Announcements

The Blackfriars Conference’s 4th Keynote Speaker!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.011  Thursday, 12 January 2017

 

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

Date:         Friday, January 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Subject:    The Blackfriars Conference’s 4th Keynote Speaker!

 

The ASC Education Department is so pleased and excited to announce our fourth keynote speaker for the 2017 Blackfriars Conference: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Bill Rauch. 

 

Bill Rauch has been artistic director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2007, and we cannot wait to hear from him in October.

 

All the best,

Sarah Enloe

ASC Director of Education

 

 

 

CFP: "Shakespeare and Anachronism", Kingston University, Feb. 18th 2017

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.010  Thursday, 12 January 2017

 

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

Date:         January 11, 2017 at 5:12:28 PM EST

Subject:    Reminder CFP, "Shakespeare and Anachronism", Kingston University, Feb. 18th 2017

 

REMINDER CFP:

 

KiSSiT: Shakespeare and Anachronism

The fourth KiSSiT one-day conference is entitled Shakespeare and Anachronism. It will be held at the Rose Theatre, Kingston on February 18, 2017.

 

Disclosing the potential for revolutionary transformation latent in divisive and oppressive realities by travelling imaginatively forwards in time and adopting a universal human standpoint is a fundamental strategy of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. (Kiernan Ryan, Shakespeare’s Universality: Here’s Fine Revolution)

 

 

Performance and criticism of Shakespeare’s plays, and even the plays themselves, have always been anachronistic on a fundamental level. Since performance is always in the present, its creation of an impression of past events, or even of events in general, “as if for the first time,” can only be an illusion. Criticism, in contrast, by default after the event, and predominantly from an audience point of view, is a rationalisation of this illusion. Perhaps the arch-anachronist can be said to be Shakespeare himself – not only through his cheerful bending of history to his purposes but, more importantly, through using time in its many guises, as historical setting, internal structure and rhythm, to bend our perceptions to proposing counterintuitive possibilities.

 

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  1. Professor Tiffany Stern, Royal Holloway, University of London, renowned for having researched and written widely about the theatrical documents relating to Shakespeare and his contemporaries (and the 18th century), such as actors’ parts and plots, acting methods and playhouse architecture.
  2. Dr Erik Roraback, Charles University in Prague, whose main interests include Shakespeare, critical theory (Spinoza/Leibniz/Benjamin/Adorno), theoretical psychoanalysis (Freud/Lacan/Zizek), Modernity and the philosophical aspects of the Baroque.

 

We look forward to paper proposals discussing various aspects of Shakespearean drama, performance or theorisation, characterised by anachronistic aspects such as:

 

Theorisation: Presentism vs ‘the levers of form’ (Kiernan Ryan)

 

  1. ‘The Globe phenomenon’: aspects of anachronism of Elizabethan/Jacobean working theatre reconstructions and their use – their cultural, institutional, artistic, etc.
  2. Theatre production: ‘updating’ vs ‘meshing’ of time periods (modernising today vs the Elizabethan use of ‘modern dress’); costume, set and possible performance/interpretative effects
  3. Thematic: purposeful anachronism as creative tool of playwrights’ composition
  4. Methodologies of reflection and analysis: ad hoc vs post hoc – practice-as-research in performance (PaR) vs discursive forms of criticism
  5. The relationship of the plays to their historical time as e.g. political interventions/anachronistic theatricalisation of politics and culture in Early Modern times (such as HenryVIII’s jousting)

 

Please submit abstracts and brief CVs by emailing the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before January 30, 2017.

Organised by Ildiko Solti, Paul Hamilton, and Timo Uotinen.

For more information contact us via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT) –  an offshoot of Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS), part of the London Graduate School, Kingston – is  a series of seminars and conferences for postgraduate students and early career scholars with an interest in Shakespeare, philosophy and theory. The program is committed to thinking through Shakespeare about urgent contemporary issues in dialogue with the work of past and present philosophers – from Aristotle to Žižek.

 

 

 

2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: 2nd Call for Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.417  Tuesday, 13 December 2016

 

From:        Kenneth Graham

Date:         December 1, 2016 3:40 PM

Subject:    2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: 2nd Call for Papers

 

2nd Call for Papers

2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference

"Shakespeare 401: What's Next?"

  

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2017. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. In the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, we especially encourage papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remained indispensable? What—or who—is due for a revival?

