CFP: International Shakespeare Association 2016
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.283 Tuesday, 24 June 2014
From: Nick Walton <
Date: June 18, 2014 at 4:12:26 AM EDT
Subject: ISA CFP
Call for Submissions
International Shakespeare Association
10th World Shakespeare Congress 2016:
Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare
31 July to 6 August, 2016
London and Stratford-upon-Avon
The year 2016 marks four hundred years of popular, artistic, and scholarly enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s life and works. We justly celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds. But so too, in the centuries since the playwright’s death in 1616, have scholars and thinkers, writers, artists, and performers—of all kinds and from around the globe—re-created him. In such perpetual reinventions of Shakespeare we seem to have confirmation of Ben Jonson’s words: Shakespeare was “not of an age, but for all time”.
The Tenth World Shakespeare Congress of the International Shakespeare Association will honour Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy and celebrate the continuing global resonance of his work. The Congress’s rich programme of plenary lectures, seminars, panels, workshops, events, and performances will take place across two successive locations: first in Stratford-upon-Avon, among the key sites of Shakespeare’s personal life; and subsequently in London, close to the site of his most famous workplace, the Globe theatre. WSC 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with current Shakespeare performance, criticism, and pedagogy, and to connect with fellow Shakespeareans from around the world.
The Congress organisers welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other events (including performances and other creative responses) relating to any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, life, and continuing legacy.
Proposals of 500 words for seminars, panels, and workshops may be submitted to
Workshops and seminars should be co-hosted with at least one other delegate. The Congress is an international event, and, as such, potential co-hosts are strongly encouraged to collaborate with delegates from other countries or geographical regions. Proposers will understand that there will be more space for seminars than panels on the conference programme.
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2014
Those submitting proposals should ensure that their membership of the ISA is current.
Financial donations to the World Shakespeare Congress are greatly appreciated. All such donations will be used to provide grant subsidies for early-career scholars and delegates from countries with less competitive economies. For further information please write to
We look forward to welcoming delegates and their families and friends in the summer of 2016.
Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe
Royal Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London
Holy Trinity Church
King Edward VI Grammar School
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Shakespeare Courses Development Manager
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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Interview with Gabriel Egan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.278 Tuesday, 10 June 2014
From: Julia Crockett <
Date: June 10, 2014 at 11:53:44 AM EDT
Subject: Interview with Gabriel Egan
Video and transcript interview with Gabriel Egan (right hand side of page) on synergies of Shakespeare Periodical
Shakespeare in Education: Innovating and Collaborating in the Age of Digital Humanities
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.277 Tuesday, 10 June 2014
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: June 10, 2014 at 1:26:24 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare in Education: Innovating and Collaborating in the Age of Digital Humanities
British Shakespeare Association
You are warmly invited to an event designed for all of those interested in Shakespeare and education: teachers at all levels, students, alumni and practitioners.
There will be a free to attend symposium on 25 June 2014 titled “Shakespeare in Education: Innovating and Collaborating in the Age of Digital Humanities.” The event is organised by students of the University of York and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. It follows on from the 2013 symposium (www . facebook . com/events/190164174477208/). It will be held from 10am-5pm at the University of Birmingham main campus in Edgbaston, bringing together both new and expert researchers at an emerging hub of scholarship in Shakespeare and education. Together with disseminating, sharing, and discussing a range of teaching methods and approaches, we will have visiting speakers and experts to discuss topics at the forefront of the field, ranging from using digital Shakespeare resources to active teaching approaches.
Speakers include: Dr. Sarah Olive, University of York & Chair of the BSA education committee; Dr. Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute; Dr. Catherine Alexander, Shakespeare Institute; Anthony Banks, Associate Director at National Theatre Learning; and co-organisers Laura Nicklin, University of York, and Thea Buckley, Shakespeare Institute. Registration will open at 9:40 and the day will begin at 10:00 and will progress through a series of panels including lectures, roundtable discussions and active workshops on the topic of teaching Shakespeare. The day will finish at 17:00 with an opportunity for networking and further discussion over coffee and cake.
