CFP: Shakespeare Recreated: New Contexts, New Interpretations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.055 Friday, 6 February 2015
From: Agnieszka Rasmus <
Date: February 6, 2015 at 3:08:47 AM EST
Subject: CFP: Shakespeare Recreated: New Contexts, New Interpretations
SHAKESPEARE RECREATED: NEW CONTEXTS, NEW INTERPRETATIONS
UNIVERSITY OF ŁÓDŹ, 22-23 APRIL 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS
Shakespeare International Studies Centre together with Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society and CULTUR(N)ED Student Society are proud to announce the 2015 student conference on Shakespeare. Although the Bard appears to be the most researched author in the world, his works and his own person still inspire, puzzle and encourage heated debates. Our conference marks a special three-year period in the history of the appreciation of Shakespeare, with the 450th anniversary of his birth in 2014 and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.
We would like to invite proposals for 20 minute presentations (followed up by approximately 10 minutes of discussion) in all areas of studies connected with the works of William Shakespeare. Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:
• Shakespeare and popculture: comics, computer games, youtube, parodies, etc.;
• Filming Shakespeare: Shakespeare on film and television, adaptations and appropriations, representations of the playwright on screen;
• Performing Shakespeare: staging Shakespeare then and now;
• Polish explorations of Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s presence in Polish literature, film, theatre and art;
• Representations of (and inspirations by) Shakespeare’s works in world literature, film, theatre and art;
• Reviving Shakespeare: methods of popularizing Shakespeare in Britain and other countries;
• Movements and disruptions within the Shakespearean canon: why some of his works are more popular in certain moments in history or even gain a lasting popularity, while others are neglected?
• Elizabethan culture—society, economy, fashion—and the works of Shakespeare;
• Apocryphal Shakespeare: plays attributed to Shakespeare, collaborative works and lost plays;
• Intertextual Shakespeare: Shakespearean references in modern works;
• Shakespeare in the light of modern theories: Ecocriticism, Poststructuralism,
• Postcolonialism, New Historicism, Gender & Queer Theory, etc.
The conference will be held at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Łódź, on 22-23 April 2015.
The following distinguished guests have confirmed their participation:
-prof. Virginia Mason Vaughan (University in Worcester, Massachusetts);
-prof. Alden T. Vaughan (University in Worcester, Massachusetts);
-dr Dmytro Drozdovsky (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).
We invite all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to participate. The conference will be held both in English and Polish. Abstracts of ca. 250 words should be submitted to:
no later than 29 March 2015. Selected papers will be published. The registration fee is 30 PLN (10 EURO for overseas participants), which covers coffee breaks, conference materials and publication.
-prof. dr hab. Krystyna Kujawińska Courtney – Head of Shakespeare International Studies Centre
-dr Piotr Spyra – Academic Supervisor of Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society
-dr Monika Sosnowska – Academic Supervisor of CULTUR(N)ED Student Society
For more information, please contact the secretaries of the conference
To find out more about us, please visit the official conference website:
and the website of Shakespeare International Studies Centre:
Book Announcement: Words Like Daggers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.049 Thursday, 5 February 2015
From: Kirilka Stavreva <
Date: February 4, 2015 at 5:15:17 PM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England
I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my monograph, Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England (Early Modern Cultural Studies), University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
Publisher’s site: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Words-Like-Daggers,676009.aspx
Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Words-Like-Daggers-Violent-Cultural/dp/0803254881/
Dramatic and documentary narratives about aggressive and garrulous women often cast such women as reckless and ultimately unsuccessful usurpers of cultural authority. Contending narratives, however, sometimes within the same texts, point to the effective subversion and undoing of the normative restrictions of social and gender hierarchies. Words Like Daggers explores the scolding invectives, malevolent curses, and ecstatic prophesies of early modern women as attested to in legal documents, letters, self-narratives, popular pamphlets, ballads, and dramas of the era. Examining the framing and performance of violent female speech between the 1590s and the 1660s, Kirilka Stavreva dismantles the myth of the silent and obedient women who allegedly populated early modern England.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bitter Words and the Tuning of Gender
1. Feminine Contentious Speech and the Religious Imagination
2. Gender and the Narratives of Scolding in the Church Courts
3. Unquiet Women on the Early Modern Stage
4. Witch-Speak in Late Elizabethan Docu-Fiction
5. Courtly Witch-Speak on the Jacobean Stage
6. Gender and Politics in Early Quaker Women's Prophetic "Cries"
Epilogue: Margaret's Bitter Words and the Voice of (Divine) Justice, or, Compulsory Listening
Professor of English
Mount Vernon, IA 52314, U.S.A
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.049 Thursday, 5 February 2015
From: Matt Nickerson <
Date: February 4, 2015 at 11:51:27 AM EST
Subject: Wooden O Symposium
WOODEN O SYMPOSIUM -- CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2015 Wooden O Symposium will be held on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 10-12. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southern Utah University and the Gerald R. Sherratt Library is a cross-disciplinary peer-reviewed conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare's plays. 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 U.S.
