Comparative Drama 2014

Call for Papers: ATDS at the Comparative Drama Conference

(April 3 – 5, 2014 – Baltimore, MD)

Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of American drama are invited for American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) sponsored panels at the 38th Comparative Drama Conference hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, April 3 – 5, 2014. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production of the Americas.  Papers should be 15 minutes in length and should be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists are invited to email a 250 word abstract in English to Dr. Chrystyna Dail ( by 25 November 2013.

Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left. Also include any technical requirements for your presentation such as PowerPoint or slide projectors, DVD/VHS, etc. (Please note: AV that is not requested with the abstract cannot be guaranteed). Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are expected to attend the conference.

Pre-organized panels will also be considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Panel proposals should include (I) a copy of each panelist’s 250 word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, status, postal address and email address at top left, and (II) a succinct, 50-word rationale for the grouping of the papers. The panel organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to by 25 November 2013.

About the Conference: The Comparative Drama Conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Every year, approximately 150 scholars are invited to present and discuss their work in the field of drama. The conference draws participants from both the Humanities and the Arts. The papers delivered range over the entire field of theatre research and production. Over the past 35 years, participants have come from 32 nations and all 50 states. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is David Henry Hwang.

Submitters of abstracts will be notified by email as to the board’s decision regarding their abstracts. Those submitters whose proposed papers are accepted for presentation will be asked to prepare full papers, suitable for 15-minute readings, for delivery at the conference. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference. Presenters are required to pre-register.

About ATDS:  The American Theatre and Drama Society is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.