Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.103 Monday, 3 March 2014
From: Scott A. Trudell <
Date: March 3, 2014 at 12:39:42 PM EST
Subject: Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner
Please join us for Thursday’s event in the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series:
Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Thursday, March 6, 3:30pm
2115 Tawes Hall
Universitas: On Corporations and Pluralism, 1516-2016
This talk looks closely at the history of the corporation in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century England and the way it was taken up by literary writers, with particular reference to More and Shakespeare. It considers the nature of corporate ontology and corporate personhood, with some speculations about fictional and philosophical writing in the period, and about theater as a corporate art. The talk concludes by suggesting how a history of corporations could be generative for political theory, especially of a pluralist variety.
Please also mark your calendars for Bruce Holsinger at the end of April:
Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia
Monday April 28, 4:30pm
The Voices of Medieval London: History, Fiction, Historical Fiction
London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt’s artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England’s young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the medieval period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to his brilliantly constructed literary mystery, A Burnable Book. Join us for a reading from the novel followed by a lively discussion.
All are welcome! Events are free and open to the public.
Scott A. Trudell
Department of English
3243 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.100 Friday, 28 February 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Subject: MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)
[Editor’s Note: I am pleased to announce this project of the Map of Early Modern London. The article below is reprinted from the MoEML site with permission. –Hardy]
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP) is launched!
26 Febrary 2014
Kim McLean-Fiander and Janelle Jenstad
MoEML is thrilled to announce that our pilot Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)—an innovative model for teachers, student researchers, and digital humanities projects—is now up and running.
What is the PPP?
We at MoEML are keen to honour our pedagogical origins while upholding scholarly standards. Thus, we have developed a partnership project whereby we team up with professors in other locations, supply teaching materials (i.e., a MoEML Encyclopedia topic that needs content; a blurb for their class syllabus; suggested forms of assessment; and comprehensive Research Guidelines for their students), and have the students contribute to MoEML (by researching their assigned topic and writing an encyclopedia article) under the close supervision of their professor (who acts as a MoEML Guest Editor for the article) on site.
We think we’ve devised a win-win-win model. The professors/Guest Editors benefit from having an innovative pedagogical experience to add to their teaching dossier not to mention the resulting online publication; the students benefit by honing their research skills and potentially having their work published on a widely-used scholarly website; and MoEML benefits by generating new content that has been guest edited by professionals with proven scholarly credentials.
Pedagogical Partners 2014
Our first two pedagogical partners are Professor Peter C. Herman at San Diego State University and Professor Kate McPherson at Utah Valley University. Professor Herman’s research seminar on Shakespeare will collectively produce an article on the Blackfriars Theatres and Professor McPherson’s Shakespeare’s Histories & Comedies class will write an article on The Curtain Theatre.
MoEML team meets Pedagogical Partners via Skype Video
MoEML team members recently met up with both partnership classes via Skype video calls. These Skype meetings gave us a chance to explain to our partners how their work will fit into the bigger MoEML picture, and gave the students the opportunity to ask us questions such as the following: I’m an undergraduate and I’ve never done research before. What happens if the work I do isn’t scholarly enough? Where do I go to find information on the Blackfriars Theatre—to the library or to the internet? Would you accept contributions from an individual student or just from a guest-edited classroom assignment?”
We reassured the first student that the onsite professor would guide the class through the whole research process and also act as Guest Editor for the class’s contribution to ensure that it meets the appropriate scholarly standards. We pointed the second student to the comprehensive Guide for Student Researchers that we have posted on our website. We told the third student that we’re always willing to consider contributions from individual students. Each contributor just needs to follow our Contributor’s Guidelines and meet our scholarly criteria.
Meeting the 30-40 students from San Diego, California, and Ogden, Utah via Skype was fun, but it also allowed our MoEML Research Assistants to see the potential reach of the work they do on the project every day. MoEML RA, Zaqir Virani, said the experience added a whole new dimension to the work I do on the project. It was the first time I’ve seen other people using our site. They exist, and were excited about MoEML! I can now picture the people who use the site and for what. Other words used to describe the Skype encounter included wicked, radical, and bodacious!
