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|ESRA Shakespeare Conference: Shakespeare and Myth|
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.041 Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Date: February 1, 2012 2:47:24 AM EST
Subject: ESRA Shakespeare Conference: Shakespeare and Myth
ESRA SHAKESPEARE CONFERENCE
SHAKESPEARE AND MYTH
Wednesday 26 - Saturday 29 June 2013
Organised by the Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières
(UMR 5186 CNRS, University of Montpellier)
Under the auspices of the Société Française Shakespeare and the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA)
Conference announcement and call for seminar proposals
Shakespeare and Myth
A shaper of European identity, Greco-Roman mythology has been invoked down the centuries both to glorify and undermine rulers, to uphold or subvert political or social order, and to probe and question issues including those of gender, religion and history. Simultaneously, Europe has been the cradle of classical mythology, which has infused all modes of artistic creation and inspired influential theoretical and critical approaches well beyond the continent’s borders, in the fields of history, literature, psychology and anthropology. In this process, the legacy of Antiquity encountered other European myths (Nordic, Celtic, etc.). Over the past fifty years or so, Europe has increasingly acted as an area of exchanges between its own mythologies, ideas and representations and those of other continents. Today, the continent’s heritage is challenged, refashioned and reconsidered in the light of other cultural forms that reflect an increasing diversity, out of which a new European melting-pot of myths may be emerging that interacts with other cultures in an increasingly globalized world.
Within this process, Shakespeare enjoys a privileged position. Like myth, and through classical and other myths, his work “To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe”, is “not of an age, but for all time” and, indeed, places, and has contributed to the building of a continental identity, providing tools to apprehend and comprehend, endorse and critique European history and culture. However, this European Shakespeare is to be taken not as confined to a Eurocentric vision but rather as pushing back boundaries, challenging assumptions and inviting a criss-crossing of perspectives worldwide. Reception and appropriation of his work has also involved its processing through non-European mythological and cultural prisms, drawing attention to, and inviting research into, a plasticity that is akin to the flexibility of myth.
Following upon the exploration of Europe’s cultural landscapes and seascapes through Shakespeare’s works at previous conferences of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA), the Montpellier conference proposes a journey into Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic “Mythscape”.
This journey can take three main directions:
Within these three directions, which are neither watertight nor mutually exclusive, the conference invites papers on a wide range of topics that include:
Call for seminar proposals ESRA 2013
From 26 June to 29 June 2013, the IRCL, under the Auspices of the Société Française Shakespeare, will organise the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Conference around the theme of “Shakespeare and Myth”
Members of ESRA are invited to propose a seminar that they would like to convene on “Shakespeare and Myth”.
Proposals of 300-500 words (stating topic, relevance, and approach) should be submitted by 2 or 3 potential convenors who agree to work together.
If you have ideas for a seminar, please submit your proposals to:
by 15 March 2012
The board of ESRA will make its final choice of seminars in April 2011. By this time, all the convenors will be personally informed of the choices made, and the list of seminars will be made available on the IRCL, the ESRA and the Société Française Shakespeare websites.