Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui solicits proposals for articles in French or English on Beckett’s global and political reach. More than the question of Beckett’s international influence, we ask scholars to consider how Beckett’s work provides aesthetic models for artists seeking to address political conflict, to break the straightjacket of imposed artistic forms, or to represent forms of human violence. Does Beckett’s work help or hinder artists in formulating a political aesthetic or navigating specific political demands and situations? Does Beckett’s work inform conceptions of committed art?
Call for Abstracts on “New Directions on Improvisation”
For the 2018 Comparative Drama Conference, there will be a sub-theme of improv running through the three days. On Thursday night we will be attending an improv performance at SAK Comedy Lab. On Saturday afternoon there will be a plenary dedicated to improv. To round out the conference, we invite papers for either a panel (or if we get enough interest a round table) on new directions in improv, as we look to consider how improv pushes boundaries within performance, the process of dramatic creation, and the text.
Some possible topics to consider (but definitely not limited to):
Performing Greece III: The Third International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre
9 December 2017
School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent)
In Shakespeare’s works characters are frequently banished from court, from the city or their country. Some move voluntary and many make their first appearance with a history of migration. Some yearn for their home, some are glad to escape persecution. Some bemoan the loss of their identity, some embrace a new identity abroad. People are exiled for various reasons, banished from another’s present, from a place, or from memory. Exile may mean a new chance or certain death. Migrants are greeted with hope, with fear, with fierce rejection. In a more abstract sense, Shakespeare’s plays and poems themselves became migrant texts as they were performed by travelling players or otherwise transmitted across time and space.
With their 2016 production of Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre was celebrated for their ongoing revolutionary approaches towards musical theatre, putting deaf and hearing actors on stage together, adapting stories and characters in Deaf cultural contexts, and making diversity and accessibility top priorities both on- and off-stage. The production was also the first Broadway show to feature an actor in a wheelchair, Ali Stroker.
The Plays of Simon Stephens
The 42nd Comparative Drama Conference will feature Simon Stephens as its Keynote Speaker on April 6, 2018 and in honor of his appearance we will offer panels on his plays.
While we welcome papers on any aspect of Stephens’s plays, some possible topics to explore include:
Teaching Simon Stephens in the classroom
Productions of Simon Stephens’s works
Simon Stephens as an adapter (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, A Doll’s House, The Seagull)
Comparing Pornography (Stephens’s 7/7 play) to 9/11 plays
Politics in the plays of Simon Stephens
Texas Theatre Journal seeks book reviews for its 2018 volume. The journal is primarily interested in research related to the broad geographical, cultural, and historical notion of Texas, but welcomes reviews of any theatre-related book written in the past two years.
The journal's mandate is to offer opportunities to support scholars working in Texas, as well as to feature the work of graduate students whenever possible.
The typical length for featured book reviews is 800 words. Submissions are due Nov. 17, 2017.
Please contact the Book Review Editor, Cason Murphy, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with queries or submissions.
Exploring the Renaissance 2018: An International Conference
April 12-14, 2018
The Georgian Terrace Hotel
The South-Central Renaissance Conference, which has met annually since its founding in 1951, is an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with members primarily from North America and Europe. SCRC takes pride in being one of the oldest and friendliest Renaissance conferences in North America.
Call for Papers: An international conference investigating war, literature, and art at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado on September 20-21, 2018 solicits both disciplinary and interdisciplinary presentations on "Representing and Remembering War.” The conference seeks a variety of genre submissions, both critical and creative, including literary criticism, journalism, rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, theory, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film studies, photography, painting, and music.
SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 27
“Theatre and Embodiment”
DATES: April 13-15, 2018
LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
At the heart of the theatrical act is the simultaneous live presence of the actor and the audience. Given primacy of bodies in and to the theatrical act, how do we understand those bodies as communicating meaning? How do bodies understand themselves as operating within the theatrical or performative context? The 2018 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the interplay between theatre and embodiment. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: