38th Comparative Drama Conference

Text & Presentation

Call for Papers


2014 Keynote Event

A Conversation with David Henry Hwang

On 4 April 2014, the Comparative Drama Conference will welcome playwright David Henry Hwang for a stimulating conversation about contemporary theatre, followed by Q & A with the audience. Few writers have turned issues around ethnicity and identity into a widely acclaimed and award-winning career like David Henry Hwang. The Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by TIME magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other plays from his 30 year career include Golden Child (Obie Award, three Tony nominations), Yellow Face (Obie Award, Pulitzer finalist), FOB (Obie Award), and Chinglish (Drama Desk Nomination, named Best New American Play by TIME magazine). Currently, Hwang is the Residency One Playwright at the Signature Theatre in New York City. His new play, Kung Fu, premiered in February 2014, and has been granted an extended run due to enthusiastic reviews.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 December 2013

Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 38th Comparative Drama Conference hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, April 3–5, 2014. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Papers should be 15 minutes in length and should be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists in all languages and literatures are invited to email a 250 word abstract in English to Dr. Laura Snyder at cdc@stevenson.edu by 3 December 2013. Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left. (PLEASE be sure to add cdc@stevenson.edu to your accepted email list so that conference emails will not be rejected by your server. Ask your IT administrator how to do so.) Also include any technical requirements for your presentation such as powerpoint or DVD. The conference will attempt to schedule your presentation in a room with a laptop, projector, speakers, and screen. AV that is not requested with the abstract cannot be guaranteed. Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are expected to attend the conference. Abstracts will be printed in the conference program.

The Conference

The Comparative Drama Conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Every year, approximately 175 scholars are invited to present and discuss their work in the field of drama. The conference draws participants from both the Humanities and the Arts. The papers delivered range over the entire field of theatre research and production. Over the past 37 years, participants have come from 32 nations and all 50 states. Each year a distinguished theatre scholar or artist is invited to address the participants in a plenary session.

The Publication: Text and Presentation

For 31 years, The Comparative Drama Conference Series has been publishing the best papers presented at its annual meetings, keeping readers current in scholarship and performance aesthetics in drama internationally. Text & Presentation’s articles have framed dramatic discourse, identified emerging trends, and challenged established views. Each volume consists of approximately 15 articles which have passed the mandated anonymous peer review. For back issues, visit www.McFarlandpub.com.

Participants in the conference are invited to submit their papers for publication consideration to the editor of Text & Presentation. The editor of this year's publication, Dr. Graley Herren, can be reached at herren@xavier.edu. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the T & P style. Manuscripts can be extended beyond the delivery length at the conference, but should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including notes, references cited and photos). Each volume also features several book reviews by noted scholars.

Pre-organized Panels

Pre-organized panels will also be considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Each paper should be 15 minutes in length. Panel proposals should include (1) a copy of each panelist’s 250 word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, status, postal address and email address at top left, and (2) a succinct, 50-word rationale for the grouping of the papers. The panel organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to cdc@stevenson.edu by 3 December 2013.

If you would like to advertise a pre-organized panel on the CDC website, please send the panel title, organizer contact information, deadline, and description to cdc@stevenson.edu immediately.

Staged Readings

The conference board invites proposals for staged readings of new plays. 2-4 new plays will have staged readings during the course of the conference. Each staged reading will also feature a talkback with the audience led by a dramaturg. Proposed readings should be no longer than 45 minutes. Directors and readers may either be listed as part of the proposal or will be assigned by the Conference Director. Reading organizers should submit title, character list, a 200 word summary of the play, a 100 word rationale for reading the play at the conference, and an exemplary scene or act to cdc@stevenson.edu by 3 December 2013.

Session Chairs

Submitters and non-submitters of abstracts who are interested in chairing a session at the conference are invited to send a two-paragraph resume highlighting their areas of expertise to cdc@stevenson.edu by 3 December 2013.

The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award

The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award will be given to the best comparative essay on any aspect and period of Greek drama or theatre that was published in English in any journal or anthology in any country between January 1 and December 31 in the prior year. The award was established in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia Constantinidis to encourage research and writing on Greek drama and theatre. This is an open rank competition for academics, independent scholars, and doctoral students. The award is administered by the Board of the Comparative Drama Conference. The Board solicits nominations and self-nominations for this award. The winner will be notified by the Director of the Comparative Drama Conference, and will be offered complimentary hotel accommodations and a registration fee waiver to attend the Comparative Drama Conference.

The winner will also receive a check of one thousand dollars ($1,000) during the awards ceremony. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2013. Nominating letters and electronic copies of the essays (converted to Adobe PDF) should be emailed to The Constantinidis Award Committee at cdc@stevenson.edu. Postal mail and faxes are not acceptable. The letter of nomination should include the name of the author of the published essay, the title of the essay, the year of publication, the name of the journal, the email address and postal address of the author, and a brief statement explaining why this essay was chosen for nomination. Recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination for a three year period.

Pre-registration

Submitters of abstracts will be notified by email on or before 30 January 2014 as to the board’s decision regarding their abstracts. Those submitters whose proposed papers are accepted for presentation will be asked to prepare full papers, suitable for 15-minute readings, for delivery at the conference. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference. Presenters are required to pre-register.

The 2014 pre-registration fees are as follows:

(1) Presenter, Reader or Presenter Session Chair: $99 for faculty members, $89 for
    graduate students
(2) Non-presenter Session Chair: $79
(3) Guest: $69
(4) Student Guest: $39
(5) One day guest passes: $30 ($20 for students and Maryland High School Teachers)

The pre-registration fee for categories 1–4 covers all conference events and services including a copy of the conference Programs and Abstracts book, a copy of the current edition of Text and Presentation, admission to all conference events, admission to the conference reception, and a ticket to CenterStage's production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. For those who wish to register at the conference, the fees increase to $109 / $99, $89, $79, and $49, respectively. Submitters of abstracts are also advised to apply for travel funds from
their home institutions as early as possible.

Please circulate this announcement to other interested parties.

Contact us at cdc@stevenson.edu for more information.