The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.169 Friday, 27 April 2012
Date: April 25, 2012 6:51:44 PM EDT
Subject: ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group
Call For Papers, Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Shakespearean Performance Research Group
of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association 2012 Conference
November 1 – 4, 2012
The Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel
The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.
For the 2012 conference, “Theatrical Histories,” 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 Nashville conference and we particularly invite papers that broadly interrogate the "histories" of Shakespearean performance. For example, this questioning might involve the interplay between early and late modern performance in some dimension, the symbolic histories in which Shakespearean drama and performance continue to function, the ways in which relationships between the “literary” and the “performative” have been construed throughout history, the theories and histories of Shakespearean performance across performance media, how Shakespeare performance constructs and is constructed by specific communities. Papers accepted to previous sessions have tended to address questions of practical theatre, specific issues in history and historiography, and theoretical concerns, but we are looking for a wide range of engagements with Shakespeare and performance.
Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.
More information about ASTR and the Nashville conference is available at http://www.astr.org.