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SHAKSPER RoundTable Revisited
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1083  Saturday, 9 December 2006

From:         Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:         Saturday, December 09, 2006
Subject:     SHAKSPER RoundTable Revisited

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

This morning as an excuse to stay in bed for a while, I began to rethink 
my proposal for initiating a new feature to SHAKSPER, roundtable 
discussions. Below are my thoughts. I will consider responses and 
private e-mails to me and report back any significant results.

Hardy

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SHAKSPER RoundTable

Focused Topic: Each topic will be of current academic interest to the 
discipline of Shakespeare or Early Modern Studies

Guest Moderator: A Guest Moderator (GM) will responsible for initiating, 
moderating, directing, and concluding the discussions.

Reading List: A Reading List of three to five items suggested by the 
Guest Moderator will be available on the SHAKSPER server for a limited 
time as if they were set aside in a reserved collection in a library. 
The readings will be announced at least two weeks before discussion 
begins and anyone participating will be expected to be thoroughly 
familiar with them.

Digest of RoundTable Postings: Once a week, on Tuesdays, a digest of 
RoundTable postings (clearly identified as such to distinguish it from 
daily SHAKSPER discussions) will be distributed to the membership. The 
Guest Moderator will initiate the discussions with, for example, a 
question and will organize and comment on the week's submissions before 
suggesting the direction that discussions should follow the subsequent 
week. I, of course, will handle all of the technical aspects of 
forwarding contributions to the GM, of formatting the GM's digest, and 
of distributing it to the membership. The Guest Moderator will 
determine, announce, and conclude discussion of the topic. The final 
digest in a RoundTable thread will be the Guest Moderator's summary 
statement. After an interim, another RoundTable will begin.

Other Features: The Guest Moderator's summary and, a list of links to 
the various digests in each RoundTable thread, to enable future readers 
to follow the discussions as they evolved, will be available in a 
separate section of the SHAKSPER server.

Call for Discussion (CFD): Ideally, I would like anyone interesting in 
moderating a RoundTable to submit to me a Call for Discussion. 
Prospective moderators should provide a paragraph about themselves and 
interest in the topic. I believe that moderating a RoundTable could be 
an important adjunct to one's current research interests. Prospective 
moderators should send me a topic/title, a limited reading list, and a 
description of the proposed scope of the discussion.

Final Thoughts: The idea of these RoundTables is to provide a forum for 
members to use the Internet in such a manner as to enable academic 
discourse in an alternative platform to conferences, journals, and such. 
Thus, RoundTable discussions will be conducted on a more formal level 
than ordinary list discussions: contributors will be expected to reflect 
upon their offerings for before submitting them and to be knowledgeable 
of the subject under discussion. 

Comments: All will regard all responses as private correspondence with 
me and will report back as necessary. It is highly possible that members 
will consider this a good idea but be unwilling to make a commitment to 
a new enterprise without knowing how much time or effort will be 
involved. I completely understand. But the idea intrigues me, and I just 
needed to field it one more time.

FYI: I made the initial suggestion for SHAKSPER RoundTable discussions 
in July; I then posted two follow-ups with refinements about how I 
envisioned the Forum to work and a long-list of possible topics: 
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2006/0606.html and
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2006/0628.html  In this last post, I 
asked for anyone who might be interested to submit to me a 300 to 500 
word proposal or call for discussion (CFD), suggesting possible areas of 
discussion and a question or statement to be used to initiate discussion 
for our first RoundTable, but I got no responses. Below are possible 
topics that have been suggested:

* Historicism, New Historicism, Presentism: Where we are and where we 
are headed?
* Performance Criticism: Thirty Years After
* SHAKESPEARE'S LIVES to 1599: The Future of Shakespeare Biography
* Electronic Shakespeares
* New Uses for Old Books
* Pedagogy: The Shakespeare Classroom Today
* Alternative to the Research Paper in the Shakespeare Classroom
* Realization of Text into Performance.
* Editorial practices
* Shakespearean (Early Modern) printing and publishing
* Textual matters
* The relevance of religion
* Restoration and 18th- & 19th-century adaptations and interpretations
* Shakespeare on film
* Shakespeare's language
* Family life in Shakespeare and his time
* Historical approaches (e.g., related to law, politics, finance, etc.).
* TV Shakespeare
* Current Shakespeare Film Adaptations

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