The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0189 Monday, 3 May 2010
Date: May 3, 2010 3:38:13 PM EDT
Subject: CPF: Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the ASTR
Readers of SHAKSPER may be interested in the following call for papers.
CPF: Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
Deadline: May 31, 2010 for ASTR conference to be held November 18-21, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel, Seattle- Downtown.
The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
The Shakespearean Performance Research Group provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR. For the 2010 conference, "Embodying Power: Work Over Time," we seek papers that address issues relating to the history, theory, and practice of Shakespeare performance. While research group papers need not be tied to the conference theme, our inquiries do engage with several areas germane to the themes of the Seattle conference. For example, we would like to invite papers that, broadly speaking, interrogate the "work" of Shakespeare performance. We have in mind the tension, reciprocity, overlap between several different senses of "work": the relationship between the literary "work," the "work" on stage, and the "work" of the professional theatre; how working on and with Shakespearean writing and performance has been constituted historically and theoretically; the "work" that Shakespeare performance might be said to accomplish; or the ways in which the reputation of Shakespearean "work" has been used to validate or legitimize performance as a profession and field of inquiry. As corporate entities gain nearly unlimited powers of "speech," are there ways in which the Shakespearean literary/theatrical corpus claims for itself powers to speak culturally in ways that may overwhelm other voices? We seek to interrogate such speech, work and power, and their embodiment in Shakespearean performance.
At this year's conference, we are planning to collaborate for at least a portion of our session with members of the "New Approaches to Plays from the Spanish Golden Age" working group, and so also welcome papers that look at the relationship between Shakespearean theatre and that of the Spanish Golden Age.
(proposals also can be mailed to:
Center for Shakespeare Studies,
Southern Oregon University,
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard,
Ashland, OR 97520).
Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group's conveners,
Franklin J. Hildy,
Don Weingust and
W. B. Worthen,
and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the three-hour conference session, papers will be discussed first within the subgroups, after which the groups will come together to exchange ideas.
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