CFP: Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Appropriation in World Drama/Theatre (Deadline Nov 12)

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ACLA, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3
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Call for Paper Proposals:
Seminar: Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Appropriation in World Drama/Theatre
Conference: 2011 ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), "World Literature, Comparative Literature"
Vancouver, CA. March 31-April 3, 2011

Erika Fischer-Lichte, one of the first scholars to begin the discussion on cross-cultural adaptations and appropriations in twentieth-century drama and performance, traces a conscious program of these "intercultural" practices to Goethe's promotion of world literature. In a theatre in Weimar, Goethe collected world literature plays he found significant, along with contemporary plays of his time. Although Goethe's repertoire was limited to European plays, he personally enjoyed reading the Indian drama Sakuntala, and engaged in altering and adapting plays from other cultures.

This seminar seeks papers about various types of cultural mixing in drama and theatre, including but not limited to intercultural, intra-cultural, postcolonial, indigenous, transnational, and transhistorical syncretism. Papers could be about any ethnic, national, or transnational topics, and about any historical period. While not necessary, particularly welcome are papers that employ a comparative perspective, historicize or theorize given cases, and consider both the performative and textual dimensions of drama and theatre. The seminar hopes to gather emerging and established scholars to engage and elevate current scholarly conversations on this topic, and to discuss what it means to promote world drama and theatre and how to approach them critically.

The ACLA conference includes a plenary discussion between world and comparative literature theorists, David Damrosch and Gayatri Spivak, on April 2.

Paper proposals (max 250 words) should be submitted through the ACLA website:
Deadline: Friday 12, November (anytime up to 9 pm West Coast time)
For any questions, please contact Kyounghye Kwon at