The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0398 Friday, 24 July 2009
Date: Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 18:38:55 -0400
Subject: Call for Papers - Shakespeare Connects Conference - October,
Shakespeare Connects Us (www.shakespeareconnects.com)
On October 2-3, 2009, the English Department at Grand Valley State
University (Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan) will be hosting an
innovative Shakespeare conference that aims to bring together scholars,
secondary educators and performers. The main focus of this conference
will be to establish cross-disciplinary communication that will enrich
the learning of all who attend.
The Shakespeare Connects Conference keynote speaker will be Curt
Tofteland, the founder and former artistic director of Shakespeare
Behind Bars. Curt is a lifelong Shakespearian actor and director; in his
work with the inmates of Kentucky's Luther Luckett prison he facilitated
their discovery of Shakespeare's work, and though their performances,
their discovery of themselves. The conference will also feature two
performances: The Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival
play Romeo and Juliet and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company's production
of Twelfth Night.
Call for Papers, Presentations, and Performances
*Scholarly Papers: We invite abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations
or full panels of three papers on topics related to the plays and poetry
of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's cultural context, the performance
of Shakespeare's works from Elizabethan England until today, and the
teaching of Shakespeare's works at the secondary and collegiate level.
*Performance Workshops: We invite proposals for teaching or performance
presentations to be presented in a 90 minute format. These presentations
may include, but are not limited to: performances of scenes from
Shakespeare accompanied by commentary on issues in performance; actor
training workshops; presentation of set, costume, or lighting designs
accompanied by commentary on issues in design for Shakespeare; scholarly
paper presentations accompanied by performance of scenes in support of
the papers' theses; comparison of staging options for scenes from
Shakespeare, accompanied by commentary on textual cues to performance.
*Teaching Demonstration: Teachers and professors of Shakespeare are
invited to share their most effective strategies for bringing the bard
to life in the contemporary classroom. A teaching demonstration might
include modeling an innovative approach, discussing a new methodology,
sharing useful resources, or posing a pedagogical question. Proposals
may be submitted individually or collaboratively with up to four total
*High School Drama Competition: Teachers may also encourage their
students (grades 9-12) to participate in a drama competition.
Participants (group or individual) will perform a Shakespearean
monologue or scene for response and critique. Winners will receive cash
prizes and a commemorative plaque of achievement. Further information
available on the conference site.
Abstracts and proposals should be no more than 300 words and are
accepted on a rolling basis through August. All proposals may be
submitted via the conference website at www.shakespeareconnects.com.
For more information, please see the website or contact Dr. Rachel
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