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The British Shakespeare Association
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0320  Tuesday, 5 February 2002

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Feb 2002 18:04:10 -0000
        Subj:   British Shakespeare Association / Undergraduate Conference
Proposal

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Feb 2002 22:14:42 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   The BSA Conference (an unofficial report)


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Feb 2002 18:04:10 -0000
Subject:        British Shakespeare Association / Undergraduate Conference
Proposal

I have just come back from the Inaugural Conference of the British
Shakespeare Association.  I had a very enjoyable time listening to the
many valuable lectures and enjoyed joining in (in a very minor way) with
the discussions of what the British Shakespeare Association should be,
and how it should operate.  I would like to say a very big "Thank You"
to Peter Holland, the Shakespeare Institute and everybody else involved
in making this event happen.  Hopefully great things will come of it.

The organisers of the Conference hoped that the dialogue started there
would continue, in particular on the Discussion Board at the British
Shakespeare Association website (http://www.britishshakespeare.ws) and I
would like to suggest that every interested party visit that page and
consider adding their suggestions.

I would also like to draw attention to my own suggestion, on this
website, proposing consideration of a British Undergraduate Shakespeare
Conference to match the American equivalents advertised on this list.
If anybody on this list is a British Undergraduate, or works with
British Undergraduates, or is from another part of the world and feels
that they might be able to offer advice or support for this idea, then I
would be very interested to hear from them.  Please E-Mail me directly,
or add your comments to the BSA Discussion board.

My posting on the website runs as follows:

I noticed at the Conference that people largely wanted the BSA to help
them - teachers suggested sessions for teachers, postgraduates suggested
sessions for postgraduates and so on. It should come as no surprise then
that as an Undergraduate I would be interested to see the BSA working
with Undergraduates.

I would like to suggest the idea of an Undergraduate Shakespeare
Conference, perhaps along the lines of the Postgraduate Conference that
is held annually at the Shakespeare Institute. I have seen, via
SHAKSPER, that such events happen regularly at some US Universities and
it seems a pity that the UK does not offer the same opportunity for
Undergraduates to participate in Conferences at their own academic
level. Ideally I would be interested in a Conference that offered a
combination of papers presented by the Undergraduates themselves, a few
keynote speeches by academics or theatre people on interesting or
popular subjects ("Shakespeare and Film", "Shakespeare and the
Internet", "Sexuality in Shakespeare"?), and hopefully also the chance
to see and discuss a full-scale production of one of the plays.

I realise that the BSA will probably have too much to do to organise and
run such a Conference itself, but I would be very grateful if the BSA
helped to initiate discussion and offer advice on the subject. If I can
prove that there is enough interest in a proposed Undergraduate
Shakespeare Conference then I might be able to persuade my own
University (Kent) or another University to support the idea, and would
be willing to try to organise the project myself as far as possible with
support from the BSA and Lecturers at any institution that might
consider the idea. The idea of a Conference "For Undergraduates,
organised by Undergraduates" seems very attractive to me, but I do not
know whether such an idea might appeal to others around the country.

I would be very interested to hear directly from any current
Undergraduate or person involved with Undergraduates (such as lecturers
or University staff) that might be interested in such an idea. If we can
gather as many interested parties together as possible then we might be
able to turn the idea into a reality.

My E-Mail address is 
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Thomas Larque.

"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://shakespearean.org.uk

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Feb 2002 22:14:42 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        The BSA Conference (an unofficial report)

I would like to congratulate Peter Holland, John Joughin (both of whom
are on this listserv) and others on the success of the inaugural
conference of the British Shakespeare Association held this past
weekend.

One of the most exciting outcomes of the conference was that it was
agreed to invite Shakespeare lovers from diverse backgrounds --
academics, theatre goers, teachers, students, etc. -- to join the BSA. A
"temporary" steering committee was established with approximately 15
members representing academics, actors/actresses, teachers and
postgraduate students, theatre-goers/lovers and some other institutions.

Since I'm not on the steering committee, this is an "unofficial" report,
and I shouldn't say much else now. But SHAKSPEReans can visit (and add
to your favourites) the BSA's website, which has been up and running:
http://www.britishshakespeare.ws

It was also great to meet some SHAKSPEReans including Terry Hawkes (who
asked me if I would post a report about the conference) and John
Drakakis.

Long live Shakespeare! (Yeah, he has been!)

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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