CFP: The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.108 Friday, 6 March 2015
From: Timothy Francisco <
Date: March 5, 2015 at 5:31:55 PM EST
Subject: The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
Call for Papers
“Negotiating Shakespeare: History, Culture, and Context”
October 9-11, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Please join us October 9-11, 2015 in Bowling Green, Ohio for the annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference.
Our plenary speaker will be Ian Smith, professor of English at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and author of Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (Palgrave, 2009).
The conference will also feature America’s longest running touring company, the National Players, who will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream and offer a workshop for actors.
This year, the OVSC is especially interested in papers and panels on the topic of negotiating Shakespeare through history, culture, and context. We welcome a variety of approaches to this topic. Essays might consider, for instance, how we negotiate Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. How do adaptations of Shakespeare’s work negotiate the gulf of over 400 years that stands between early modern texts and us? Which theories of time and/or history are the most fruitful in negotiating our relationship to the early modern era and its texts? How do we negotiate the use of such “old” texts, like Shakespeare’s, in the contemporary classroom. Alternately, essays could inquire about Shakespeare’s negotiation of his culture, in relation, for instance, to governmental censorship or playhouse politics. Or, papers might examine negotiations within Shakespeare’s plays, including characters’ negotiations of identity as it relates to gender, class, race, sexuality, and/or religion. Discussions of bad faith negotiations, such as Aaron’s false promise of freedom for Martius and Quintus in exchange for one of the Andronici’s hands, are also encouraged as are those that examine characters’ negotiations of language and social systems found within the plays.
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, roundtable topics, or panels of three or four members on Shakespeare’s work and that of his contemporaries are welcome. Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to
by August 1, 2015.
The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize. More information is available at http://blogs.uakron.edu/ovsconf/.
This year’s conference is sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo.
Book Announcement: Shakespeare Valued
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.100 Wednesday, 4 March 2015
From: Jessica Pennock <
Date: March 4, 2015 at 4:16:51 AM EST
Subject: Shakespeare Valued
Intellect would like to announce Shakespeare Valued: Education Policy and Pedagogy 1989-2009, this new title is now available for pre-order.
Taking a comprehensive, critical, and theoretical approach to the role of Shakespeare in educational policy and pedagogy from 1989 (the year compulsory Shakespeare was introduced under the National Curriculum for English in the United Kingdom), to the present, Shakespeare Valued explores the esteem afforded Shakespeare in the British educational system and its evolution in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Sarah Olive offers an unparalleled analysis of the ways in which Shakespeare is valued in a range of educational domains in England, and will be essential reading for students and teachers of English and Shakespeare.
Sarah Olive is a lecturer in English in education at the University of York.
Find out more or pre-order on our website http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5140/
Jessica Pennock | Marketing Executive
A: Intellect, The Mill, Parnall Rd, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3JG, UK
T: +44 (0) 117 958 9916
CFP: Blackfriars Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.099 Wednesday, 4 March 2015
From: Sarah Enloe <
Date: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Subject: CFP: Blackfriars Conference
On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s Fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and explore early modern theatre. In 2015, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners, to share ideas about Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometime in collision – can collaborate.
The majority of events – papers, plays, workshops – take place in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. This conference distinguishes itself from saner conferences in a variety of other ways. First, to model the kind of collaboration we think possible we encourage presenters to feature actors as partners in the demonstration of their theses. For instance, in 2009, Gary Taylor’s keynote presentation “Lyrical Middleton” featured ASC actors singing and dancing to the songs in Middleton’s plays. Second, we limit each paper session to six short papers (10 minutes for solo presentations, 13 minutes for presentations with actors). Third, we enforce this rule by ursine fiat – a bear chases from the stage those speakers who go over their allotted time.
Delegates also attend all of the plays in the ASC 2015 Fall Season – Antony & Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Henry VI, Part I – and, for the past several conferences, bonus plays written by Shakespearean colleagues and performed by actors in the Mary Baldwin College MFA in Shakespeare in Performance program. The spirit of fun that imbues the conference manifests itself in the annual Truancy Award, for the sensible conferee who – visiting the Shenandoah Valley at the height of Fall – has the good sense to miss the most sessions.
The 2015 gathering will honor Barbara Mowat and will include keynote addresses from Gina Bloom,Tim Carroll, and Ayanna Thompson.
ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties for our biennial conference to be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, 28 October - 1 November 2015.
