Announcement: Funded Ph.D. Opportunity
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.155 Tuesday, 24 March 2015
From: Jean-Christophe Mayer <
Date: March 24, 2015 at 6:38:47 AM EDT
Subject: Announcement: Funded Ph.D. Opportunity
Please find a call for a three-year funded Ph.D. scholarship in early modern book studies at the University of Montpellier, France. If you think some of your students might be interested to work with us, feel free to forward them the call. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2015 and all the information (including salary, etc.) is included below.
CNRS and University Paul-Valery-Montpellier
Funded Ph.D. opportunity in early modern book studies at University of Montpellier, France
The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL, http://www.ircl.cnrs.fr/english/index2.htm) based at University Paul Valery-Montpellier, France is currently offering a 3-year Ph.D. scholarship in the field of early modern book studies (16th to 18th century).
Priority will be given to candidates whose topics are related to: France; Britain; France and Britain; Europe. The Ph.D. can be written either in English or French. A working knowledge of French at the time of the application would be an asset (see below: “How to apply”).
Candidates are encouraged to visit the Institute’s website to familiarize themselves with its research areas: http://www.ircl.cnrs.fr/english/index2.htm. Programme 4 in particular of the Institute’s research activities is entirely devoted to “The production, reception and circulation of books (16th -18th centuries)”. The centre works also on programmes which involve, to various extents, book history, such as “The circulation of ideas and the renewal of literary forms in the French and British cultural areas (Programme 1)”, “Traditions, their circulation and transmission” (Programme 2), “Drama and the moving picture” (Programme 3).
Here are a few examples of areas concerned by this call. These do not of course exclude other relevant areas:
- authors and publishers in France and Britain during the Classical Age
- major early modern publisher-booksellers
- 17th century promptbooks in France and Britain
- The French book market and foreign publisher-printers
Candidates are reminded that their Ph.D. will have to be completed in 3 years and are thus encouraged to choose topics feasible within that time frame. Ph.Ds. may be co-supervised by two members of the research centre and the successful applicant will be provided with support from the IRCL.
HOW TO APPLY?
Candidates should send a CV (maximum 3,000 characters incl. spaces) and a precise summary of their Ph.D. project (3,000 characters incl. spaces), in English or French to
BEFORE MAY 15, 2015.
After shortlisting, candidates will be interviewed (in French) at the beginning of July 2015. Applicants may be interviewed via videoconferencing.
The successful applicant will begin on September 1, 2015. Monthly salary for the three years: 1,500 to 1,800€. She or he may be housed in university accommodation (upon request only and depending on social criteria).
Conference on Shakespeare’s Kings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.150 Monday, 23 March 2015
From: Richard Waugaman <
Date: March 21, 2015 at 11:33:37 AM EDT
Subject: Conference on Shakespeare’s Kings
Washington & Lee University is offering an alumni college, open to all, on “Shakespeare’s Kings.” It takes place July 12-17. The registration fee of $795 includes 10 meals, and the option of free housing on campus. It will include lectures every morning, with other activities and entertainment in the afternoon and evening. There will be daily lectures by Ralph Cohen (founder of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA) and by W&L Ballangee Professor of English, Marc C. Conner. Professor Conner has created a terrific Teaching Company Course, “How to Read and Understand Shakespeare.”
Here is their website’s description of the program—
William Shakespeare flourished under the reigns of Elizabeth and James, for each monarch was a great patron of the theater. It is no surprise, then, that Shakespeare became the great imaginative chronicler of the English monarchy, as kingship became a profound source of inspiration for him and a vexing problem upon which he turned his limitless imagination. Beginning with perhaps his very first play in the early 1590s, he dramatized and anatomized the great kings and queens of English history, attempting not merely to render their historic lives on the stage, but also to probe what it means to be a king, how the king’s private life influences and even defines his public life, and what happens when the king is found unworthy of the crown. Shakespeare’s plays constitute as profound an engagement with the concept of kingship as any political or historical treatise ever penned.
