Announcements

CFP: Minor Shakespeares: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Margins

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.159  Friday, 29 April 2016

 

From:        Simon Ryle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 29, 2016 at 3:18:01 AM EDT

Subject:    Minor Shakespeares Conference, 23rd-24th Sept. 2016, University of Split, Croatia

 

Minor Shakespeares Conference, 23rd-24th Sept. 2016, University of Split, Croatia

 

Conference Call for Papers:

 

Minor Shakespeares: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Margins

 

University of Split, Croatia

 

23rd-24th September, 2016

 

Keynote lectures: Peter Greenaway and Prof. Richard Wilson

 

 

For Deleuze and Guattari there are modes of literature that offer themselves to the state, to official and institutional discourse, and thus to the hierarchically transcendent. These reactionary forms are to be contrasted with the resistant, revolutionary, and immanent ‘lines-of-flight’ of ‘minor literature’.

 

At first glance it might seem disingenuous to link minor literature with the author at the undisputed centre of the English canon. Certainly there is a repressive, deathly and conservative Shakespeare. But there is also a Shakespeare of the margins, uncanniness and resistance. This is in part due to the situation of early modern theatre. Unlike the central place accorded to Athenian theatre, the early modern London theatres were situated in the liminal Liberties beyond the jurisdiction of the city fathers. Writing away from the centres of political power, this spatial marginality was continually reinscribed as political subversion. But this politics of the margin is all-too-frequently forgotten, repressed, or mislaid. As Peter Greenaway’s filmmaking and Richard Wilson’s criticism likewise show, holding open the lines-of-flight for alternative Shakespearean meanings has involved reading against the grain, with the help of digital technologies, avant-gardism, French theory, recusant Catholicism, or other minority discourses. It is the task of the present to draw out this ‘foreignness in its own language’ at the ‘heart of great literature’, as Deleuze and Guattari put it, so as to ‘extract from the

text its revolutionary force’.

 

This conference considers marginality in Shakespeare’s poetry and drama, as well as the weird and alternative afterlives that arise from Shakespeare’s writing. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

 

* Ecological, politicized, feminist, postcolonial, queer, impaired, and other marginal or 'othered' readings of the Shakespeare text;

 

* Discourses of the strange, marginal or uncanny: alterity in early modern culture;

 

* Intensive affects: violence, horror, terror, or abjection in, or from, Shakespeare's writing;

 

* Temporal marginality: hauntings or futural anticipations in Shakespeare's poetry and narrative structures;

 

* Shakespeare and technology: print, cinema, electronic, digital media or media archaeology;

 

* Adaptation, performance, interpretation and translation across cultures, geographies and historical periods;

 

* Shakespeare read from the margins, from the discourses of classicism, medievalism, modernism, theology, sociology, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, aesthetic theory, the natural sciences, computational analysis, the medical humanities, political philosophy, or (bio)politics.

 

http://www.ffst.unist.hr/znanost/konferencije/weird_shakespeare

 

Please send abstracts of about 200 words to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st July 2016.

 

 

 

WSC 2016 - Postgraduate student and plus one registration - now open

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.139  Friday, 22 April 2016

 

From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 22, 2016 at 11:49:45 AM EDT

Subject:    WSC 2016 - Postgraduate student and plus one registration - now open

 

Postgraduate Student and Plus One Registration Now Open

 

Postgraduate student registration

 

We have now opened registration for a limited number of discounted postgraduate student registration places at a rate of just £220.

 

This registration fee includes all benefits of the full price Congress registration, including:

  • Entry to plenary sessions in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London
  • Entry to panel sessions in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London
  • Attendance to both of the welcome receptions - in Stratford-upon-Avon this will be at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and in London at the British Library

For further information, and to register for a postgraduate student place, please visit - 

www.wsc2016.info/attend-wsc2016/register-for-wsc-2016. Registration for postgraduate places will close on Sunday 15 May 2016. 

 

Please note - we are aware that there may be postgraduate students who have already registered and paid the full Congress fee. The Congress Committee will be happy to part-refund a limited number of spaces (e.g. if the full price Congress fee of £375 was paid, the Committee will refund £155).

 

If you are a student, and have already paid the full fee, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We require a letter from your supervisor to confirm your status as a current postgraduate student; please send this along with your email when you contact us. We will not able to process a part-refund without a letter from your supervisor. This letter must include:

  • Student’s full name
  • The name of the student’s institution
  • The course being studied
  • Expected course completion date.

