European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0362 Tuesday, 4 September 2012
From: Jean-Christophe Mayer <
Date: September 4, 2012 10:04:51 AM EDT
Subject: Reminder: European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)
Dear List Members,
This is just to remind you that 1 October 2012 is the deadline for submitting a proposal (abstract and brief bio) for a seminar paper at the European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA) on “Shakespeare and Myth”, which will be held in Montpellier, France (26-29 June 2013).
Seminar presentations can be downloaded from the ESRA website
on behalf of the other members of the organising committee
(Florence March, Janice Valls-Russell and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin)
In 2011, the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft – in collaboration with ESRA – organized a major conference to commemorate 400 years of The Tempest with plenaries and seminars addressing the theme of “Shakespeare’s Shipwrecks” from a vast number of angles. The conference, held in Weimar, Germany, between 28 April and 1 May 2011, was attended by many members of the German Shakespeare Society and ESRA members from across the globe.
During the general meeting on the last day of the conference, the General Meeting of ESRA enthusiastically accepted the proposal by Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin to organize the 2013 ESRA conference in Montpellier, France, between 26 and 29 June 2013. The conference to be organized by the University of Montpellier will be devoted to “Shakespeare and Myth.”
At the Weimar gathering, the members of ESRA elected a new board:
Ton Hoenselaars, Chair (Utrecht University)
Clara Calvo, Conference (University of Murcia)
Jacek Fabiszak, Treasurer (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Juan F. Cerdá, Secretary (University of Murcia)
Michael Dobson (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
Boika Sokolova (University of Notre Dame in London)
Andreas Höfele (University of Munich)
Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (University of Montpellier)
HONORARY PRESIDENT: Ángel-Luis Pujante
Webmaster: Juan F. Cerdá
We hope to welcome many of you as members of our new Association, online at the Discussion Group, and at our future conferences.
Register with us at the website.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us via the Secretary, Juan F. Cerdá (
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0358 Thursday, 30 August 2012
From: Mike Jensen <
Date: August 30, 2012 9:56:38 AM EDT
Subject: Call for Papers
I am delighted to announce that I shall edit a special section in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (http://www.borrowers.uga.edu/cocoon/borrowers/about) about what for now we are calling Service Shakespeare. This is a call for papers with apologies for cross postings.
By Service Shakespeare, I mean Shakespeare used in the service of different populations, especially needy or isolated populations. Perhaps the best-known example is the Shakespeare in prisons programs, and the best-known example of this is the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars. I hope to cast the net rather widely. My own contribution will be about using Shakespeare as a therapy for Alzheimer’s patients. Topics may include Shakespeare amongst those with other illnesses, with mental disabilities, the homeless, the poor, Shakespeare produced for those in the armed services, and serving the handicapped in professional theatre companies. Let these serve as examples of the sort of topics sought, not as limitations. I am open to any great idea as long as the emphasis is on using Shakespeare to serve others or as a therapy. Please contact me with your proposals.
Michael P. Jensen
Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0347 Friday, 24 August 2012
From: Alexander Huang <
Date: August 22, 2012 3:40:33 PM EDT
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature
A new book that may be of interest to SHAKSPER members -
Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung
[World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization]
By Alexander C. Y. Huang
Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-8376-2207-2
About the Book
The aestheticization of politics in the twentieth century has structured political life as an art form of expression. As a secular investment in shared cultural values, aesthetic humanism has been deployed by artists to counter various practices of subjugation such as colonialism and cultural imperialism that have dominated the recent historical record of globalization.This book draws on theories of aesthetic humanism to explain the force of literature in globalization. The phenomenon is notable in the translation and adaptation of Shakespearean comedies and sonnets, European reception of Asian performances of Shakespeare, French-Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian, and satirical and humorous stories. This is the case because aesthetic humanism promotes multiple perspectives on the continuously unfolding revolution of modernity.
Sample Chapter [PDF]: http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/Publications/HuangWeltlitEpilog.pdf
Available in paperback from
GW Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare and Gail Paster Lecture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0346 Friday, 24 August 2012
From: Emily Russell <
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:36 PM
Subject: George Washington University MEMSI Upcoming Events
GW Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare and Gail Paster Lecture
Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare
George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, a signature program for undergraduate students. The program offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context.
Enjoy small classes and intimate interaction with award-winning professors
Subsidized, faculty-led study tour of London and Stratford-upon-Avon
Meet the head of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and leading scholars and artists in London
Attend performances at the Folger Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.
Participate in events at the Folger Shakespeare Library and on campus
Take advantage of undergraduate research fellowships
Use cutting-edge digital tools for the study of Shakespeare and for creative work
Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare Series
Friday September 7, 2012, 3:30 pm.
Post Hall, George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus
Free shuttle available from Foggy Bottom: http://parking.gwu.edu/tve/
Inaugural Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare by Dr. Gail Kern Paster (Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library)
“Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images from the Folger Picture Archive”
Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great heuristic potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory. The talk is designed for a broad audience. It is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception.
Images from the Dugdale Archive
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0336 Wednesday, 15 August 2012
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Subject: Images from the Dugdale Archive
SHAKSPER subscriber Joseph Egert obtained from the Dugdale Archive at Merevale Hall (UK) photographs of a Dugdale MS notebook page dated “1634” (Dugdale MS-Vol. VII-p.10), containing Dugdale’s handwritten transcriptions of the Holy Trinity Church epitaphs of (1) William Shakespeare, (2) his wife Anne (d.1623), (3) his daughter Susanna (d.1649), (4) his son-in-law John Hall (d.1635), and (5) his grandaughter’s husband Thomas Nashe (d.1647). These notes formed the basis of the printed versions on page 518 and 520 of Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656).
The Dugdale family representative has granted Egert permission to publish these facsimiles online, and he has chosen SHAKSPER as the place those images will reside.
These images are From the Merevale Archives with the permission of Sir William Dugdale, who retains copyright.
We all owe Dr. Egert and the Merevale Archives thanks for allowing SHAKSPER to distribute and archive these images.
The images may be found at the Reference Files section under the Scholarly Resources tab at the SHAKSPER archive: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/reference-files
The images from the Archive are followed by images from the 1656 Dugdale Antiquities of Warwickshire. Following these will be photographs I took of the Funerary Monument in Holy Trinity Church, which will be followed by a compilation file I composed of these and other related images. Hardy M. Cook, Editor.
William Shakespeare’s Funerary Monument
Actors From The London Stage: Actors From The London Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0332 Monday, 13 August 2012
From: Actors From The London Stage <
Date: August 7, 2012 6:09:44 PM EDT
Subject: Upcoming Tours!
Actors From The London Stage
The Merchant of Venice
September 12, 13, 14 -- performances at Washington Hall, University of Notre Dame
September 17 - 23 -- The University of Texas at San Antonio
September 24 - 30 -- Wellesley College
October 1 - 7 -- The University of Texas at Austin
October 8 -1 4 -- The Penn State University
October 22 - 28 -- Kansas State University
We are currently booking the next two tours of Actors From The London Stage.
We have several weeks open for booking of our Spring 2013 Tour of Hamlet , which commences January 21 and concludes March 10.
Our Fall 2013 tour will be Othello and is available for bookings now.
Contact Chuck Gessert at
now to book your residency
BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0331 Monday, 13 August 2012
From: BSA <
Date: August 6, 2012 8:56:14 AM EDT
Subject: BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’
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The next two issues of the BSA’s biannual magazine Teaching Shakespeare
The next two issues of Teaching Shakespeare will appear in September 2012 and February 2013. Members of the BSA will receive electronic copies.
Print copies will also be available to members and non-members (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email
if you would like to take up this offer.
After publication of the third issue, in February 2013, we shall review our policy to decide if we are
able to continue producing both print and digital versions, or whether we shall publish the magazine in a ‘digital-only’ format.
Please help! Here’s how you can help us to keep Teaching Shakespeare in print:
Ask your library or department to purchase print copies of the next two issues (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email
to take up this offer.
To read the first issue of Teaching Shakespeare (February 2012), go to the BSA Education Network:
http ://shakespeareineducation . com/
Please spread the word about the BSA, by forwarding this email to any of your contacts
interested in teaching Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Education
With thanks and all good wishes,
Chair of the Education Committee
The British Shakespeare Association
SINRS ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM Renaissance Republicanism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0328 Friday, 3 August 2012
From: John Drakakis <
Date: August 3, 2012 7:43:30 AM EDT
SINRS ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, 24 November, 2012
School of Arts and Humanities
University of Stirling
From the middle of the sixteenth to the middle of the seventeenth centuries in England, Scotland, and on the continent of Europe the issue of governance was repeatedly addressed. There has been a tendency in scholarship to reason backwards from the English Revolution and to seek to find evidence for these considerations of various alternatives to monarchy. With the publication of a translation of Aristotle’s The Politics in 1598, and with the already extant publication of the writings of George Buchanan and Bishop John Ponet, in addition to Sir Thomas Smith’s De Republica Anglorum (1572), Hooker’s The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1596), Lewis Lewkenor’s translation of Contarini’s The Commonwealth and Government of Venice (1599), Bodin’s Sixe Bookes of the Commonwealth (1606), through to Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha (1639), political theorists were particularly fascinated by the concept of ‘republicanism’. This interest also extended into the drama of the period, with settings in Venice and considerable focus on Roman history. Plays by the likes of Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, and Massinger dramatise elements of the history of Rome and of the Italian city states. In addition to publication and performance, writers such as Fulke Greville circulated their own thoughts on governance, as evidenced in his long poem ‘A Treatise on Monarchy’ (c.1600). In addition, the writings of Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, and Hobbes all have a significant bearing on this theme.