The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This year's conference seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect and intersect with early modern life and culture. The symposium also encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two and King Lear.
Selected papers from the symposium are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Wooden O.
Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Panel chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should include the following: name, affiliated institution, academic rank (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student, aficionado,) contact information including email.
Wooden O Symposium
c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.044 Tuesday, 3 February 2015
From: Jinny Webber <
Date: February 3, 2015 at 4:54:07 PM EST
Subject: Tales of Woo and Woe
Tales of Woo and Woe: a journey of the heart opens Friday for a 2-weekend run at Center Stage Theater, upstairs at Paseo Nuevo in downtown Santa Barbara. Please join us!
February 6,7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.; matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday February 8 and Saturday Feb 14. The show runs about an hour and fifteen minutes without intermission.
General admission $23; students and seniors $18 from the Center Stage box office. www.centerstagetheater.org; 963-8198
Here’s the playwright's note I wrote for the program:
How dare I collaborate with the bard, dead for 399 years? I’m grateful to DramaDogs for offering me this challenge. Shakespeare has much to say about how “the course of true love never did run smooth.” The five-part structure of Tales of Woo and Woe draws on his plays, poems and songs to create a new arc: the journey of the heart. There’s the thrill of love at first sight, then follies committed in the name of love, and then the exchange of vows. Alas, promises can fail, tormenting the heart with grief, loss, and jealousy. Valentine’s month requires a happy ending: the enduring power of love. Tales of Woo and Woe, a journey of the heart, requires little knowledge of Shakespeare’s works: its focus is on the universal challenges and delights of love that we experience in our own lives. As Romeo says, Love ‘is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn,’ and yet—it offers transcendent joy.
[A blogpost on writing in collaboration with William Shakespeare may be viewed at www.jinnywebber.com, Sex and Gender in Shakespeare's England Blog]
See you at the theater!
Registration for Making Links Conference Now Open
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.040 Monday, 2 February 2015
From: Michael Best <
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Registration for Making Links Conference Now Open
Registration is now open for the conference, ”Making Links,” at the University of Victoria on 7th-8th April, following the SAA meeting in Vancouver:
The cost of registration is CAD55 before 1 March, CAD75 thereafter. Lunch for both days is included in the registration fee.
The conference venue is on the campus at the University of Victoria; the conference hotel is the Laurel Point Inn right on Victoria’s inner harbor and a short walk from downtown. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the University. The section of the website that offers advice on accommodation and travel has a link to the hotel, where you can book at the conference rate of CAD99.00 per night. This rate will apply both before and after the conference if you have time to make a holiday of your trip. You will also find information about traveling from Vancouver to Victoria in the section of the site on accommodation.
As you will see from the program the conference features a range of papers looking at the opportunities presented by the digital medium in developing and publishing editions of Early Modern drama. Our plenary speaker will be James Mardock, whose paper is titled "Cyborgs are the New Codex: Reading Machines and the Editing of Early Modern Texts.”
The afternoons will each offer a choice between two workshops, one targeted at those working with texts specifically being created for the ISE (and its sibling sites, the Queen’s Men Editions and Digital Renaissance Editions), the other at more general issues in the creation of digital editions. When you register, you will have an opportunity to sign up for the workshops that interest you — it would be wise to make your choice early.
The conference banquet will be held at Il Covo, a short walk from the hotel, and will cost CAD55 per person. You can sign up for the banquet (and include a guest) when you register.
We very much look forward to seeing you in Victoria.
All good wishes,
Michael, Janelle, and Erin
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
Lexicons of Early Modern English User Survey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.038 Wednesday, 28 January 2015
From: UTP Journals <
Date: January 28, 2015 at 9:41:49 AM EST
Subject: Lexicons of Early Modern English
Lexicons of Early Modern English User Survey
your feedback is needed...
Help us share LEME, Lexicons of Early Modern English, with a larger audience by providing information about your usage, feedback on the current resource, and ideas for the future of LEME. Information collected will support the upcoming ten year review of LEME. Take the short survey here – http://bit.ly/lemesurvey
Your input is very important to us. Thank you!