This student-led symposium aims to build on the knowledge base of current approaches to teaching Shakespeare, by situating it in the latest scholarly conversation through sharing insights gained through the organisers’ wider experience in participating at international Shakespeare conferences. These include the Worlds Together Conference on Shakespeare in education, 2012, London, UK, and the Folger Shakespeare Library educational workshops, 2013 and 2014, Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) Conference, St. Louis, USA. The event is generously funded by BSA Education and the University of Birmingham’s PGR Development Fund, with CLAD support.
A light lunch will be provided for all attending. We are also a short walk from the nearby University of Birmingham railway station. There is good connectivity by bus or train from Birmingham city centre, as well as onsite pay and display parking. For more information please visit our facebook page event:
https://www . facebook . com/events/323301397818066/?fref=ts
or this page from our kind sponsors at the British Shakespeare Association:
http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/event/shakespeare-in-education-innovating-and-collaborating-in-the-age-of-digital-humanities/ .
We are delighted to announce we also have a limited amount of £10 travel bursaries for students. Those interested may apply by email no later than 20 June, briefly outlining their need for a bursary in 50 words or less; successful applicants will be notified.
If you wish to attend please e-mail Laura Nicklin and Thea Buckley, at
with your name and affiliation, or click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you at the event.
CFP: Unexpected affect in Shakespearean Drama, NeMLA 2015
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.276 Tuesday, 10 June 2014
From: Erin Weinberg <
Date: June 10, 2014 at 9:41:28 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: Unexpected affect in Shakespearean Drama, NeMLA 2015
Unexpected affect in Shakespearean Drama
This panel will explore the ways in which Shakespearean drama delivers emotional intensity (passions, affectations, embodiment, etc.) in unexpected places. When might certain emotional reactions be surprising in Shakespeare’s plays? Are there particular characters that share their feelings unexpectedly, yet with astonishing resonance?
The significance of this session is to explore whether, after four centuries of exposure, these can still be capable of emotionally shocking. In today’s academic climate, do Shakespeare’s words have the potential to be so emotionally disturbing that students might/can/should expect a “trigger warning” on syllabi?
This panel will explore unexpected representations of affect in Shakespeare’s works, including:
- affect in the comedies, including “comedies of humour”
- affect in unnamed characters
- affect in allusions
- affect through wordplay (punning, homonyms, and so forth)
- affect in prologues or epilogues
- affect as communicated by servants or children
- reviews of unexpectedly affective productions of Shakespeare on stage and screen
- exploring Shakespearean emotions in the classroom and online
NeMLA 2015 will be taking place in Toronto, Canada, April 30-May 3, 2015. This year, applicants will be submitting their abstracts directly to the NeMLA site (https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15046), so please allow time to familiarize yourself with the new format. Please submit abstracts for 20-minute presentations by September 15, 2014. Email
with any and all questions.
CFP: “Shakespeare and Bakhtin: New Directions” NEMLA Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.275 Tuesday, 10 June 2014
From: Philip Collington <
Date: June 9, 2014 at 10:51:54 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: “Shakespeare and Bakhtin: New Directions” NEMLA Conference
CFP Announcement: “Shakespeare and Bakhtin: New Directions” NEMLA Conference, Toronto ON (April 30 - May 3, 2015)
Call for Papers
Bakhtin and Shakespeare: New Directions
Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto ON (April 30 - May 3, 2015)
Since his death in 1975, the work of Russian literary theorist and cultural philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin has continued to influence a wide range of disciplines, from novel and film studies to geography and sociology; from linguistics and psychology to art history and biblical hermeneutics. It is not surprising that this advocate of multiplicity should provoke interdisciplinary extensions and revisions of his work. In notes about the state of literary scholarship published before his death, Bakhtin wrote about “immense treasures of potential meaning” that have yet to be discovered in Shakespeare’s works. The decades that followed saw a flurry of scholarly engagements with Bakhtinian concepts and the plays (e.g., Michael D. Bristol on carnival, James R. Siemon on dialogism). But what is the current state of Bakhtin in Shakespeare studies? What new directions might his writings enable in the study of Shakespeare? What might a “second wave” of Bakhtinian Shakespeare criticism produce? This panel invites original papers examining new directions for Bakhtin and Shakespeare. Papers may address methodological or theoretical issues, engage in meta-critical surveys of current scholarship, or propose new applications of Bakhtinian concepts to the poems or plays.
