CFP: The British Graduate Conference

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.085  Monday, 4 March 2012

 

From:        Giulia Sandelewski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 5, 2012 1:32:20 PM EST

Subject:     CFP: The British Graduate Conference

 

Call for Papers: The British Graduate Conference

June 14-16, 2012

 

We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespeare and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Conference.

 

The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespeare research:  Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon- Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

 

The conference will feature talks by Peter Holland (Notre Dame), Tiffany Stern (Oxford), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates also have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a dance and a drinks reception for the delegates.

 

We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes   in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday May 4, 2012. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

 

We welcome abstracts from graduate students with an interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.

 

For more information about the conference, please see our website: http://britgrad.wordpress.com/ or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

All the best,

Giulia I. Sandelewski

 

The Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

14-16 June 2012

The Shakespeare Institute

Mason Croft, Church Street

Stratford-upon-Avon WARKS

CV37 6HP

 

Every Third Thought

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.084  Monday, 4 March 2012

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Saturday, March 3, 2012

Subject:     Every Third Thought

 

I offer my sincere thanks to all who shared your thoughts with me about the test of the new format and about SHAKSPER at the present and in the future. 

 

As with Steve Jobs, when I know that the time has arrived to step down as editor of SHAKSPER, I will do so. And I am convinced that when that time arises that someone will come forward and carry on SHAKSPER making changes that will benefit all subscribers and web users of the site, changes that I cannot even imagine.

 

Some of the notes to me suggested that the format since the upgrade of the site and of the new procedures for distributing SHAKSPER digests might explain the lowered traffic levels on the list. Let me share thoughts on these matters.

 

It is not possible to go back to the way SHAKSPER digests were distributed with L-Soft’s listserv software before the web site upgrade. Since the “super” digest format (what in Joomla is called a Newsletter) is here for sometime to come, I am going provisionally to include links to the individual postings in the Table of Contents of the digest as in the Test mailing of yesterday. 

 

The format of the Test digest provides subscribers a variety of ways to read SHAKSPER on a variety of platforms. Readers can continue to read and scroll through “super” digest as e-mail, or readers can click on the “readonline” link at the top of each digest to scroll through the “super” digest online. Those who prefer to read individual postings can do so online by clicking on the link embedded below each Table of Contents entry. 

 

Finally, some have written with questions about directions for submitting posts to SHAKSPER. You do so by sending e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by replying to an e-mail digest. However, when using reply, I would greatly appreciate it if you were not to include the entire digest with your reply. Please either edit the entry you are replying to or simply do not include or delete it from your submission.

 

Including individual links is a bit more work for me, but for the time being I think it is a valuable tweak for distributing SHAKSPER.

 

Your comments and questions are graciously welcomed. 

 

Hardy

 

Cruppers

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.083  Saturday, 3 March 2012

 

From:        Cheryl Newton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 27, 2012 4:35:58 PM EST

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Cruppers

 

Tom Reedy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>'; document.getElementById('cloak83521').innerHTML += ''+addy_text83521+'<\/a>'; //--> wrote about Harry Berger’s comment,

 

>>During his stringent and persuasive review of the 1964 Hamlet 

>>at Elsinore Charles Weinstein complains about “a crupperful of 

>>bad performances.” That’s an interesting figure, but it puzzles 

>>me: how do you fill a crupper?

>

>Perhaps he mistyped the wrong vowel?

 

Well - a crupper is ideally positioned to catch the horse’s poo. So maybe Weinstein is complaining that the performances are full of sh*t, (Excuse the coyness. I don't know what filters you have.)

 

~Cheryl

 

Every Third Thought

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.082  Saturday, 3 March 2012

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Saturday, March 3, 2012

Subject:     Every Third Thought

 

Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,

 

The dearth of traffic on SHAKSPER since the New Year concerns me. There were times a decade or so ago when I tired of the pet theories, the sometimes incessant carping, and the level of discourse on SHAKSPER. The hours it often took me to edit and format the submissions into digests simply wore me down then. I have, however, had during the past year a return of my energy levels, and I now deeply lament not having daily posts to prepare and distribute to the members. To encourage discussion, I have even attempted to “prime the pump”—to invite comments or provoke discussion as a way to initiate threads—only to have sparks of activity between days and days of quiet.

 

I have written on several occasions about key moments in SHAKSPER’s history when meta-discussions of the list’s purpose appeared and were debated. I think I would like to start one of these what-is-this-list-for threads myself. 

 

I did not give birth to SHAKSPER, but I have acted as stepparent to it for the past 21 years. And now both SHAKSPER and I are beginning to show our age. If one were to equate as is done with dogs, for example, one calendar year as being seven years of an Internet list’s life, then SHAKSPER is indeed an old phenomenon. The next questions then would be does it have a future and if so what is that future to be. 

 

SHAKSPER has from its inception been an edited/moderated conference and will remain so as long as I am its editor. But still one might ask nevertheless should I step down as editor/moderator of discussions and let SHAKSPER become primarily a venue for announcements? 

 

During the past year, SHAKSPER got an up-to-date web remake. Should SHAKSPER become primarily a web presence, an archive of past discussions and research materials at the site, without the distribution of digests to subscribers?

 

In recent years, I have initiated new features on SHAKSPER. These include the scholarly materials at the web site, the Roundtable discussions, the SBReviews (SHAKSPER Book Review Project), and so on. I have someone interested in moderating what would be the third SHAKSPER Roundtable. Should SHAKSPER become an occasional site for subscribers to receive Roundtable discussions and Book Reviews?

 

My meta-purpose in recent years has been to return SHAKSPER more towards its original purpose of serving the academic interests of the Shakespeare community. Now, I sometimes ask myself if in doing so have I strangled the vitality out of the list?

 

To all of the questions posed above at least two more remain:

 

1) Should I be planning a future for SHAKSPER without Hardy and what would that future be? 

 

2) How might SHAKSPER become more active and vital than it currently is?

 

I appreciate and value all of the support both SHAKSPER and I have received over the years and thank all who have contributed to SHAKSPER in so many different ways.

 

Best wishes,

Hardy

 

Request for Editorial Assistants

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.081  Saturday, 3 March 2012

 

From:        Ben Fisler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 2, 2012 3:49:23 PM EST

Subject:     Request for Editorial Assistants

 

The editor of Ecumenica is looking for volunteer assistance for the spring general issue. Any graduate students or junior scholars interested in earning a CV credit and getting experience in academic publishing may do so by volunteering 4-5 hours total to help the journal prepare selected articles. You must be available to complete the work during March. If interested, please be sure to include your availability in your application letter.  

 

Volunteers will be credited in the journal as editorial assistants for the issue. Any scholar with interests in the relationships between faith/spirituality and theatre is invited to contact the editors, for work on this or a future issue. Interested individuals should contact assistant editor Ben Fisler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send current CV. For more information on Ecumenica, see our website at www.ecumenicjournal.org, or our Facebook Fan page. 

 

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