UPDATE: [Theatre] Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) Theatre History Symposium (Feb. 28-March 2, 2008)

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Henry Bial
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The Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) is pleased to announce that the Respondent for the
2008 MATC Theatre History Symposium will be Professor Charlotte Canning of the University of
Texas at

Charlotte Canning is the author of Feminist Theaters In The USA: Staging Women's Experience
(Routledge, 1996) and The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance
(Iowa, 2005). She has published in many journals, including Theatre Research International,
Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, Theatre, and LIT: Literature, Interpretation
Theory . Her work has also been included in such anthologies as Land/Scape/ Theatre,
Performing America: Cultural Nationalism in American Theater, Women, Theatre, and
Performance: The New Historiographies, Twentieth Century American Drama , and Virtual
Gender: Fantasies of Embodied Space and Subjectivity . She teaches theatre and performance
history and historiography, as well as feminist performance theory. Additionally, Dr. Canning has
served as the Book Review Editor for Theatre Journal, President of the Women and Theatre
Program, and President of the American Society for Theatre Research.

As a reminder, MATC 2008 will be held Feb. 28 - March 2 in Kansas City, MO. The deadline for
all submissions is October 15, 2007. The Call for Papers is included below. For more details on
the 2008 MATC Conference, please see http://www.matc.us

MATC's 2008 Keynote Speaker will be Professor Alisa Solomon of 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.



FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2, 2008


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

hbial_at_ku.edu drjohnfletcher_at_gmail.com

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.

For more details on the 2008 MATC Conference, please see http://www.matc.us

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