Paper proposals must be submitted directly through the NEMLA Website. Go to:
Click the link that says “Submit an Abstract” and follow the instructions from there.
Deadline for proposals: September 30, 2014
For questions or additional information, please contact the session organizers:
Philip Collington, Associate Professor of English, Niagara University (
Tara Collington, Associate Professor of French, University of Waterloo (
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.274 Monday, 9 June 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, June 9, 2014
Subject: Upcoming Hiatus
I leave Thursday for 10 days in the mountains of North Carolina away from all electronic access. So there will be an interruption Thursday, June 12 until Monday June 23.
If you have announcements or comments, please get them to me and keep them coming during the hiatus.
CFP: Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.269 Sunday, 8 June 2014
From: Sean Lawrence <
Date: June 7, 2014 at 12:36:23 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
Call for Papers
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference
October 17 and 18
Kelowna, British Columbia
This is the second version of this call for papers. Please note the new conference dates, and new deadline for proposals.
The next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference will take place on October 17 and 18 in Kelowna, a resort town at the centre of British Columbia’s wine country.
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Global Renaissance.” George Saliba, of Columbia University, and Lesley Cormack, of the University of Alberta, will provide keynote addresses.
While the Renaissance is usually considered a European event, neither its sources nor its influence are confined to western Europe. We therefore seek to work actively with scholars of both European and transatlantic culture and society from 1300-1700, including art historians, economists, historians, scholars of religion, theatre historians and practitioners, scholars in the history of science and medicine, political scientists, and comparativists. The theme should be understood broadly, but we particularly welcome papers on exploration narratives, geographical knowledge, and contact and influence between cultures and languages. Papers are usually presented in English, but may concern the literature, history or culture of any language.
The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society (PNRS) promotes scholarship in Early Modern Studies by hosting an annual conference, held alternately in the United States and Canada and open to all scholars from North America and beyond, including graduate students. The PNRS is an affiliate of both the Renaissance Society of America and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société Canadienne d’études de la Renaissance.
For individual papers, please send a one-page abstract or proposal and a one-page c.v. to
no later than July 15th, 2014.
To propose a panel, please send an abstract for each paper, a one-page c.v. for each presenter, and a paragraph from the panel organizer describing the overall focus of the session to
no later than July 15th, 2014.
Papers must be kept to a twenty-minute reading time, including any technical and electronic support. All papers should be essentially new and never before presented in public.
For more information see: www.pnrs.org
Department of Critical Studies
CCS Building, 3333 University Way
University of British Columbia
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Board Vacancy: Web and Communications Officer
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.268 Sunday, 8 June 2014
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: June 6, 2014 at 6:42:07 AM EDT
Subject: Board Vacancy: Web and Communications Officer
British Shakespeare Association
There is currently a vacancy on the board for a Web and Communications Officer. This position was previously held by Peter Kirwan, who has now become Membership Officer. This is a volunteer position so it is unpaid, but reasonable expenses will be met.
