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Folger Institute Weekend Seminar: Remembering Theater
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1878  Tuesday, 15 November 2005

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Date: 		Monday, 14 Nov 2005 14:15:37 -0500
Subject: 	Folger Institute Weekend Seminar: Remembering Theater

Please forward the following announcement to interested colleagues and 
advanced graduate students:

Remembering Theater
A Spring Weekend Seminar directed by W. B. Worthen and Barbara Hodgdon

What is the impact of the emerging "antidiscipline" of performance 
studies on our understanding of Shakespearean drama? In what ways might 
some of the critical terms and practices-surrogation, restoration of 
behavior, performance ethnography, performative research-of performance 
studies help us to think through the vexed place of 
Shakespeare/performance studies today? With the rise of film, 
television, video, and digital technologies, neither "Shakespeare" nor 
"drama" are any longer confined to the tension between page and stage. 
The seminar will draw on participants' own research interests (and allow 
some time in the library) to investigate how the technologies of 
contemporary performance, including the technologies of contemporary 
theater, define "Shakespeare" by defining the condition of dramatic 
performance. Are there distinctive epistemological modalities to 
contemporary live theater, and how do they relate to the epistemological 
structures of "performance," let alone to film or video or digital 
performance? Must we understand theatrical production as inevitably 
residual in Raymond Williams's sense? Or does theater continue to speak 
back to other technologies of performance, even those that seem to have 
displaced the stage? Does the antitheatrical tendency of American 
"performance studies" also sustain the desire to theorize performance as 
performativity-is this a way to move away from the tawdriness of 
theater? Theater is only imaginable as an art of memory; is theater now 
only an art of memory?

Director: W. B. Worthen is Professor of Theater in the Department of 
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, 
Berkeley. His most recent works include Print and the Poetics of Modern 
Drama (forthcoming 2005), Shakespeare and the Force of Modern 
Performance (2003), and Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (1997).

Director: Barbara Hodgdon is Adjunct Professor in the Department of 
English at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The 
Shakespeare Trade: Performances and Appropriations (1998), among other 
titles, and editor of the Arden 3 Taming of the Shrew. With W. B. 
Worthen, she is co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and 
Performance.

Schedule:  Two session; Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 March 2006; 21 
and 22 April 2006.

Application Deadline: 3 January 2006 for admission (and grants-in-aid 
for Folger Institute consortium affiliates).

Please contact the Folger Institute (
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questions.

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