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Another Kind of Love: A Performance of Prosthetic Politics
Debra Levine

Killing as Performance: Violence and the Shaping of Community
Verónica Zebadúa

The Noble Warrior was a Drag Queen
Kerry Swanson

Eréndira a caballo. Acoplamiento de cuerpos e historias en un relato de conquista y resistencia
Ana Cristina Ramirez

The Underskin of the Screen: Performing Embodiment in Through the Looking Glass
Cynthia Bodenhorst

A Critical Regionalism: The Allegorical Performative in Madre por un día
Amy Sara Carroll

Artists' testimonies / Testimonios de artistas / Depoimentos dos artistas

EDEMA/ Colaboratorio de Arte Público: Ritos de Sanación Social
Eduardo Flores Castillo

O que deve ser um corpo da era da cirurgia plástica?
Helena Vieira

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ANNOUNCEMENTS/ANUNCIOS/ANÚNCIOS


The Beat Back Bush Workout Premiere at the Hip- Hop Odyssey International Film Festival.

When: November 11th, 2005
Time: 10 pm
Where: ImaginAsian Theater, 239 East 59th Street, between 2nd &
3rd Avenues
Cost: $7

For more information, check www.h2oiff.org or email beatbackbush@hotmail.com. We're trying to pack the house at this one so we need your help!!!! Please forward this on to any and all listservs, websites, friends, family, and communities that you are a part of.  We had an incredibly successful screening of pieces of BBBW last week at "New York is New Orleans: Hip-Hop for Katrina," so we'd like the World Premiere to be even bigger!!

About BBBW:
The Beat Back Bush Workout is a captivating and satirical multimedia project that invites people to exercise their minds, bodies, and rights.  It is a twelve-minute educational, informational, and motivational video that seeks to ignite the Hip-Hop Generation in their fight for social justice.  Inspired by music videos and other contemporary media, the video features dance, kickboxing, yoga, jazzercise, break-dancing, hip-hop, animation, original spoken word and music. The video addresses a plethora of issues and policies including education, abortion, drug policy, globalization, the war, gay rights, civil rights, and prison issues.  While challenging the state of our country, the video also challenges the state of mainstream hip-hop by sampling from rap songs and artists largely viewed as misogynistic, and rewriting them into revolutionary songs of protest performed through the voices and bodies of hip-hop generation women.



*Bits*Atoms*Neurons*Genes* (b*a*n*g lab)

http://bang.calit2.net

b*a*n*g lab is an On-/Offline space at CAL IT2 (calit2.net) for MFA artists in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD to explore and present works at the edge of invisibility, at the edge of the digital and the biological, at the edge of micro-robotics and nano-art, from in-virtu to in-vivo works and back.

The online component of b*a*n*g lab will be initiated on October 28th, 2005.

The b*a*n*g lab space at CAL IT2 will be initiated on January 31st, 2006.

Principal Scientist:
Dr. Ricardo Dominguez

Research Group:
Dr. Davina Semo
Dr. Tristen Shone
Dr. Caleb Waldorf

Associated Research and Development Groups:
Department of Ecological Authoring Tactics, Inc. (DoEAT)
Toro Lab (Tijuana, Mexico)

For More Information about b*a*n*g lab please contact:

Ricardo R. Dominguez
Assistant Professor
CAL (IT) 2
calit2.net
and
Visual Arts Department
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive (0503)
La Jolla, California 92093
E-mail: rrdominguez@ucsd.edu

LaMicro Theater presents "MaTRIX, Inc.", the scintillating Argentine comedy about the only agency in the world where you can hire a substitute mother. The English-language premiere of "MaTRIX Inc." by the prominent Argentine playwright Diana Raznovich will be presented in New York City from November 10 through November 20 at 8:00 PM at the Arthur Seelen Theater, the Drama Book Shop, 250 West 40th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues).

"MaTRIX, Inc." is directed by Martín Balmaceda, one of the founders of LaMicro Theater, and performed by Roberto Cambeiro, Pietro González and Berioska Ipinza.

