Drama and Society

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

119th PAMLA Conference

Los Angeles, CA | November 11-13, 2022 (entirely in-person)
PAMLA 2022: UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel

Sponsored by UCLA Department of English


Standing Session: Drama and Society


Presiding Officer:  Dr. Judith Saunders


Drama has long served as a communal mirror to society, reflecting its habits, aesthetics, politics, and cultural norms. This session seeks to explore the many ways in which drama supports and critiques the society in which it was created; to provoke conversation as to how theater arts, with its variety of tools, successfully convey the complexities of such a relationship. This session also welcomes papers that address the conference theme “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” Theater has traditionally sought to represent on stage the spaces in which we live. 20th century drama, for example, experimented with constructionist design to reflect the life-style of the metropolis and the dehumanizing influence of the machine. Today we see that experimentation extend to cyber space.


Theater is an essentially communal experience both on and off stage. There is a powerful, ongoing triangular relationship among what is written, how it is interpreted on stage, and the audience who are the spectators. All three components contribute to the theatrical experience. 


This three-legged structure invites proposals from all three perspectives:

The playwright: What is the message intended? How does this message reflect a contemporary socio/political or personal viewpoint? 


The interpretation: The message as conveyed by the performance – those theater artists who interpret the playwright – actor, director, stage design et al.


The audience: The nature of the role of the spectator. The influence of current culture, national concerns and prejudices. As they say “Different strokes for different folks.”





Paper proposal due: May 15, 2022

Submit via the Conference websitehttps://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/CFP


Contact Dr. Judith Saunders for more information:      judith.saunders1@gmail.com