The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0188 Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Subject: SHAKSPER Welcome Letter
A practice I used to follow with the old SHAKSPER site and listserv software, before migrating to the current Joomla site and distribution method, was to send a Welcome letter to subscribers once I added them to the membership roster.
Starting today, I have reinstituted that practice with the letter that I include below for your information.
Welcome to SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
Welcome, as of today, you have been added to SHAKSPER, The Electronic Shakespeare Conference, under the name and e-mail account to which you requested membership.
SHAKSPER, now in its twenty-fourth year of serving the academic community, is an edited and moderated, international, e-mail distribution list for discussion among Shakespearean scholars, researchers, instructors, students, and anyone sharing their academic interests and concerns. In addition to regular mailings to members, anyone can use the Internet to access the archive and other SHAKSPER materials from the SHAKSPER web site <shaksper.net>. SHAKSPER strives to emphasize the scholarly by providing the opportunity for the formal exchange of ideas through queries and responses regarding literary, critical, textual, theoretical, and performative topics and issues. The list’s approximately 1,100 members have joined from sixty-seven countries. These members include prominent Shakespearean textual scholars and bibliographers, editors and critics, as well as university, college, and community-college professors, high-school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, actors, theatre professionals, authors, poets, playwrights, librarians, computer scientists, lawyers, doctors, retirees, and other interested participants.
Announcements of conferences, of calls for papers, of seminars, of lectures, of symposia, of job openings, of the publication of books, of the availability of online and print articles, of Internet databases and resources, of journal contents, of festivals, and of academic programs of study are a regular features as are reviews of scholarly books, of past and present theatrical productions, and of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired films – in addition to “popular” culture references to Shakespeare or his works. SHAKSPER also provides occasion for spontaneous informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a sense of belonging to a worldwide scholarly community.
If you are joining SHAKSPER for the first time, you should begin by acquainting yourself with the “culture” of the list. One way to do this is by visiting the SHAKSPER web site at shaksper.net and having a look at some of the past discussions in the Current Postings section and resources available to you, including a very powerful search engine in the Archive section and to the right of each page. The search engine enables you to query the entire SHAKSPER archives since the list’s inception in 1990.
If you have questions, please contact me.
Once again, welcome to SHAKSPER!
Hardy M. Cook (Editor)