Plus one registration

 

The committee also recognises that delegates may travel to the Congress with partners/ friends/ companions, who you may wish to bring along to certain parts of the programme. We would therefore like to offer registration for this. 

 

A limited number of ‘Plus one’ registration places are available at a rate of £80+VAT. This provides access to:

  • The welcome reception at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, on Sunday 31 July 2016
  • The welcome reception at the British Library, on Thursday 4 August 2016

 

Please note - guests who have not registered as a ‘Plus one’ will not be allowed access to the welcome receptions, or any other part of the Congress programme. ‘Plus one’ registration is open to registered delegates only. Delegates are able to register only one guest through ‘Plus one’ registration. You will need to enter your registration number in order to register a plus one. ‘Plus one’ registration includes access to those events listed above only. This does not provide access to the rest of the Congress programme.

 

For further information, and to register a plus one, please visit - www.wsc2016.info/attend-wsc2016/register-for-wsc-2016. Registration for 'Plus one' places will close on Sunday 15 May 2016.

 

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If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be happy to help.

 

Kind regards,

The World Shakespeare Congress 2016 Committee

 

 

 

Studio 360: All Shakespeare All the Time

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.137  Wednesday, 20 April 2016

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Subject:    Studio 360: All Shakespeare All the Time

 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/all-shakespeare-all-the-time/

 

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we look at the ways his work continues to change and adapt to the culture we live in. In the 19th century, Shakespeare’s work got caught up in minstrel shows — and African-American actors are still struggling to claim the Bard as their own. Also, we find out how a father-son team is changing the way Shakespeare sounds by bringing back his original pronunciation. And we go inside the pioneering immersive theater experience “Sleep No More,” which might be the longest-running Shakespeare adaptation ever.

 

 

ABOUT STUDIO 360

 

 

The Peabody Award-winning show and podcast about creativity, pop culture, the arts and ideas hosted by novelist and journalist (and “Spy” magazine co-founder) Kurt Andersen. Email the show at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Produced by PRI and WNYC.

 

CFP MAPACA Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.134  Tuesday, 19 April 2016

 

From:        Annalisa Castaldo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 19, 2016 at 10:05:21 AM EDT

Subject:    CFP MAPACA Conference

 

Beowulf to Shakespeare

 

The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works in areas such as fiction, film, and computer games, which make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:

 

-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare

 

-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer

 

-Modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scotts

 

-Teaching medieval and Renaissance texts to modern students

 

-Medieval or Renaissance links to fantasy fiction, gaming, comics, video games, etc.

 

-Medieval or Renaissance Dramas

 

-The Middle Ages or Renaissance on the Internet

 

-Renaissance fairs

 

Panel and Workshop proposals are also welcome.

 

Submit a 250 word proposal including A/V requests and a brief biography by June 30, 2015 to our online submission form at mapaca.net

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly

 

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Co-Chairs Beowulf to Shakespeare 

 

Annalisa Castaldo

Associate Professor of English

Widener University

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1616

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.129  Monday, 18 April 2016

 

From:        Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 17, 2016 at 9:22:26 PM EDT

Subject:    1616

 

On April 21-22, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment hosts a free public symposium exploring the year 1616 across the globe:

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/595149500643558/

 

Keynote speaker Thomas Christensen urges us to “think globally,” beyond Shakespeare:

 

http://www.rightreading.com/1616/beyond-shakespeare.htm

 

 

Lectures by Roland Greene, Michael Legaspi, Owen Gingerich, Gideon Manning, William Newman, Catherine Swatek, Mark Algee-Hewitt, Henry Turner, Heather Miyano-Kopelson, and Wendy Wall will be streamed live from Rhodes College:

 

https://youtu.be/QhG1YQmC70U

 

The 1616 symposium concludes with the American premiere of Gareth Somers’ play “1616: The Secrets and Passions of Williams Shakespeare”:

 

http://www.garethsomers.com/

 

Please feel free to contact me for further information: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

 

Best,

Scott Newstok

Rhodes College

Department of English

www.rhodes.edu/newstok

 

 

 

Speaking of Shakespeare with Producer Ralph Alan Cohen

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.128  Monday, 18 April 2016

 

From:        John Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 15, 2016 at 1:22:36 PM EDT

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with Producer Ralph Alan Cohen

 

Speaking of Shakespeare 

With Ralph Alan Cohen of the

American Shakespeare Center

 

Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, but Reservations Requested

 

As Founder and Director of Mission at the American Shakespeare Center, and as Professor of Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, Ralph Alan Cohen is widely admired as one of the most imaginative and influential leaders in a profession that is now focused on Shakespeare 400, a global commemoration of the playwright's life and legacy. 

