CFP: ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0068  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:          Don Weingust <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           May 3, 2011 2:40:03 PM EDT
Subject:      CFP: ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

Call For Papers, Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association 2011 Conference
Montreal, Quebec Canada
November 17 – 20, 2011
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

For the 2011 conference, “Economies of Theatre,” we seek papers that address issues relating to the history, theory, and practice of Shakespeare performance. While Research Group papers need not be tied to the conference theme, our inquiries do engage with several areas germane to the themes of the Montreal conference and we particularly invite papers that broadly interrogate the "economies" of Shakespearean performance. For example, this questioning might involve the financial structure of early or late modern theatre and performance in some dimension, the symbolic exchange in which Shakespearean drama and performance continue to function, the ways in which relationships between “literary” and “performative” economies have been construed throughout history, how financial/economic imperatives have shaped Shakespearean performance on stage and in other media, or how conceptions of emotional and affective economies have influenced the economies of exchange between producers and consumers of Shakespeare.

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

Those wishing to propose a paper should submit a 200-word abstract and 50-word academic biographical statement, including current affiliation(s), if any, by Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (proposals also can be mailed to Don Weingust, Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520).

More information about ASTR and the Montreal conference are available at

CFP: Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0067  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:           Leonie Viljoen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           May 5, 2011 5:25:25 AM EDT
Subject:       CFP: Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Apologies for cross-posting
‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’
SASMARS 2012, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012
We are pleased to announce that the 21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 30 August-2 September 2012. We are delighted that Professor Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney), has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2012 conference.
The theme of the conference is ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’. In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to Professor David Scott-Macnab (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 31 January 2012.
Leonie Viljoen
Research Fellow
Department of English Studies
University of South Africa
Home/fax: 012 643 1492
Cell: 0829244733
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May Events in New York

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0066  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:           John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:            Saturday, 9 Apr 2011 12:03:25 -0600
Subject:       May Events in New York

May Events in New York
In recent months SHAKESPEARE GUILD programs have provided opportunities for attendees to hear and meet such luminaries as F. Murray Abraham, Edward Albee, Tom Hulce, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ammon Shea and his wife Alexandra Horowitz, and Stanley Wells. We now invite you to join us for two special evenings of theater, among them a premiere by director and dramatist Robert Brustein, and for a pair of fascinating conversations about early Shakespearean printings, one with textual scholar Steven Urkowitz, the other with novelist Arthur Phillips.
SUNDAY, MAY 22, at 7:00 p.m. 
THE PLAYERS, 16 Gramercy Park South
No Admission Charge, But Reservations Requested
Founded by Edwin Booth, THE PLAYERS offers the perfect setting for New York’s inaugural staged reading of THE LAST WILL, a riveting drama that completes ROBERT BRUSTEIN’s remarkable trilogy about pivotal moments in Shakespeare’s life and career.  A renowned director, teacher, and critic, Mr. Brustein founded both the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. He has won two George Nathan Awards and is now enshrined in the Theatre Hall of Fame. A long-time reviewer for Harper’s and The New Republic, and now a contributor to The Huffington Post, he has seventeen nonfiction titles to his credit, among them The Theatre of Revolt, Letters to a Young Actor, and The Tainted Muse, and his six previous plays include The English Channel and Mortal Terror. This event is being produced by artistic director Jan Buttram and her colleagues at ABINGTON THEATRE COMPANY, with Austin Pendleton as director, and it will feature such esteemed performers as Bill Camp (Shakespeare), Stephanie Ross Haberle (his wife Anne), Merritt Janson (his daughter Susanna), Christi Nelson (his daughter Judith), Steven Skybell (Lawyer Collins), and John Douglas Thompson (Richard Burbage).        
MONDAY, MAY 23, at 8:00 p.m. 
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South
NAC Members Free, Guild Members $25, Others $30

A child actor, a jazz artist, a Harvard graduate, and a five-time Jeopardy champion, ARTHUR PHILLIPS is also an award-winning author whose first four novels – Prague (2003), Egyptologist (2004), Angelica (2007), and The Song Is You (2009) – have been Lauded by Kirkus, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other periodicals.  A few weeks ago British reviewer Robert McCrum praised him in the Guardian. “I have been reading a ‘newly discovered’ Shakespeare, THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR, that’s going to cause a stir in the coming year. Said to have been first published as a quarto edition in 1597, Arthur predates Love’s Labours Lost and has been cleverly unearthed” and welcomed with “a ‘unique appreciation’ by Phillips, who has been described by the Washington Post as ‘one of the best writers in America.’ “ We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a memorable conversation.