As in past years, participants may submit an abstract for consideration in one of 11 plenary sessions, each of which features only 6-7 papers. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration in the plenary sessions is 10 April 2015 (notification and announcement by 4 May). Our colloquies will be different in 2015 than at past conferences, as we wish for proposals to lead these sessions (deadline 10 April). We will post the 11 selected topics by May 4th, and those who wish to register to participate in a session will be able to do so after notifications regarding plenary selections go out.Registration for participation in colloquies and workshops will end 1 June. Participation in a colloquy session will be mutually exclusive from presenting in a plenary session.
Submit an Abstract or a Colloquy Proposal for consideration; Deadline: 10 April 2015. Conference registration is also now open.
For more information, please email Sarah Enloe, Director of Education, at
American Shakespeare Center
Director of Education
The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joy and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.087 Thursday, 26 February 2015
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: February 26, 2015 at 8:44:19 AM EST
Subject: PhD Studentship
SHAKSPERians who know suitable students looking for a PhD scholarship might be interested in the one on “Literary and Dramatic Adaptation: New Approaches and New Kinds of Evidence” currently being offered at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. What’s on offer to the best candidate is the payment of all PhD tuition fees plus the award of a maintenance grant of 14,057 GBP per year for three years.
The pitch to applicants reads like this:
>Applications are invited in the area of
>adaptations and the new technologies, ranging
>from the adaptations of Shakespeare and his
>contemporaries, Austen, Dickens and Gothic
>adaptations. The proposed PhD project will
>bring together the study of adaptation with
>computational methods and training will be
>offered in the computational methods to be
The adaptations side of the project will be supervised within the Centre for Adaptations (Director: Prof Deborah Cartmell) and the
computational side within the Centre for Textual Studies (Director: Prof Gabriel Egan).
Further details and instructions on how to apply are at:
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Cartmell <
> or me <
Dreaming of Midsummer? We can help!
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.082 Tuesday, 24 February 2015
From: Actors From The London Stage <
Date: February 24, 2015 at 7:28:38 AM EST
Subject: Dreaming of Midsummer? We can help!
Heat up your campus with A Midsummer Night's Dream!
November 2015 and February 2016 residencies are available now
Five professional British actors
Five days of workshops and performances
One week of Shakespeare your students will never forget
Now in its 40th year, Actors From The London Stage continues to inspire students with the power of Shakespeare. An AFTLS residency brings the Bard to life on the stage and in the classroom. Our British cast—veterans of some of the most respected theatre companies in the world—will tour campuses across the United States with their innovative five-hand staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Residencies are available in November of 2015 and February of 2016.
Availability is limited;
to request dates, rates, and details.
See AFTLS in action and flip through our brochure at the AFTLS WEBSITE.
Founded in 1975 by Homer “Murph” Swander and world-renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, AFTLS is an actor-driven tour de force. Our actors hail from such prestigious companies as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Uniquely, AFTLS actors not only perform a full-length Shakespearean play, but also visit dozens of classrooms during their weeklong residency.
In addition to enlivening theatre and English departments, the AFTLS experience can be tailored to enrich coursework across the academic spectrum. Our dynamic, hands-on approach will heighten each student’s intellectual curiosity regardless of discipline. Whether coaching accounting students on successful presentation skills, or instructing law students in the art of persuasion, these workshops promote a campus-wide dialogue inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.081 Tuesday, 24 February 2015
From: Rachel Hoath <
Date: February 24, 2015 at 4:28:51 AM EST
Subject: SHAKESPEARE IN ITALY
Following the success of our inaugural summer school in 2014, Shakespeare in Italy is pleased to announce our second summer school in Urbino, Italy from June 30th - July 14th 2015.
Participants should have a good command of English, and could be students, attending for credit, or anyone interested in studying some Shakespeare plays in a wonderful setting with some excellent tutors all of whom have worked for The Royal Shakespeare Company.
I would be very grateful if you could pass the information on to any others who the course may appeal to.
More information can be found on our website, www.shakespeareinitaly.eu and do contact us for any further information.
Rachel Kruger Hoath
(Marketing & Publicity)
CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.077 Monday, 23 February 2015
From: Richard Tromans <
Date: February 22, 2015 at 8:47:19 AM EST
Subject: CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict
CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict
Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed ‘printing, gunpowder, and the compass’ as the technological drivers which had ‘changed the appearance and state of the whole world’. Bacon’s identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.
We welcome papers of between 15 and 20 minutes' length on topics including but not limited to:
Textual and visual representations, interpretations of and responses to conflict
Adaptations which respond to past and/or present conflicts
Conflictual relationships between artistic, critical and intellectual movements
Processes and agents shaping the design, production, dissemination and consumption of texts
Theoretical and bibliographical methodologies
Intellectual conflicts surrounding the emergence of new media and technologies
Competing or contradictory representations of conflict through identical or different expressive forms
State involvement in the production, dissemination and consumption of texts in times of conflict
The evolution of media forms and their impact on conflict-based studies
Proposals of up to 250 words should be submitted online at https://gradcats.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/ by Friday 5 June. Alternatively, email them to
Texts in times of conflict will take place on 7, 8 or 9 September. The date will be confirmed by the middle of March.
