42nd Annual Comparative Drama Conference, April 5-7, 2018--Orlando, Florida

deadline for submissions: 
December 3, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Drama Conference
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42nd Comparative Drama Conference

Text & Presentation

Call for Papers

April 5-7, 2018

Orlando, Florida

2018 Keynote Event

April 6, 2017      8 p.m. (followed by a reception)

Keynoter:  TBA

Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 December 2017

Papers reporting on original investigations and critical analysis of research and developments in the field of drama and theatre are invited for the 42nd Comparative Drama Conference, hosted by Rollins College in Orlando, Florida, to be held April 5-7, 2018 (http://comparativedramaconference.org/). 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. Papers should be 15 minutes in length, written for oral presentation, and accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists in all languages and literatures are invited to email a 250 word abstract in English to Dr. William C. Boles at compdrama@rollins.edu by 3 December 2017. Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left. Abstracts must present a clear argument and have an appropriate scope (usually two or fewer works). (PLEASE be sure to add compdrama@rollins.edu to your accepted email list so that conference emails will not be rejected by your server. Ask your IT administrator how to do so.) If you do not receive e-mail confirmation that we received your abstract/submission within 14 days, we did not receive your submission. Please contact us immediately at wboles@rollins.edu. Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are expected to attend the conference. Due to the number of submissions, the adjudicators are unable to offer specific feedback on panels, abstracts, or scripts. Abstracts will be printed in the conference program. Accepted presentations will be scheduled in a room with a projector, screen, and speakers. If you wish to use a laptop, please bring your own as well as a dongle.  We do not provide remote control devices.

Pre-organized Panels

Pre-organized Panels and Roundtables will also be considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Each paper should be 15 minutes in length. Panel proposals should include (1) a copy of each panelist’s 250 word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, status, postal address and email address at top left, and (2) a succinct, 50-word rationale for the grouping of the papers. The panel organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to compdrama@rollins.edu by 3 December 2017. A pre-organized roundtable should include at least four participants. Roundtable proposals should include (1) a succinct, 50-word explanation of and rationale for the roundtable topic, (2) a timeline of the program, including time for audience interaction and Q & A, and (3) clear evidence of each participant’s expertise in the topic area. Do not send entire vitae. Include only evidence applicable to the roundtable topic. The panel or roundtable organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to compdrama@rollins.edu by 3 December 2017.

If you would like to advertise a pre-organized panel on the CDC website, please send the panel title, organizer contact information, deadline, and description to compdrama@rollins.edu immediately.

To see the call for pre-organized panels, visit our Pre-organized Panels page.

Staged Readings

The conference board invites proposals for staged readings of new plays.  Two full-length (one-act or more) new plays will receive staged readings during the conference.  Each staged reading will be followed by a talkback with the audience led by a dramaturg.  This year, we will have two slots for a 90-minute staged reading.  If you would prefer to have your play staged by a director and/or with a cast of your own choosing, please include their information as part of the proposal; otherwise, a director and actors may be assigned by the Conference Director in coordination with the Resident Dramaturg and a director from the Comparative Drama Conference.  Those proposing a staged reading should submit the play’s title, character list, a 200-word summary of the play, a 100-word rationale for staging a reading of the play at this conference, and an exemplary scene or act in Word Document form to compdrama@rollins.edu by 3 December 2017.

Session Chairs

Submitters and non-submitters of abstracts who are interested in chairing a session at the conference are invited to send a two-paragraph resume highlighting their areas of expertise to compdrama@rollins.edu by 3 December 2017.

The 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 and 2 new plays receive a staged reading. 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 40 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 the Keynote Event.

The Publication: Text and Presentation

Since 1980, 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. Text & Presentation’s articles have framed dramatic discourse, identified emerging trends, and challenged established views. Each volume consists of about a dozen articles which have passed the mandated anonymous peer review. For back issues, visit www.McFarlandpub.com.

Participants in the conference are invited to submit their papers for publication consideration to the editor of Text & Presentation. The editor of this year’s publication, Jay Malarcher, can be reached at Jay.Malarcher@mail.wvu.edu. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the T & P style. Authors are expected to expand their manuscripts beyond presentation-length conference papers into full-length scholarly essays, with a maximum length of 25 double-spaced pages (including notes, works cited, and photos). Each volume also features several book reviews by noted scholars.

Pre-registration

Submitters of abstracts will be notified by email on or before 30 January 2018 as to the board’s decision regarding their abstracts. Those submitters whose proposed papers are accepted for presentation will be asked to prepare full papers, suitable for 15-minute readings, for delivery at the conference. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference. Presenters are required to pre-register.

The 2018 pre-registration fees (through March 6, 2018) are as follows:

1. Presenter, Reader or Presenter Session Chair: $125 for faculty members, $100 for graduate students

2. Non-presenter Session Chair: $80
3. Guest: $70
4. Student Guest: $40
5. One day guest passes: $30 for non-students ($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 admission to the conference reception.

For those who wish to register after March 6, 2018 or at the conference, the fees increase to $145 (faculty)/$110 (grad student), $90 (Non-presenter Session chair), $80 (guest), and $50 (Student guest) respectively.  Submitters of abstracts are also advised to apply for travel funds from their home institutions as early as possible.

 Please circulate this announcement to other interested parties.

Contact us at compdrama@rollins.edu for more information.

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