Call for Proposals: TLA Plenary – The Many Publics of Performing Arts Collections

The Theatre Library Association seeks papers addressing the theme of the 2019 TLA Plenary Session at the ASTR Conference: The Many Publics of Performing Arts Collections.

Librarians, archivists and curators work with performing arts collections in a variety of public and private institutions (libraries, archives, museums, private collections, working theatres, etc.) and serve a large population that includes performing arts professionals, the entertainment industry, community members, social activists, scholars, students, and the general public. This session will discuss how librarians, archivists and curators serve their many publics and partner with them to keep the performing arts alive and relevant. Both case studies and more general reflections will be presented.

Organizer and Moderator: Dr. Francesca Marini, Texas A&M University

Papers should address performing arts collections in various contexts, in public and private institutions (libraries, archives, museums, private collections, working theatres, etc.). Papers may present specific topics, case studies, or general reflections based on experience. Examples of topics: how performing arts collections support the creation of new art and new performances; how performing arts collections support social change; how performing arts collections are used in K-12 education; how artists use their own private archives; etc. Papers should keep these questions in mind throughout their narrative:

  • Whom do we collect for?
  • Who are the publics/stakeholders of performing arts collections?
  • Who uses performing arts collections and how?
  • Whose voices and stories are being collected, and how are they described?
  • How is access facilitated, and how is it impeded?

Please send proposals to Dr. Francesca Marini, Texas A&M University, fmarini @ library.tamu.edu, by July 12, 2019, including:

  • Paper title
  • 3 to 5 keywords representing the paper topic
  • Name(s) of the presenter(s)
  • Title(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s)
  • 300 to 500-word abstract. Please include a brief explanation of the topic’s relevance and its connection to the Plenary theme.
  • Short bio of each presenter

Proposals will be reviewed by Dr. Francesca Marini (TLA President and ASTR/TLA 2019 Liaison) and the Vice-president. Presenters will be notified by July 19, 2018.

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