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CFP: Shakespeare and Ecology
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0448  Thursday, 10 March 2005

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Mar 2005 17:10:06 -0000
Subject:        BSA Call for Papers: "Shakespeare and Ecology" -- Deadline
extended

An extra 3 weeks have been added to the deadline for the following Call
for Papers: we'll take proposals up to the end of March.

"Shakespeare and Ecology"

The 2005 meeting of the British Shakespeare Association at the
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 1-4 September 2005 will include a
seminar called "Shakespeare and Ecology", led by Dr Gabriel Egan
(Loughborough University) and Dr Kevin De Ornellas (Queen's University,
Belfast). Members of the SHAKSPER ListServ are warmly invited to apply
for inclusion in what is certain to be a lively session.

This is the seminar Call for Papers:

"The most pressing social and political problem of our time, ecological
degradation, has had virtually no impact upon Shakespeare studies to
date. Debates about how the countryside and animals are exploited by
humans are apparent in Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic and
non-dramatic writing, but, since their productive forces were not
sufficiently developed to make the widescale changes that we've become
capable of, it is easily but wrongly assumed that ecological concern
emerged only in the last 50 years. In fact, arguments about how to
define the natural in contradistinction from the human, about the proper
relations of these two spheres, and the ideological and political
purposes to which arguments about nature might be put have long been
apparent in literature and drama, as work on the Romantics has shown.

Contributors to this seminar on 'Shakespeare and ecology' are invited to
do such things as: raise questions about the representation of animals
and the natural world in Shakespeare; historicize changing human
relations with the natural world and how these affected the creation and
reception of Shakespeare's work in his own time and across the centuries
since then; put in the context of cultural theory the changing
conceptions about humanity's place in the universe (including, for
example, claims that an epistemic rupture separates us from
Shakespeare's time); and consider how these matters might bear upon the
duties of Shakespeare scholars today. The precise format of the seminar
will be shaped by the number of attendees, but it is anticipated that
abstracts will be publicly circulated on a website
(www.GabrielEgan.com/ecoShakespeare) so that participants need not
summarize their papers for the benefit of auditors and can move directly
to engagement with one another's papers. This seminar will be inherently
interdisciplinary-indeed it explicitly imports to Shakespeare studies
concerns and methodologies from other subject areas-and the convenors
are consciously distributing this Call for Papers in channels used by
colleagues in science and social science, as well as in the usual
channels that get to Shakespearians of all stripes."

Please feel free to distribute this Call for Papers in any channels
available.

300-words abstracts of proposed papers should be sent the seminar
convenors: Gabriel Egan (
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