In this program, we’ll examine three of Shakespeare’s most famous and most powerful depictions of kingship. In Henry IV, Part 1, we’ll see how the madcap Prince Hal evolves from a rascal thief into the very model of a Christian king-and yet what this transformation will cost Hal as a man, a son, and a ruler. In the figure of Falstaff, Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation, we’ll see both the spirit of joy and revelry that so attracts Hal, but also the “devil” who will tempt the young prince from his responsibilities- what Hal calls “the debt I never promised.” In Macbeth, we’ll see how Macbeth descends from faithful hero and obedient subject to King Duncan into a traitor and regicide as he embraces the ambition urged on him by his remarkable wife. Yet even as we are appalled at Macbeth’s cruelty and violence, we cannot help but be moved by his fierce pride, his indomitable will, and most of all by his magnificent poetry. Finally, in Antony and Cleopatra, we’ll meet a man who must choose between his earthly ambition and political responsibility on the one hand and, on the other, a love that cannot be contained by all the earth can offer. And in the remarkable figure of Cleopatra, we’ll see a monarch who, like Shakespeare’s own Queen Elizabeth I, could use her intellect, sexuality, and political savvy to hold at bay even the greatest rulers of the world. This program promises to engage not just three of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, but also the most profound questions of history, politics, and human destiny posed by the European Renaissance.
Faculty will include Marc Conner, the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professor of English and associate provost; Holly Pickett, associate professor of English; and Ralph Cohen, retired professor of English at James Madison University and co-founder of the American Shakespeare Center.
Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.
Training & Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Expert on Shakespeare for Media Contacts, Georgetown University
Speaking of Shakespeare with John Douglas Thompson, Naomi Liebler & Estelle Parsons, and Terry Alford
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.146 Friday, 20 March 2015
From: John F Andrews <
Date: March 19, 2015 at 7:46:56 PM EDT
Subject: Speaking of Shakespeare with John Douglas Thompson, Naomi Liebler & Estelle Parsons, and Terry Alford
A Conversation with John Douglas Thompson
Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York
No Charge, but Reservations Requested
In 2009, when John Douglas Thompson garnered acclaim for the title roles in both Shakespeare’s Othello and O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones, the Times asserted that “there may well be no better classical actor working in the New York theater right now.” That assessment was reinforced in an enthusiastic New Yorker profile by Alec Wilkinson in 2012. Two years later Mr. Thompson earned the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in Satchmo at the Waldorf. And a few weeks back, Times critic Ben Brantley bestowed fervent praise on Mr. Thompson’s portrayal of the protagonist in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine. That show was produced by Theatre for a New Audience and directed by Michael Boyd of the Royal Shakespeare Company. So what’s next for Mr. Thompson? Please join us for an evening that will shed light on that and other topics.
Estelle Parsons & Naomi Liebler Explore “Shakespeare’s Old Ladies”
Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m.
3 West 51st Street, New York
Members $5, Non-Members $10
For this special gathering, the Guild is delighted to join forces with The Lambs. A venerable theatrical society, founded in 1874, its members have started such prestigious organizations as Actors’ Equity, ASCAP, and the Screen Actors Guild. Hal Holbrook offered Mark Twain Tonight to his fellow Lambs before taking his show public. So it’s hard to imagine a better setting for Estelle Parsons and Naomi Liebler to reprise a dramatic exploration of Shakespeare’s Old Ladies, a dialogue that received sustained applause when it was first presented in 2011 at the New York Public Library. A member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, Ms. Parsons has been nominated for five Tony Awards, and she earned an Oscar as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Dr. Liebler, a professor at Montclair State, has given us such critically acclaimed volumes as Shakespeare’s Festive Tragedy (1967). After their program, they’ll engage in a wide-ranging conversation with the audience.
Terry Alford Introduces Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth
Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York
No Charge, But Reservations Requested
To mark the 150th anniversary of what has been described as the most dramatic moment in American history, we’re pleased to announce a special event with Terry Alford. A prominent Civil War historian who has an article in this month’s Smithsonian, Dr. Alford will be introducing his long-awaited biography of an actor who co-starred with his two brothers in a November 1864 production of Julius Caesar, and who restaged a “lofty scene” from that tragedy five months later when he interrupted a rollicksome comedy at Ford’s Theatre. Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth will be launched during a dialogue that will occur on the same date as that notorious act, and in a setting adjacent to the final home of the assassin’s older brother. After his dialogue with John Andrews, who has published articles on the same topic in The Atlantic and the New York Times, Mr. Alford will be happy to sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.
Visit www.shakesguild.org/events.html for details about these and other gatherings, among them a May 11 dialogue with Diana Owen of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who’ll talk about recent developments at New Place in Stratford, and a May 12 program with Daniel Watermeier, who’ll introduce American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth.
or call (505) 988-9560 to register for these events.
