Drama and Society

deadline for submissions: 
May 21, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference 
November 10 – 12, 2017, Chaminade University of Honolulu and Ala Moana Hotel (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Session: Drama and Society
Presiding Officer: Kimberly Jew, Associate Professor, Theatre and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
Proposal Due Date: May 21, 2017 (submit via PAMLA website, http://pamla.org/2017/topic-areas

Drama has long served as a communal mirror to society, reflecting its habits, aesthetics, politics and cultural norms. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which drama reveals its intricate relationship to society; how does drama support, embody and critique the world in which it was created?

Given the conference theme of “The Sense of Sight: Vision, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing,” this panel encourages papers that delve into topics of “sight” as expressed through both dramatic text and theatrical performance. Throughout theatre history, plays such as Oedipus, Othello and A Street Car Named Desire have explored narratives of sight, connecting images of seeing with themes of truth, subjectivity and self-awareness. Likewise, theatre performance has often played with the phenomena of seeing and live visual spectacle, as seen in many avant-garde experiments and contemporary performance art such as F.T. Marinetti’s Feet and Taylor Mac's extravaganzas. Papers that delve into disability on stage, or the role of spectatorship in theatre will also be welcome.