Founded jointly by theater practitioners in New York City and Chicago, LaMicro Theater is now in its second year of existence. The company is dedicated to staging works by Spanish, Latin American and U.S. Latina/o playwrights who might otherwise remain under-produced.

More information: http://www.lamicrotheater.org/


Internationally acclaimed performance artist Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping (www.revbilly.com) will conduct a BUY NOTHING BAPTISM of six radical
babies to protect these wonderful children from the evils of the corporate baby industry.

You are all invited to participate, witness and enjoy the spectacle. Please spread the word!

Date: Sunday Nov. 27
Time: 7pm
Place: St. Marks Church, 2nd ave & 10th st., East Village, New York.


Percussionist/composer/activist David Pleasant continues this fall (Sept.-Dec. '05) with Rhythms of Resistance, a community (Red Hook, Brooklyn) arts/education curriculum, book and program that link Reconstruction-era politics and culture with contemporary issues of reparations, gentrification and cultural agency. The first portion of the program concluded with a professional dance/music concert in conjunction with Dancing in the Streets, Inc., Step Afrika! and the Agnes G. Humphrey School for Leadership (June 15, 2005). For future site-specific programs, contact David Pleasant/Riddimathon!, Inc., 718.222.1721/NowGriot1@aol.com.


Oral History Recordings in Women's History/Studies
 
The award-winning Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive of California State University, Long Beach, has now made available over 700 hours of original oral history recordings in women's history at  www.csulb.edu/voaha.  With its focus on orality, VOAHA brings to life the timbre and tone of voice, the richness of women's oral narratives, and the nuances of their spoken language.  The narrators include African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Mexicanas/Chicanas, and South East Asian and Eastern European immigrants.  
 
The interviews cover women's activism from the early 20th-century suffrage, anarchist, labor, and socialist movements to the 1960s and 1970s women's liberation movement. The focus on women's work in the first five decades of the 20th century ranges from their labor in the cotton fields and the World War II aircraft industry to their path breaking careers in the professions and as entrepreneurs and entertainers. Regardless of the specific focus, the interviews also document women's daily lives, birth control practices (including abortions), and family and community relationships.
 


Nueva revista de cultura y teoría Queer (tortillera-marica) en Chile

Revista Torcida es el nombre de la nueva revista de “cultura, política y teoría tortillera-marica-trans (queer)”, publicada en el mes de octubre por la Coordinadora Universitaria por la Diversidad Sexual (colectivo de activismo queer universitario en Chile), con el respaldo de la Universidad de Chile y que ya cuenta con un gran éxito en las librerías chilenas.


BOOK RELEASES/PRESENTACIÓN DE LIBROS/ LANÇAMENTO DE LIVROS


Gomez-Peña's new book Ethno-Techno: Writings on performance, activism 
and pedagogy
(Routledge Press, 2005) is out!

The performance of "extreme identity" is familiar to us all through the medium of television (just switch on Jerry Springer). So where does this leave the critical practice of artists who aim to make tactical, performative interventions into our notions of race, culture and sexuality?

Guillermo Gómez-Peña has spent many years developing his unique style of performance-activism, and theatricalizations of postcolonial theory. In  Ethno-Techno: Writings on performance, activism and pedagogy, he pushes  the boundaries still further, exploring what work is left for artists in a post-9/11 culture repressive of what he calls  "the mainstream bizarre".

Extensive photos document his artistic experiments. The text not only explores and confronts his political and philosophical parameters, but offers insight into one of the most daring, innovative and challenging performance artists of our age.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist and writer, and artistic director of the San Francisco-based company La Pocha Nostra. His pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism and  cultural theory explores cross cultural issues, immigration, the side effects of globalization, the politics of language, "extreme culture" 
and the digital divide. His previous books include Warrior for Gringostroika (1993), The New World Border (1996) and Dangerous Border Crossers (2000).