MoEML hopes that students from both San Diego and Ogden will consider contributing stories about their participation in this innovative, international pedagogical experiment to our News page, or to this, our Blog. We’ll keep you up-to-date with how things progress in the coming months.
CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.092 Wednesday, 26 February 2014
From: Kerry Kaleba <
Date: February 26, 2014 at 8:56:51 AM EST
Subject: CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section
Please distribute to interested parties.
Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)
Santa Fe, New Mexico November 5-8
Abstracts due Mar. 26, 2014
I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Nov. 5–8, 2014). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:
1) Shakespeare and Folklore: How do Shakespeare and his contemporaries incorporate folklore into the theater of the Early Modern period, and help preserve knowledge and tradition in a changing world? How has the continued popularity of Shakespeare fostered its own traditions and incorporated new material into its performance. Papers that deal with media representations are welcome.
2) Open Topics: The theme for the conference this year is "Folklore at the Crossroads" (http://www.afsnet.org/?page=2014AMTheme), but papers may deal with any aspect of medieval or early modern folklore.
Please send BOTH the short abstract (100 words) AND the long abstract (300) for your 15-20-minute paper to Kerry Kaleba at
by March 26, 2014. I will also need to submit your institutional affiliation (or status as an independent scholar), and presentation title to AFS. Please include an e-mail address or a phone number where you can be reached before March 31. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to complete and submit the AFS online registration form for a participant in an organized panel at www.afsnet.org by March 31, 2014.
Co-Convener Medieval and Early Modern Section
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.091 Wednesday, 26 February 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Subject: SHAKSPER Facebook Page
Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,
I am delighted to announce that SHAKSPER now has its own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shaksper.
The page was built and designed by my friend Tanya Gough, whom some of you may know from her previous incarnation as the owner of Poor Yorick, the all things Shakespearean video store in Stratford, Ontario.
The SHAKSPER Facebook page features the following:
Page to Join the SHAKSPER list,
Page for Announcements,
Page for Current Postings,
Page for Online Shakespeare Resources, and
and much more.
I think that this Facebook page will evolve in its uses but will be a way to attract new subscribers, to call my attention to possible articles for SHAKSPER, to chat, and so on.
Please let me know what uses you think are appropriate and “Like” the page to receive message from it on your wall.
A warning though, not all of the “Tabs” are visible, such as Join, Announcements, Current Posting, in mobile apps, so the page is best viewed from a browser.
Please join me in welcoming this new feature of SHAKSPER as it enters its second quarter century.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER
Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.089 Friday, 21 February 2014
From: Koel Chatterjee <
Date: February 20, 2014 at 9:05:35 PM EST
Subject: Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference
On 27 June 2014, Royal Holloway will host a one-day graduate conference on Shakespeare in Bollywood with the renowned critic Dr. Poonam Trivedi of Delhi University as keynote speaker. The day aims to bring together academics and practitioners in the field to gain a better understanding of the current state of research in this vibrant field. Organised by Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja in the English Department with the support of Dr Deana Rankin,Deputy Director of the MA in Shakespeare, with funding from the RHUL Research Fund and the English Department, this conference will, we hope, be the first of a series of events on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema culminating on a larger-scale conference and film festival in 2016.
Please find attached the CFP for the 2014 conference.
The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 3rd March, 2014.
Royal Holloway, University of London
Call for Papers
Shakespeare and Bollywood
27 June, 2014
Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi
Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception – the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s; vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood. Topics could include:
Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films
Economics – global and local
Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood
Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films
Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music
Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers
‘Academic’ Shakespeare vs. ‘Popular’ Shakespeare
Translation theory and practice
Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories
Art work and promotional material – posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books
Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to
by 3 March, 2014.
We will contact all those who send abstracts by 24 March, 2014.
The conference fee is £25 (to include light refreshments).
This conference is planned as the first of a series of events culminating in an international conference and film festival on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema in 2016.
