Southeastern Renaissance Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.112  Monday, 9 March 2015


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

Date:         Monday, March 9, 2015

Subject:    Southeastern Renaissance Conference


[Editor’s Note: Thanks to Arlynda Boyer for calling attention to this conference. –Hardy]


Early modernists: this is NOT a grad-student conference, but it is grad-friendly, in the sunny South, and has a reputation for being great fun. And note the truly amazing price: under $20 gets you registration and a subscription to the conference’s published papers!


Dear Colleague,


The 72st annual meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference will be held on October 2-3, 2015, at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. We have promise of a colorful fall, warm hospitality from our hosts—Reid Barbour, Jessica Wolfe, Mary Floyd-Wilson, and colleagues at UNC-CH—and an exciting gathering of Renaissance scholars from across the country. Let me ask you, your colleagues, and doctoral candidates from all disciplines in the Renaissance arts and humanities to join the SRC, submit papers, and attend this interesting meeting. If you know of other scholars who should receive this information, please forward this email to them, especially to colleagues and graduate students at your own institution.

Please submit your full essay (20 minute reading time) by email attachment to Dr. Susan Staub, President of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, staubsc (at) appstate (dot) edu, by June 1, 2015.


Submission of your work to the Conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Even those articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting will be considered for publication in the journal.


At $17.50 per year (which includes registration fees, conference updates, refreshments and festive entertainment, and a subscription to Renaissance Papers) we remain one of the great bargains in academic conferences. Join now; or if you are already a member, please remain current in your dues, especially since Renaissance Papers 2014, now in production, can only be sent to current members. Fill out the attached form with new or revised contact information, and mail your dues ($17.50) to Emily Stockard, SRC Secretary-Treasurer, College of Arts and Letters, DW 303B, Florida Atlantic University, 3200 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314.


Deadline Extended for Making Links Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.111  Monday, 9 March 2015


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

Date:         Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Subject:    Deadline Extended for Making Links Conference


If you are interested in Early Modern Drama, digital editions, encoding, apps, performance, and/or digital maps, you will be pleased to learn that we have been able to extend the deadline for early registration for the conference “Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama,” to be held at the University of Victoria just after the meeting of the SAA in Vancouver. Graduate students will also be able to attend the conference for a modest CAD 10.00 fee. The conference will bring together scholars from an international community of those interested in taking advantage of the digital medium to publish editions of Early Modern Drama, and to make them freely available to a global audience. The conference features paper sessions and workshops on linking in and between these editions. Featured projects include: Internet Shakespeare Editions, Digital Renaissance Editions, Queen's Men Editions, The Map of Early Modern London, Folger Digital Texts, Global Shakespeares, EMOTHE (Early Modern Theatre, University of Valencia), Shakespeare au Quebec, the Digital Companion to Music in the English Drama, and others.


The early registration fee of CAD 55.00 will apply until the Ides of March, after which it becomes CAD 75.00.


Please visit for full information about the conference, and the link to the Laurel Point Inn were you can book a room for the conference rate of CAD 99.00.This rate is also available until the extended deadline.


We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Internet Shakespeare Editions, the Map of Early Modern London, and the University of Victoria (Department of English, UVic Libraries, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Humanities Computing and Media Centre) for providing the funding and contributions that make this event — and the extended deadline — possible.




Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions


Department of English, University of Victoria

Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.


CFP: The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.108  Friday, 6 March 2015


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

Date:         March 5, 2015 at 5:31:55 PM EST

Subject:    The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference


The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

Call for Papers

“Negotiating Shakespeare: History, Culture, and Context”

October 9-11, 2015

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio




Please join us October 9-11, 2015 in Bowling Green, Ohio for the annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference.


Our plenary speaker will be Ian Smith, professor of English at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and author of Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (Palgrave, 2009). 

The conference will also feature America’s longest running touring company, the National Players, who will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream and offer a workshop for actors.


This year, the OVSC is especially interested in papers and panels on the topic of negotiating Shakespeare through history, culture, and context. We welcome a variety of approaches to this topic. Essays might consider, for instance, how we negotiate Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. How do adaptations of Shakespeare’s work negotiate the gulf of over 400 years that stands between early modern texts and us? Which theories of time and/or history are the most fruitful in negotiating our relationship to the early modern era and its texts? How do we negotiate the use of such “old” texts, like Shakespeare’s, in the contemporary classroom. Alternately, essays could inquire about Shakespeare’s negotiation of his culture, in relation, for instance, to governmental censorship or playhouse politics. Or, papers might examine negotiations within Shakespeare’s plays, including characters’ negotiations of identity as it relates to gender, class, race, sexuality, and/or religion. Discussions of bad faith negotiations, such as Aaron’s false promise of freedom for Martius and Quintus in exchange for one of the Andronici’s hands, are also encouraged as are those that examine characters’ negotiations of language and social systems found within the plays. 


Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, roundtable topics, or panels of three or four members on Shakespeare’s work and that of his contemporaries are welcome. Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 1, 2015.


The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize. More information is available at


This year’s conference is sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo. 