The main duty of the Web and Communications Officer will be to update the BSA website (www.britishshakespeare.ws) and co-ordinate BSA publicity. The Officer will need to be competent at using Wordpress (or familiar with similar packages) effectively for blogging and experienced at using social media (twitter, facebook etc.). No other technical skills are required as we already employ a freelance web designer. The Officer will become a full Trustee and Director of the British Shakespeare Association and will present either verbal or written reports to the Board about the website. The Board meets three times a year for business meetings and once a year for the AGM. Meetings are usually held in Stratford-upon-Avon. This position will remain open until filled.
For an informal chat about this opportunity please contact me directly at
This is a very important role on the Board and we are keen to get the best person for it. If you know someone who you think would be a good candidate but is not currently a member of the BSA please ask them to get in touch.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.266 Thursday, 5 June 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Subject: Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice
I would like to announce the electronic publication of Christie Carson’s and Peter Kirwan’s Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice. I bought it for my Kindle today. The hardcover and paperback are scheduled for publication on July 31, 2014.
The book may be of interested to subscribers of SHAKSPER. I might add that SHAKSPERean Peter Holland has an essay “Shakespeare in virtual communities” that has some kind words for SHAKSPER at its best.
Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice [Kindle Edition] Hardcover and Paperback available July 31, 2014
Christie Carson (Editor), Peter Kirwan (Editor)
Due to the unique cultural capital of his works, Shakespeare has long been the test subject for new methods and digital advances in arts scholarship. Shakespeare sits at the forefront of the digital humanities—in archiving, teaching, performance and editing - impacting on scholars, theatres and professional organisations alike. The pace at which new technologies have developed is unprecedented (and the pressure to keep up is only growing). This book offers seventeen new essays that assess the opportunities and pitfalls presented by the twenty-first century for the ongoing exploration of Shakespeare. Through contributions from a broad range of scholars and practitioners, including case studies from those working in the field, the collection engages with the impact of the digital revolution on Shakespeare studies. By assessing and mediating this sometimes controversial digital technology, the book is relevant to those interested in the digital humanities as well as to Shakespeare scholars and enthusiasts.
This collection critically assesses the opportunities and pitfalls presented by recent digital advances in Shakespeare studies. Featuring contributions from archivists, scholars, teachers, publishers, arts practitioners and digital innovators, this collection is relevant to those interested in the digital humanities as well as to Shakespeare scholars and enthusiasts.
Christie Carson is Reader in Shakespeare and Performance in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment (with Farah Karim-Cooper, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories (with Christine Dymkowski, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment (with Susan Bennett, Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Peter Kirwan is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham. He was an Associate Editor for Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others (2013) and he has published widely on the history of the Shakespeare Apocrypha and contemporary Shakespearean performance. His interest is in the intersection between textual, performance and media cultures.
Notes on contributors
Shakespeare and the digital world: Introduction
Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan
Part I Defining current digital scholarship and practice: Shakespeare research in the digital age
1 Shakespeare in the digital humanities
2 Getting back to the library, getting back to the body
Bruce R. Smith
3 Sensing the past: Tablets and early modern scholarship
4 Webs of engagement
Part II Defining current digital scholarship and practice: Shakespeare pedagogy and the digital age
5 Internal and external Shakespeare: Constructing the twenty-first-century classroom
6 Shakespeare at a distance
Sarah Grandage and Julie Sanders
7 ‘All great Neptune’s ocean’: iShakespeare and play in a transatlantic context
Sheila T. Cavanagh and Kevin A. Quarmby
8 ‘From the table of my memory’: Blogging Shakespeare in/ out of the classroom
Half-time: A pause for reflection
9 All’s well that ends Orwell
Part III Redefining the boundaries and practices of Shakespeare studies online: Publishing and academic identity
10 Unlocking scholarship in Shakespeare studies: Gatekeeping, guardianship and open-access journal publication
11 Living with digital incunables, or a ‘good-enough’ Shakespeare text
12 Shakespeare in virtual communities
13 Gamekeeper or poacher? Personal blogging/ public sharing
Part IV Redefining the boundaries and practices of Shakespeare studies online: Communication and performance
14 Changing a culture with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Championing freedom and democracy
Paul Edmondson and A. J. Leon
15 Developing a digital strategy: Engaging audiences at Shakespeare’s Globe
16 The impact of new forms of public performance
17 Creating a critical model for the twenty-first century
Conclusion: Digital dreaming
Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan
SHAKSPER’s Future: Looking for Volunteers for SHAKSPER Features and Assistant/Associate Editors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.251 Wednesday, 28 May 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Subject: SHAKSPER’s Future: Looking for Volunteers for SHAKSPER Features and Assistant/Associate Editors
Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,
SHAKSPER has been a part of my life for 25 years, and for all but the first year and a half I have been its editor/moderator. I have no plans to step down at any time in the near future, but I would like to leave it in good hands when I do. Increasingly, I am also pursuing other interests, academic and non-academic.