Trangressões: religião, performance e arte.

Autor: Claudio Carvalhaes

Informações sobre o livro:

Nesta série de ensaios, Cláudio Carvalhaes usa ferramentas pós-modernas e pós-estruturalistas para desconstruir a noção de religião como concebida no ocidente cristão. É uma tentativa (ousada) de transgredir a racionalidade da religião, expondo sua estrutura metafísica excludente, sua universalidade conceitual e seu desejo de apropriação e autonomia. Bucando recuperar o que foi negligenciado no discurso cristão, Carvalhaes evoca/invoca a arte como parceira imprescindível para criar um espaço performático e litúrgico de amplo e interminável uso religioso.

Informações Sobre o autor:
Claudio Carvalhaes, nascido e criado em São Paulo, Brasil, esta fazendo seu doutorado no Union Theological Seminary em Nova York nos Estados Unidos.

Sítio na internet: http://www.claudiocarvalhaes.com

 

Title: Transgressions: Religion, Performance and Art.

Author: Claudio Carvalhaes

Book Release:
In this series of essays, Claudio Carvalhaes takes up postmodern and poststructuralist tools to deconstruct the notion of religion as it was created by the Christian western thought. It is an attempt to transgress the way in which the rationality of religion was formed, denouncing its essentialist and excludent metaphysical structure, its universal concepts and its desire of appropriation and autonomy. Trying to recover what was denied in the Christian discourse, Claudio evokes/invokes the work of art as its necessary
partner to create a larger and free religious performative/liturgical space.

About the Author:

Claudio Carvalhaes, born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Website: http://www.claudiocarvalhaes.com


Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895
by Jill Lane
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895 offers a critical history of the relation between racial impersonation, national sentiment, and the emergence of an anticolonial public sphere in nineteenth-century Cuba. Through a study of Cuba's vernacular theatre, the teatro bufo, and of related forms of music, dance, and literature, Lane argues that blackface performance was a primary site for the development of mestizaje, Cuba's racialized national ideology in which African and Cuban become simultaneously mutually exclusive and mutually formative. Comparing the teatro bufo to related forms of racial representation, particularly those created by black Cubans in theatres and in the press, Lane analyzes performance as a form of social contestation through which an emergent Cuban national community struggled over conflicting visions of race and nation.

"Blackface performance, treated in U.S. scholarship as if it were an exclusively national phenomenon, has not until now been the subject of an extended study for Cuba, where it was the main vehicle for shaping a sense of hybridity. Lane shows that performance reiterated the contradiction between blacks and whites while trying to overcome it. From acting up to impersonation, Lane links some liberating practices of anticolonialism in the Americas with the binding mechanisms for a new national unity."- Doris Sommer, Harvard University

Jill Lane teaches theatre studies and American studies at Yale University.


Sexualidades en disputa. Homosexualidades, literatura y medios de comunicación en América latina.

Autores: Daniel Balderston y José Quiroga.

Editorial Libros del Rojas, 2005


PRIZES/PREMIOS/PRÊMIOS

Lesbian and Gay: Gregory Sprague Prize, Audre Lorde Prize

Synopsis:
The sponsor awards the Gregory Sprague Prize for an outstanding paper or chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and/or queer history written in English by a graduate student at a North American institution. Papers and chapters written in 2004 or 2005 are eligible.

Deadline: 12/30/2005
Established Date: 04/15/2003
Follow-Up Date: 10/01/2007
Review Date: 09/14/2005

Contact: Leisa D. Meyer, Director of Women's Studies
e-mail: ldmeye@wm.edu

Program URL:
http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/clgh/Prizes/announce06.html
Tel: 757-221-3737
 
Materials may be submitted by students, faculty, authors, readers, editors, or publishers. Self-nominations are encouraged. 


Audre Lorde Prize

Sponsor: Committee on Lesbian and Gay History

Synopsis:
The sponsor awards the Audre Lorde Prize for an outstanding article on lesbian, gay, bissexual, transgendered, transsexual, and/or queer history written in English by a North American. Articles published in 2004 or 2005 are eligible.

