Friday, November 29, 2013

CFP: Comparative Drama Conference

38th Comparative Drama Conference
Call For Papers
Baltimore, MD
April 3 – 5, 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline December 3rd, 2013

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.

2014 Play Event: 7:00 Thursday, April 3

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare / Directed by Gavin Witt

Revelry, disguises, swashbuckling, and (of course) pining lovers abound in what some call Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy. Twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a shipwreck and presuming each other dead, wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria. A tale of mistaken identity and mismatched ardor unfurls as lords and ladies, servants and masters wind a topsy-turvy path to happiness.

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 plenary session.

Conference Registration


The 2014 pre-registration fees are valid until February 28, 2014, and 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 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 remain
the same.

DOWNLOAD: Registration Form

Conference Hotels

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 conference discount:
  • 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

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...

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. 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...

Constantinidis 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. Learn More...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Yvonne Hammond, ABD

Yet more good news from Colson Hall. Since we couldn't say it better than Katy Ryan, we'll just quote her:

"Congratulations to Yvonne Hammond for passing her booklist exam with intelligence and poise this morning. Amid thoughts of narrative theory, historiography, and performance, Yvonne also conjured Miley Cyrus and MC Hammer. Her committee--Ryan Claycomb, Cari Carpenter, Rosemary Hathaway, John Ernest [of the University of Delaware], me--enjoyed the lively discussion but refrained from dancing in any way whatsoever."

The Tenants are relieved to note that there was no mention of giant teddy bears or twerking and extend Yvonne a hearty congratulations.

Undergraduate PWE Poster Exhibition Replay

On Thursday the Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) program hosted the biannual PWE Poster Exhibition. PWE concentrators are required to complete a capstone internship  in professional or technical communication, and their posters are an opportunity for them to showcase their work for the university community. This fall, fourteen students shared posters at the event, representing a diverse range of internships, from the U.S. Embassy in London to all 55 counties of West Virginia via WVU Extension Services to the ground floor of Colson Hall and the English department’s own Center for Literary Computing (CLC). Interns learned and practiced skills in social media, editing, event planning and marketing, feature writing, and publishing.

Prizes are awarded for the best posters, and this semester the top prize went to Beth Warnick for her poster "Independent Contracting in the Professional Field: The Many Jobs of a Single Writer in Academia," which showcased her work for the WVU religious studies program.

Second prize went to Melissa Yost for her poster “Summer Abroad: Editor at the U.S. Embassy in London, England.”

Third prize went to Lisa Romeo for her poster “My Internship as a Contributing Writer & Social Media Intern with My Morgantown eMagazine.
Congratulations to all of the interns on their accomplishments this term, including:
  • Emilee White, who interned with Trillium Performing Arts Collective and The Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg, WV. She worked on promotions for theater events, press releases, and a Kickstarter campaign that was successful in raising “39K in 39 Days” to purchase a new digital projector for the historic Lewis Theatre. 
  •  Kristen Talerico, who interned with the English department’s CLC, using Adobe Indesign, editing, and proofreading skills in work on The ELMCIP Report. 
  • Chrissy Hanna, who interned with Courtesy Associates in Washington, D.C., working on event planning and digital promotion for non-profits, government, technical, and medical societies. 
  • Drew Lovejoy, who interned with the CLC, editing, formatting, and coding several book projects for multiple electronic formats. 
  • Zane Lacko, who interned with WVU Extension Services, writing press releases, feature articles, speeches, and agent biographies.
  •  Keelin McGill, who interned with the CLC and contributed comprehensive editing and digital formatting skills to the Electronic Book Review. 
  • Amy Marino, who interned with Forever 21, working on internal communication including a weekly employee newsletter, manager communication logs, posters, and a new-hire interview policy. 
  • Zachary Wied, who interned with Eventstyle in New York, using various social media platforms to connect with multiple audiences for multiple purposes, from current and prospective clients to vendors. 
  • Kassandra Roberts, who interned with the CLC, editing, indexing, formatting, and proofreading PO.EX, a collection of essays from Portugal.
Thank you to everyone who supported these talented English majors by attending the poster exhibit, especially the three graduate students (Natalie Carpini, Sara Ash, and Jay Kirby) who performed the difficult task of evaluating and narrowing down the top three poster presenters.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jericho Williams and Sreya Chatterjee, Both ABD

It's been a busy day in Colson Hall. During the morning, Jericho Williams impressed his booklist committee--Tim Sweet (Chair), Katy Ryan, Brian Ballentine, Lowell Duckert, and Tom Kinnahan of Duquesne University--and successfully passed his Qualifying Exam for Doctoral Candidacy.