This conference is jointly hosted by De Montfort's Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations.
Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence - EXTENDED DEADLINE
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.072 Thursday, 19 February 2015
From: Michele Marrapodi <
Date: February 18, 2015 at 3:18:49 PM EST
Subject: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence - EXTENDED DEADLINE
Dear SHAKSPER Members,
THE EDITORS AND PUBLISHER HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE UNTIL 28 FEBRUARY 2015.
Call for Papers
SHAKESPEARE AND THE VISUAL ARTS:
The Italian Influence
Michele Marrapodi and Keir Elam
Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality, and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume will study instead the use or mention of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, contributors may like to consider:
- the impact of optics and pictorial perspective on the plays or poems;
- anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation;
- the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic and poetic discourse;
- the actual citation of classical and Renaissance artists;
- the legacy of iconographic topoi;
- the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;
- the use of emblems and emblematic language;
- explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays or poems;
- ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.
Contributors are invited to submit proposals by 28 FEBRUARY 2015 to the addresses of the editors below. They should send a one-page abstract of their proposed chapter on the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance visual culture, including theoretical approaches to the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each abstract (approx. 300 words) should include the author’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.
Prof. Michele Marrapodi
University of Palermo, Italy.
Prof. Keir Elam
University of Bologna, Italy.
British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2015
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.067 Monday, 16 February 2015
From: BritGrad2015 <
Date: February 16, 2015 at 1:05:10 PM EST
Subject: British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
BritGrad 2015 - The Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, June 4th-6th 2015 – is pleased to announce that registration is now live. Graduate students are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic in the field of Shakespeare, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.
The conference provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum for graduate students from all over the world to meet, present and discuss their research in an active centre for Shakespeare scholarship. The student run conference is held at the University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute, in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. This gives delegates and auditors the opportunity to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and historical landmarks, and the specialised research libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Centre archives.
Plenary speakers for this year’s conference include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Paul Prescott (University of Warwick), with more pending to be announced. 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. Please see the attached Call for Papers for further information.
Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015. (Abstracts cannot be considered without a filled-out registration form.) 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.
Online registration is now open here: http://britgrad.wordpress.com/registration . A copy of the registration form is attached to this email, and can also be downloaded from https://britgrad.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/britgrad2015registrationmostrecent-2.pdf. A printable poster is also attached, for university departmental contacts to display at their institutions.
We look forward to seeing you at another successful conference.
All the best,
The BritGrad Committee
The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
4-6 June 2015
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
T: @britgrad https://twitter.com/britgrad
BritGrad2015 Poster: BritGrad2015 Poster
BritGrad2015 Registration: BritGrad2015 Registration
CFP: European Society for Textual Scholarship UPDATE
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.063 Friday, 13 February 2015
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: February 12, 2015 at 3:53:16 PM EST
Subject: CFP Update
Apologies to SHAKSPERians for sending a Call for Papers for the European Society for Textual Scholarship meeting without the call deadline. It’s 15 May 2015.
A revised CFP follows.
“Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”
The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England 19-21 November 2015
The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001 to stage a major collective investigation into the state and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on topics such as:
* Are users’ needs changing?
* How does edition design shape use?
* Stability in print and digital
* Where are we in the study of mise en page?
* Facsimiles and scholarly editions
* Collaborative and social editing
* Editorial specialization in the digital age
* APIs and mashups versus anticipation
* The logic of annotation
* Is zero the best price point for editions?
* Readers versus users
* Can we assume a general reader'?
* Indexing and annotation versus search
* Editors, publishers and Open Access
* Is technology changing editing?
* Digital editions or digital archives?
* Are editions ever obsolete?
* Scholarly editions versus popular editions
* Any other topic related to the use or users of scholarly editions
Plenary Speaker (subject to confirmation) include:
Hans Walter Gabler (Munich University)
David Greetham (City University of New York)
Tim William Machan (Notre Dame University)
Gary Taylor (Florida State University)
Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)
Andrew Prescott (Glasgow University)
Hands-on workshops will be given on setting movable type, letterpress printing, and getting started with XML.
Proposals (max 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be emailed to Prof Gabriel Egan <
> by 15 May 2015
See http://cts.dmu.ac.uk/ESTS for information and registration