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The 41st Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference

Emerging Scholars Symposium – Call For Papers

Two Emerging Scholars Debut Panels: One Graduate & One Undergraduate 

Undergraduate and Graduate students who have not yet presented at a national conference are invited to submit papers for the Emerging Scholars Symposium, two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers for the two panels are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or dramatic literature. Papers that complement the conference theme of “Character” are encouraged, but not required. For more information on the conference theme, please consult the MATC website: 

Up to three participants will be selected for each panel, and each panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver their paper. Students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference registration, free admission to the conference luncheon, a one-year membership in MATC, and a cash prize of $100. Winners will also be paired with a conference mentor. 

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (1750-2500 words), and will be evaluated on the quality of their writing and research, their critical/theoretical sophistication, and their originality. 

For consideration, please complete the Google Form available on the MATC website. The form will require you to upload a full COMPLETED draft of your paper in Microsoft Word format for review by the Symposium Co- Chairs: 

Dr. Dan Venning Dr. Jeanne Willcoxon Union College Hamilton College 

The Google form will ask for: • Your name, student status, and the name of your academic institution. • Contact information (including mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number). • A brief biography (no more than 100 words). • An upload of your COMPLETED paper (no abstracts, please). 

Submissions MUST be received by: Graduate Panel – OCTOBER 15, 2019 

Undergraduate Panel – NOVEMBER 1, 2019 

The Mid-America Theatre Conference is held every March with symposia in Theatre History, Pedagogy, Playwriting, and Practice/Production. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals either to these forums or to the Emerging Scholars Symposium. All proposals are refereed. Because of its small size, MATC serves as an ideal setting for graduate and undergraduate students to begin to share their work with and get feedback from established scholars. Membership in MATC also includes a subscription to Theatre History Studies, a leading journal in the field. Please visit for more information. 

No individual may present in more than two symposia. This limit is put in place to avoid scheduling conflicts and to provide more individuals the opportunity to present.