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CFP: Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0488  Tuesday, 22 October 2013


From:        Sharon Yang < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 17, 2013 2:38:24 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare 


Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

“Shakespeare Noir:  Destabilization, Corruption, Irruption, Illumination, Liberation”


Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA.


Much like film noir in the 1940s and ’50s Shakespeare’s drama and poetry explore the seamy underside of order, respectability, and morality. This conference will look for papers that explore how texts and performances related to Shakespeare destabilize, expose, or illuminate the faux stability of the Elizabethan world picture or the various eras in which the plays and poems have been presented and studied, as well as fetishizing Shakespeare. Possible topics might include exploring:


How Shakespeare’s plays and poems themselves challenge views of

  • government
  • religion and faith
  • the demonic and the divine
  • class and gender roles
  • science and nature
  • the virtue or destructiveness of art (especially in terms of the theater)


How Shakespeare and his work have been marshaled/manipulated/exploited to reflect specific political, social, philosophical, and aesthetic views through

  • stage and film productions
  • paratexts or adaptations on the page, stage, or screen
  • literary criticism; etc.

Proposals of approximately 300 words due March 14, 2014.  Papers length should be gauged for 15 minutes reading time.


 $10.00 conference registration fee


Contact Person:  Dr. Sharon R. Yang, English Department, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA 0160

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Sponsors:  Worcester State University, Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference Consortium 

Mellon Fellowships in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0487  Tuesday, 22 October 2013


From:        Donna Sy < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 18, 2013 4:46:23 PM EDT

Subject:     Mellon Fellowships in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School


Rare Book School welcomes applications from scholars of Shakespeare to the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography.  The aim of this Mellon Foundation-funded fellowship program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. RBS selected its first twenty Mellon Fellows in the spring of 2013, and will admit an additional twenty fellows to the program in the spring of 2014.


Fellows will receive funding for Rare Book School course attendance, as well as generous stipends, and support for research-related travel to special collections, over the course of three years. Weeklong intensive courses at Rare Book School cover topics such as paleography, codicology, scholarly editing, and the history of the book.


The deadline for application to the program is DECEMBER 2, 2013. Applicants must be doctoral candidates (post-qualifying exams), postdoctoral fellows, or junior (untenured) faculty in the humanities at a U.S. institution at time of application.  Interested scholars are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more details, please visit:


Donna A. C. Sy

Mellon Fellowship Program Director

Rare Book School

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(434) 243-4296






Fellowship program seeks to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities


Charlottesville, VA, October 17, 2013 – Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia has been awarded a $783,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to extend and augment its three-year fellowship program, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, which was established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation. The aim of the program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities. RBS selected its first twenty Mellon Fellows in the spring of 2013, and will admit an additional twenty fellows to the program in the spring of 2014.


The Mellon Fellowships at Rare Book School will enable a select group of doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in the humanities to receive advanced, intensive training in the analysis of textual artifacts. Led by a distinguished faculty drawn from the bibliographical community and professionals in allied fields, fellows will attend annual research-oriented seminars at Rare Book School and at major special collections libraries nationwide. Fellows will also receive stipends to support research-related travel to special collections, and additional funds to host academic symposia at their home institutions.  


“I am grateful to the Foundation for its generous support of our Mellon Fellowship program, which seeks to help early-career humanities scholars incorporate bibliographical and book-historical methods into their research and teaching,” said RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “We intend to build on the successes of the first phase of our Mellon Fellowship program by encouraging a more extensive collaborative dialogue among our fellows, who will continue to represent a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from musicology and the digital humanities to art history and American studies.”


The deadline for application to join the program’s second cohort of fellows is December 2, 2013. More information about the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography is available at:


About Rare Book School (RBS)

Rare Book School provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the fields of bibliography, librarianship, book history, manuscript studies, and the digital humanities. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. RBS is a not-for-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Virginia. More information about RBS is available on its website:


For more information, contact:

Jeremy Dibbell, Director of Communications & Outreach

Rare Book School

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(434) 243-7077

Harry Lennix to Screen Shakespeare Adaptation in Memphis


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0482  Wednesday, 16 October 2013


From:        Newstok_Scott < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 16, 2013 5:48:21 AM EDT

Subject:     Harry Lennix to Screen Shakespeare Adaptation in Memphis 


Harry Lennix to screen Shakespeare adaptation in Memphis, November 2


In 2008, Rhodes College hosted the symposium “Shakespeare in Color,” which explored African American adaptations and appropriations of “Macbeth.” This conference led to the 2010 collection of essays “Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance.”


