Autumn 2021 CfP

Call for Papers
Theater and Performance Studies Workshop
Autumn 2021

The Theater and Performance Studies Workshop seeks presentations, performances, papers, and interdisciplinary works-in-progress for the 2021-22 academic year. While we are anticipating the possibility of returning to in-person workshops, we also welcome contributors from UChicago and the world via Zoom.

We encourage proposals on theater and performance broadly. We are particularly excited about work that considers transhistorical and transnational power dynamics in or through performance, work that reconsiders theatrical “roles,” work on how performance mediates and engages with socio-political movements, and work that applies methodologies of performance and theatre studies to objects typically considered outside the field.

For the coming year, we look forward to devising unconventional pairings of scholarship and artistic response, introducing media or methodologies different from the work presented. We welcome joint presenter-respondent submissions.

The workshop seeks ongoing work from graduate students and faculty, including performances, creative practices, scholarly writing, and conference presentations. Please include in your proposal any specific equipment or spaces needed for your session. Dream big! (Small dreams also welcome.)*

Proposals should be brief and include the following:

  • Provisional title and brief personal bio
  • Project type (paper, performance, etc)
  • Short description of content and/or argument, if applicable, abstract
  • Preferred presentation date
  • Preferred presentation format (on campus or over Zoom)
  • Any special technology, space, or materials requests

Please email your proposals to workshop coordinators Catrin Dowd
( and Michael Stablein, Jr. ( by September 15, 2021. Should you have any questions or accessibility concerns, please do not hesitate to email us. For announcements from the TAPS workshop, please visit our website. To stay in touch with our workshop, please subscribe to our list-serv.

*Paper submissions should not exceed 30 pages in length.