The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0153 Monday, 10 March 2008
From: Irene R. Makaryk <
Date: Friday, 7 Mar 2008 15:12:15 -0500
Subject: CFP: Wartime Shakespeare in a Global Context
CALL FOR PAPERS
Wartime Shakespeare in a Global Context/
Shakespeare au temps de la guerre
University of Ottawa
September 19-21, 2009
Fought on every continent except Antarctica, the Second World War offers
a unique, temporally limited but geographically inclusive period in
which to analyse and probe the role and significance of the theatre in
times of extreme social duress. As the most frequently performed and
translated playwright in the world, Shakespeare is arguably one of the
most useful touchstones for examining a range of issues and questions
brought to the fore during wartime which this international conference
-- coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of war ---
aims to address:
What can the classics and, more broadly, theatre offer people suffering
under the horrific conditions of war?
How does culture (both as an anthropological and as an aesthetic
concept) change in wartime?
Are some aesthetic genres and modes more conducive than others in such a
How effective is the imposition from "above" of aesthetic criteria or of
How do ordinarily benign artistic productions suddenly become usable,
even necessary, as political propaganda?
How are claims about the universality of authors revised or revisited in
wartime when special pressures and demands are placed on literary and
How are issues of character and poetic language dealt with in
circumstances which require collective, not individualistic, thought?
What kind of relationship develops between "world classics" and
indigenous canons of theatre and literature in wartime?
How do issues of gender, class, or political formation play into these
debates? Post-colonialism? Translation? Adaptation?
How do terms like "high" and "low" art function in wartime?
In periods of post-war reconstruction?
Where does the issue of globalization fit?
Do answers to any of these questions about the Second World War still
hold true today?
To date, the role of the theatre during the Second World War has neither
been carefully documented nor subjected to a thorough analysis, despite
the fact that from the very beginning of the war live theatrical
performance was identified as contributing in a central way to the war
effort. Shakespeare's stock was low in 1939; yet, by war's end,
Shakespeare became a dominant cultural force that both ignited an
explosion--still unabated--of scholarship, professional organizations,
Shakespeare festivals, and popular cultural uses, and that marked a
major shift in cultural practices.
1. Shakespeare, canon, and the Second World War
* psychological warfare
* Shakespeare, high and low literature and theatre
* representation, gender, power, and war
* Shakespeare's characters
* Shakespeare and value
* Shakespeare and translation/ adaptation (canons of translated drama,
adaptation as reinterpretation)
* comedy, satire, and war
* Shakespeare in theatre and other media (radio, film, music, ballet,
2.Shakespeare and "national" repertoires during the Second World War
* Theatre, national identity, cultural heritage
* the national and the "foreign"
* Shakespeare and colonialism/post-colonialism
* theatre and collectivity/collectivities
* canons of wartime theatre
* "our" and "their" uses of theatre: Allied versus Axis use of theatre
* neutral countries and their use of Shakespeare
* regional vs "national" theatre
* Shakespeare and popular culture
3. Shakespeare, Canada, and the world during the Second World War
* theatre on the home front
* theatre in Quebec
* theatre and education
* theatre and women
* alternative theatres
* theatre and children
* Shakespeare and reading groups
* Theatre and persecuted or interned groups
4. Shakespeare at the front and in captivity during the Second World War
* theatre at the front
* theatre and the military
* shipboard theatre
* touring companies
* theatre in the camps (internment, labour, prisoner of war, and
* theatre in occupied territories
* theater and exile
5. Shakespeare at war today
* the tasks of theatre
* changing uses of theatre under new conditions
* the view from above: ideology, propaganda, and theatre
* theatre and political formation
* theatre and collaboration
* theatre and propaganda
* national and other mythologies
* shaping audience response
* theatre as cultural mediation
* theatre and suffering
* theatre and affect
* theatre, trauma, memory
The Organizing Committee invites papers from scholars of all relevant
disciplines - such as Theatre, English, History, Language and Literature
Programs, Cultural Studies, Communication, Sociology and Anthropology,
Political Science, Gender and Women's Studies, Philosophy, Psychology -
as well as from theatre practitioners, and especially encourages papers
that focus on theatre and Shakespeare in the Second World War while
approaching this topic in a comparative and interdisciplinary way.
A 250 word abstract of proposed papers, along with a brief curriculum
vitae, must be submitted electronically (preferably in Word or Rich Text
format) by 1 November 2008 either in English or in French to the
Organizing Committee care of Professor Irene (Irena) Makaryk at
. Selected conference papers will be published in a
Pending a successful grant application, limited funding will be
available for graduate students.
The Organizing Committee:
Irene (Irena) R. Makaryk, Chair of the Organizing Committee, Department
of English Yana Meerzon, Departement de theatre/Department of Theatre
Tibor Egervari, Departement de theatre/Department of Theatre
Jeff Keshen, Departement d'histoire/Department of History
Annie Brisset, Ecole de traduction et d' interpretation/Department of
Translation and Interpretation
Marissa McHugh, graduate student, Department of English
The University of Ottawa, Canada's oldest bilingual university, is
located in the heart of the national Capital, within walking distance of
historic Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal (a World Heritage Site), the
National Gallery of Art, and the busy Byward market, and within a few
minutes' drive of the beautiful wooded hills of Gatineau, Quebec.
Details about the city may be found at http://www.ottawa.com and about
the university at www.uottawa.ca.
Irene (Irena) R. Makaryk, PhD
Vice-dean / Vice-doyenne
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies/
Faculte des etudes superieures et postdoctorales
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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