Pre-organized Panels

43rd Annual Comparative Drama Conference

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Pre-organized Panels – Call for Papers

Pre-organized Panels and Roundtables will also be considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Each paper should be 15 minutes in length. Panel proposals should include (1) 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 (2) a succinct, 50-word rationale for the grouping of the papers. The panel organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to by 3 November 2018. A pre-organized roundtable should include at least four participants. Roundtable proposals should include (1) a succinct, 50 word explanation of and rationale for the roundtable topic, (2) a timeline of the program, including time for audience interaction and Q & A, and (3) clear evidence of each participant’s expertise in the topic area. Do not send entire vitae. Include only evidence applicable to the roundtable topic. The panel or roundtable organizer should email the abstracts and rationale to by 3 November 2018.

If you would like to advertise a pre-organized panel on the CDC website, please send the panel title, organizer contact information, deadline, and description to immediately.


Calls for Pre-Organized Panel Participants

A Round Table on Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls 

The annual Thursday night play outing for this year’s conference will be Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls.  We will be attending a performance at Mad Cow Theatre.  (If you attended last year’s conference, Mad Cow put on Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge).

The conference would like to put together a round table discussion of Top Girls, which would feature academic scholars and members of the Mad Cow production team to discuss Churchill’s play, the performance by Mad Cow, and the legacy of its subject matter.

If you are interested in participating on the panel, please contact William Boles by October 31, 2018 .


The Plays of Caryl Churchill 

Since we will be seeing Top Girls, it only makes sense that we should also offer a panel that addresses Caryl Churchill and her plays.  Any topic of interest that applies to her work is welcome.

If you are interested in being on a panel that addresses the plays of Caryl Churchill, please contact William Boles by October 31, 2018 with a 250 word abstract.


George Bernard Shaw

Sponsored by the International Shaw Society

Papers addressing any aspect of George Bernard Shaw’s plays are welcome.  Please submit your 250 word abstract to Dr. Tony Stafford ( by October 31, 2018.


David Henry Hwang

Sponsored Panel by the David Henry Hwang Society

While any paper on David Henry Hwang’s plays are welcome, we are interested in exploring the generation of Asian-American playwrights who have followed Hwang and their (dis)connection with Hwang’s legacy.

The David Henry Hwang Society was founded in 2016 at the Comparative Drama Conference with the goal of promoting scholarly examination of Hwang’s theatrical works. Since his first breakout play, FOB, in 1980, David Henry Hwang has proven the most significant and prolific Asian American playwright to date.  From the global phenomenon of M. Butterfly and more recent successes with Yellow Face and Chinglish, Hwang has staged stories of the Asian American experience and explored questions of race, culture, and identity.

Send your 250 words abstract to by October 31, 2018.




Please note below is last year’s listing–there are plans afoot to alter this call for this year’s conference.  Please check back in mid-January.

HOW TO TEACH A PLAY: Exercises for the College Classroom (Workshop)

Do you have a teaching tip for your favorite play? Are you looking for ways to engage with colleagues on the art of teaching drama while attending the Comparative Drama Conference? Are you interested in workshopping your teaching ideas?  If so, CDC Board Members Miriam Chirico and Kelly Younger invite you to submit a teaching exercise through a simple, on-line form: CLICK HERE or paste into your browser. This “workshop” hopes to inspire dialogue on how to teach the performative aspects of dramatic literature. Selected participants will share their exercises, but all attendees will have an opportunity to workshop their own teaching tips with an eye toward publication in the handbook Miriam and Kelly are currently editing.  We invite ideas from graduate student through full professors. The deadline is March 7, 2018. More information is available on the link above, but if you have questions, contact

Submissions will also be considered for publication in the book HOW TO TEACH A PLAY that is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press.