 

Plenary speakers:

Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)

Martha Henry (Stratford Festival)

Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)

 

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The conference schedule will include free time to attend evening performances of Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, and The Changeling. By arriving a day early or leaving a day late, conference goers can expand their choice of Stratford productions to include Romeo and Juliet, The School for Scandal, and Bakkhai, among others. Additional conference information will be posted at https://uwaterloo.ca/english/shakespeare as it becomes available. Full details of the Festival’s schedule are available at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca

 

 

By January 31, 2017, please send proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Andrea Gammon          Kenneth Graham       Alysia Kolentsis

Director of Education    Dept. of English        Dept. of English

Stratford Festival          Univ. of Waterloo      St. Jerome's Univ.

 

 

 

 

Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.412  Friday, 9 December 2016

 

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

Date:         December 6, 2016 at 6:37:47 PM EST

Subject:    Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

 

Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,

 

I hope you are all well and that this may be of interest to you. Back in late August I launched my PhD project in English Literature at Cardiff University, The Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive (shakespeareillustration.org). It contains over 3000 illustrations from four of the most significant illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s works in the Victorian period. All images have been tagged bibliographically and iconographically and there are numerous pathways through the archive. 

 

The archive has a Creative Commons license – all images are free for the user to do whatever they like with. I’m very passionate that knowledge should be available to all. The archive has already had a tremendously positive reaction with Hyperallergic writing about it here: http://hyperallergic.com/326101/to-browse-or-not-to-browse-3000-victorian-illustrations-of-shakespeare-published-online/ And Open Culture writing about it here:

 

http://www.openculture.com/2016/09/3000-illustrations-of-shakespeares-complete-works-from-victorian-england.html

 

All the very best,

Michael

 

Michael Goodman

RA on Cardiff University's Digital Humanities Network 

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Cardiff University

 

 

 

Plays and Festivals Update

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.409  Tuesday, 6 December 2016

 

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

Date:         Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Subject:    Plays and Festivals Update

 

It is my pleasure to announce that Kristin Backert has sent me an updated Plays and Festivals list before the New Year. 

 

It is now mounted here: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays

 

Please send any corrections or additions directly to Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Enjoy,

Hardy

 

 

 

Book Announcement: Queering the Shakespeare Film

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.407  Friday, 2 December 2016

 

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

Date:         December 1, 2016 at 4:08:40 PM EST

Subject:    Book Announcement: Queering the Shakespeare Film

 

November 17, 2016, was the official publication date of my book, Queering the Shakespeare Film: Gender Trouble, Gay Spectatorship and Male Homoeroticism (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017). 

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/queering-the-shakespeare-film-9781474237031/

 

If anyone is interested in purchasing an individual (as opposed to an institutional) copy at a 35% discount, please get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will forward a flyer from Bloomsbury with the discount ordering information to those folks.

 

A preview from the Introduction to Queering the Shakespeare Film is available here: http://bloomsburycp3.codemantra.com/Widget_Marketing.aspx?ID=QSF&ISBN=9781474237055&sts=r

 

Best regards,

Tony

 

 

Amherst College: NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers K-12

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.402  Wednesday, 30 November 2016

 

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

Date:         November 28, 2016 at 2:33:59 PM EST

Subject:    Amherst College: NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers K-12

 

Dear Educators,

 

You are invited to apply to Amherst College’s National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar named Punishment, Politics and Culture for K-12 teachers and current full-time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching.

 

The Seminar will be held July 2-July 28, 2017. A stipend will be provided to each Seminar Scholar.

 

This seminar will be directed by Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat of the Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.  It will examine three questionsWhat is punishment and why do we punish as we do?   What can we learn about politics, law, and culture in the United States from an examination of our practices of punishment?  What are the appropriate limits of punishment?  

 

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.  Information is available at http://www.amherst.edu/go/neh.  If you have any questions regarding the seminar or the application process, contact Megan Estes at (413)542-2380 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

On facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Amherst-College-NEH-Punishment-Politics-and-Culture-221433418291848/?fref=ts

 

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

 

Megan L. Estes Ryan

Academic Coordinator

Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

Amherst College

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

 

 

The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.399  Monday, 28 November 2016

 

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

Date:         November 26, 2016 at 6:22:41 PM EST

Subject:    The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016

 

The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016 by Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris has just been published.

