37th Comparative Drama Conference
Text & Presentation
Call for Papers
2013 Keynote Event: A Conversation with Edward Albee
Moderated by David A. Crespy (University of Missouri)
and Lincoln Konkle (The College of New Jersey)
The Comparative Drama Conference welcomes Edward Albee, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and four Tony Awards, including a Tony for Lifetime Achievement, as our Keynote Speaker. Due to health issues, Edward Albee will be appearing via Skype for
A Conversation with Edward Albee, moderated by David A. Crespy and Lincoln Konkle. Join us for an engaging conversation with Albee, an inspiring innovator and advocate of drama who has been hailed by The New Yorker as "America's greatest living playwright.” Albee’s challenging plays have radically influenced the contemporary stage. As Paula Vogel stated in her 2012 Keynote to the CDC, “Of course American Theatre is Albee.” Moderators David A. Crespy and Lincoln Konkle will present Edward Albee with questions from the audience.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 December 2012
Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 37th Comparative Drama Conference hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, April 4-6, 2013. 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 email@example.com by 3 December 2012. Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left. Also include any technical requirements for your presentation such as powerpoint or slide projectors, DVD/VHS, etc. (Please note: 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 Comparative Drama Conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Every year, approximately 150 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 36 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 30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 email@example.com by 3 December 2012.
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 plays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 December 2012.
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 email@example.com by 3 December 2012.
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, 2012. Nominating letters and electronic copies of the essays (converted to Adobe PDF) should be emailed to Dr. Helen Moritz at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Submitters of abstracts will be notified by email on or before 30 January 2013 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 2013 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)
The pre-registration fee 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 a local performance yet to be determined. 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.
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