The organisers, Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja, wish to thank the Royal Holloway Research Fund and the English Department for funding the event.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.082 Tuesday, 18 February 2014
From: John Cox <
Date: February 17, 2014 at 11:53:50 AM EST
Subject: Charles Forker
I am sorry to inform the list that Shakespeare scholar Charles Forker died last Saturday in the intensive care unit at the Indiana University Cancer Center in Indianapolis, where he had been admitted two days before.
Charles taught for many years at Indiana University in Bloomington. He was a prolific scholar and a witty friend.
NEH Seminar: Herbert and Dickinson
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.076 Wednesday, 12 February 2014
From: Richard A. Strier <
Date: February 11, 2014 at 7:49:43 PM EST
Subject: NEH Seminar
Dear SHAKSPER list,
Since folks are announcing NEH Seminars, let me announce to the list that I am offering an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers on “GEORGE HERBERT AND EMILY DICKINSON” this summer at the University of Chicago. It will run from July 7 to August 8. Participants will receive a stipend of $3900. Housing on campus is available. Application deadline is March 4. For further details, please go to this website:
Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
Editor, Modern Philology
Department of English
University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
NEH Seminar at Amherst Culture Application Deadline
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.073 Tuesday, 11 February 2014
From: Megan Estes <
Date: February 10, 2014 at 2:09:34 PM EST
Subject: NEH Seminar at Amherst Culture Application Deadline
SUMMER SEMINAR ON PUNISHMENT, POLITICS, AND CULTURE
Amherst College will host a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for K-12 teachers and current full time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching, from June 30-July 31, 2014. The seminar will be directed by Austin Sarat of the Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. It will examine three questions: What is punishment and why do we punish as we do? What can we learn about politics, law, and culture in the United States from an examination of our practices of punishment? What are the appropriate limits of punishment? The application deadline is March 4, 2014. Information is available at http://www.amherst.edu/go/neh. If you have any questions regarding the seminar or the application process, contact Megan Estes at (413)542-2380 or email
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*
Megan L. Estes Ryan
Academic Department Coordinator
Amherst College Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
PO Box 5000, Clark House
Amherst, MA 01002
"Tudor Books and Readers" 2014 NEH Summer Seminar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.070 Monday, 10 February 2014
From: Mark C Rankin <
Date: February 9, 2014 at 9:37:55 AM EST
Subject: "Tudor Books and Readers" 2014 NEH Summer Seminar
The application deadline for the 2014 “Tudor Books and Readers” NEH summer seminar for college teachers approaches (March 4). Please do consider applying, and please also suggest the seminar to any others who might be interested. Full application details are available at the seminar’s website (see below). There is an online cover sheet which accompanies the application.
Thanks very much,
Associate Professor of English
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.
This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.
Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.
Full details and application information are available at https://sites.jmu.edu/NEHtudorbooks2014. For further information, please contact Mark Rankin (
). Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.
Ewan Fernie Inaugural Lecture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.069 Thursday, 6 February 2014
From: Julia Crockett <
Date: February 5, 2014 at 4:34:09 PM EST
Subject: Ewan Fernie Inaugural Lecture
University of Birmingham 27/01/2014 ‘Freetown! Shakespeare and Social Flourishing’:
Freetown! Shakespeare and Social Flourishing
Posted on Wednesday 29th January 2014
Professor Ewan Fernie delivered his inaugural lecture at the University of Birmingham on Monday 27 January 2014. A full video recording is available below.
Ewan Fernie’s inaugural took a fresh look at freedom in Shakespeare. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare slipped the idea of ‘Freetown’ into his great play about the struggle for free love. Prior to 1769’s first ever big Shakespeare celebration, David Garrick was made Freeman of Stratford. Viva la libertà! James Boswell came to Garrick’s Jubilee in solidarity with the international liberation movement dressed in the costume of a Corsican chief. According to Hegel, Shakespeare’s characters are ‘free artificers of themselves’. But Tolstoy thought Shakespeare too free. And in our time the former Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, and the philosopher John Moriarty have presented Shakespeare as struggling to redeem the dark freedoms of a human creature whose hand is structurally homologous with the fin of a shark.
In his anniversary year of 2014 - with an even bigger one approaching - many will contend that Shakespeare is good for us. Maybe, says Fernie, but in a way that really ought to shake us to the core.