CFP: Emerging Scholars Symposium 2007 Mid America Theatre Conference (10/30/06; MATC, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Emerging Scholars Symposium
2007 Mid-America Theatre Conference
March 1-4, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
Hyatt Regency Hotel

Two Emerging Scholar Debut Panels: One Graduate and One Undergraduate

Undergraduate and Graduate students who have not yet presented at a major
theatre conference are invited to submit papers for the 2007 Emerging Scholars
Symposium, the two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers
for the two panels are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or
dramatic literature. Submissions that treat a subject related to this year's
MATC theme, "Changing Theatrical Landscapes: Mapping New Directions in
History, Pedagogy, and Practice for the 21st Century " are especially
encouraged. Such papers might include discussions of...

        Border crossings / boundary confusion in theatre theory and practice
        New models of collaboration in theatre and drama
        Re-thinking the national stage: new geographies of drama and theatre
        New worlds envisioned by emerging and non-canonical playwrights
        Re-situations of familiar plays
        The impact of new technology and/or media in theatre
        The new place of the old: the place of history in contemporary performance
        new/renewed sites of performance / new conceptions of space in performance
        new/previously untapped audiences (outreach programs, guerilla theatre, prison
theatre, etc.); new spectatorial environments, new models of reception

Up to 3 participants will be selected for each panel. Submissions will be
evaluated on writing quality, originality, and critical/theoretical
sophistication. Students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference
registration, free admission to the conference luncheon, a one-year membership
in MATC, and a cash prize of $50. Undergraduate winners will also be paired
with a conference mentor.

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (1750-2500 words); each panelist will have
fifteen minutes to deliver his or her paper. Submissions must be received by
October 30th, 2006. Please include the name of your academic institution, mail
and email address, telephone number, and a brief bio, and specify whether you
are submitting to the Undergraduate or Graduate Debut Panel.

Email COMPLETED papers (no abstracts, please) as Microsoft Word attachments

Peter Campbell:


Ellen MacKay:

Papers may also be sent as hard copies to the following address, provided they
are received by the Oct 30 deadline:

Peter Campbell
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Penn State Berks
Tulpehocken Road, PO Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610


Ellen MacKay
Dept. of English, Indiana University
442 Ballantine Hall
1020 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

The Mid-America Theatre Conference is held every March at a mid-western city
(e.g. Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, Kansas City), with symposia in
Theatre History, Directing, Pedagogy, and Playwriting. Graduate students are
welcome to submit proposals either to these forums or to the Young Scholars
Symposium. All proposals are refereed. Because of its small size, MATC serves
as an ideal setting for graduate and undergraduate students to begin to share
their work with and get feedback from established scholars. Membership in MATC
also includes a subscription to Theatre History Studies, a leading journal in
the field.

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