ATDS Emerging Scholars 2015


ATDS Emerging Scholars Panel
Je Me Souviens/ I Remember

Montréal, Québec

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

July 30 – Aug 2, 2015.
Paper Due: 1 April 2015

Please note: Emerging scholars must not have previously presented at a major, national conference.

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), in coordination with the Latino/Latina Focus Group (LFG) and Black Theatre Association (BTA), is pleased to announce its seventh annual emerging scholars panel, “Curtains Up,” introducing new scholarship in American, Black, Latina/o and Latin American Theatre and Drama. We invite new scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers.

Papers submitted may treat any aspect of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. While all submissions are encouraged, we particularly recommend submitting papers that focus on extending the conversation begun at last year’s ATHE conference in Phoenix surrounding “issues of country/isolation/assimilation, as well as acts of revolt/revolution (quiet or otherwise)” and the “unsaid, the gestures, the sub-text, the dangers, the misunderstandings, the non-discursive “in-between” terrain between cultures, countries, and constituencies in Canada and beyond.” Please see the ATHE session proposal for a full description of this year’s theme (
(Please note that the Black Theater Association and the Latina/o Focus Group will also issue calls for emerging scholars whose research addresses African American theater or Latina/o and Latin American theater for participation in this jointly coordinated debut panel.)

To be considered for this panel, please email to Angela Sweigart-Gallagher ( by April 1, 2015:

* a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information
* your 8-10 page paper (sans name and contact information).

Please type “ATDS Emerging Scholars Panel” in the subject heading.

Essays will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication. Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select ATDS scholars. Two of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors are expected to attend the conference in August to present their papers. Winners will receive a year-long membership to ATDS, which includes subscription to the journal The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, as well as a $200 cash award. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2015.

Contact Angela Sweigart-Gallagher ( with any questions.

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The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.