Deadline: 12/30/2005
Established Date: 04/15/2003
Follow-Up Date: 10/01/2007
Review Date: 09/14/2005

Contact: Leisa D. Meyer, Director of Women's Studies
e-mail: ldmeye@wm.edu

Program URL:
http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/clgh/Prizes/announce06.html
Tel: 757-221-3737
 
DEADLINE NOTE
This award is awarded in even-numbered years.


Symonds Prize
Studies in Gender and Sexuality


The Editors of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, through the generosity of the Alexandra and Martin Symonds Foundation, announce a competition for the best essay on a topic related to issues of gender, sexuality, or both.

The essay may engage clinical or theoretical questions. The writer may be new or seasoned. The topic may be cutting-edge or devoted to any of the time-honored problems in psychoanalysis. Examples of topics under consideration for future issues of SGS include:

Gender in the work place, everyday life, and politics
Sex, gender, and clinical considerations

Gender and sex in contemporary cinema or theater, literature or art
Sex and food
Gay marriage and civil union
Race, sex, gender in the clinical encounter and in cultural representation
The materiality of sex: from sex toys to who does what with whom
Seduction and consent
Gender and sexuality in disability or illness
Gender and prisons
A cultural studies approach to pornography
A cultural studies approach to recent television ("The Real World," "The L Word"…)
Torture, war crimes, and gender (Abu Ghraib, Rwanda…)
Gender, sexuality and the history of psychoanalysis
Abortion politics and reproductive rights

In the spirit of the journal's mandate, we are interested in essays that vary in form and content. Submission could include papers that are multidisciplinary. We are open to orthodoxy and heterodoxy—even to their combinations.

The contest will be judged by members of the journal's Editorial Board. The winner of the Symonds Prize will receive $500, and the essay will be published in the journal.

Submissions should be sent to:
Martha Hadley, Ph.D., Executive Editor
SGandS@earthlink.net

Deadline: June 1, 2006

http://www.analyticpress.com/sgs.html


FELLOWSHIPS/BECAS/BOLSAS

Border Justice Fellowships
"Border Crossings: Policy, Practice and Politics"

Tucson, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico
January 9-16, 2006

Application Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2005

Border Justice Fellowships will be awarded this fall to 10 journalists to support exemplary journalism about the policies, realities and politics of Mexican immigration to the United States.

USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism invites applications from journalists working in a variety of media, ranging from those with extensive experience in reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues and immigration to those who desire to develop expertise. We seek journalists committed to bringing depth and context to border-related stories on issues such as enforcement of immigration laws, border security, public policy development and bi-cultural relations.

Border Justice Fellows will attend Tucson-based conference sessions and field trips to take place January 9-16, 2006. Conference discussions with experts will be mixed with field activities on and around the Arizona-Mexico border and in the Mexican state of Sonora. Fellows and their editors will attend a follow-up conference in late spring 2006.
Each Fellow is expected to publish or broadcast an in-depth story or series by June 30, 2006. USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism will provide a stipend of $2,500 upon completion of an approved project.

The fellowship guidelines and application are available at the Institute for Justice and Journalism's web site, www.justicejournalism.org.  For further information or questions, please email us at ijj@usc.edu.

Institute for Justice and Journalism
USC Annenberg School for Communication
300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3950
Los Angeles, CA  90071-3175
Tel: (213) 437-4410
Fax: (213) 437-4424


CONFERENCES/CONFERENCIAS/CONFERÊNCIAS

CORD International Conference on Human Rights and Dance.
Dance and Human Rights examines the ways in which dance, in its various popular and theatrical forms, is intimately connected to human rights issues, appearing both at the heart of human-rights abuses, and at the center of individual and communal well-being.
November 10-13, 2005
Montreal, Quebec
http://www.cordance.org


15-18 June 2006, Performance Studies international #12, Performing Rights Conference hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with East End Collaborations and the Live Art Development Agency (UK)

What can performance do for human rights, and human rights for performance?

