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Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Comparative Drama Conference, 2014
38th Comparative Drama Conference Call For Papers Baltimore, MD April 3 – 5, 2014
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, with a new play, Kung Fu, premiering in May 2014.
Call for Papers
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. Learn More...
38th Comparative Drama 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
The 2014 pre-registration fees are valid until February 28, 2014, and are as follows:
Presenter, Reader or Presenter Session Chair: $99 for faculty members, $89 for
Non-presenter Session Chair: $79
Student Guest: $39
One-day guest passes: $30 ($20 for students)
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 and the conference reception, and a ticket to a local
performance yet to be determined. One-day passes include conference
admission only (including plenaries and keynote event). Presenters are required to pre-register.
Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference;
papers are not read in absentia. Submitters of abstracts are also
advised to apply for travel funds from their home institutions as early
as possible. International attendees please visit our website for further instructions. Registration after February 28:
For those who wish to register after February 28 or at the conference,
the fees increase to $109 / $99, $89, $79, and $49. One-day pass fees
The Pier 5 Hotel is the conference
site, and The Admiral Fell Inn, which is a 15- to 20-minute
complimentary shuttle ride away, is also providing attendees with a
Pier 5: $149 per night plus tax for up to four.
Admiral Fell Inn: $129 per night plus tax for up to four, continental breakfast included.
All reservations must be made on an
individual basis by February 28, 2014 to receive the discount. Call
Harbor Magic Hotels at 866-583-4162 to make your reservation. Please be sure to ask for the Comparative Drama Conference discount.
Pre-organized panels will also be
considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Each
paper should be 15 minutes in length. Learn More...
Each year at the CDC, a major scholar
in drama and/or theatre addresses the conference on a topic of general
interest. The Comparative Drama Conference welcomed Edward Albee, winner
of three Pulitzer Prizes and four Tony Awards, including a Tony for
Lifetime Achievement, as our Keynote Speaker in 2013. The 2012 Keynote
Event was A Conversation with Paula Vogel,
a Q & A session with award-winning playwright and educator Paula Vogel. Learn More...
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. Learn More...
Text & 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. Learn More...
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. Learn More...