CFP: Anna Deavere Smith/Ethnography/Autoethnography Conference

This CFP is courtesy of a submission to ATHE-Cast:

Call for Papers and Call for Performances Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

The work of Anna Deavere Smith — Critical Cultural Performance, Performance Ethnography and Autoethnography

Conference Date: Monday, March 14, 2011. The conference will conclude with attendance at a presentation by Anna Deavere Smith

The deadline for submission for papers and performances is January 15, 2011.

Papers: The Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is seeking abstracts for papers for our fifth annual gathering of theatre scholars. This year’s PTRS seeks to highlight the work of new scholars in the area of, but not limited to, solo, ethnographic and autoethnographic performance, with a special emphasis on the work of Anna Deavere Smith. This symposium offers the opportunity to present work in progress and to share ideas with other researchers. We are seeking papers that engage a broad range of topics in theatre and drama studies including, but not limited to, performance analysis, gender, politics, and cultural theory.

Abstracts of 250 words or less should be submitted along with a brief bio to Dr. David Cregan at

Performances: This year PTRS also seeks submissions for performance in the area of solo performance, ethnographic performance, and autoethnographic performance.  Submissions should include the script and a video or video link for the performance.  Maximum length is 30 minutes.  Artists will be responsible for their own tech.

Performance proposals should be submitted to Dr. David Cregan at

We are proud to announce that this year’s symposium will launch an accompanying journal.  This journal will provide a publishing opportunity for some of the papers presented.  The journal will include established scholars but seeks to create publishing opportunities for new scholars and relevant practitioners in the area of theatre and drama.

*Sponsored by Literary Festival, Africana Studies, The President’s Office, Gender and Women’s Studies and Theatre at Villanova University.

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