STC: Mock Trial: Man of La Mancha
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.138 Wednesday, 18 March 2015
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Subject: STC: Mock Trial: Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
2015 Annual Mock Trial & Dinner
We are pleased to announce the 2015 Mock Trial and Dinner will take place on May 11, 2015, an argument inspired by Dale Wasserman’s musical, Man of La Mancha. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will preside, and Justice Stephen Breyer, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Judge Amy Berman Jackson and Judge Patricia Millett will join her on the bench. Arguments will be presented by advocates Thomas C. Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell, P.C. and Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin LLP.
Interested in Premium Seating and Dining with the trial participants before the argument? Tickets to the Dinner and Trial ($350) are available NOW! To purchase tickets please call 202.608.6309 or contact
. The Mock Trial is known for selling out in less than an hour—Take advantage of early tickets by purchasing your Dinner tickets now.
Trial-only tickets for this event are highly sought after and sell out quickly. However, members of STC's Bard Association, contributors and subscribers are able to purchase trial-only tickets in advance of the general public on the following dates:
Bard Association: March 9*
STC Donors and Subscribers: March 18
General Public Sale: March 23
Please note that tickets can only be purchased by contacting the Box Office and NOT through our website.
Trial-only Ticket Prices
A Price: $75
B Price: $50 (limited availability)
Student: $20 (valid student ID required when picking up tickets)
Annual Dinner and Mock Trial
Monday, May 11, 2015
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Argument
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.137 Wednesday, 18 March 2015
From: Hardy Cook <
Date: March 18, 2015 at 11:23:23 AM EDT
Subject: AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award
AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award
University of Birmingham
Qualification type: Professional Doctorate
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 11th March 2015
Closes: 17th April 2015
Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award, to run from October 2015 to October 2018, on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation.’
In 2016, as part of its celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will mount a nationwide tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which a different set of local amateur actors will impersonate the play’s ‘rude mechanicals’ at every venue it visits. This ambitious and high-profile event, called ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation’ (see http://www.rsc.org.uk/…/a-midsummer-nights-dream-a-play-for…), arises from the ‘Open Stages’ outreach project, launched in 2011, during which amateur companies performing Shakespeare all around the United Kingdom have been contacted, assisted and showcased by the RSC. The Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham and the RSC propose to embed a doctoral student with ‘A Play for the Nation’ to research this rich and complex artistic and social event. Granted access to planning meetings, rehearsals, documentation and performances, the student will study the methods and processes of the RSC and its amateur partners and produce a PhD thesis about their interactions: at the same time the student will be trained in academic theatre history and cultural studies by the university.
‘A Play for the Nation,’ as well as being a landmark in theatre history, will be a test-case in cultural policy, and it demands investigation and analysis as both. Over the three years of the studentship, the doctoral research produced by this student will contribute to a fuller understanding of the place of Shakespeare in the workings of national and local communities.
The student will be co-supervised by Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, and by Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC and director of ‘A Play for the Nation.’ The successful candidate will be expected to have training in a relevant discipline (preferably theatre studies), a serious and informed interest in arts policy, and a deep familiarity with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Masters degree is desirable.
Candidates should submit an application for study via the UoB on-line system: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/sch…/calgs/howtoapply/index.aspx
before 12 noon GMT on Friday, 17th April 2015. Applicants MUST also apply directly to Professor Dobson at:
by the same date, providing a covering letter, CV, research proposal (1000 words max.) and a writing sample (e.g. MA dissertation), to ensure that their applications are considered for this specific opportunity. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon on 30th April 2015.
AHRC funding provides fees and maintenance for UK students. A bursary may be available for a successful EU or International applicant.
The University Code of Practice on Admission of Students can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/…/policies-…/codes-practice.aspx.
Informal enquiries: Professor Michael Dobson (
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 we will partner with theatres, schools and amateur theatre groups across the UK for a national tour of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.
The play contains probably theatre’s most famous amateur company, the Mechanicals, with some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters, such as Bottom, the group’s enthusiastic leading man, and long-suffering director Peter Quince.
We will work with a local amateur theatre company in each city or town the production visits. From each amateur company six actors (and a director) will play the roles of the Mechanicals when the play is performed in their city or town. They will also be invited to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of the tour.
The fairy train will be played by local school children in each area, from partner schools in our Learning and Performance Network or local school communities.
The production will be directed by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, and produced in partnership with our 12 Partner Theatres:
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
The Grand Opera House, Belfast
New Theatre, Cardiff
Norwich Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Find out about:
Auditions and rehearsals>>
How to take part - FAQ>>
A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation is a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur theatre companies. This is an arrangement between the RSC and Equity.
