The Plays of David Henry Hwang

deadline for submissions: 
November 22, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
David Henry Hwang Society Session at the Comparative Drama Conference
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Inaugural Sponsored Panel by the David Henry Hwang Society

The David Henry Hwang Society was founded in 2016 at the Comparative Drama Conference with the goal of promoting scholarly examination of Hwang’s theatrical works. Since his first breakout play, FOB, in 1980, David Henry Hwang has proven the most significant and prolific Asian American playwright to date.  From the global phenomenon of M. Butterfly and more recent successes with Yellow Face and Chinglish, Hwang has staged stories of the Asian American experience and explored questions of race, culture, and identity.


For the upcoming Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando, FL on April 6-8, 2017, we invite proposals to be included in the inaugural panel sponsored by the David Henry Hwang Society. The purpose of this panel is to support scholarship, particularly of a comparative nature, on the works of David Henry Hwang.


We welcome proposals on a variety of different topics, including Hwang’s legacy in the American dramatic canon and his influence on contemporary playwrights. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address memory as a theme.


Papers should be 15 minutes in length and written for oral presentation.  Please submit a 250 word abstract in English to by November 22, 2016.  Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your abstract within three days, please e-mail


Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation by the David Henry Hwang Society are expected to attend the conference.


See for more details on the conference.