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SEMINAR ON DRAMA & RELIGION (article first published : 2006-09-12)

The Publishing and Research Department of Iranian Dramatic Arts Center (theatrical branch of Iranian Ministry of Culture) will hold an International Seminar on Drama & Religion with the cooperation of Dramatic Arts Dept. of Tehran University. The gathering is aimed to put on debate on the role of religion in creation and development of dramatic arts, their impacts on one another throughout world theatre history and reassess the role of drama in contemporary world.

The seminar will discuss analytical studies on the role of religion & religious-oriented ideas in creation of drama as well as mutual relations of religion and drama throughout world theatre history. There will be a comparative study on influence of religion on drama in the West and the East as well as philosophical and aesthetic specifications of religious drama and social, political and cultural status of religious drama incorporating contemporary theatre and religious drama. The seminar will introduce unknown religious dramas in the Western and Eastern and there will be a special function of religious drama in contemporary world.

Papers should be research works written on the mentioned topics and should not previously have been published or presented at other seminars.

English and Persian will be the medium of the seminar. Papers and abstracts have to be written either in Persian or in English. Some of the papers will be selected for presentation at the seminar and a number of papers will be selected to be put on the board. Both abstract and full papers need to be submitted in advance of the seminar.

Participation in the seminar will be free of charge and abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Key words for abstracts are necessary. Accepted articles should be delivered in 25 minutes and a 10-minute questions & answer session will be held after each speech. Accepted papers will be published later and authors of the best accepted articles will be entitled to a payment for their papers after closing of the seminar. Lecturers will decide on the procedure of delivering their papers. Accommodation and/or transport will be borne by organisers.

Abstracts should be submitted not later than September 20 with accepted abstracts announced on September 30. Papers should be submitted not later than November 21.

The seminar will be held on January 6 and 7 in Tehran.

More information from Veronica Baxter, Drama and Performance Studies, Pietermaritzburg Campus University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, 3209, South Africa. Phone (27) 33 260 5280, fax (27) 33 260 5552 or email: baxterv@ukzn.ac.za




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