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CFP Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue on New Media
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0529  Wednesday, 28 October 2009

From:       Katherine Rowe <
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Date:       Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 13:57:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:    CFP Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue on New Media

CFP Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue on New Media (with a experiment 
in open peer review)

Shakespeare's works have provided launch content for new media 
technologies since the seventeenth century, as Peter Donaldson has 
observed. At the turn of the 21st century, we are experiencing 
particularly rapid transformation of our basic tools for studying, 
teaching, learning, reading, performing, editing, archiving, and 
adapting Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Quarterly invites submissions of essays on the impact of 
media change, now, in all these arenas of Shakespeare studies. 
Submissions that make innovative use of new media publication modes, 
such as hyperlinks to the Folger Shakespeare Library's digitized 
collections, are particularly welcome.

Some examples of possible approaches:

. formalist analysis of Shakespeare's works in new media formats (games, 
mash-ups, hypertext editions);

. readings of specific works (virtual performances of Shakespeare 
online; multimedia theater; "60-Second Shakespeare");

. theoretical engagements with the costs and benefits of remediation and 
media convergence in the classroom, in performance, reading, archiving, 
and/or research;

. reviews of multi-mediated performances; and

. accounts of the cultural values accruing to Shakespeare in new media, 
of Shakespeare's changing (or timeless) "brand," Bardolatry and media 
change.

Essays must be received by January 15, 2010. Please upload submissions 
to Editorial Manager, Shakespeare Quarterly's online manuscript tracking 
system, at www.edmgr.com/sq.

For instructions on formatting your submission, please see our 
Contributor Guidelines.

UPDATE-OPEN REVIEW

For Shakespeare critics and scholars, among the most significant 
consequences of media change will be transformations in how we 
communicate about our work and publish new research. In keeping with the 
topic of its special issue, "Shakespeare and New Media," Shakespeare 
Quarterly is conducting an experiment in open peer review that will 
apply only to the special issue. After the initial editorial evaluation, 
authors will be invited to opt into the open review process. For those 
who do, their essays will be posted online for public commentary and 
feedback by the journal's readers. Authors may respond to this feedback 
before submitting their revised essays for final selection by the 
editors. (Authors who decline the open review and opt for a traditional 
review will not be penalized in the selection process.)

The open-review period will be conducted in partnership with 
MediaCommons, a digital network dedicated to promoting scholarly 
discourse about media studies and the digital humanities 
(http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/). To learn more about 
their open-review platform and to read an assessment of the 
possibilities of peer review in a digital age, go to 
http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence/. 
The open-review period will open 1 March 2010 and close 5 May 2010.

For more information about the special issue "Shakespeare and New Media" 
or about Shakespeare Quarterly, and for a fuller description of the open 
review process for this issue, go to
http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=542.

Katherine Rowe
Chair and Professor of English
Bryn Mawr

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