The Performing Rights Conference will comprise plenary sessions, curated panels, papers and presentations, in which contributors will engage with the political, aesthetic and philosophical dimensions of the relationship between performance and human rights, on topics ranging from public and collective acts of insurrection to the intimacies and fragility of individual freedom and subjectivity.

Performing Rights Events will include performance interventions, presentations, installations, screenings and displays. There will be invited presentations, artist-led laboratories, site experimentations and spontaneous interactions. These will attempt to create a context for exploring the role of performance and the responsibilities of artists in effecting political, social and cultural change.

PSi #12: Performing Rights invites submissions, recommendations and ideas for the conference activities and performance interventions. We particularly welcome information on or proposals from artists, projects and initiatives that are concerned with or informed by issues of Human Rights. We are especially interested in projects that may not be researched through conventional channels.

For more information go to: http://www.psi12.qmul.ac.uk/index.html


Vidas Lesbianas XIII: Haciendo Historia Lésbica

Viernes 10 al Domingo 12 de Febrero de 2006

Conferencia Interdisciplinaria Internacional de 3 días que tendrá lugar en el Women's Education, Research and Resource Centre (WERRC), University College Dublin, Irlanda

Para tener información actualizada sobre la conferencia visite la página de Internet http://www.ucd.ie/werrc/events/


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Venice Symposium

Vision, Space, Desire:
Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity

December 13, 2005
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
Campo Santo Stefano, Venice, Italy

The symposium will explore indigenous artistic and curatorial practices in relation to the ever-changing realities of the contemporary art world.  The symposium will promote an international dialogue and exchange of ideas among Native and non-Native curators, directors, artists, critics, and scholars, and open new possibilities in contemporary art practice and engagement.
 
Registration:

Vision, Space, Desire is free and open to the public.  Advance registration is preferred.  Contact NMAI-SSP@si.edu or visit online at www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.
 
Complete Schedule and Speakers (PDF):
http://www.nmai.si.edu/calendar/files_pdf/VeniceSymposiumScheduleSpeakers.pdf

Vision, Space, Desire will follow the Biennale International Symposium, Where Art Worlds Meet: Multiple Modernities and the Global Salon, to be held December 9-12.  Further information about the Biennale symposium is available at www.labiennale.org.


CALLS/CONVOCATORIAS/CONVOCATÓRIAS

Proyecto Nuevas Geografías

laberintos.org, en colaboración con betabelle.org, convoca a artistas interesados en el arte de la red y nuevos medios a participar en la generación de propuestas de trabajo en línea que reflexionen, mediten y analicen la problemática y definición de las nuevas geografías, entendidas estas como las relaciones que se generan a partir de una sociedad globalizada (movilidad, espacio, territorio, geografías emergentes, ubicuidad, temporalidad, fronteras, multitudes conectadas).
Criterios de participación:
1 >obra inédita producida en 2005, en formato .gif, .jpg, .swf, .mov, .mpeg, .dir, .html, etc.
2 > dos modalidades:
a) la obra puede estar alojada en el sitio del artista (sin límite de tamaño).
b) ser alojada en nuestro servidor, (si se instala en laberintos la obra no deberá rebasar los 500 kb.)
3 > cada artista puede participar hasta con 3 obras.
4 > tema central: nuevas geografías (movilidad, espacio, territorio, geografías emergentes, ubicuidad, temporalidad, fronteras, multitudes conectadas)
5 > las obras seleccionadas formarán parte del proyecto durante 2005 - 2006.
6 > favor de enviar las propuestas a nuestra dirección de contacto: info@laberintos.com.mx, especificando nombre de artista(s), nombre de la obra, link, fecha de realización, país de origen.
7 > los participantes seleccionados pueden cancelar su participación en el momento que así lo dispongan.
8 > no hay fecha límite.

laberintos.org | betabelle.org


Call for submissions for Recollections of the N-Word: A Black Female
Anthology

This is a call for narratives, poetry and critical essays for an anthology about Black-identified females who either want to write critical essays about the n-word (not to be confused with the other word, n*gga, that some blacks use amongst themselves) or share their experiences of the first time they were called the n-word and/or had heard/read the word for the first time even though it may not have been directed toward them. All Black-identified females are welcome to participate, regardless of age, educational background, nationality, etc.
 
