CFP: [International] Staging Interculturality

full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Dr. Werner Huber
contact email: 

CFP: Staging Interculturality (Austria) (01/15/09; 06/04/09-06/07/09)

The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English is pleased
to announce its 18th Annual Conference (4-7June 2009). It will be organised
by the Department of English (Prof. Rubik, Prof. Huber) at the University
of Vienna and held as a rooming-in conference at the Don-Bosco-Haus, Vienna
(13th district).

In the age of globalisation, contacts between different cultural groups
have become a common aspect of everyday life. Intercultural competence is
now a set requirement for corporate staff, and training courses suggest
that intercultural encounters are deserving of the highest attention.
However, the resulting challenges to national, ethnic, class and gender
identities point to the considerable complexity of encounters between
different cultural groups. While intercultural encounters have been
conceptualised rather positively as 'multi-culturalism' emphasising the
benefits for all participants, theories of the 'clash of civilisations'
paint a much darker picture. The number of buzzwords created in recent
years in order to articulate aspects of migration and cultural exchange,
such as hybridity, cultural diversity, cross- and trans-culturalism, gender
performance, and sociological change all testify to an increased awareness
of, and interest in, these phenomena among politicians and academics alike.

The 2009 CDE conference aims to examine how contemporary drama and theatre
engage in the discourse of interculturality. Starting from a broad concept
of culture, topics for papers may include (but are not restricted to)

· clash of cultures, hybridity, métissage
· cross-cultural exchange, cultural transfer
· representations of migration/emigration/immigration and diasporas
· exoticism in dramatic form and/or content
· minority theatre (subcultures, youth cultures)
· transgressions (race, class, gender, colonialism/post-colonialism)
· world theatre vs. national traditions of playwriting
· plays centering on globalisation/localisation/glocalisation.

N.B.: In accordance with CDE’s constitutional policy, papers should deal
exclusively with CONTEMPORARY (i.e. post-Beckettian, post-1989) THEATRE AND

Abstracts: Abstracts (250 words) of suggested papers (20 minutes’ delivery
max.) should include a short biographical note plus full address and
institutional affiliation.

Deadlines: Enquiries and submissions should reach the organisers no later
than 15 January 2009.

Prof. Dr. Margarete Rubik / Prof. Dr. Werner Huber
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Wien, Spitalgasse
2-4, AAKH Hof 8, A-1090 Wien, AUSTRIA,
tel: ++43-(0)1-4277-42481; fax: ++43-(0)1-4277-9424.

NB: Only paid-up members are eligible to read papers at CDE conferences.
Membership subscriptions may be taken out or renewed during the conference.
For details, please contact the Treasurer:
Prof. Dr. Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen):

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