For more about these and other SHAKESPEARE GUILD offerings, both past and future, including details about reserving space for coming attractions, click on the link below and visit our Current Events page.

In the next few weeks we expect to announce a special June 18-19 engagement, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of The Tempest, at the beautiful Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, a city that was being founded at the same time that Shakespeare was penning his evocative lines about a “brave new world.” This program, based on one that was produced last May by the Folger Consort In Washington, will be directed by Richard Clifford, who has appeared in several of Kenneth Branagh’s films, with Sir Derek Jacobi as Prospero and music provided by Tom O’Connor and Carol Redman and the Santa Fe Pro Musica ensemble. 
Finally, in case you missed it, we direct you to a New York Times article on Sunday, February 20, about America’s Civil War as a Shakespearean tragedy.  See

John F. Andrews
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
     Phone 505 988 9560    

Wooden O Symposium, August 8-10, 2011

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0065  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:           Matt Nickerson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:            April 26, 2011 5:40:24 PM EDT
Subject:       Wooden O Symposium, August 8-10, 2011

Southern Utah University - Utah Shakespeare Festival
August 8-10, 2011

Conference Priorities - The Wooden O Symposium invites papers and sessions on any topic related to Shakespeare and early modern drama but gives priority to those relating to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2011 summer season: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III and Romeo and Juliet. Also, in celebration of their 50th anniversary the Utah Shakespeare Festival, in cooperation with Southern Utah University Sherratt Library, will be hosting an exhibit featuring a First Folio and other original Shakespeare texts on loan from the Folger Library. In recognition of this singular event the Symposium is also encouraging authors to submit papers on subjects related to early Shakespeare texts.  In support of SUU's mission to promote undergraduate research, the Wooden O Symposium regularly includes at least one undergraduate panel as part of the program

Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S.

Selected papers from the symposium are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Wooden O Symposium.
For more information visit:

Submission - Conference co-chairs are Jessica Tvordi, Department of English, Southern Utah University and Michael Don Bahr, Education Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Deadline for proposals is April 1, 2011. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15, 2011. 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should include the following:

  • author's name
  • participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, aficionado)
  • mailing address
  • college/university affiliation (if any)
  • email address
  • day time phone number.

Send 250 word abstract or session proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or:
Wooden O Symposium 
c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival 
351 W. Center St. 
Cedar City, UT 84720 
ph. 435-586-7880
fax 435-865-8169
Send by post or e-mail.

CFP for MAPACA, Medieval and Renaissance Area

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0064  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         Annalisa Castaldo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:          April 22, 2011 8:59:48 AM EDT
Subject:      CFP for MAPACA, Medieval and Renaissance Area

Call for Papers MAPACA 2011
November 3-5, 2011

The wealth of material found in the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new works in fiction, film, and other areas, whether through adaptation or incorporation of themes and characters. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:

-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare

-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer

-Modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scotts

-Teaching medieval and renaissance texts to modern students

-Medieval or Renaissance links to fantasy fiction, gaming, comics, video games, etc.

Medieval or Renaissance Dramas

-The Middle Ages or Renaissance on the Internet

-Renaissance fairs

Presentations can be in the form of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, or other formats, and presenters are urged to consider choosing an alternative format if it would better suit their topic.