Please send to the mailing address listed below or (preferably) send via email as a Word or Appleworks attachment. Please also attach a short bio and contact info. Submissions should be double spaced, with 1" margins, and preferably no longer than 15 pages.  This anthology will hopefully be published at the end of 2006 as part of a Harvard University-Affiliated Research Project in which I hope to create a book as well as a DVD (with interviews by Black women) and website. I am a Masters Candidate in the Technologies in Education program and am exploring ways of using various technologies/media to educate people about the lives and voices of Black-identified women as well as exploring how Black girls and women navigate through racism.

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2006
Feel free to email me or call with any questions.
Breeze Harper
122 Oxford St., Apt 5
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 877-2096


UCLA School of Law, Columbia Law School, University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, and Georgetown University Law Center invite submissions for the fifth annual meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at USC Law School in Los Angeles, CA on June 6 & 7, 2006.

Paper competition:

The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in law and the humanities.  In addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, the Workshop welcomes critical, qualitative work in the social sciences.  Between five and ten papers will be chosen, based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, for presentation at the June Workshop.  At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper.  Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology.  Moreover, the selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

Papers should be works-in-progress between 30 and 50 double-spaced pages in length (including footnotes/endnotes).  A dissertation chapter may be submitted so long as it can stand alone as a piece of work with its own integrity.  A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible as long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop.  The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment.  The Workshop will pay the travel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation.

Submissions will be accepted until January 9, 2006, and should be sent by e-mail to:

Center for the Study of Law and Culture
culture@law.columbia.edu

Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th Street
New York, N.Y. 10027 

Please be sure to include your contact information.  For more information: Eric Bornemann, 212.854.2511 or culture@law.columbia.edu.  The full text of the Call for Papers is available at: www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture.


10th Anniversary International Conference:
The Caribbean WomanWriter as Scholar

Imagining/Theorizing/Creating
May 30 - June 3, 2006

Send papers and panel proposals to:
"The Caribbean WomanWriter as Scholar Conference"
c/o Dr. Carole Boyce Davies
Director, African-New World Studies
Florida International University
AC1-162, Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181
Cboyced@fiu.edu
Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2005

Conference website: http://www.fiu.edu/~africana/caribwomen


2006 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l'ARTC 2006
Association for Canadian Theatre Research
Association de la recherche théâtrale au Canada
 
The next ACTR annual conference will be held May 27-30, 2006, at York University, Toronto, as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities.  ACTR welcomes papers on all topics and practices of interest to the organization, both Canadian and international.

Given the location of our 2006 conference in Canada's largest city, and in light of the intense debate over the means and methods of urban renewal currently playing out in Toronto, we especially invite proposals relating to this year's conference theme:

Performing the City

Our conference this year will explore multiple intersections between performance and the city: the city as the site of performance, the city as theatre's material, historical, and ideological context, and theatrical representations of the city.  We especially encourage papers that engage with the city as an international and intercultural entity, and we welcome perspectives that trouble the local, national, and cultural frames through which performance is traditionally read.
 
Paper and presentation proposals:
Proposals for papers and presentations should include a 250-word abstract and a short bio.  Actors, designers, directors, playwrights and educators are particularly encouraged to share their work in the form of workshops, performance pieces and demonstrations.  Paper and presentation proposals are due by November 15, 2005.

