2016 El Paso

The Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Symposium,

March 31-April 2, 2016, Hilton Garden Inn, El Paso.

2016 AHCT Program

The 2016 AHCT Symposium will take place March 31-April 2 in El Paso, Texas. These dates coincide with the Golden Age Spanish Theater Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial, March 30-April 2, 2016. Sessions will begin Thursday morning, March 31, and end Saturday afternoon, April 2. The meeting of the officers of the AHCT will take place Wednesday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, with the meeting of the Board of Directors to follow, from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Call for Papers. The AHCT particularly encourages studies on performance aspects of Siglo de Oro dramatic texts, though proposals for papers or special sessions on other topics related to Spanish Golden Age theater are welcome. As 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare, comparative studies of the work of the two dramatists are encouraged. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in Spanish or English. To submit an abstract, fill out the AHCT Abstract Submission Form.

If you are a graduate student, after submitting your abstract through the website, please also send your completed ten-page paper in Word to gradsubmissions@comedias.org. This applies to all students, including those who have been invited to be members of panels, whether organized by faculty members or others. Graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation will be considered for the AHCT Everett W. Hesse Travel Grant. Participants that will be using the projector for their presentations should plan on bringing their own laptops. No VCR or DVD players will be available; presenters using video should plan on showing them in digital form. The deadline for receipt of all submissions (abstracts and graduate student papers) is September 1, 2015. Submitters will be notified of their status by November 1, 2015.

Hotel Reservations. The Symposium will once again take place at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso/University, 111 West University Avenue, El Paso, 79902, 1-915-315-2121. A special conference rate is available to participants that reserve by February 29, 2016; the rate of $112 applies to single/double/triple/quad rooms, and includes a hot buffet breakfast for up to two people per room. The group rate applies Tuesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 3, 2016. All rates are subject to a 17.5% tax. Parking is complimentary. Reservations may be made online at www.elpaso.stayhgi.com, by calling the Hilton’s toll-free number 1-877-STAY-HGI (1-877-782-9444) or by calling the hotel directly at 915-351-2121. Use the group rate code: “HCT” (no “A” this year).

AHCT Conference Registration. You must be a member of the AHCT to register for the conference. Current membership dues are $65 (or $120 for two years) for faculty and $55 (or $100 for two years) for retired members and students. The registration fee for the conference for all faculty attendees as well as for graduate students who are reading papers or participating in a special session is $125. A late fee of $50 is assessed if registration is paid after February 18, 2016; if registration is not paid in full by March 3, 2016, the participant will be dropped from the program. Registration includes conference attendance, the AHCT annual banquet, transportation to and from the Chamizal Wednesday through Saturday evenings for the Drama Festival, and the Friday Evening Post-Performance Reception. (Note: a special registration rate of $40 applies to students who do not present papers or attend the banquet. An additional $25 payable at the time of registration purchases tickets for the banquet. The aforementioned late fee also applies to auditor registration.)

To join AHCT or to renew your membership, visit our Membership page (Clicking this link will open a new window or tab.).

Then register for the conference using the Paypal widget in the righthand column on this page.

Conference Updates. Further details regarding the symposium will appear on the 2016 conference page on the AHCT website as they become available. For special inquiries, please contact the AHCT Conference Director, Darci Strother at strother@csusm.edu.

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