Autumn 2022 CfP

Call for Papers
Theater and Performance Studies Workshop
Autumn 2022

UChicago’s Theater and Performance Studies Workshop seeks project proposals for the 2022-2023 academic year. We are soliciting ongoing work from graduate students and faculty including scholarly writing, performances, and conference-style talks. While we anticipate holding some in-person workshops, we also strongly encourage contributors from beyond the University of Chicago to participate via Zoom.

We encourage proposals on theater and performance broadly. This year, we are particularly excited about work that considers performance and the environment, dance and movement criticism or practice, Indigenous, Black, and queer studies, material history of performance or dance, science and technology studies, psychoanalysis and performance, intersections of visual art and performance, practice-based research experiments, and methodologically challenging or historically unconventional research.

The Workshop aims to foster a community of colleagues and practitioners within and beyond the walls of UChicago. It is a time for close reading and close conversation—an opportunity to exchange good-faith feedback for work at any stage of production and across media and writing genres. We are eager to talk across methods, and welcome joint presenter-respondent submissions. Papers should typically not exceed 30 pages in length. At this stage, proposals need only 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 (Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters)
  • Preferred presentation format (on campus or over Zoom)
  • Any special technology, space, or materials requests

Please email your proposals to workshop coordinators Clara Nizard ( and Fabien Maltais-Bayda ( by 5 pm on September 15, 2022. 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.

We look forward to finding out what you’re working on!