This symposium aims to investigate the ‘republican’ strain in the political and religious thinking of the period and in artistic representations, and seeks to try to distinguish between ‘republicanism’ as an alternative mode of government and criticism, occasional, and/or developed, directed at absolute monarchy. What we discover may indicate a reformulation of ideas about Renaissance censorship, as well as providing a discriminating insight into some of the ways in which critical, or indeed, subversive thinking was possible during this period.
The seminar will take the form of a series of short papers (15-20 mins) on any aspect of this rich and complicated theme.
Anyone wishing to offer a paper at the Symposium, please email
. Please also complete the following slip and return it by Monday 1 October 2012 to:
Dr Angus Vine,
Division of Literature and Languages,
School of Arts and Humanities,
University of Stirling,
Stirling, FK9 4 LA,
There is a fee of £35 for the day which will cover coffee, tea, and buffet lunches. Cheques to be made payable to The University of Stirling.
Call for Papers and Submissions 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum Plymouth State University
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0327 Friday, 3 August 2012
From: Jini Rae Sparkman <
Date: August 2, 2012 11:01:18 AM EDT
Subject: Call for Papers and Submissions 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum Plymouth State University
34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013
Call for Papers and Sessions
“Travel, Contact, Exchange”
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College
We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.
How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?
Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.
Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.
Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship.
For more information visit www.plymouth.edu/medieval
Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director:
Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013
This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co-author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.
The Shakespeare Institute Review and CFP
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0323 Wednesday, 1 August 2012
From: Shakespeare Institute Review <
Date: July 31, 2012 5:24:58 PM EDT
Subject: The Shakespeare Institute Review and CFP
The first issue of The Shakespeare Institute Review was successfully launched at the end of the recent BritGrad conference. The issue, which explores death and mortality in Shakespeare and showcases a marvellous range of contributions, can be found at this link: www.shakesreview.com . Following on from this, we warmly invite submissions for the second issue of the Review, an online academic journal to which postgraduate students of Shakespeare and related programmes are invited to contribute.
Please find attached the latest call for papers. Students are encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 2,000 words on topics relating to Shakespeare and the superhuman, with a deadline of 26 August 2012.
Detailed style guidelines can be found here: www.shakesreview.com/style-guidelines.html . Selected submissions will be published in the second issue of the Review, to be launched in late 2012. Further details are in the attached document. Please share it with students of your and other departments who may be interested. If you have further questions or comments regarding the issue, mailing list, etc., please let us know by email at
or via the contact form on www.shakesreview.com .
The Editorial Board --
Giulia Sandelewski, Paul Hamilton and Thea Buckley
Shakespeare Institute doctoral research students
CFP: The Shakespeare Institute Review
The Shakespeare Institute Review is an online academic journal funded by the Birmingham University College of Arts and Law, and to which students at the Shakespeare Institute and on other postgraduate programmes are encouraged to contribute. Each issue has a theme to which contributors are invited to respond.
Continuing on from the first issue of the journal, which explored death and mortality in Shakespeare, we thought it appropriate to segue into an examination of human limitations and the superhumans who transcend them. ‘Superhuman’ might refer to a ‘normal’ human, with otherwise unusual or exceptional skills, abilities, or powers, or to an ‘improved’ human, e.g. by genetic modification, etc. Students are therefore encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 2,000 words on topics relating to Shakespeare and the Superhuman. Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:
Is our notion of superheroes Shakespearean? What place does the superhuman occupy in our collective imagination, from a metaphysical or spiritual standpoint? Why are we fascinated by, e.g., comics, or the Olympics? What psychological need does superhumanity answer; does the ‘super’ liberate us from human constraints?
Critical examinations of Shakespeare’s magical, mythological, heroic, supernatural, psychic, etc., characters. In particular, we would be interested in papers on the idealised and idolised. This could include close reading, comparative analysis, etc.
Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual, and/or existential significance of the superhuman in the Early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those conceptualisations in his works.
More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare’s works have affected your understanding of what it means to be human, and what it means to be beyond human? Is it just a matter of possessing certain powers, or is it a quality of mind and attitude? How do we define humanity; where is the line between the human, the super, and/or the divine?
Papers should be submitted to
, with a deadline of 26 August 2012. Please refer to the following style guidelines: www.shakesreview.com/style-guidelines.html
All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board (Thea Buckley, Paul Hamilton, and Giulia Sandelewski), and those submissions that are selected will be published in our second online issue next term. For further information, please contact us at