CFP: AAP 2017, Las Vegas


Association for Asian Performance Conference
August 2-3, 2017
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

The Association for Asian Performance (AAP) invites submissions for its 17th annual conference. The AAP conference is a two-day event, to be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV preceding the annual ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) conference. Proposals are invited for papers, panels, workshops and roundtable discussions.

The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2017. (Proposals from foreign applicants may receive early consideration as needed for visa arrangements.) Proposals for the following formats are welcome:

  • Individual Papers on topics related to Asian performance. Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract (max 250 words). Individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes so that there will be time left for questions and discussion. Visual materials (slides, video, etc.) are strongly encouraged.
  • Panels composed of three paper presenters and one discussant or four paper presenters. Proposals for panels should provide a brief statement (250 words) that explains the session as a whole, list of titles and 50 word abstracts for each paper, and biography of the discussant (if applicable).
  • Roundtables off an opportunity for participants to discuss specific themes, issues or significant recent publications. A maximum of six active participants in recommended. While a roundtable proposal need not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the session’s purpose, themes, or issues and scope, as well as provide a list of committed participants.
  • Workshops by performance practitioner(s) with expertise in specific Asian performance traditions are welcomed, particularly workshops that overlap with a panel theme or paper presentation. Workshop proposals should include an abstract (350 words) describing the workshop and any technical or space considerations. Workshops should be designed to run no longer than 80 minutes.
  • Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share developing, new, or unique research projects that would be enhanced by an interactive format. Submit a brief abstract (250 words). You will be giving short, multimedia-enhanced presentations to visitors. The AAP will do its best to pair specialists in your subject area to act as respondents. A reception will be held for the poster session. Past presenters at the poster sessions have included both junior and senior scholars.
  • We encourage suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers, and roundtables described above.

All proposals should include the following:

  • Title of panel, roundtable, workshop, poster, or paper.
  • Names of all presenters, including chair and/or organizer and discussant (for panels and roundtables), and a few biographical sentences about each presenter.
  • Affiliation, specialization (field/region), mailing address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of all participants.
  • Explanation of the session (for panels, workshops, and roundtables); abstract for each panel presentation or each paper.

Please submit proposals by e-mail to the conference organizer and AAP Vice-President, Tarryn Chun ( You may also contact Tarryn with any questions, ideas, or for help finding collaborators.


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  • If you submitted a panel proposal to ATHE (in November), acceptance/rejection notifications are expected mid-February.

  • If you submitted a panel proposal to ATHE (in November) and your panel was not accepted, you may resubmit to AAP as either a full panel or as individual papers.

  • If you submitted a panel proposal to ATHE (in November) and your panel was accepted, you are welcome to submit a second proposal to AAP. We encourage members to present at both conferences as long as you present two different pieces of research!
  • ATHE is running a new program this year that invites individual paper submissions to special plenary sessions. Information about these sessions went out with responses to ATHE proposals on February 1, and the deadline will be mid-March. If you plan to submit or re-submit your paper to the new ATHE individual paper plenary sessions, you may not double submit to AAP. You are free to propose two different papers and are welcome to present at both conferences, if accepted. However, due to the overlap in submission deadlines, we are not able to accept submissions that are also being considered for those particular ATHE sessions.
  • AAP members are encouraged to join ATHE and register for the ATHE conference (August 3-6, 2017), but you are not required to join ATHE or register for the ATHE conference in order to present at AAP. Membership and registration for the two organizations and conferences are separate.