Not to be outdone, in the afternoon Sreya Chatterjee had a similar chat with her committee--Lisa Weihman (Chair), Gwen Bergner, Marilyn Francus, Ann Oberhauser (who stopped by from the Geography Department), and yours truly--who also felt she was more than ready to move on with her degree.

Both Jericho and Sreya are thus now ABD, and the Tenants extend a hearty congratulations to both of them.

The Faculty Research Colloquium

The Department of English presents:
The Faculty Research Colloquium
The Elit Crowd: the impossible Community of
Electronic Literature
by Sandy Baldwin
“In the crowd the individual feels that he is transcending the limits of his own person.” – Elias Canetti

There is no community of writers using digital media but there is a crowd of writers on the surface of media. Writers using digital media have nothing in common, they are indifferent to and negate all difference of others in the crowd, and they relate through the fact of writing in and with a medium. Such writers are social, mobile, and ubiquitous, and such crowds possess the power of globalized, neoliberal, media systems. Considerable recent scholarly work seeks to map and understand the formation and dynamics of electronic literature communities. Such work in fact describes crowds of writers with great power and potential. Such crowds model invention through writing. The best-known example, the European ELMCIP project, uses electronic literature as a “model of creativity in practice,” where networks of writers and readers can scale to other communities and actor-networks of practice. Yet it is the “love of literature” that makes this crowd a community after all:  a community not of social, mobile, and ubiquitous media but of the asocial, the immobile, and the singular. Elit is literature because (in as far as) its failure (refusal?) as a product of global, neoliberal, media systems. In this talk I will examine current research on elit communities. I will re-situate that work in terms of the power of crowds writing on the surface of media. I conclude by discussing the conditions and possibility for a literary community in the elit crowd.

November 20, 2013
2:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

Friday, November 8, 2013

Graduate Academy Courses for Spring

Spring 2014 Graduate Academy Courses:

In the online schedule, the department name is Graduate Academy.

GRAD 694B: Seminar: Preparing Future Faculty 2 Credits, CRN 15525, Tuesdays:
This seminar introduces students to the faculty job application process, the responsibilities of faculty positions, and the different kinds of institutions in American higher education.
Instructor: Dr. Jenny Douglas.

GRAD 710: Scholarly Teaching 3 Credits, CRN 14682, Tuesdays: 1:30pm-4:20pm
This pedagogy course provides teaching strategies drawn from current research on college education. Students will practice and apply these teaching skills in their own disciplines in order to become effective college instructors.
Instructor: Dr. Michelle D. Withers.

 GRAD 794A Seminar: 21st Century Teaching 1 Credit F/S, CRN 16039, Mondays:
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a growing movement in higher education to conduct scholarly research on learning and inform teaching. Students will learn strategies for combining effective teaching with research and explore SoLT opportunities within their field. Students in the Certificate should enroll in this course twice: first in the fall, then in the spring.
Instructor: Dr. Amy L. Kuhn.

 GRAD 685: Teaching Capstone 3 Credits, CRN 15901, Online
This is the capstone course for the Certificate in University Teaching and is intended to help students design a course in their interest area, design an effective teaching portfolio, and prepare for the academic job search.
Instructor: Dr. Jenny Douglas.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Panel to Discuss U.S. Role in the Developing World

A former United States ambassador and the former director of program development for the American Refugee Committee International headline "Extending a Hand: Personal, Literary, Historical, and Political Perspectives on U.S. Efforts to Aid the Developing World,” a panel to be held Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair.

In addition to examining the role of the United States in developing nations, the panel will offer WVU students who are interested in living and working abroad insight into how to pursue international careers.

The panel is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Panelists are former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Dane Smith and his wife, Judy Smith, a docent at the Museum of African Art; Connie Kamara, director of Health and Wellness Services at Winona State University, who is a former director of program development for the American Refugee Committee International; and Joshuah Marshall, an impact evaluator at the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Morocco and recently received the Franklin H. Williams Award, given to ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps Volunteers who exemplify a commitment to community service.

The panel will be moderated by Mark Brazaitis, a WVU English professor who has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Peace Corps Technical Trainer in Guatemala and as a U.S. AID contractor in Mexico and has written novels, short stories, essays, and poems about his experiences abroad. His latest book, Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award, is a Romeo-and-Juliet story set during the Guatemalan civil war.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring to WVU dynamic panelists with a wide-range of experiences in the developing world,” Brazaitis said. “I know they will have excellent advice for WVU students who are interested in working in developing countries.”

The panel is funded by the James and Arthur Gabriel/Gabriel Brothers Inc. Faculty Award. Brazaitis was one of three 2013 recipients. The award, established by James and Arthur Gabriel, the founding partners of Gabriel Brothers Inc., was created to promote and support faculty members in their projects associated with American culture and society.