(Im)migrant Dreams

ATHE 2014

Theatre History Focus Group

“(Im)migrant Dreams: Citizenship, Resistance and Belonging”

Deadline: October 18, 2013

We solicit papers for a panel tentatively titled “(Im)migrant Dreams: Citizenship, Resistance and Belonging” for the Theatre History Focus Group at ATHE 2014.  Papers should engage with examples or questions of immigrants using theatre and performance:

  • to engage with ethnic minority ethnic or racial identities in relationship to citizenship status
  • to contest exclusion in the body politic
  • to advocate for space for the expression of specific individual or group identities in the larger national imaginary (defined broadly)

and other instances that engage ideas of hyphenated identity, nationalism, and contested cultural citizenship that are in conversation with the ATHE theme: Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal.

Papers are invited to consider multiple perspectives on the study of migration including case studies of permanently settled immigrants, temporary labor migration, trafficking, or the experiences of asylum seekers or refugees.

We especially welcome papers that take longer historical and/or transnational approaches to the study of migration.  We currently have papers addressing the early 20th and early 21st centuries in U.S. and Western European contexts, and hope to expand this comparative approach further.  Histories of migration in relationship to indigeneity also welcome.

Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words, a two-sentence bio, and your A/V needs to Megan Geigner at megan.geigner@gmail.com and Charlotte McIvor at charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie by October 18th for consideration. Participants must attend ATHE, July 24-27th in Scottsdale Arizona.  Feel free to email with questions.