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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