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Stratford Festival to Film Entire Shakespeare Canon

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.408  Thursday, 18 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 16, 2014 at 12:01:24 PM EDT

Subject:    Stratford Festival to Film Entire Shakespeare Canon 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/stratford-festival-to-film-entire-shakespeare-canon-for-canadians-1.2767489

 

Stratford Festival to film ‘entire Shakespeare canon’ for Canadians

 

Ontario’s famed theatre company to film King Lear, King John and Antony and Cleopatra

 

The Canadian Press 

Sep 16, 2014 8:08 AM ET 

 

The Stratford Festival plans to film three of this season’s productions for the big screen.

 

The festival in southwestern Ontario says King Lear, helmed by artistic director Antoni Cimolino and starring Colm Feore, will hit cinemas in February.

 

King John, directed by Tim Carroll and starring Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna, is due out in April.

 

And Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Gary Griffin and starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh, opens in May.

 

The festival wants to film three productions each season in an effort “to create a Canadian collection of the entire Shakespeare canon,” Cimolino said in a statement.

 

Its film and digital media project also includes TV and online broadcasts of filmed productions.

 
 
RSC Casts First Black Actor as Iago in Othello

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.407  Thursday, 18 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 16, 2014 at 10:07:17 AM EDT

Subject:    RSC Casts First Black Actor as Iago in Othello  

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/royal-shakespeare-company-casts-first-black-actor-as-iago-in-othello-9711468.html

 

From The Independent

 

Royal Shakespeare Company casts first black actor as Iago in Othello

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a black actor in the role of notorious villain Iago for the first time.

 

The British theatre group, based in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, has given the famous part from tragedy Othello to Game of Thrones' Lucian Msamati, who will star alongside Hugh Quarshie next summer.

 

Never before have both leading roles been taken by black actors, with artistic director Gregory Doran admitting the move will shake up the play’s racial politics.

 

“Really watch this space,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “I know when I was watching it with a really good white Iago opposite Hugh, I was thinking right, yes, I’ve seen this before, terrific.

 

“But with Lucian, every line became freshly minted and it challenged the whole play in a way I found completely revelatory. You just watch two really, really good actors doing it and that is the major issue.”

 

Born in Britain and raised in Zimbabwe by Tanzanian parents, 38-year-old Msamati is “thrilled and honoured” to be playing Iago.

 

“Back at the RCS, playing an iconic character opposite one of the most distinguished actors in the country, under the watchful eye of a passionate, intelligent director? Dreams don’t get better than this,” he told the Evening Standard.

 

Quarshie, 59, will be returning to the RSC for the first time since 1996, having since starred as Ric Griffin in Holby City and Captain Panaka in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

 

Iqbal Khan will direct Othello, which forms part of the RSC’s Venice season also featuring Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Ben Jonson’s Volpone.

 

John Ford’s Love’s Sacrifice, better known as ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, will also be performed for the first time in almost 400 years.

 

Iago is renowned as one of the more demanding Shakespearean roles, with Rory Kinnear winning an Olivier Award earlier this year for his National Theatre portrayal of the scheming villain.

 

The arts world has come under pressure of late to improve opportunities for talent from diverse backgrounds.

 

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey described the lack of black and ethnic minority faces on UK television as “frankly weird” last month.

 

Idris Elba and Lenny Henry wrote an open letter to TV bosses saying how “dismayed” they feel at the poor numbers of people from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the industry and calling for a “ring-fenced pot of money” for black, Asian and minority ethnic programmes.

 

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SMFS 2015 Foremother’s Prize

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.406  Thursday, 18 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 17, 2014 at 7:58:27 AM EDT

Subject:    SMFS 2015 Foremother’s Prize

 

http://smfsweb.org/smfs-2015-foremothers-prize/

 

SMFS 2015 Foremother’s Prize

By Melissa Ridley Elmes

 

The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2015 Foremother’s Prize for Graduate Students.

 

Funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of the Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazzo Karras, eds.), the grant provides $2,000 for a graduate student to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval feminist scholar whose guidance and association can assist her in developing and executing the project.