 

Dr. Cohen is the author of Shakesfear and How to Cure It: A Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare, and the host of an annual Blackfriars Conference that attracts scholars and theater professionals to his institution’s extraordinary reproduction of the indoor playhouse in which Shakespeare and his colleagues presented such classics as The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. For his contributions as a cultural pioneer, Dr. Cohen has earned prestigious awards not only from the Commonwealth of Virginia but from Shakespeare’s Globe in London and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. 

 

During what promises to be a lively conversation, he’ll talk about the ways in which he and his actors provide today’s audiences with experiences analogous to those of 16th- and 17th-century playgoers. We hope you’ll join us, and that you’ll encourage friends and associates to do likewise. Because space is limited, we request that you reserve space with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

See www.shakesguild.org/events.html and click on the blue links for details, not only about this engagement, but about upcoming programs with Kiernan Ryan (May 23) of the University of London and Peter Holland (June 20) of the University of Notre Dame.

 

John F Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

1-505-988-9560 (Office)

1-505-670-9815 (Mobile)

www.shakesguild.org  

 

 

 

Podcast about Shakespeare and Cognition

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.124  Thursday, 14 April 2016

 

From:        Neema Parvini <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 13, 2016 at 10:55:36 AM EDT

Subject:    Podcast about Shakespeare and Cognition

 

Hi there, of possible interest to subscribers:

 

https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2016/04/13/shakespeare-and-contemporary-theory-19-shakespeare-and-cognition-with-raphael-lyne/

 

To kick-start season 2 of Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory, Dr Neema Parvini (University of Surrey) spoke with Dr Raphael Lyne (University of Cambridge) about the ‘cognitive turn’ in Shakespeare studies and what studying Shakespeare might be able to tell us about the human mind.

 

 

 

ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.123  Thursday, 14 April 2016

 

From:        Don Weingust <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 12, 2016 at 11:21:07 AM EDT

Subject:    ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2016

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

 

Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (University of California, Berkeley), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

 

American Society for Theatre Research 2016 Conference

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
November 3-6, 2016

 

Trans-

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

 

Like performance generally, perhaps, Shakespeare performance takes up theory and practice of “trans”: as a site of cultural production, Shakespeare performance is at once productively between cultural categories – literature and/or theatre; theatre and/or other media; acting and/or “acting”; history, histories, the present; the Globe and the globe; normative and/or subversive enactments of identity – and, sometimes at least, transformative of them. In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s mortal transformation, we invite papers that take up the question of the trans: the translational, transadaptive, transnational, transplanetary, transidentitarian, transdisciplinary, transmedial, transversal, transgressive problematics of Shakespeare performance.

 

As the conveners continue preparations to publish an edited volume on the subject, stemming from the work of the Research Group, we continue to welcome proposals for papers meeting the larger conference and Research Group theme that may consider the topic of “original practices” in Shakespearean performance.

 

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

 

For any specific questions, please contact the working group conveners at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that all submissions must be received formally through the ASTR website, at http://www.astr.org/page/16_WGSubmissions, where you will be asked for, amongst other information, an abstract of up to 500 words and a biography of up to 250 words. The form will allow you to indicate second- and third-choice working groups if you wish; if you do so, note that there is a space for you to indicate how your work will fit into those groups. The deadline for receipt of working group proposals is June 1, 2016 and we anticipate that participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than June 30. As this is the first year of this new process, please contact the conference organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the process.  More information about ASTR is available at http://www.astr.org.

 

 

 

Wooden O Symposium—Final Call

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.117  Thursday, 7 April 2016

 

From:        Matt Nickerson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 7, 2016 at 10:09:14 AM EDT

Subject:    Wooden O Symposium—Final Call

 

WOODEN O SYMPOSIUM

August 8-10, 2016

Cedar City, Utah, USA

 

CALL  FOR  PAPERS

 

The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States

 

The Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This year we are particularly interested in papers/panels that investigate our theme: Shakespeare and the New Frontier. The “New Frontier” could be anything from the American West, to the Digital Age, to new and innovative performance styles.  As always, this year’s symposium also encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s summer season: Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, and Julius Caesar. 

 

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. With a 250-word abstract or session proposal please include the following information: 1) Name of presenter(s), 2) Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar), 3) College/university affiliation, 4) Mailing address, 5) Email address, 6) audio/visual requirements.