One of the symposium participants, Hollywood actor Harry Lennix (who starred in Julie Taymor’s 1999 film “Titus Andronicus”), recently produced an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” plays. “H4” is set in contemporary Los Angeles in order to explore political struggles in the black community:


“H4” will be screened at the Indie Memphis Film Festival (9pm, November 2, Playhouse on the Square).


Lennix and screenwriter Ayanna Thompson (GWU) are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.


Co-sponsored by the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment; African American Studies and Film Studies at Rhodes College; African and African American Studies at the University of Memphis; and presented in collaboration with Hattiloo Theatre and Indie Memphis.


Please contact Scott Newstok (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for further information.


Shakespeare at Rhodes

Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0478  Monday, 14 October 2013


From:        Geoff Pond < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 12, 2013 2:36:18 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars


Quills are drawn. The competition is fierce and poetic. Come and root for your favorite playwright!





A world premiere

By George Crowe

Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars: London Idol 1610

Directed by Robert Currier


In Elizabethan London, home to the most celebrated writers at the height of their brilliance, English literature is flowering, but Richard Burbage’s Blackfriars Theatre is not faring well. Outside, the plague assails its doors, and the distant threat of war draws nearer. Brooding in his echoing theater one weather-beaten night, Richard Burbage is lost in thought. “How might I resurrect this house? Another raucous bear pit, brothel, a drinking den?”


An audacious thought comes to him:


He will host a playwriting contest! LONDON IDOL 1610 is born. 


Richard Burbage challenges playwrights William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont and the ghost of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe to compete with each other by presenting their one page “cover” plays based on Shakespeare’s best-known works. Dozens of the Bard’s characters careen from bawdy sex romp to wistful reverie in this witty, irreverent grand bouffe. Cross-dressing, cunning, low humor, corsets, loony violence—it’s all here, played by a spry, nuanced ensemble recruited from the Bay Area’s most accomplished comic actors. 


George Crowe's nimble, naughty script spoofs and teases Shakespeare's phenomenal wordplay to make this the highlight of this theater season. 


George Crowe has had many plays produced locally and nationally since the 1970's, including PARABLE FOR A DARK TIME at the Golden Thread Theater, THE FALSE SERVANT at Abydos Theatre.


Robert Currier, co-founder and Artistic Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, has directed most of the Bard’s masterpieces since the late 1980’s. 


The cast: Maureen Coyne, Debi Durst, Amy Lizardo, Mantra Plonsey, Geoffrey Pond, Jeff Trescott, Michael Walraven, original music composed and performed by Cindy Webster and Mantra Plonsey


Shakespeare at the Blackfriars

Runs October 18 through November 17, 2013


The Phoenix Annex Theatre

414 Mason Street in San Francisco

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

and Sundays at 7pm.


General Admission $25.00

Students & Seniors $20.00

For reservations & press info, please call 510-276-3871


CFP: Shakespeare in Popular Culture Area, SWPACA 2014


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0466  Tuesday, 1 October 2013


From:        Jessica Maerz < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 30, 2013 3:18:18 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Shakespeare in Popular Culture Area, SWPACA 2014


The following CFP may be of interest to the SHAKSPER-L readership.


CFP:  Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Shakespeare in Popular Culture

Albuquerque, NM

Feb. 19-22, 2014


The Shakespeare in Popular Culture Area is now accepting proposals for the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association’s 35th annual conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, NM. 


This year’s theme is “Popular & American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow”; we welcome proposals that engage with the overarching conference theme, as well as those that treat the convergence of Shakespeare, pop culture, and mediatization more broadly.


Potential topics might include: global Shakespeares; inter- and cross-cultural Shakespeares; Shakespearean auteurs; digital Shakespeares; screen Shakespeares; Shakespeare and the digital humanities; and postmodern Shakespeares.


Please submit a CV and 250 word proposal to by November 1, 2013. Inquiries may be directed to Area Chair Jessica Maerz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Details about the conference, including information about conference travel and graduate student awards, can be found at


Jessica M. Maerz

Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies

School of Theatre, Film, and Television

University of Arizona

New Section Launch for B&L: Call for Submissions


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0462  Monday, 30 September 2013


From:        Sujata Iyengar < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 27, 2013 4:58:21 PM EDT

Subject:     New Section Launch for B&L: Call for Submissions


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to a new “Digital Appropriations” section of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (or B&L)


B&L is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal publishing original scholarship on the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories. We publish two issues, online, per year: < >. In addition to articles and article clusters (groups of two or more related articles with a short introduction by the cluster editor), we regularly publish three dedicated sections: Appropriations in Performance, Notes, and Book Reviews.


