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Call for Papers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0314  Thursday, 3 May 2007

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Date: 		Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 21:21:04 -0400
Subject: 	Call for Papers

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CALL FOR PAPERS:

MAKING SHAKESPEARE MATTER:
Maryland Shakespeare Festival and Frederick Community College's Forum on 
Performance-Based Shakespeare Studies

Saturday, May 12, 2007
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Maryland Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to 
exploring the landscape of the intersection of research, theory, 
stagecraft, and community. We believe that Shakespeare and his compatriots 
created fun, engaging, and brilliant theatre - arguably some of the best 
theatre ever created - theatre that mattered to the community it served - 
and if we can discover as much as possible about how they did it, we can 
bring the best theatre to our audiences and make Shakespeare matter to our 
community. On Saturday, May 12, 2007, we invite scholars, practitioners, 
enthusiasts, and experts to present papers exploring the overwhelmingly 
broad and frighteningly precise topic that is "Making Shakespeare Matter."

Contributors to this forum are invited to do such things as:
*  Examine the phenomenon of community investment in making and keeping 
Shakespearean performance accessible to everyone

*  Examine instances where theatre practice can inform or has informed 
academic scholarship

*  Examine instances where academic scholarship can inform or has informed 
theatre practice

*  Posit theories as to the future of performance-based Shakespeare 
studies

*  Explore the merits, deficiencies, and tenets of the modern original 
practice movement

*  Raise questions about the validity of the study and/or recreation of 
Elizabethan theatrical practice in the context of claims that an epistemic 
rupture separates modern society from Elizabethan society

*  Share personal epiphanies that have occurred within the intersection of 
Shakespearean research, theory, stagecraft, and community.

Papers should not exceed 15 minutes.

Presenters are invited and encouraged to include actors in their 
presentations. If presenters cannot provide their own actors, Maryland 
Shakespeare Festival will happily try to find suitable volunteers, 
however, the forum schedule does not include rehearsal time for presenters 
meeting new actors.

The forum will be held at Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown 
Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.

Papers presented at this conference will be bound together into book and 
available for sale through the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.

Please submit a 100-300 word abstract in hard copy or email form by APRIL 
13, 2007 to:

Megan McDonough
Associate Director of Education
Maryland Shakespeare Festival
15 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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