 

Submit the abstract or proposal via post or e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

or

 

Wooden O Symposium

c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival

351 W. Center St. 

Cedar City, UT 84720

USA

Fax: 435-865-8003                                           

 

For more information, call 435-865-8333

 

 

 

CFP ASA Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.116  Thursday, 7 April 2016

 

From:        Yukari Yoshihara <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 9:19:04 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP ASA Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi

 

Dear Shakespearean friends,

 

Greeting from Yukari Yoshihara, secretary of Asian Shakespeare Association.

 

Call for Paper

Asian Shakespeare Association Biennial

Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi, India.

‘All the World is his Stage: Shakespeare Today’

 

There is no doubt that Shakespeare has occupied the stages of the world: his works are read, translated and performed in most languages of the world. Intercultural and intermedial appropriation is the order of the day, his works continue to issue forth in protean and surprising forms. The world has embraced Shakespeare as no other author before or after. He inhabits all literatures and cultures. This conference would like to celebrate, document and debate this world-wide spread of Shakespeare: how and why do people continue to recourse to his plays and poems? What meanings do they make more than 400 years after they were written? Are these versions of the same Shakespeare or do both local and global Shakespeare exist simultaneously? Is it possible or even desirable to reclaim our man from Stratford?

 

The conference invites papers (20 mins.), panels (3-4 papers), seminars and workshops which address diverse aspects of these and related topics such as: 

 

• The secrets of Shakespeare’s success

• The most popular versus unpopular plays

• Ebbs and flows of Shakespeare’s reputation

• Role of politics / culture / globalization / gender in the spread of Shakespeare

• Negotiating past and present, local and global Shakespeares

• The metaphorics of the world and stage in Shakespeare’s time and ours

• Performing trends and the popularization of Shakespeare

• Critical theory and the promotion of Shakespeare Studies

 

Please send a 250 word abstract with a short bio-data by 15 May 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sincerely,

Yukari Yoshihara (Secretary)

Asian Shakespeare Association

 

 

 

Panels for RSA 2017 in Chicago

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.115  Thursday, 7 April 2016

 

From:        Andrew Fleck <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 3:26:12 PM EDT

Subject:    Panels for RSA 2017 in Chicago

 

The Language of Reform

Renaissance Society of America

Chicago, 2017

Panel Sponsored by

Centre for Reformation and

Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers

 

Five hundred years ago, when Martin Luther drafted his ninety-five theses in Wittenberg, he disputed with Johan Tetzel in Latin. Almost immediately, however, Luther’s work of reformation leaped into vernacular German, helping, by some accounts, to standardize that language. Disputes and exhortations in the European age of reformation moved back and forth across linguistic barriers: from Latin into the vernaculars; from vernaculars into Latin; from one vernacular into another, with or without Latin mediation; and so on. 

The kinds of language used in reformation mattered: learned theological disputes in erudite academic registers jostled with popularizations and satirical and scatological jokes. Other kinds of languages were used and experienced pressures and transformations in response to reformation as well. The ways of making meaning in music underwent significant changes. Old iconographic “languages” were thrown out and replaced by new programmes of visual language or were revivified and transformed in the service of the Catholic reformation. 2017 seems an appropriate time to reconsider the language of reform from many angles. The sessions that the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies will sponsor in at the 2017 meeting of the RSA in Chicago will create a broad, interdisciplinary umbrella under which to gather papers that take up “language” and “reform,” broadly conceived. 

 

The organizers of these sessions solicit proposals for papers from every discipline represented at the Renaissance Society of America. Scholars of history, literature, art history, translation, musicology, church history, and others are invited to submit 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers that take up the question, “What is the language of reform?” At least five interdisciplinary sessions will be organized around this question. The organizers hope that the discussions that arise from putting these papers in dialogue will create continued opportunities for considering the languages of reformation in the early modern period. By bringing together experts from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, our understanding of the many different kinds of languages used in early modern reform will be enhanced. Historians will learn from musicologists; art historians will learn from translators; literary historians will learn from ecclesiastical historians. Papers accepted for these sessions will be considered for inclusion in a special topics issue of the journal Reformation. The organizers hope to prepare another set of essays for a special topic in a second journal as well. 

 

Please submit abstracts to Andrew Fleck (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mark Rankin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by April 22, 2016. Authors whose papers are selected for inclusion will hear from the organizers by May 16, 2016. Those not selected for inclusion will be encouraged to submit their proposals to the RSA for open sessions of the Chicago meeting of the conference.

 

Andrew Fleck

Associate Professor of English

University of Texas at El Paso

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Mark Rankin

Associate Professor of English

James Madison University

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