The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.388 Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM
Subject: Call for Papers - Blackfriars Conference 2017
In this week of celebration, ASC Education wanted to give you one more thing to be thankful for: our 2017 Blackfriars Conference Call for Papers.
We are delighted to introduce our new website, which should simplify the process of finding information and submitting abstracts for all conference attendees. We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing a cornucopia’s worth of abstracts pouring in over the coming weeks.
Conference registration will open January 31st.
All the best,
Director of Education
American Shakespeare Center
Blackfriars Conference website: http://www.ascblackfriarsconference.org
CALL FOR PAPERS
ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties for our biennial conference to be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, 24 October – 29 October 2017.
As in past years, participants may submit an abstract for consideration in one of 11 plenary sessions, each of which features only 6-7 papers. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration in the plenary and staging sessions is 10 April 2017 (notification and announcement by 4 May). Registration for participation in colloquies and workshops will end 1 June.
Blackfriars Conference: http://www.ascblackfriarsconference.org/about.html
In odd numbered years since the first October that the Blackfriars Playhouse was open, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s famed fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern theatre. In 2017, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometimes in collision – can collaborate. Past conferences have included such notable scholars as Andrew Gurr, the “godfather” of the Blackfriars Playhouse, Russ McDonald, Gary Taylor, Stephen Greenblatt, Roz Knutson, Tina Packer, Scott Kaiser, Stephen Booth, George T. Wright, and many more in five days full of activities. Each year we also honor a scholar who has made great impacts in the theatre field: previous honorees have included C. Walter Hodges (2005), Alan Dessen (2007), Andrew Gurr (2009), Stephen Booth (2011), George Walton Williams (2013), and Barbara Mowat (2015).
This conference distinguishes itself from saner conferences in a variety of other ways. First, to model the kind of collaboration we think possible, we encourage presenters to feature actors as partners in the demonstration of their theses. For instance, in 2009, Gary Taylor’s keynote presentation “Lyrical Middleton” featured ASC actors singing and dancing to the songs in Middleton’s plays; in 2015, Tina Packer and James Loehlin worked with ASC actors on scenes from Antony and Cleopatra with Blackfriars Conference participants witnessing rehearsal room challenges. Second, we limit each paper session to six short papers (10 minutes for solo presentations, 13 minutes for presentations with actors). Third, we enforce this rule by ursine fiat – a bear chases from the stage those speakers who go over their allotted time.
One to four short paper sessions are held daily during the conference, with approximately four to six papers each. Each session lasts 60 to 75 minutes. Each day of the conference will also include roundtable discussions, chaired by MBU faculty or ASC research staff, with up to 12 participants discussing specific areas of interest, which could include cross gendered casting, race, staging disability, new media tools and the interaction with performance, original practice/staging, and rhetoric. Early risers can also take advantage of our one hour Wake Up workshops prior to the start of the day offered by the education staff.
In 2017, we are extending the opportunity to take part in a staging session. Applicants should be experts on Shakespeare’s text who are willing to collaborate with ASC actors. After choosing a crux—a moment that as a director, scholar, or actor, you have struggled with—you will present a direction and your explication of your thinking to the actors. The actors will then collaborate with you to experiment with the crux moment. Two respondents will then have the opportunity to explore other possible options.
Delegates also have the opportunity to attend all of the plays in the ASC 2017 Fall Season: The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part Three), Peter and the Starcatcher, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Much Ado about Nothing.