Pre-organized Panels

45th 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 15 October 2022. 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 15 October 2022.

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


George Bernard Shaw

Sponsored by the International Shaw Society

These sessions welcome papers on any aspect of Shaw studies, including but not limited to : individual plays/characters, comparative treatment of plays by Shaw, Shaw and his contemporary playwrights, cultural aspects of Shaw’s works, and international Shaw play productions. Email 250-word abstracts to: Ellen Dolgin at: by 10 October 2022.


The Plays of David Henry Hwang

Sponsored Panel by the David Henry Hwang Society

Any abstract proposal  on David Henry Hwang’s plays are welcome.

Some possible topics include:

The generation of Asian-American playwrights who have followed Hwang and their (dis)connection with his legacy

The presence of autobiography in his plays, particularly Yellow Face and Soft Power

Hwang’s representation of China 

Comparing Hwang’s theatrical legacy with his work on Showtime’s The Affair

A discussion of Hwang’s engagement with Trump in Soft Power in comparison to other theatrical depictions of Trump

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, Chinglish and Soft Power, Hwang has staged stories of the Asian American experience and explored questions of race, culture, and identity.

Papers should be 15 minutes in length, written for oral presentation, and accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists in all languages and literatures are invited to email a 250 word abstract in English to William Boles at by 10 October 2022. Please include paper title, author’s name, status (faculty, graduate student, other/scholar-at-large), institutional affiliation, and postal address at top left. Abstracts must present a clear argument and have an appropriate scope (usually two or fewer works).  Please send your abstract in .docx, .txt, or .rtf format.  If possible, please avoid sending a .pdf.