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Renderings: Shakespeare across Continents
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0345  Wednesday, 11 June 2008

From:               Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:               Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Subject:            Renderings: Shakespeare across Continents


Renderings: Shakespeare across Continents. An international conference at the 
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, 10-12th September 2008.

This conference explores current trends and possible shifts of paradigms in the 
translation, performance and teaching of Shakespeare.

Paper sessions are 20 minute slots with 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

Presentations are invited in particular on the following themes:

Shakespeare in translation
* The impact of translation on linguistic legitimisation and linguistic extension.
* The use of local dialects and other linguistic resources in representing 
Shakespeare's slang.
* The impact of changing political climates on contemporary translations of 
Shakespeare.

Shakespeare in performance
* The making of regional Shakespearean canons in theatre, opera and film.
* Demystifying the bard: Shakespeare as a world wide cultural resource.
* The impact of changing audience expectations on form and language.

Teaching Shakespeare
* The role of Shakespeare in education (in particular, in East Asia and 
postcolonial contexts).
* The implications of teaching Shakespeare through translation.
* The role of performance in teaching Shakespeare.
* Using Shakespeare for language teaching.

Keynote speakers
Professor Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
'Shakespeare and the Internet.'

It is no surprise that Shakespeare figures all over the place on the Internet. 
There are Shakespeare clips on YouTube.com, new kinds of promotional material on 
the websites of theatre companies, rehearsal diaries and interviews, virtual 
Shakespeare performances, online Shakespeare games supported with large 
educational grants and major scholarly resources. This talk will try to make 
some sense of the sudden explosion of Shakespeare online.


Professor Kate McLuskie (Shakespeare Institute)
'Education, Authority and the Globalisation of Shakespeare'

This paper will explore the changing authority of Shakespeare in English 
education and address the implications of that change for Shakespeare in a 
globalised culture.

Professor Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham)
'Pious Confessions and Dancing Witches: Shakespearean Opera and the question of 
melodrama'

This talk focuses on the Opera North Shakespeare Resounding series this year and 
draws on some links to operatic and theatrical traditions in China.


Dr Li Ruru (University of Leeds)
'There is a World Elsewhere: Shakespeare and the Chinese Stage'

This paper will start from a brief survey of Shakespeare entering the other 
world at the beginning of the twentieth century: how his works were translated, 
interpreted and staged in China. The Bard's image in Chinese people's minds has 
changed rapidly since the Middle Kingdom (the literal translation of Zhongguo) 
started its open door policy striving for modernity. In the age of 
globalization, the idea that Shakespeare belongs to the world has ironically 
become a cliche. People are more concerned about the status of foreignness and 
one's own locality. Chinese practitioners have begun to look at Shakespeare's 
works from their own perspective. Two productions in 2007 best illustrate the 
new attitude: Coriolanus, in the huaju style (modern spoken drama) produced by 
the Beijing People's Art Theatre and The Heiress of the Powerful Clan (Haomen 
qianjin), a Cantonese operatic adaptation of The Merchant produced by the 
Guangzhou Yueju Company.

Professor Martin Orkin (University of Haifa)
Shakespeare in postcolonial contexts.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should also contain the following 
information: author name, affiliation, postal address and email address.

The abstract must be in Microsoft Word or PDF file format and submitted as an 
email attachment to:

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Important dates
Abstract submission deadline now extended to: 12th of May 2008.

Deadline for the submission of a 1000 word camera-ready synopsis of the paper:
15th of August 2008.

These synopses will form part of the conference literature handed out to attendees.

Web address
http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/conference/shakespeare/

Conference organizers:
Roshni Mooneeram (
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(
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 ) University of Nottingham Ningbo China.


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