Submit a 250 proposal including av requests by June 15, 2011 to

Diana Vecchio
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and Mary Behrman
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Annalisa Castaldo
Director of Gender & Women's Studies
Associate Professor of English
Widener University
Chester, PA 19013
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Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies - Books Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0063  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         Michele Marrapodi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 9, 2011 6:08:30 AM EST
Subject:    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies - Books Announcement

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following new books in the Ashgate series “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”:

Shakespeare and Venice
By Graham Holderness, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

“Shakespeare and Venice is the first book-length study to describe and chronicle the mythological and fabulous status of Venice that was employed by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice and Othello to explore themes of metamorphosis. Holderness provides a full account of Venetian myth, historical accounts of the city’s relationship with both Judaism and Islam, and detailed readings of Shakespeare’s Venetian plays against the city’s mythical and historical dimensions.” (December, 2010)

Pollastra and the Origins of Twelfth Night. Parthenio, commedia (1516) with an English Translation.
By Louise George Clubb, The University of California at Berkeley, USA.

“Louise George Clubb presents here the first English translation of Pollastra’s long-lost Italian Renaissance comedy Parthenio, to which Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is ultimately traced. Also included are Clubb’s theater history chapters from the 1993 publication Romance and Aretine Humanism in Sienese Comedy, augmented with new findings. The supplementary scholarship provided here addresses the relationship of Shakespeare’s plays to Italian culture, and the technology of modern theater invented in Renaissance Italy.” (January, 2011)

Visions of Venice in Shakespeare
Edited by Laura Tosi and Shaul Bassi, both at the University of Venice, Italy.

“Despite the growing critical relevance of Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays and a burgeoning bibliography on both The Merchant of Venice and Othello, few books have dealt extensively with the relationship between Shakespeare and Venice. This timely collection fills a gap in the literature, addressing the new historical, political and economic questions that have been raised in the last few years about early modern globalization, multiculturalism, and multiple social and ethnic identities.” (February, 2011)

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions
Edited by Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo, Italy.

“Throwing fresh light on a much discussed but still controversial field, this collection of essays places the presence of Italian literary theories against and alongside the background of English dramatic traditions, to assess this influence in the emergence of Elizabethan theatrical convention and the innovative dramatic practices under the early Stuarts.” (March, 2011)

New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.

For a complete list of published and forthcoming books in the series, see the Ashgate website:

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor,
University of Palermo, Italy.

CFP: Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 26-28 May 2011.

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0062  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         British Graduate Shakespeare C <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 2, 2011 9:42:54 AM EST
Subject:     CFP: Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 26-28 May 2011.

Dear friends,

Registration is now open for the Thirteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference of 2011, that will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th May at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. As you may know, the BritGrad Conference is run by students for students, and is a unique opportunity to present a paper in a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome papers on any topic in the field of Shakespeare or Renaissance studies.

The Shakespeare Institute, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, is the setting for this exciting conference and provides a great base from which to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Birthplace and the houses that belonged to his family, and the excellent libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at the Shakespeare Centre.

Due to the increasing popularity of the conference, it is advisable to get your application in as soon as possible, and the deadline for abstract submissions this year will be Friday, 15th April. Abstracts can be sent via email or by post.

Our exciting plenary speakers include Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute), Catherine Richardson (University of Kent), Matthew Frost (Manchester University Press), Jacquelyn Bessell (The Shakespeare Institute) and members of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Jacqueline MacDonald will be directing a performance of a court masque as part of a panel on this often neglected dramatic genre. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend a performance, at group-booking price, of the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold, with Patrick Stewart in the role of Shylock. That will be on Thursday 26th May.

We enclose a copy of the registration form (also downloadable from Currently students are unable to pay for the conference online, but if you have any problems with payment feel free to contact us and we will try to help.

Also attached to this email is the Call For Papers and Poster. It would be greatly appreciated if university departmental contacts could print and display both to promote the conference at their institutions.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you returning after last year's successful conference.


The BritGrad Committee

The Thirteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
26-28 May 2011
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, WARKS
CV37 6HP England

pdf  BritGrad2011 Poster

pdf  BritGrad_2011_CFP

pdf  BritGrad Registration Form 2011

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