may also present or serve on other panels at this conference.
While all submissions on Middle Eastern theatre are welcome, we encourage submitting papers that engage with ATHE’s 2020 conference theme of DRIVE:
Combustion ⇔ Energy ⇔ Resilience ⇔ Drive ⇔Resilience ⇔ Energy ⇔ Combustion.
The panel’s respondent will be Professor Edward Ziter, an established leader in the field of Middle Eastern Theater, and stipends will be made available to selected scholars to cover conference admission fee.
For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 8 to 10 pages in length (20 minutes when read aloud) as a Microsoft Word attachment to oelsayigh[at]gradcenter[dot]cuny[dot]edu by March 15, 2020. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay.
Three papers will be selected by a blind-review committee for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors will be expected to attend and present their papers at the conference in Detroit.
For more information on the ATHE 2020 conference, visit the ATHE website..