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Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English
§ Stephen Batman, "A note of Saxon wordes" (1581)
§ Edmund Bohun, Geographical Dictionary (1693): 11,681 word-entries
§ Richard Boothby, A Brief Discovery or Description of the Most Famous Island of Madagascar (1646)
§ Thomas Dekker, O per se O (1612)
§ John Heydon, "A Chymical Dictionary" (English; 1662): 70 word-entries.
§ Gregory Martin, The New Testament of the English College of Rheims (1582)
§ Gerhard Mercator, Historia Mundi Or Mercator's Atlas (1635)
§ Guy Miège, A New Dictionary French and English, with another English and French (1677): 18,376 word-entries, 73,641 sub-entries
§ John Ogilby, Asia, the First Part (1673)
§ John Rider, Bibliotheca Scholastica (English-Latin, 1589): 42,000 word-entries and sub-entries.
§ Richard Rowlands, A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605; Richard Verstegan; text replaced by an extended and analyzed version)
§ Nicholas Stone, Enchiridion of Fortification (1645)
§ John Thorie, The Theatre of the Earth (1601; place-names): 3,100 word-entries.
§ John Turner, A Book of Wines (1568)
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REED Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity Posting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.030 Friday, 23 January 2015
From: Sally-Beth MacLean <
Date: January 22, 2015 at 8:17:35 PM EST
Subject: REED Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity Posting
REED POST-DOCTORAL DIGITAL HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP
The Records of Early English Drama (<reed.utoronto.ca/>), an international humanities research project focusing on medieval and early modern performance studies that is based at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a post-doctoral digital humanities fellowship for up to two years. The successful candidate will participate in REED’s development of a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education. REED is a longstanding research and editorial project, with partnership for maintenance and sustainability of its digital resources at the University of Toronto Libraries. REED is overseen by an international Executive Board, with a Digital Advisory Committee guiding its digital initiatives.
The Digital Humanities Fellow will be expected to join the project on site at the University of Toronto and will work closely there with the general editor, editorial staff, developers, and research assistants. Members of the REED Digital Advisory Committee will also provide support and mentorship for the postdoctoral fellow, who will be key to the development of a new digital editing and publication environment for REED’s forthcoming collections.
The Digital Humanities Fellow will engage in the development of REED’s new digital production environment, including the editing and encoding of TEI XML documents, new strategies for glossing medieval and early modern records, and, in consultation with others on the editorial team, developing the terms for online indexing of REED collections to be linked with other databases.
The successful candidate will demonstrate skills and aptitudes in early modern research, textual studies, and scholarly editing in digital humanities contexts. Advanced competency in TEI-compliant XML (P5) and some XSLT 2.0 experience is required. Engagement in open source development, digital scholarship frameworks and open access scholarship is essential. In addition, he or she should possess strong organizational skills and the desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue his or her own research while at U of T, while receiving training and career development opportunities through REED’s international network.
Salary for this position is competitive in the Canadian context.
Applicants must have completed their PhD within five years of the beginning of the fellowship. Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 July 2015 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their PhD prior to 1 July 2010 are ineligible.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applications, comprising a brief cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three referees, may be sent electronically to the general editor, Sally-Beth MacLean, at <
>. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled; the position can begin as early as April 2015. All applications received will be acknowledged.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.029 Friday, 23 January 2015
From: Hardy Cook <
Date: January 22, 2015 at 10:40:40 AM EST
Subject: John Donne Sermons - 23-24 March 2015 - Reconsidering Donne
23-24 MARCH 2015 - RECONSIDERING DONNE
Lincoln College, Oxford
Registration and Accommodation
Registration (flat fee for the entire event, which includes coffee and tea) - £10.00
Single accommodation (available 22/23/24 March 2015) - £79.20 per night
Twin accommodation (available 22/23/24 March 2015) - £117.60 per night
Conference Dinner at Lincoln College, 23rd March 2015 - £27.80
Please visit the link below to book accommodation. Accommodation bookings will end on 31 January 2015.
To register, please first send an email with your name, title, affiliation, and dietary requirements, to
. Payment is processed on the University of Oxford Conference Store, where you can select your package (one, two, or three nights, dinner).
Further updates about the conference will follow here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to us at
Conference 23-24 MARCH 2015
Information and Registration
The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne will achieve a complete reassessment of the sermons of John Donne (1572-1631), with a new critical edition of those sermons in 16 volumes, with introductions and explanatory notes for a new generation of readers. Donne is one of the most celebrated authors of the English Renaissance. Editorial work on Donne’s poetry has never slackened, and its popularity reaches well beyond academia.