 

Such projects might include:

  • Travel to a conference relevant to medieval feminist scholarship, for instance, the annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference in the U.K.
  • Travel to visit archives, research libraries, museums, manuscript collections, or archeological or architectural sites
  • Travel to conduct other forms of on-site research
  • Development of a digital humanities project related to feminist research
  • Organizing of a medieval feminist conference or colloquium
  • Travel to allow sustained work with a mentor

SMFS is especially interested in assisting students whose projects are not otherwise funded. The winner must be willing to write a reflective report describing the outcome of the project that will appear on the SMFS public website.

 

Applicants should provide: a completed application form (to include existing funding sources and advisor signature), a 500-word description of the project including its scope and development, proposed timeline, and a potential budget.

 

Application Deadline: January 1, 2015

 

The winner will be announced by February 15, 2015

 
 
CFP: Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.405  Thursday, 18 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 16, 2014 at 10:10:27 AM EDT 

Subject:     CFP: Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting

 

http://renaissance-events.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/call-for-papers-early-modern-women-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+TheRenaissanceDiary+%2528The+Renaissance+Diary...%2529

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting

 

Proposals are sought for a panel — “Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting” — to be proposed for the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, July 6-11, 2015.

 

We seek proposals for papers that examine early modern British women who owned books, circulated books, or created libraries or book collections between 1500-1700, a period that saw increased literacy and a revolution in book production and circulation. Scholars have reconstructed and assessed the collections and libraries of Renaissance men, including Harvey, Dee, Jonson, Hales, and Drake; women’s book ownership, as a subject of scholarly inquiry, “awaits its historian,” observes David McKitterick (2000) in a study of Elizabeth Puckering’s library. What resources (commonplace books, poetry miscellanies, inventories, etc.) shed light on women’s circulation of books within communities? What are the marks — figurative, material, cultural — of women’s book usage, ownership, and collecting? What can the creation of book collections or libraries tell us about social status, family ties, confessional affiliations, education, economic status, travels? What methodologies illuminate these interrelated topics?

 

By Oct. 1, 2014, please send a file containing a 350 word abstract and a 50-word biographical statement to Leah Knight ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Micheline White ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), and Elizabeth Sauer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for consideration.

 

 

- See more at: http://renaissance-events.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/call-for-papers-early-modern-women-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+TheRenaissanceDiary+%2528The+Renaissance+Diary...%2529#sthash.hNW8pFp3.dpuf

 
Newberry 2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.404  Thursday, 18 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 16, 2014 at 10:09:24 AM EDT

Subject:    Newberry 2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference  

 

http://www.newberry.org/01222015-2015-multidisciplinary-graduate-student-conference

 

2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Renaissance Graduate Programs

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015

CFP deadline: October 15

 

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.

 

Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry Library and its resources.

 

This year’s conference will comprise twenty-four sessions with three twenty-minute papers each, for a total of seventy-two presenters.

 

Each year since 2007, selected papers have been published in a peer-edited online conference proceedings.

 

Call for Papers

 

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from master’s or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. Because of the conference’s multidisciplinary nature, all papers must be in English.

 

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium. Students who presented a paper at the previous year’s conference are given lower priority, though they are still eligible to submit a proposal.

 

Proposals must be submitted online, by midnight CDT Wednesday, October 15. Complete this online submission form. The organizing committee will meet November 2 to select presenters to invite; we will notify everyone who submits an abstract of their decisions within a week of that meeting.

 

Download a PDF Call for Papers flyer to post and distribute.

Conference organizers

 

Eight advanced graduate students from consortium schools will organize the conference and chair sessions:

  • Caroline Carpenter, English, Claremont Graduate University
  • Max Deardorff, History, University of Notre Dame
  • Patrick McGrath, English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Julia Miglets, History, Northwestern University
  • Sarah Morris, English, Miami University
  • James Seth, English, Oklahoma State University
  • Amanda Taylor, English, University of Minnesota
  • Christine Zappella, Art History, University of Chicago

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry Library. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines and some may limit eligibility to certain colleges or departments. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.

 

Cost and registration information: 

Online conference registration will open in December 2014.

 

The early conference registration fee will be $30 for students from consortium member universities and their guests and $40 for those from other institutions. Late registration (after January 10) will be $45 and $55, respectively.

 
 
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