We are pleased to announce a new fourth section, “Digital Appropriations,” edited by Dr. Michael Ullyot, Assistant Professor (English) at the University of Calgary: < > or < >.


We seek thesis-driven reviews of the following:


[a] Digital editions and encoded texts, particularly those focused on research and teaching applications. That includes student editions/multimedia apps; TEI-compliant encoded texts for adaptation, visualization, &c.; and other text-based resources.


[b] Projects, databases, visualizations, and other resources that build on Shakespeare’s texts and performance archives. 


We also welcome proposals for reviews of digital objects that fall outside of these categories, including games or social-media appropriations.


Send queries, including proposals for reviews or review clusters, to the section editor: < ullyot[at] >. 


We prefer thesis-driven reviews that make arguments about digital objects, rather than primarily descriptive or evaluative reviews. Arguments can focus on Shakespeare within the reviewed application or tool, or upon the digital affordances of these Shakespeare objects for teaching or research. 


Reviews are normally between 1000 and 3000 words. We encourage authors to embed links and media, as appropriate, to take advantage of B&L’s medium, and to consult Richard Lanham’s Revising Prose or Joseph Williams’s Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace as they edit their work. Upon acceptance, we will ask authors to verify all citations and to put their essays into the journal’s house style.


B&L is co-edited by co-founders Dr. Christy Desmet < cdesmet[at] >and Dr. Sujata Iyengar < iyengar[at] >; please address editorial correspondence to lenders[at] or to Managing Editor Ms. Maria Chappell < machapp[at] >.

Special Issue of Shakespeare on Global Shakespeares


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0458  Friday, 27 September 2013


From:        Alexander Huang < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 26, 2013 2:43:50 PM EDT

Subject:     Special Issue of Shakespeare on Global Shakespeares


Shakespeare (The British Shakespeare Association) Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2013


Special Issue on Global Shakespeares, edited by Alexander Huang

Available online:


Video clips that accompany the articles are available on:




Global Shakespeares as Methodology

Alexander C. Y. Huang
pages 273-290


Having reached a critical mass of participants, performances and the study of Shakespeare in different cultural contexts are changing how we think about globalization. The idea of global Shakespeares has caught on because of site-specific imaginations involving early modern and modern Globe theatres that aspired to perform the globe. Seeing global Shakespeares as a methodology rather than as appendages of colonialism, as political rhetorics, or as centerpieces in a display of exotic cultures situates us in a postnational space that is defined by fluid cultural locations rather than by nation-states. This framework helps us confront archival silences in the record of globalization, understand the spectral quality of citations of Shakespeare and mobile artworks, and reframe the debate about cultural exchange. Global Shakespeares as a field registers the shifting locus of anxiety between cultural particularity and universality. The special issue explores the promise and perils of political articulations of cultural difference and suggests new approaches to performances in marginalized or polyglot spaces.



Hamlet, the Heike and the Fall of Troy

Peter S. Donaldson
pages 291-303


Postcolonial hybridity: The making of a Bollywood Lear in London

Kinga Földváry
pages 304-312


Caribbean tricksters at crossroads: Davlin Thomas’s Lear Ananci and Hamlet: The Eshu Experience

Giselle Rampaul
pages 313-321


European touring stars and the Shakespearean distinction of the Spanish actor-manager in Madrid and Latin America (1898–1936)

Juan F. Cerdá
pages 322-329


What's global about global Shakespeare? The case of Perttu Leppä's 8 päivää ensi-iltaan (8 Days to the Premiere)

Nely Keinänen
pages 330-338





Review of Sua Incelença, Ricardo III (directed by Gabriel Villela for Clowns de Shakespeare) at Largo da Ordem, Curitiba, Brazil, 29 March 2011

Anna S. Camati & Liana C. Leão
pages 339-341


Review of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (directed by Silviu Purcarete), the National Theater in Craiova, Romania, 14 March 1992

Lucian Ghita
pages 342-346


Review of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Directed by Anirudh Nair and Neel Chaudhuri for The Tadpole Repertory and Wide Aisle Productions), Zorba the Buddha Performance Space, Ghitorni, New Delhi, India, 3 March 2013

Jyotsna Singh
pages 347-349


Review of The Speaker’s Progress (directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam), Paramount Theatre, Boston, USA, October 12-16, 2011

Margaret Litvin
pages 350-352


Review of La Tempestad (directed by John Mowat for the Companhia do Chapitô) at the Corral de Comedias, Almagro, Spain, 23 July 2011

