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CALL FOR PAPERS (article first published : 2005-11-4)

Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 30th Comparative Drama Conference that will take place from March 30 to April 1, 2006, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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 29 years the participants have come from 31 nations and all 50 states. Papers selected for presentation are assigned to a conference panel that includes other papers with related themes. Sessions are established to cover all the papers selected.

Each year a distinguished theatre scholar or artist whose recent work is relevant to the conference is invited to address the participants in a plenary session. The keynote speaker for 2006 will be Professor Stanley E. Gontarski, editor of The Journal of Beckett Studies and co-editor of The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett. His lecture "Staging Beckett for a New Century" is given in honour of Samuel Beckett's centenary.

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.

Papers should be 15 minutes in length and should be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists in all languages and literatures are invited to email a 400 word abstract (with paper title, author's name, institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left - please also include any technical requirements for your presentation such as powerpoint or slide projectors, VCR, etc.) to Dr. Kevin Wetmore at compdram@lmu.edu by December 11.

Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are expected to attend the conference. Abstracts will be printed in the conference program.

Submitters of abstracts are also advised to apply for travel funds from their home institutions as early as possible. The CDC has arranged for a special rate at the conference hotel, The Marina del Rey Hotel at 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292 (www.marinadelreyhotel.com) of $109.00 per night for single or double occupancy. Reservations may be made by calling (800) 882-4000 or (310) 301-1000. The hotel is ten minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.

For more information please call 310.338.7831




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