2019 LMDA Conference Proposals
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From June 20-22, 2019, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) will convene "Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division" in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago, IL is a city of contradictions: one of the most segregated places in the U.S., yet a proud sanctuary city; a site of wealth and privilege juxtaposed with poverty and disinvestment; and a symbol of the greatest community cohesion and some of the worst systemic injustices in the nation.

Crossing Borders, Pt. 2 welcomes panels, roundtables, workshops, and other dynamic conversations about what constitutes “action” for positive social change in a time of crisis; and which illumine how we build pathways to collaboration across imagined and real borders – including, but not limited to, the ones found in our host communities in Chicago. We invite presenters to explore how artists and academics instigate positive action in a time of division, asking:

How might dramaturgs...
•facilitate necessary conversations within our institutions and communities?
•promote inclusion on our stages and throughout our practice?
•shape programming to speak to the pressing issues of the moment?
•cultivate new audiences and foster new artists?
•spur political engagement and facilitate direct political actions?
•understand how borders as physical and social constructs impact the way theatres solicit, produce, and commodify art and artists?
•Interrogate how and when dramaturgs choose to reinforce or disrupt borders?

Crossing Borders, Pt. 2 will be held on Chicago’s Columbia College campus. Lodging will be available at the Grant Park Best Western (across from Columbia), as well as through Columbia College. We also encourage attendees to explore Chicago's plentiful Airbnb.com options.

LMDA promotes the belief that theatre is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities, and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theatre-making. To this end, we invite proposals for papers, presentations, panels, and other containers for discussion on the conference theme or other topics related to dramaturgical and literary management practice.

LMDA encourages and prioritize proposals from diverse voices and artists. The conference venue is a fully accessible space – please contact the committee with any questions or access needs you would like to identify.

Our member-service organization is committed to the following objectives:
•to affirm, support, and broaden the roles that literary managers and dramaturgs play in the theatre;
•to promote the exchange of information about the function, practice, and value of literary management and dramaturgy;
•to encourage cooperation among the practitioners and theoreticians of dramaturgy;
•to expand the boundaries of the field and enrich our conversation about the making of live performance by welcoming colleagues from disciplines such as dance, opera, and performance art; and
•to put emphasis on international exchange, as well as a commitment to diversity of form, culture, and content.

The deadline for proposals is FRIDAY, FEB 1, 2019. Members of the LMDA Conference Planning Committee will review and respond to all applicants, and we thank you for your ideas.

Please fill out the form below and email conference@lmda.org with any questions.

Email address *
What format of convening are you proposing? *
What is the title of your proposal? *
Please provide an abstract on your proposed topic (200 words max). *
What resources do you require for your proposed activity (e.g. projector, screen, chairs, internet connection, markers and big paper, etc.)? *
Name: *
Where in the world are you located? *
Please provide a short bio (around 50 words) of yourself and your work: *
Do you identify as an introvert or an extrovert?
Are you bi/multilingual? *
If you answered yes, what languages do you speak? *
Are you currently a member of LMDA? *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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