Carla Della Gatta
pages 353-355


Review of Hamlet or Three Boys and One Girl (adapted and directed by Nikolay Georgiev and the @lma @lter Student Theatre-Laboratory) at the Theatre Hall of Sofia University, Bulgaria, 12 March 2013

Georgi Niagolov
pages 356-358


Review of Shakespeare and APA’s Macbeth: Leila and Ben – A Bloody History (directed by Lotfi Achour) and the company's talkback at Re-making Shakespeare for the World Shakespeare Festival at the Northern Stage, Newcastle, UK, 14 July 2012

Saffron J. Walkling & Raphael Cormack
pages 359-361


Review of Robert Lewis’ Red Hamlet (directed by Robert Lewis) for the Group Theatre, New York, October 1933

Jeffrey Butcher
pages 362-364


Review of Shakespeare’s Othello (directed by Nikos Charalambous for the Cyprus Theatre Organization) at Latsia Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus, 27 November 2010

Eleni Pilla
pages 365-366





Giving a “Local Habitation” to “Airy Nothing”: Review of the Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive

Haylie Brooke Swenson
pages 367-372

Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) Films


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0456  Tuesday, 24 September 2013


From:        Gabriel Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 23, 2013 3:03:10 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) Films


The Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) project just released its final batch of films:




(1) A performed excerpt from Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s play A Fair Quarrel Act I Scene 1, first performed c. 1615-1617 (7 minutes)


(2) An examination of the career of Christopher Beeston and the last years of Caroline theatre (11 minutes)


(3) A research interview with theatre historian Michael Dobson on Christopher Beeston and Caroline drama (15 minutes)


In total the ShaLT Films page at now has five-and-a-half hours of video footage comprising short documentaries, performed scenes from plays, and research interviews, all of which may be freely reused in anyone’s teaching or research.


The project’s investigators, myself and Andrew Gurr, would like especially to thank the theatre historians who contributed to the project by agreeing to be interviewed and/or giving a public talk at the Victoria & Albert Museum this summer. They are:


  Martin Butler

  Ralph Alan Cohen

  Michael Dobson

  Jean E. Howard

  Grace Ioppolo

  Farah Karim-Cooper

  Andy Kesson

  Lucy Munro

  Julie Sanders

  Tiffany Stern

  Gary Taylor

  Joanne Tompkins

  Martin White

  Peter Womack


At a time when academics are under increasing pressure to concentrate on activities that have a measurable economic impact it was a privilege to receive the free contributions of these leaders of our subject discipline. It was also an education in itself. Any omissions, errors, or offence inadvertently given are my responsibility.


Gabriel Egan

Principal Investigator, ShaLT

Recent Additions to Lexicons of Early Modern English


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0455  Tuesday, 24 September 2013


From:        UTP Journals < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 23, 2013 2:07:56 PM EDT

Subject:     Recent Additions to Lexicons of Early Modern English


Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English -

  • Robert Cawdrey, A Table Alphabetical, Containing and Teaching the Understanding of Hard Usual English Words (1617)
  • Jean de La Quintinie, The Complete Gardener (1693)
  • Anonymous, The Great Herbal (1526)
  • Claude Hollyband, A Dictionarie French and English (1593)
  • Richard Benese, The Manner of Measuring (1537)
  • Edward Hatton, The Merchant's Magazine Dictionary of Merchandise and Trade (1699)


Coming soon to LEME

  • John Thorie, The Theatre of the Earth (1601)
  • Richard Head, The English Rogue (1665)
  • John Rider, Bibliotheca Scholastica(1589)
  • Latin-English dictionary
  • Guy Miege, A New Dictionary, French and English (1677)
  • Sir Thomas Blount,  Nomo-Lexikon(1670)
  • Henry Hexham,  A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary(1641-42)
  • Joshua Poole, English Parnassus(1657)  


Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. With more than 600,000 word-entries from 184 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, glossaries, and linguistic treatises, encyclopedic and other lexical works from the beginning of printing in England to 1702, as well as tools updated annually, LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language. 


Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!

184 searchable lexicons

139 fully analyzed lexicons

618,477 total word entries

398,128 fully analyzed word entries

60,891 total English modern headwords


LEME provides exciting opportunities for research for historians of the English language. More than a half-million word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of early modern English describe the meaning of words, and their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.


