AHCT Spanish Golden Age Theater Symposium, March 5-7, 2009


Call for Papers


The 2009 AHCT Spanish Golden Age Theater Symposium will take place March 5-7, 2009, in El Paso, Texas. These dates coincide with the 2009 Golden Age Spanish Theater Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial. Symposium sessions will begin Thursday morning, March 5, and end Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2009. The meeting of the officers of the  AHCT will take place Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 9 am.-12 noon, and the meeting of the Board of Directors will take place that same day from 1:30-5:00.


Call for Papers: The Association for Hispanic Classical Theater particularly encourages studies on all aspects of performance of Siglo de Oro dramatic texts, though proposals for papers or special sessions at the annual symposium on other topics related to Spanish Golden Age theater are welcome. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in Spanish or English.  Those submitting proposals should indicate a preferred day for their presentation, as well as any special equipment needs that they may have.


College and university faculty are asked to send paper titles along with one-page abstracts and/or proposals for special sessions to Prof. William R. Blue of Pennsylvania State University at:  wrb10@psu.edu. For speed in processing, all proposals and abstracts should be submitted as e-mail attachments. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, single-spaced, in 12 point font, and they should be prepared in MS Word.


Abstracts and proposals submitted by November 15 will receive full consideration for inclusion on the conference program. Submissions from members received after the deadline will only be considered if time and space on the program allow.


Graduate students who are interested in participating in the conference are asked to submit, via US Mail,  a hard copy of completed papers of approximately ten pages, double-spaced.  Papers should be sent to: Professor Christopher Weimer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 309 Gundersen Bldg., Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078. Along with the paper itself, each submission should include a separate sheet containing the title of the paper, the name of the author of the paper, and the author’s postal and e-mail address. In order that they may be given a “blind” reading, the papers themselves must remain anonymous, i.e., they should not reveal the name of the author, either on the first page or in headers or footers. The first page should, of course, contain the title of the paper.

In addition to the hard copy of the completed paper, graduate students are also asked to submit an abstract of no longer than 250 words, single-spaced, in 12 point font, and prepared in MS Word. Abstracts, sent as e-mail attachments, should also be sent to Professor Weimer.  His e-mail address is: CBWeimer@aol.com.


Graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation will be considered for the AHCT Everett W. Hesse Travel Support Grant. The deadline for the submission of completed papers is November 15, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be sent electronically.


Events of Particular Interest at the 2009 Symposium. The Donald T. Dietz Keynote Address at the 2009 symposium will be given by Edward H. Friedman, Chancellor's Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University, Editor of the Bulletin of the Comediantes, and author of innumerable studies on the Comedia and Golden Age fiction that are well-known to all Hispanists. The title of his address is “The High Anxiety of Influence: Zayas, Caro, and Sor Juana.” A second plenary address at the symposium will be given by David Johnston, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queens University, Belfast. Professor Johnston is the translator of over thirty plays from Spanish, Portuguese, and French, including Lope’s The Dog in the Manger, which was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004 and which will be presented by The Shakespeare Company of Washington, D.C., in February and March, 2009. The title of his address is “Lope in English Performance: The Tasks of the Translator.”


Tentative Program of the 2009 Golden Age Spanish Theater Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial.  The Chamizal National Memorial has announced the following tentative program for the 2009 Golden Age Spanish Theater Festival. Specific dates have yet to be determined.


El perro del hortelano

By Lope de Vega

Compañía de Repertorio 2Rc Teatro

Gran Canaria, Spain


Los locos de Valencia

By Lope de Vega

Compañía Teatro y Punto, A.C./INBA

Mexico, DF



By Lope de Vega

El Aula de Teatro de la Universidad de Murcia

Murcia, Spain


La Castro Corona de Sangre

By Antonio Ferreira

Teatro Ibérico y Candilejas del Desierto

Portugal/Ciudad Juárez


Canto Rodado

By various Siglo de Oro authors


Caracas, Venezuela



Hotel Reservations: The Symposium will take place at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso, Texas. Hotel reservations may be made by phone at 1-800-769-4300 or 1-915-534-3099, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (MST).  The deadline for the conference room rate is February 4, 2009.  Participants must mention the AHCT conference and request the group rate of $94 for a single or double room, or  $109 for a triple room, or $124 for a quadruple room. Rollaway beds may be requested for an additional charge of $15 per  night. All rates are subject to a 15.5% tax. The group rate applies Tuesday, March 3, 2009, to Saturday, March 7, 2009.

AHCT Conference Registration: You must be a member of the AHCT to register for the conference.  If you are not currently a member, please send membership dues of $30 (faculty) or $20 (Retired Members/Students) when registering. The registration for the conference for all faculty attendees, as well as for graduate students who are reading papers or participating in a special session, is $95. A late fee of $15 is assessed if registration is paid after February 9, 2009. Registration includes conference attendance, the Annual Banquet of the AHCT in the Dome Room of the Camino Real, transportation to and from the Chamizal National Memorial every evening for the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival, coffee and refreshments during the conference, and refreshments in the Hospitality Room after the theater performances. (Note: a special registration rate of  $30 applies to students who do not present papers or attend the banquet. An additional $15, payable at the time of registration, purchases tickets for the banquet.)


Registration payment may be made either by check or by Visa or MasterCard. To register for the conference please download the registration/dues form appended at the end of this Call for Papers, fill it out, and mail it to:  Professor Anita Stoll, First Vice President, AHCT, 2081 Lamberton Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (a.stoll@csuohio.edu).


Conference Up-Dates: For additional information about the conference, please contact the AHCT Conference Director, Professor Angel Sánchez, Arizona State University, Department of Languages and Literatures, PO Box 870202, Tempe, Arizona 85287-0202. TEL: 480-965-4576 (office) or 480-786-4633 (home). E-mail: Angel.Sanchez@asu.edu. Further details regarding the conference and the Siglo de Oro Drama Fesetival will appear on the Comedia bulletin board, in the Winter AHCT Newsletter, and on the AHCT webpage, as they become available.





















To pay membership dues and/or conference registration:

      1.  Please indicate your dues and registration categories and then fill out the bottom portion of this form. 

      2.  Send the entire form (with your check or credit card information) to: Prof. Anita Stoll, First Vice-

            President AHCT, 2081 Lamberton Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (a.stoll@.csuohio.edu).


I.  AHCT Membership Dues 

The AHCT membership year runs from April through March.


Dues Categories  (Please mark the category that applies to your membership.) 

A) Individual Membership, $30 annually  ____;   B) Discounted Individual Membership (Retired Members & Students), $20 annually _____;  C) Patron Membership, $35 annually with the privilege of requesting the loan of one video from our archives without charge ____;   D) Sponsor Membership, $60 annually with the privilege of requesting the loan of two videos from our archives without charge and invitation to attend and participate in the annual meeting of the Board ____; E) Institutional Membership, $60 annually with the privileges of D above _____;   F) Sustaining Membership, $510 payable one time only, with the privileges of requesting the loan of two videos from our archives annually without charge and invitation to attend and participate in the annual meeting of the board. _____.


II.  AHCT Conference Registration (Note: conference participants must also have paid current membership dues.)

Please indicate your registration category:  A) AHCT Member,  $95  ____;  B)  Graduate Student Auditor (for students who attend conference as auditors only—does not include banquet), $30 _____;   C)  Student Banquet Attendance (for student auditors who also attend the banquet),  $15 _____;   D) Late Fee, to accompany conference registration paid after February 9, 2009, $15  _________.  After February 18 payment must be made at the conference.


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