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November 27 and 28, 2018
Playwriting in Lebanon: Situational Analysis and Perspectives

organized by the Faculty of Music
in partnership with ENSATT

Followed by a dramaturgy studio, from November 29 till December 2, 2018
Conducted by Enzo Cormann and Nagy Souraty

Scientific supervisors
  • Ubavka Zaric, Director of Studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Techniques du Théâtre (ENSATT)
  • Lena Saadé Gebran, Head of the Performing Arts Program at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Call for papers

In the absence of recent research on dramatic writing in Lebanon, and because of the significant number of authors, practitioners and academicians who produce shows yearly, often performing several functions (author, producer, director and/or internship facilitator and instructor), this colloquium is a space dedicated to describing the status of dramatic writing in Lebanon, analyzing its evolution and reflecting on the new perspectives considered by its authors.

What were the courses taken by the pioneers who witnessed Lebanon’s civil war in Lebanon, which generated profound social changes in terms of individual and community mentality, the perception of others and the concept of living together? What are the topics of contemporary drama writing following the 1975-1990 war? What are the main themes that formed the links of a strategic theatrical vision likely to promote on the public stage a new person, a new life governance, a new way of thinking, a rational, even comically rational, questioning of the order of things in life, a breakthrough in the universal integration of theater, a feminist vision that does not dwell on the same subject, a transition from theatrical adaptation towards creativity and innovation in the Lebanese theater, which is empowered to share know-how and art with the world in the era of globalization?

The colloquium also examines the perimeter of theatrical writings in Lebanon, namely the socio-cultural and regional environment of dramatic authors in Lebanon, their audience, the effectiveness of their work, its attachment to traditions, customs, language and dress codes, etc. Moreover, the colloquium emphasizes the language currently in use, i.e. whether it is consistent, literary or dialectal, in addition to the peculiarities of writing adapted to theater in Lebanon.

At the dawn of the 21st century, Lebanon is witnessing the birth of collective theatrical creations. What reflections arise from the different theatrical writings? How do the troupes work? Who finances them? Do they receive subsidies from festivals? Do festival organizers ensure the continuity of theatrical writing in Lebanon?

Objective of the colloquium

The colloquium does not claim to provide a thorough coverage of theatrical writing in Lebanon. However, it urges to ask questions regarding contemporary dramatic writing in Lebanon and to offer a full picture, of what is written and produced nowadays in Lebanon as seen by dramatic writers.

Themes of the colloquium

The colloquium revolves around four axes:
1. Writing merely for the pleasure of writing: This axis will give the floor to writers who write regularly even if they cannot produce performances on a yearly basis. We often hear them saying that the play in fashion was left lying in a drawer and waiting for the right moment for stage production.

2. Collective playwriting in Lebanon: This axis will focus on stage writing, its origin, its development in Lebanon and other relevant reflections.

3. Women playwrights: This axis will focus mainly on Lebanese women writers and playwrights for whom theater is the environment that enables them to express themselves by opening up to the world. It can also include men who write in the name of women.

4. Playwriting as allochtoon in Lebanon: This axis will highlight the vision of many non-Lebanese authors who knew Lebanon and who wrote for Lebanese theater.


As part of both past and contemporary dramatic writing, this colloquium is mainly intended for drama writers, festival organizers who support the work of drama writers, journalists, and theater professionals (journalists, reporters, heads of associations, etc.), as well as researchers in the field of humanities and social sciences who are interested in contemporary Lebanese theater following the 1975-1990 war, in all its forms and with several forms of intervention open to all audiences (roundtables, debates, exhibitions, lectures).

Scientific Committee
  • Badih El Hajj (Rev. Fr.) – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (USEK)
  • Enzo Cormann – École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Techniques du Théâtre – Lyon (ENSATT)
  • Ubavka Zaric – École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Techniques du Théâtre – Lyon (ENSATT)
  • Hanane Kassab Hassan –Saint-Joseph University – Lebanon (USJ)
  • Léna Saadé Gebran – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (USEK)
  • Nagy Souraty – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (USEK)
  • Betty Taoutel – Saint-Joseph University – Lebanon (USJ)
  • Nehmetallah Abi Rached – Professor Emeritus
  • Hoda Nehme – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)
  • Badih El Hage (Rev. Fr.) – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (USEK)
  • Monica Ruocco, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale – Italy
  • Laurence Denooz – Université de Lorraine (UL)

September 20, 2018: date for returning proposals
November 27-28, 2018: colloquium
January 30, 2019: handing over of papers to Léna Saadé Gebran
March 1, 2019: sending of Scientific Committee opinions to authors for correction
March 30, 2019: submission of the final texts for publication

The articles selected based on the opinion of the Scientific Committee will be published.
Paper instructions

1 separate page including the author’s name, institution name, academic rank, title of the paper and the author’s contact details (business address, personal address, email and phone number).
On another page: a proposal of 15 to 20 lines in French or in English (Word, Times 12, line spacing 1.5) indicating the chosen axis and providing a tentative title.
Five keywords will also have to be mentioned.

Paper proposals should be sent to both:
Léna Saadé Gebran: and Claude Achkar:

Secretariat of the colloquium | Tel.: +961 9 600 022 | Fax: +961 9 600 771

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Faculty of Music
P.O. Box 446 Jounieh – Lebanon
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Tel.: (+961) 9 600 000
Fax : (+961) 9 600 100
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