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Final CFP: Showcasing Shakespeare Seminar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0477  Monday, 16 July 2007

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Date: 		Saturday, 14 Jul 2007 09:50:14 +0100
Subject: 	Final CFP: Showcasing Shakespeare Seminar

WITH APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTING:

This is a Final Call for Papers for a Seminar at the 3rd British 
Shakespeare Association Conference, University of Warwick, August 31- 2 
September 2007.  All participants must be registered members of the BSA 
when the conference is held.

Conference website at www.britishshakespeare.ws.

Anyone interested in participating in the seminar should send a 300 word 
abstract asap to the seminar organizer, Susanne Greenhalgh, at 

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Showcasing Shakespeare: Celebration as Interpretation

 From David Garrick's Stratford celebrations in 1769 to the recent 
year-long RSC Complete Works festival, public awareness and 
understanding of Shakespeare have been shaped in large measure by the 
dedication of time, space and cultural practices solely to him and his 
works: in the form of specific events, time spans, locations, groupings 
of participants, commissions and sponsorship, together with the media 
attention that frequently attends such activities. This seminar proposes 
a wide-ranging investigation of the forms and effects of these regular, 
multifarious and international stagings of the 'special' nature of 
Shakespeare and his works.  Topics for consideration might include why 
and how Shakespeare has been linked to distinct locations and artifacts, 
whether in the form of reconstructions of his theatres, the 
commissioning of commemorative artwork, or the creation of memorial 
gardens and other public spaces; Shakespeare anniversaries and 
celebrations, whether annual, centennial (as in 1864, 1916 or 1964) or 
millennial; Shakespeare exhibitions and festivals; theatre and media 
special seasons; Shakespeare prizes and competitions; special editions 
and publications; and even Shakespeare conferences. Interdisciplinary 
perspectives would be welcome, especially those engaging with the 
problematics of investigating events and visual and material culture. 
Approaches might range from historical contextualization to theoretical 
considerations of the performativities and ideologies of different 
celebratory acts, and their role in influencing interpretations of plays 
and changing concepts of Shakespeare's meanings and significance over time.

Susanne Greenhalgh,
Principal Lecturer,
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies,
School of Arts,
Roehampton University,
Digby Stuart College,
Roehampton Lane,
London SW15 5PH
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