Currently, SHAKSPER is being “hosted” by Ron Severdia (who designed the new web presence) on the PlayShakespeare.com sever, so even if I am hit by a bus tomorrow, SHAKSPER will still exist. Tanya Gough, who designed the SHAKSPER Facebook page, is an administrator of it, so it too will continue to exist. If something were to happen to me, I have two advisory boards that I hope will decide if SHAKSPER is still viable and will seek a person or persons to continue its work.
I am increasingly aware that as much as I might wish otherwise I cannot do all that I would like to keep SHAKSPER up-to-date.
In particular, I am concerned with the future of some of the scholarly resources on the web site. I don’t feel as if I have the energy to work with them since I want to spend my scholarly time working other projects, some longstanding, but I feel them sufficiently important to warrant that some of them be updated or continued if possible.
I am currently seeking volunteers to take responsibility for some of these with the long-term view of perhaps finding a successor among these volunteers. My younger daughter has one more year of college, and I plan to be taking breaks, some long and for which I will not have computer access. So at some point, I would like to train one or more persons to who might be able to take over from me during my absences, but let me not get ahead of myself.
Shakespeare on the Internet Guide has not been updated in about five years. Someone has been recruited to update it and its links and will be working on it this summer: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-on-the-internet>
Shakespeare Spinoffs/Character Bibliography: These lists (found in the Reference files section of Scholarly Resources) were very popular during the early days of SHAKSPER but have not been updated since around the late 1990s. Someone has shared her up-to-date list of similar titles with me to be combined with the existing lists, but she is not interested in undertaking that task herself. Is there anyone who would volunteer to combine the older Spinoffs and Character bibliographies with the new one I have. This actually is a fun job if anyone has the time or interest. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/reference-files>
Shakespeare Plays and Festivals: I started this last summer from available resources. When I was a contributing editor to the Shakespeare Newsletter I compiled a similar list for some years. Is there anyone who is interested in updating this list for this year? <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays>
Pedagogy: Teaching Resources: At present, this section of the web site contains only resources that I have used or made available. Pedagogy is a hot topic. I would like to recruit someone as an Assistant Editor who would be in charge of developing further this section of the web site: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/pedagogy-teaching-resources> Is anyone interested?
The SHAKSPER Book Reviews has been fallow for sometime now through no one’s fault. There is a Book Review Panel and I am looking for anyone who might wish to take the initiative and revitalize it. If the person would be interested in a limited commitment that is fine, but someone is interested in a long-term commitment of more than a year, I would offer the position as an assistant editor.
SHAKSPER Roundtable Discussions: I found these very interesting at the time but they did involve a tremendous amount of work. Again, if anyone is interested either for a single Roundtable or to act as an assistant editor in charge of this area, pleases let me know. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/roundtable-discussions>
New assistant professors or graduate students are obvious choices to volunteer for these tasks, but everyone is busy with one thing or another and SHAKSPER is probably not as “sexy” as other activities. I hope that I am wrong and these inquires will bring some new blood to SHAKSPER.
I appreciate greatly any thoughts or responses of the members.