CFP: [Theatre] Theatre History Symposium, Mid-America Theatre Conference, 2/28-3/1, 2008

full name / name of organization: 
Henry Bial
contact email: 

For MATC's 2008 Theatre History Symposium in Kansas City, where “Everything’s Up To Date,” we
invite proposals for papers which reflect on or incorporate the idea of “As Fer As They Can Go”,
broadly construed.

Topics might include:
➢ How far is too far?
➢ The ethics of "going too far" in performance
➢ Historiographic questions: has theatre history gone as far is it can go?
➢ Concerns about the future of live theatre, theatre history, theatre studies
➢ Issues of dialect and regionalism (as "fer" as they can go)
➢ Culture clashes: metropolitan/blue state/coastal versus small-city/red state/mid-America
➢ Perceptions of "backwaters" or "boondocks" or "provinces"
➢ US frontier histories (the whole Oklahoma! thing)

Please direct proposals and queries to:

Henry Bial John Fletcher
University of Kansas Louisiana State University

Email Abstracts as Word documents to both Theatre History Symposium Co-Chairs, above.
Abstracts must be received by October 15, 2007. Please limit abstracts to 250 words. PLEASE
INCLUDE YOUR NAME, TITLE (identifying whether you are faculty, student, or independent
scholar) and ACADEMIC AFFILIATION with your Abstract. Proposals for full panels (of three
related papers) are also welcome. Contact Co-Chairs for details.

* Robert A. Schanke Research Award: The Robert A. Schanke Research Award is given annually to
an untenured faculty presenter of the Theatre History Symposium and carries a cash award of
$500 as well as subsequent publication of the paper in Theatre History Studies, the journal of the
Mid-America Theatre Conference. To be eligible for the Schanke Award, candidates must submit
full, conference-length versions of their paper to the co-chairs at the addresses above by
February 15.

* MATC is pleased to announce that its 2008 Keynote Speaker will be Professor Alisa Solomon,
Columbia University. In addition to contributing occasionally to The Nation, The Forward, The
New York Times, and other publications, Alisa Solmon was on staff at the Village Voice for 21
years, where she won awards for her reporting on reproductive rights, electoral politics, women's
sports, and immigration policy. Solomon's book, Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and
Gender, won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She is the editor of three
anthologies: Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict (with Tony Kushner); Theater and Social Change (Theater, 31:3); and The
Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater (with Framji Minwalla). Solomon holds a
doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale.

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