University of Toronto Press Journals

5201 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON, Canada M3H 5T8

Tel: (416) 667-7810 Fax: (416) 667-7881

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[Editor’s Note: I have been a long-time subscriber to LEME. I find it an invaluable tool for annotating works of the period. –Hardy Cook]

Symposium: Essex: The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0454  Tuesday, 24 September 2013


From:        Annaliese Connolly < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 23, 2013 9:39:50 AM EDT

Subject:     Symposium: Essex: The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier



The cultural impact of an Elizabethan courtier



One-Day Symposium

Saturday 26th October, 12-4.30pm

Sheffield Hallam University, Room 9003, Cantor Building, City Campus

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register


This one-day symposium marks the publication of a new collection of essays about the life and cultural impact of Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex.  It brings together scholars who have been involved with the collection and whose research continues to engage with some of the issues and questions raised by their work for the volume.  The papers will consider a selection of the diverse visual and textual manifestations of Essex and his circle in poetry and portraiture as well as in texts produced by the earl himself.


There is no registration fee and refreshments will be provided, but we do require you to e-mail us in advance to book a place: 


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Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)


‘“Mine excuse must only be the worthiness of former precedents”: Gervase Markham’s English Arcadia and the Earl of Essex’s Sidneian Inheritance’. 

Richard Wood (Sheffield Hallam University)


‘More Poetry by the Earl of Essex?’ 

Hugh Gazzard (St. Hugh’s College, Oxford)


‘From Imitation to Counterfeit: Essex’s hand in correspondence’. 

Andrew Gordon (University of Aberdeen).


“‘Still renewing wronges”: Gheeraert’s Persian Lady Revealed’. 

Chris Laoutaris (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) and Yasmin Arshad (University College London)


Annaliese Connolly

Lecturer in English 

Sheffield Hallam University


Flyer: icon Essex Flier

CFP: Society for Textual Scholarship 2014 Conference


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0453  Monday, 23 September 2013


From:        Hardy M. Cook < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Monday, September 23, 2013

Subject:     CFP: Society for Textual Scholarship 2014 Conference


The Society for Textual Scholarship has issued the CFP for its 2014 conference in Seattle, “Textual Scholarship Across the Disciplines”. Visit and click on “Call for Papers” for more information.




The Society for Textual Scholarship

International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 20-22, 2014

University of Washington, Seattle


“Textual Scholarship Across the Disciplines”


Program Chairs: Jeffrey Todd Knight and Geoffrey Turnovsky, University of Washington


Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2013






Johanna Drucker, UCLA

David Scott Kastan, Yale U

Sheldon Pollock, Columbia U




This conference will bring the Society for Textual Scholarship to UW-Seattle, home of the Textual Studies Program, the first of its kind in the U.S. when it was founded in 1997. Situated between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains on the Puget Sound, Seattle is among the most scenic, vibrant, and bookish cities in America. Conference participants will have an opportunity to explore the rich culture of the city, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Central Library, the Richard Hugo House, UW Special Collections, and a thriving book arts and craft printing community.


We invite proposals on any aspect of textual scholarship, including the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, the history of science and technology, computer science, library and information science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, new media studies, game studies, theater and performance studies, linguistics, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, indigenous studies, and textual and literary theory.


In honor of the STS’s first trip to the west coast, we especially encourage submissions that traverse disciplinary territory and/or geographic space. Our choice of keynote speakers reflects three key areas of disciplinary and cultural overlap – the digital humanities, histories of the book, and globally comparative philologies – where textual scholarship is closely implicated in current academic and popular debates.


Submissions may take the following forms:


1. Papers. Papers (or papers with slideshow presentations) should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship. Papers that are primarily reports or demonstrations of tools or projects are discouraged.


2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.


3. Seminars. Seminars should propose a specific topic, issue, or text for intensive collective exploration. Accepted seminar proposals will be announced on the conference Web site ( at least two months prior to the conference and attendees will then be required to enroll themselves with the posted seminar leader(s). The seminar leader(s) will circulate readings and other preparatory materials in advance of the conference. No papers shall be read at the seminar session. Instead participants will engage with the circulated material in a discussion under the guidance of the seminar leader(s). All who enroll are expected to contribute to creating a mutually enriching experience.


4. Workshops. Workshops should propose a specific problem, tool, or skill set for which the workshop leader will provide expert guidance and instruction. Examples might be an introduction to forensic computing or paleography. Workshop proposals that are accepted will be announced on the conference Web site ( and attendees will be required to enroll with the workshop leader(s).


Proposals for all formats should include a title; abstract (250 words max.) of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop; and name, email address, and institutional affiliation for all participants. Format should be clearly indicated. Seminar and workshop proposals in particular should take care to articulate the imagined audience and any expectations of prior knowledge or preparation.


***All abstracts should indicate what if any technological support will be required.***


Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For additional contact information:


All participants in the STS 2014 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please visit the society for Textual Scholarship website For conference updates and information, see the STS website at

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