ATDS at ALA 2016

American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA


Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2016

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) would like to invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers for two panels at the 27th Annual American Literature Association Conference.

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) 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 welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.

Panel Theme #1: “Performing Politics”

In this election year, this panel invites papers that examine American plays and musicals that address political elections/systems both national and international, politicians and/or the American Presidency.

Panel Theme #2: “As Others See Us”

ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another.  This call is an invitation to look at plays and musicals written by non-Americans that depict Americans, as well as plays written by Americans who are not members of the groups of Americans about whom they write.

ATDS encourages graduate students as well as established scholars to submit 250-word proposals by January 28, 2016 to Dr. Valerie Joyce (

Proposals should include the following items:

  • Name, Title (student, faculty, independent scholar) and
  • Academic Affiliation
  • Contact Information (email address)
  • Title of Paper
  • Abstract (please limit abstracts to 250 words)
  • A brief CV
  • Audiovisual Requests

All presenters must be current members of ATDS or join the organization by March 31, 2016.