However, his poetry represents only a small fraction of his writing, and in recent years his religion and his prose works have arguably been the focus of the most innovative research. Yet sermons from this period are rarely available in accessible editions, and in contrast to the poetry, Donne’s have suffered relative editorial neglect. The 160 extant sermons were edited by George R. Potter and Evelyn Simpson between 1953 and 1962, but no explanatory notes were provided, making the volumes difficult for students and even experts to use effectively. The current project addresses (1) how to facilitate a modern reader’s understanding of these sermons, by the provision of introductory materials and notes that identify references to the Bible, allusions to other works, and engagements with theological, social, and political debates; (2) how close modern readers can get to a sermon as it was originally preached; (3) whether this form, or the latest one produced in the author’s lifetime should be the basis of the text we read now; and (4) how such sermons should be arranged – by, for example, the date of their delivery or according to the location in which they were preached.
Oxford University Press has commissioned the 16-volume edition that will result from this AHRC-funded research project, under the General Editorship of Dr Peter McCullough and involving an international team of scholars. The team will concentrate chiefly on addressing and resolving research questions concerning the texts of the sermons, and is supported by a full-time research assistant, Dr Sebastiaan Verweij, whose primary task is to collate multiple copies of the sermons in print and manuscript in order for the editors to establish the most accurate texts possible. As well as providing the texts that will be introduced and annotated by the contributing editors, this work will result in a comprehensive Textual Companion to the edition, which will explain the ways in which Donne’s sermons have reached us, outline the principles on which the edition is based, and provide a template for further study and editions of other early modern sermons. The project will, therefore, provide an unmatched resource for those interested in Donne’s writings (students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public), but it will also be invaluable to students of the history of preaching, religion, the law, the court, politics, and textual transmission in the period. This project website, also funded by the AHRC, presents detailed outlines of the component parts of the edition, statements of our editorial principles, and much of the non-copyright primary research generated by our work.
The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.026 Wednesday, 21 January 2015
From: BritGrad <
Date: January 20, 2015 at 10:09:56 AM EST
Subject: The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
4-6 June 2015
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
BritGrad 2015 CFP
4-6 June 2015
The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to join us in June for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.
This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2015, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research on Shakespeare, the Early Modern period, or the Renaissance. In accordance with the Shakespeare Institute’s emerging reputation as a place for creative criticism, we also encourage creative responses. The conference takes place in an active centre of Shakespeare and Early Modern scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.
Plenary speakers include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), and Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton). See our blog for information on plenary speakers as they are confirmed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.
We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract. We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015. (Abstracts cannot be considered until the delegate has registered.) Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.
For more information, find us on Facebook, on Twitter, and at britgrad.wordpress.com, or email
T: @britgrad https://twitter.com/britgrad
Announcement pdf: BritGrad
Richard III: Histories—Transformations—Afterlives”—Deadline extended to January 13, 2015
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.021 Monday, 19 January 2015
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: January 18, 2015 at 4:25:31 PM EST
Subject: CFP “Richard III: Histories—Transformations—Afterlives”
“Richard III: Histories—Transformations—Afterlives”—Deadline extended to January 13, 2015
The conference “Richard III: Histories—Transformations—Afterlives”
is extending the deadline on its Calls for Papers by a couple of
weeks until the end of January 2015. Here are the details.
Date: 25 March 2015
Venue: De Montfort University, Leicester
Coinciding with the interment of King Richard III in Leicester, De Montfort University’s Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations are co-hosting a one-day conference called “Richard III: Histories—Transformations—Afterlives”. 20-minute papers are invited on all topics related to:
* The historical King Richard III
* The various dramatic/fictional King Richard IIIs onstage and elsewhere
* The genre of the history play in its own time and after
* Textual problems in the early editions of Shakespeare’s history plays
* The relationship between history and tragedy in Shakespeare’s time and after
* How Richard III changes in adaptations
* History plays and the shifting geographies of England, Great Britain, the United Kingdom and beyond
Please send proposals for papers comprising titles and abstracts (100-300 words) to Prof Deborah Cartmell and Prof Gabriel Egan by 31 January 2015.
The conference day programme and the registration fee include a private guided tour of the newly opened King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester city centre, which commemorates the discovery in 2012 of Richard III's remains just 200 metres from the De Montfort University campus.
Professor Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University. www.gabrielegan.com
Director of the Centre for Textual Studies http://cts.dmu.ac.uk
National Teaching Fellow 2014 http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ntfs