CFP: Drama and/after Postmodernism (Germany) (12/31/05; 5/25/06-5/28/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Heiko Stahl

Call for Papers: "Drama and/after Postmodernism"

The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English
(CDE) announces its 15th Annual Conference (May 25-28, 2006): "Drama
and/after Postmodernism". It will be organized by the Chair of
English Literature at the University of Augsburg and held at a
conference venue in the town centre of Augsburg, Germany.

In the past three decades, few discourses in the humanities and
social sciences have found a resonance as lasting as the discourses
of postmodernism. Various theoretical approaches in philosophy,
sociology, psychoanalysis, gender studies and - last but not least -
literary studies (i.e. Barthes, Baudrillard, Cixous, Deleuze,
Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, Irigaray, Kristeva, Lacan, Lyotard,
Jameson, and many others) have outlined postmodern culture or express
a postmodern zeitgeist. The conference will address the issues of a
postmodern aesthetics in/of drama, and thereby discuss the future of
postmodernism via questioning as to whether contemporary drama
adheres to the 'incompleted project of modernism' or rather considers
postmodern fragmentation and anti-rationalism as a liberating avenue.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* analysis and evaluation of central assumptions of postmodern theory
and their aesthetic reflection in the texts of contemporary
* re-evaluation of the significance of the Avant-garde in the context
of contemporary drama and theatre in English;
* introduction to and critical discussion of postmodern discourses
and their historical context in the social and political sphere;
* critical analysis of the relationship between dramatic theory and
theatrical practice in the context of contemporary drama and theatre
in English.

If you propose to give a talk (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes),
please submit your title and an abstract of 200 words accompanied by
a short biographical sketch. In addition to the presentation of
papers we particularly invite contributions to alternative forms of
discussion: e.g. proposals for workshops on Teaching Contemporary
Drama in English and on Theatre Practice/Working with English Drama
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 December 2005.

Only paid-up members are eligible to read papers at CDE conferences.
NB: Membership subscriptions may be taken out or renewed during the

Please send your proposals to:
Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke
Universität Augsburg, Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft
D-86135 Augsburg
Dr. Christoph Henke
Universität Augsburg, Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft
D-86135 Augsburg

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