The Learning and Performance Network is generously supported by THE PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION
Open Stages is generously supported by ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION
CFP: Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare (11/12-14, 2015, UGA)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.119 Wednesday, 11 March 2015
From: Sujata Iyengar <
Date: March 10, 2015 at 10:03:11 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare (11/12-14, 2015, UGA)
February 20, 2015
Call for Papers: “Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare”
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, November 12, 13, and 14, 2015
A conference to be held on November 13-15, 2015, at the University of Georgia (UGA) and sponsored by the University Libraries, the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities, the Department of English, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the Office of Service Learning, and the University of Georgia Symposium on the Book.
2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. The journal, founded and co-edited by Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar, is internationally recognized as the leading venue for publications on the topic of Shakespearean Appropriation: prequels, sequels, recyclings, and rewritings of all kinds from across the globe. The journal, which won the Best New Journal Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2007, publishes original criticism from leading scholars around the world and from emerging scholars in this always-changing field.
To mark this anniversary, we are joining forces with the UGA Symposium on the Book to hold a three-day intensive conference on the topic of “Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare.” As the world gathered in London for the 2012 Olympics, viewers and participants also experienced Shakespeare productions in dozens of world languages from every continent except Antarctica. The Cultural Olympiad, which ran the entire year, showcased Shakespeare through the Globe to Globe Festival, which brought theatrical companies from all over the world to perform Shakespeare in London. Currently, a small traveling company from Shakespeare's Globe in London has embarked on a two-year odyssey, with the intent of performing Hamlet in every nation in the world. Closer to home, Emory University's World Shakespeare Project connects U.S. university students with the counterparts in U.S. tribal colleges and other nations ranging from India to Morocco. The intercultural conversation produced from these and similar enterprises creates a new Shakespeare, one for our global digital age that necessarily incorporates many forms of appropriation, including changing media forms that encompass, transcend, and remediate traditional modes of experiencing Shakespeare such as the printed book and the stage performance.
Invited plenary speakers include Eric Rasmussen, Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, who recently authenticated a long-lost Shakespeare folio in an eighteenth-century French archive; Alexa Huang of George Washington University, whose book Chinese Shakespeares won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association in 2011 and who is currently a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick; Sheila Cavanagh, Professor of English at Emory University and Director of the World Shakespeare Project; and Sharon O'Dair, Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Strode Program at the University of Alabama.
At this stage we call for 15-20 minute papers broadly addressing the conference topic. Potential subjects include Shakespearean Media Old and New; Victorian and Edwardian Shakespeares Worldwide; Shakespeare and World-making; Shakespearean Polities; International Shakespeare Texts and Translations; Global Performance and Intermediality; Intercultural Theories of Shakespearean Adaptation; and so on.
Send 150-word abstracts and a three-sentence biographical statement to Professor Sujata Iyengar <iyengar at uga.edu> and Professor Miriam Jacobson <jacobson at uga.edu> no later than April 10, 2015.
Decisions will be made by the conference steering committee.
Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English
Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Department of English
University of Georgia
Southeastern Renaissance Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.112 Monday, 9 March 2015
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Subject: Southeastern Renaissance Conference
[Editor’s Note: Thanks to Arlynda Boyer for calling attention to this conference. –Hardy]
Early modernists: this is NOT a grad-student conference, but it is grad-friendly, in the sunny South, and has a reputation for being great fun. And note the truly amazing price: under $20 gets you registration and a subscription to the conference’s published papers!
The 72st annual meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference will be held on October 2-3, 2015, at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. We have promise of a colorful fall, warm hospitality from our hosts—Reid Barbour, Jessica Wolfe, Mary Floyd-Wilson, and colleagues at UNC-CH—and an exciting gathering of Renaissance scholars from across the country. Let me ask you, your colleagues, and doctoral candidates from all disciplines in the Renaissance arts and humanities to join the SRC, submit papers, and attend this interesting meeting. If you know of other scholars who should receive this information, please forward this email to them, especially to colleagues and graduate students at your own institution.
Please submit your full essay (20 minute reading time) by email attachment to Dr. Susan Staub, President of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, staubsc (at) appstate (dot) edu, by June 1, 2015.
Submission of your work to the Conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Even those articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting will be considered for publication in the journal.
At $17.50 per year (which includes registration fees, conference updates, refreshments and festive entertainment, and a subscription to Renaissance Papers) we remain one of the great bargains in academic conferences. Join now; or if you are already a member, please remain current in your dues, especially since Renaissance Papers 2014, now in production, can only be sent to current members. Fill out the attached form with new or revised contact information, and mail your dues ($17.50) to Emily Stockard, SRC Secretary-Treasurer, College of Arts and Letters, DW 303B, Florida Atlantic University, 3200 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314.
