We would like to call to your attention two panels specifically on French-language theatre that will be held at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, D.C. next spring (March 21-24, 2019). The calls for papers are copied below. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French through NeMLA's online portal until September 30, 2018.
Transnational Spaces in Modern and Contemporary French-Language Drama
Chair: Aurelie Chatton (Kalamazoo College)
How does modern and contemporary French-language drama stage transnational spaces? With theater, the community is able to represent as well as re-/imagine itself. How does the representation of these “intersections of cultures, languages, and peoples” participate in shaping new conceptions of territory, of identity, and in addressing the challenges of the new world community? How does contemporary French-language theatre engage in a collective reflection about these spaces? (For full CfP, click the link above)
Confrontation on the Multiethnic French Stage
Chair: Anna Miller (New York University)
In the modern era, migration and the intersection of cultures, languages, and peoples that it creates has become a highly politicized, divisive topic. Looking at theatre that represents migration and the multiethnic, multicultural, and multinational French-speaking communities that it has created both outside the hexagon and in France, the panel will explore the theme of confrontation. We will examine plays and performances that dramatize confrontation in its many forms, including, but not limited to, confrontation resulting from recognition, suppression, denial, or celebration of difference. In doing so we will consider the ways in which French-language theatre questions concepts of identity and alterity.
All best wishes,
Aurelie Chatton & Anna Miller