 

The oldest Shakespeare organisation still in existence, the Club is rarely credited in histories of Stratford’s development as the world centre for the celebration of Shakespeare. The book explains how in fact the Club has achieved great things, beginning and maintaining the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations including international contributions, the planned restoration of Shakespeare’s grave and monument, the first purpose-built theatre in Stratford, and the purchase and management of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. For the first time this book tells the story of ordinary Stratfordians, admirers of Shakespeare who felt a real sense of connection with their fellow townsman.

 

The book costs £12.99 plus postage. Illustrated with over 130 photos and illustrations in full colour throughout. Published by the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78280-875-6             

 

Copies are available direct from the Club through the website

www.stratfordshakespeareclub.org  or write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For copyright-free images visit  

http://theshakespeareblog.com/the-story-of-the-shakespeare-club/

 

 

Sylvia Morris

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blog: www.theshakespeareblog.com

Twitter: @sylvmorris1

 

 

 

CFP: 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 21-22, 2017

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.397  Saturday, 26 November 2016

 

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

Date:         November 26, 2016 at 9:45:54 AM EST

Subject:    CFP: 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 21-22, 2017

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

Once again, the Medieval and Renaissance Forum will be held at Keene State College, this time on April 21-22, 2017.  For our 38th meeting, we are honored to announce that the keynote speaker will be Richard Kaeuper of the University of Rochester.  Would it be possible for you to post or circulate the attached Call for Papers at your earliest convenience?

 

A very happy belated Thanksgiving!

 

Meriem Pagès

Forum Director

Keene State College

 

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38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

Keene State College 

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017

 

Call for Papers and Sessions

 

“Culture and Violence” 

 

Keynote speaker:  Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester

“From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry”

 

We are delighted to announce that the 38th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place on April 21 and 22, 2017 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Richard W. Kaeuper, Professor of History at the University of Rochester. 

 

Professor Kaeuper’s research has focused on medieval English and Continental history, justice and public order, and especially on the development of chivalry, with an emphasis on its nexus with violence and religion. Professor Kaeuper’s research bursts traditional disciplinary boundaries, combining institutional and legal history with a strong emphasis on cultural, especially literary and social developments.  His most recent book, Medieval Chivalry, appeared this past spring in the distinguished Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series.  Among his previous publications are Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (UPenn, 2009), Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 1999), and an extensive introduction to Elspeth Kennedy’s translation of Geoffroi de Charny’s Book of Chivalry (UPenn, 1996; 2nd edition 2005).

 

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. 

 

Papers, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. 

 

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal. 

 

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.  

 

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2017

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2017

 

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!

 

 

 

Podcast: Shakespeare and Trump

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.394  Friday, 25 November 2016

 

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

Date:         November 25, 2016 at 6:26:23 AM EST

Subject:    Podcast: Shakespeare and Trump

 

http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2016/11/25/shakespeare-and-contemporary-theory-34-shakespeare-and-trump-with-jeffrey-r-wilson/

 

Neema welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson (Harvard) to discuss the election of Donald Trump and some of the ways in which Shakespeare was used in the coverage of the US election. Wilson’s essay, “Public Shakespeareanism: The Bard in the 2016 American Presidential Election,” is available upon request from the author; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The instances of “public Shakespeareanism” discussed in the essay and the podcast include:

 

Andrew Cutrofello, “Shakespeare and Trump: What’s in a Name?” PublicSeminar.com (December 15, 2015), http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/12/shakespeare-and-trump-whats-in-a-name .

 

Brian Leiter, “Shakespeare on Trump: Money Made the Man,” The Huffington Post (Feb 29, 2016), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/shakespeare-on-trump-money-made-the-man_b_9344370.html .

 

Charles McNulty, “The Theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald,” Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2016), http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-0529-shakespeare-trump-20160518-snap-htmlstory.html .

 

Paul Hamilton, “Trumping Shakespeare: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the Rise of the Clown Politician,” Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (July 11, 2016), https://kingstonshakespeareseminar.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/trumping-shakespeare-donald-trump-boris-johnson-and-the-rise-of-the-clown-politician/ .

 

Peter C. Herman, “Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ Donald Trump, and the Republican Party,” Times of San Diego (Aug. 7, 2016), https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2016/08/07/shakespeares-macbeth-donald-trump-and-the-republican-party/ .

 

Stephen Greenblatt, “Shakespeare Explains the 2016 Election,” New York Times Sunday Review (Oct. 8, 2016), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html.

 

 

 

Call for Papers - Blackfriars Conference 2017

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.388  Tuesday, 22 November 2016

 

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

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,

Sarah Enloe

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

 

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.

 

 

 

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