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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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Hamlet Tickets at the RSC, June 9, 7:15 pm

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.114  Wednesday, 6 April 2016

 

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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 9:49:58 AM EDT

Subject:    Hamlet Tickets at the RSC, June 9, 7:15 pm

 

I have two tickets for Hamlet at the RSC, Stratford, on June 9, 7:15 pm, and I can’t make the show that night. They’re seats B48 and B49, second row center, on the aisle. (Pretty much the best seats in the house, at least if you have long legs like me; the front row is a bit cramped.) 

 

Since I’m an RSC member, I can return the tickets for a refund, but I thought that there might be some SHAKSPER member who lives in the area who would like to get a chance at a pair of good seats. The tickets are £55 each, and I’m obviously selling them at cost.

 

Best,

Kirk

 

 

 

The Compendium of Renaissance Drama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.113  Wednesday, 6 April 2016

 

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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 7:25:09 AM EDT

Subject:    The Compendium of Renaissance Drama

 

CORD is a five-million-plus-word database featuring synoptic treatment of every extant play from the English stage to have been performed in English between 1486 and 1642. It includes interactive maps, illustrations, finding lists of persons and plays, a complete prosopography of every character to appear or be mentioned on the Renaissance English stage, a complete topographical dictionary of every place-name mentioned in the period drama, animated stemma of the British monarchs from the Conqueror to Charles I and another of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, comprehensive timelines of playhouses, playing companies, and playwrights, all inter-linked to the relevant play synopses.

 

My current project on the CORD is the creation of a searchable, chronological, fully linked version of Henslowe’s diary that features both the original and transliterated spellings. I expect to add it sometime in 2019.

 

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You are invited

 

Dean Chris Jesperson welcomes you to an introduction of the Compendium of Renaissance Drama, a comprehensive collection of English Renaissance drama, painstakingly assembled by UNG Professor of English Dr. Brian Corrigan on Saturday, April 23rd, 5:00 in the evening, Dahlonega Campus Library Special Collections Room. RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 706.864.1910 Reception to follow


Brian Jay Corrigan, J.D. Ph.D.

Senior Professor, Renaissance Literature

General Editor, The Compendium of Renaissance Drama

Georgia Author of the Year

Georgia Board of Regents Outstanding Professor of the Year

 

 

 

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