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GEMCS CFP Deadline Reminder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0954  Thursday, 26 April 2001

From:           Meg Powers Livingston <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 16:34:42 -0400
Subject:        GEMCS CFP Deadline Reminder


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G R O U P   F O R   E A R L Y   M O D E R N

C U L T U R A L   S T U D I E S

( G E M C S )

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NOVEMBER 15-18, 2001

The Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies invites submissions for its
ninth annual conference.  Speakers should plan to speak for ten minutes
and participate in a discussion period afterwards.

This year's conference theme is "A Space Odyssey."  We seek proposals
dealing with material, ideological, social, economic, aesthetic, sexual,
philosophical, artistic, political, racial, and gendered manifestations
of space.  We are particularly interested in work that not only
demonstrates the existence of such manifestations, but examines how they
were expressed culturally and reveals how cross-disciplinary
investigations can elicit a range of provisional and thought-provoking
answers to questions of historical context and historiographical

Possible topics might include:

o "domestic space/public space" (in early modern texts, genre paintings,

o "theatrical space, staged space"

o "interiority and subjectivity"

o "the staging of 17th and 18th century opera"

o "early modern etiquettes of space"

o "early modern utopias and travel literature"

o "liminal spaces"

o "the gendering of early modern space"

... and so forth.

Not to mention astronomical and astrological topics!

We strongly encourage proposals for pre-constituted panels or workshops
of no fewer than four and no more than five participants, and in order
to allow the greatest possible amount of discussion, will ask that
presenters in these panels limit their comments to ten minutes each.  In
addition, we welcome proposals for individual presentations (10 minutes
limit) in open sessions, pedagogical workshops, and other
works-in-progress sessions.  We will gladly arrange for links from our
website to information pertinent to sessions with prepared readings or
other materials for discussion.  One-page abstracts for individual talks
must include talk title, presenter's name, complete mailing address,
institutional affiliation (if any), and email address; proposals for
panels must include a designated panel chair, titles for each talk, and
one-paragraph abstracts for each presenter along with his or her name,
complete mailing address, institutional affiliation (if any), and email
address.  Again, panels or workshops of four or five participants will
be given preference.

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Address all submissions BY MAY 1, 2001 to:

Professor Chris Orchard                 
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Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA  15705

Please submit either postal OR email proposals (NOT both).


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For further information -- or to fill out a 2001 Pre-Conference
Questionnaire -- visit our website at


Session Title: "Sequestered Spaces?: The Etiquette of Cultural Space In
17th- and 18th-Century England"

o  Susan Shifrin (Independent Scholar), Chair

o  Julia Marciari Alexander, Yale Center For British Art:  "As if
through a Kaleidoscope: Viewing The Picture Gallery at Althorp"

o  Robert Bucholz, Loyola University, Chicago:  "Drawing Room Manners
and Backstairs Influence: The Etiquette of Public and Private (?) Space
at the Later Stuart Court"

o  Elizabeth Chew, Monticello:  "Purselin and Pantadoes: Spaces of
Exoticism in Lady Arundel's Tart Hall"

o  Andrew Walkling (Independent Scholar): "The Theatre of the Court and
the Space of Theatre in Restoration England"


(This panel is composed of works still in progress NOT completed
papers.  The presentation style will be rather informal, even by GEMCS
standards.  This panel is looking for one or two more participants
working on similar topics.)

Session Title:  "Conceptualizing Performance Space(s)"

o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona, Chair

o  Nova Myhill, Boston University:  "The Place of Execution:  Locating
and Dislocating Public Punishment on the London Stage"

o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona:  "Changing Spaces/
Changing Plays:  Revising Early Jacobean Plays for Indoor Performance

o  Joanne Rochester, University of Toronto:  ""The Conceptual Space of
Performance in Caroline Drama"


(These suggestions are ideas; no one has yet stepped forward to organize
such workshops.)

o  "The Classroom as SPACE:  How to make best use of a 'bad' classroom?"

o  "Is Your Classroom a Performance Space?:  Performance Aspects for
both teachers and students of Good Teaching"

Meg Powers Livingston
Assistant Professor of English
Penn State Altoona
126C Smith Bldg.
3000 Ivyside Dr.
Altoona, PA  16601

Office:  814-949-5745
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