Deadline Extended for Making Links Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.111 Monday, 9 March 2015
From: Michael Best <
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Subject: Deadline Extended for Making Links Conference
If you are interested in Early Modern Drama, digital editions, encoding, apps, performance, and/or digital maps, you will be pleased to learn that we have been able to extend the deadline for early registration for the conference “Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama,” to be held at the University of Victoria just after the meeting of the SAA in Vancouver. Graduate students will also be able to attend the conference for a modest CAD 10.00 fee. The conference will bring together scholars from an international community of those interested in taking advantage of the digital medium to publish editions of Early Modern Drama, and to make them freely available to a global audience. The conference features paper sessions and workshops on linking in and between these editions. Featured projects include: Internet Shakespeare Editions, Digital Renaissance Editions, Queen's Men Editions, The Map of Early Modern London, Folger Digital Texts, Global Shakespeares, EMOTHE (Early Modern Theatre, University of Valencia), Shakespeare au Quebec, the Digital Companion to Music in the English Drama, and others.
The early registration fee of CAD 55.00 will apply until the Ides of March, after which it becomes CAD 75.00.
Please visit http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/ise/makinglinks for full information about the conference, and the link to the Laurel Point Inn were you can book a room for the conference rate of CAD 99.00.This rate is also available until the extended deadline.
We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Internet Shakespeare Editions, the Map of Early Modern London, and the University of Victoria (Department of English, UVic Libraries, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Humanities Computing and Media Centre) for providing the funding and contributions that make this event — and the extended deadline — possible.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
CFP: The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.108 Friday, 6 March 2015
From: Timothy Francisco <
Date: March 5, 2015 at 5:31:55 PM EST
Subject: The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
Call for Papers
“Negotiating Shakespeare: History, Culture, and Context”
October 9-11, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Please join us October 9-11, 2015 in Bowling Green, Ohio for the annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference.
Our plenary speaker will be Ian Smith, professor of English at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and author of Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (Palgrave, 2009).
The conference will also feature America’s longest running touring company, the National Players, who will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream and offer a workshop for actors.
This year, the OVSC is especially interested in papers and panels on the topic of negotiating Shakespeare through history, culture, and context. We welcome a variety of approaches to this topic. Essays might consider, for instance, how we negotiate Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. How do adaptations of Shakespeare’s work negotiate the gulf of over 400 years that stands between early modern texts and us? Which theories of time and/or history are the most fruitful in negotiating our relationship to the early modern era and its texts? How do we negotiate the use of such “old” texts, like Shakespeare’s, in the contemporary classroom. Alternately, essays could inquire about Shakespeare’s negotiation of his culture, in relation, for instance, to governmental censorship or playhouse politics. Or, papers might examine negotiations within Shakespeare’s plays, including characters’ negotiations of identity as it relates to gender, class, race, sexuality, and/or religion. Discussions of bad faith negotiations, such as Aaron’s false promise of freedom for Martius and Quintus in exchange for one of the Andronici’s hands, are also encouraged as are those that examine characters’ negotiations of language and social systems found within the plays.
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, roundtable topics, or panels of three or four members on Shakespeare’s work and that of his contemporaries are welcome. Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to
by August 1, 2015.
The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize. More information is available at http://blogs.uakron.edu/ovsconf/.
This year’s conference is sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo.
Book Announcement: Shakespeare Valued
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.100 Wednesday, 4 March 2015
From: Jessica Pennock <
Date: March 4, 2015 at 4:16:51 AM EST
Subject: Shakespeare Valued
Intellect would like to announce Shakespeare Valued: Education Policy and Pedagogy 1989-2009, this new title is now available for pre-order.
Taking a comprehensive, critical, and theoretical approach to the role of Shakespeare in educational policy and pedagogy from 1989 (the year compulsory Shakespeare was introduced under the National Curriculum for English in the United Kingdom), to the present, Shakespeare Valued explores the esteem afforded Shakespeare in the British educational system and its evolution in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Sarah Olive offers an unparalleled analysis of the ways in which Shakespeare is valued in a range of educational domains in England, and will be essential reading for students and teachers of English and Shakespeare.
Sarah Olive is a lecturer in English in education at the University of York.
Find out more or pre-order on our website http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5140/
Jessica Pennock | Marketing Executive
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