Panel proposals:
We invite panels that address the Congress theme, a special research topic, or a current issue of concern to theatre scholars.  Proposals for varied and innovative formats are welcome, including three-person panels, seminars, and roundtables.  All panel proposals should include a 250-word rationale.  If you have selected the members of your
proposed panel, you should include participants' names, affiliations, paper titles, and contact information.  If you are proposing a panel that will be filled by an open call, please include the text for the call for papers.  Panel proposals are due by November 1, 2005.

Please send submissions (preferably as email attachments in MS Word) to:

Laura Levin
Department of Theatre
317 Centre for Film & Theatre
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
email: levin@yorku.ca

Please note that all presenters must be paid-up ACTR members at the time of their presentations.

The Association for Canadian Theatre Research is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to support and encourage research in theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work.  http://www.actr-artc.ca


Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides
A Conference in Spring 2006

The Sex Work Matters project announces the call for papers for a conference held at the City University of New York and The New School on March 29-30, 2006.

The Sex Work Matters project provides scholars, activists and analysts with a platform for multidisciplinary, cross-institutional exchange of ideas and networking. In addition to featuring high-profile leaders and scholars, the conference in March 2006 will offer a much-needed opportunity for graduate students, sex workers and activists to enter the debate, present original work and identify areas for collaboration. Additional events organized to complement the conference include the Sex Workers Soiree and other networking opportunities with local organizations and sex workers, roundtable mixers featuring established scholars and activists, and 4-6 graduate student panels including faculty and activist commentators.

The Sex Work Matters project invites submissions of abstracts of work exploring the economic, social, cultural, and political aspects of sex work. In the selection process, special attention will be paid to promoting a critical race, gender and class analysis
across topics. In addition to theoretical work, especially welcome are narratives, ethnographies, case studies and typologies, e.g. on topics which elsewhere receive less attention, such as male, gay, lesbian or transgender sex work, activists' testimonies, or the emergence of John Schools. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume following the conference. There will be limited funding for travel scholarships for eligible participants.

Possible Topics

- Feminist Issues in Sex Work
- Ethics and Morality
- Art and Sex Work
- The Role of the State and Policy Making
- Sex Workers' Rights and Activism
- Sex and Money: Sex Work and Economics
- Sex Work and Immigration
- Sex Work Careers in the Lifecycle
- Sex Work and the Family
- Issues in Male, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and
Transsexual Sex Work

 
Paper abstracts of no longer than 500 words, a resume and contact information should be sent no later than November 30, 2005 to the project's email address:
sexworkmatters@yahoo.com

For more information, visit our website: http://sexworkmatters.net/


Convocamos a escritores puertorriqueños para participar en una antología de literatura gay/lesbian/queer.

Los responsables del concepto son Moisés Agosto Rosario, escritor del nuevo libro Nocturno y otros desamparos que editorial Terranova lanzará próximamente a la venta en Puerto Rico y David Caleb Acevedo quien acaba de ser publicado en la antología
de cuentistas emergentes en Puerto Rico, Cuentos de Oficio, editada por Mayra Santos Febres y publicada por Terranova Editores.

Se acepta cuentística que toque el tema gay, igual poesía de la misma temática y se aceptan también extractos de novela, en inglés o en español. Se aceptarán no más de cinco muestras de trabajo. Si conocen de otros escritores que puedan enviar su material favor de pasarles la convocatoria.

Para más información comunicarse con:

David Caleb Acevedo                 

Moisés Agosto Rosario
vervenna2@hotmail.com
moisesagosto@yahoo.com


Convocatoria al premio literario Casa de las Américas 2006

La Casa convoca a la 47 edición del Premio Casa de las Américas, cuyos resultados se conocerán a inicios del año 2006. Esta vez se concursará en los géneros de poesía, cuento y ensayo de tema histórico social; también literatura brasileña y literatura caribeña en inglés o creole.

Las obras deberán ser remitidas a la Casa de las Américas (3ra y G, El Vedado, La Habana 10400, Cuba), o a cualquiera de las embajadas de Cuba, antes del 30 de noviembre del año 2005.

Más información: http://www.casadelasamericas.com/