CFP: [Theatre] Emerging Scholars Symposium, Mid America Theatre Conference 2008

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Peter Campbell
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Call for Papers:

Emerging Scholars Symposium
2008 Mid-America Theatre Conference
February 28-March 2, 2008
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

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 2008 Emerging
Scholars Symposium, 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, Xtreme Theatre: Boundary Busting,
Border Crossing, Envelope Pushing are especially encouraged. Such papers
might include discussions of...

• new models of collaboration in practice
• emerging and non-canonical playwrights
• encounters with theatrical limits
• morphing our language, curricula, and staging practices across
generational or technological barriers
• new productions of previously produced plays
• models of theatrical creation that buck tradition
• new technology and/or media in theatre
• audience reception
• theory in practice

Up to three participants will be selected for each panel, and each
panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver his or her paper. 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), and will be
evaluated on writing quality, originality, and critical/theoretical
sophistication. Submissions must be received by October 15, 2007. 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 or PDF
attachments to

Peter Campbell:


Sara Freeman:

The Mid-America Theatre Conference is held every March at a mid-western
(e.g. Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, Kansas City), with symposia
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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