Book Announcement: Shakespeare Valued

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.100  Wednesday, 4 March 2015


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

Date:         March 4, 2015 at 4:16:51 AM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare Valued


Intellect would like to announce Shakespeare Valued: Education Policy and Pedagogy 1989-2009, this new title is now available for pre-order.


Taking a comprehensive, critical, and theoretical approach to the role of Shakespeare in educational policy and pedagogy from 1989 (the year compulsory Shakespeare was introduced under the National Curriculum for English in the United Kingdom), to the present, Shakespeare Valued explores the esteem afforded Shakespeare in the British educational system and its evolution in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Sarah Olive offers an unparalleled analysis of the ways in which Shakespeare is valued in a range of educational domains in England, and will be essential reading for students and teachers of English and Shakespeare.


Sarah Olive is a lecturer in English in education at the University of York.


Find out more or pre-order on our website,id=5140/


Best wishes,

Jessica Pennock | Marketing Executive

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CFP: Blackfriars Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.099  Wednesday, 4 March 2015


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

Date:         Monday, March 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Subject:    CFP: Blackfriars Conference 


On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s Fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and explore early modern theatre. In 2015, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners, to share ideas about Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometime in collision – can collaborate.


The majority of events – papers, plays, workshops – take place in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. 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. 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.  


Delegates also attend all of the plays in the ASC 2015 Fall Season – Antony & Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Henry VI, Part I – and, for the past several conferences, bonus plays written by Shakespearean colleagues and performed by actors in the Mary Baldwin College MFA in Shakespeare in Performance program. The spirit of fun that imbues the conference manifests itself in the annual Truancy Award, for the sensible conferee who – visiting the Shenandoah Valley at the height of Fall – has the good sense to miss the most sessions.


The 2015 gathering will honor Barbara Mowat and will include keynote addresses from Gina Bloom,Tim Carroll, and Ayanna Thompson.


ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any 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, 28 October - 1 November 2015. 


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 sessions is 10 April 2015 (notification and announcement by 4 May). Our colloquies will be different in 2015 than at past conferences, as we wish for proposals to lead these sessions (deadline 10 April). We will post the 11 selected topics by May 4th, and those who wish to register to participate in a session will be able to do so after notifications regarding plenary selections go out.Registration for participation in colloquies and workshops will end 1 June. Participation in a colloquy session will be mutually exclusive from presenting in a plenary session.


Submit an Abstract or a Colloquy Proposal for consideration; Deadline: 10 April 2015. Conference registration is also now open.


For more information, please email Sarah Enloe, Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


All best,

Sarah Enloe

American Shakespeare Center

Director of Education

540-885-5588 x28


The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joy and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.


PhD Studentship

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.087  Thursday, 26 February 2015


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

Date:         February 26, 2015 at 8:44:19 AM EST

Subject:    PhD Studentship


SHAKSPERians who know suitable students looking for a PhD scholarship might be interested in the one on “Literary and Dramatic Adaptation: New Approaches and New Kinds of Evidence” currently being offered at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. What’s on offer to the best candidate is the payment of all PhD tuition fees plus the award of a maintenance grant of 14,057 GBP per year for three years.


The pitch to applicants reads like this:


>Applications are invited in the area of

>adaptations and the new technologies, ranging

>from the adaptations of Shakespeare and his

>contemporaries, Austen, Dickens and Gothic

>adaptations. The proposed PhD project will

>bring together the study of adaptation with

>computational methods and training will be

>offered in the computational methods to be



The adaptations side of the project will be supervised within the Centre for Adaptations (Director: Prof Deborah Cartmell) and the

computational side within the Centre for Textual Studies (Director: Prof Gabriel Egan).


Further details and instructions on how to apply are at:


Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Cartmell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or me <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.


Gabriel Egan


Dreaming of Midsummer? We can help!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.082  Tuesday, 24 February 2015


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Date:         February 24, 2015 at 7:28:38 AM EST

Subject:    Dreaming of Midsummer? We can help!


Heat up your campus with A Midsummer Night's Dream!

November 2015 and February 2016 residencies are available now


Five professional British actors

Five days of workshops and performances

One week of Shakespeare your students will never forget


Now in its 40th year, Actors From The London Stage continues to inspire students with the power of Shakespeare. An AFTLS residency brings the Bard to life on the stage and in the classroom. Our British cast—veterans of some of the most respected theatre companies in the world—will tour campuses across the United States with their innovative five-hand staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Residencies are available in November of 2015 and February of 2016.


Availability is limited; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request dates, rates, and details.


See AFTLS in action and flip through our brochure at the AFTLS WEBSITE.


Founded in 1975 by Homer “Murph” Swander and world-renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, AFTLS is an actor-driven tour de force. Our actors hail from such prestigious companies as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Uniquely, AFTLS actors not only perform a full-length Shakespearean play, but also visit dozens of classrooms during their weeklong residency.


In addition to enlivening theatre and English departments, the AFTLS experience can be tailored to enrich coursework across the academic spectrum. Our dynamic, hands-on approach will heighten each student’s intellectual curiosity regardless of discipline. Whether coaching accounting students on successful presentation skills, or instructing law students in the art of persuasion, these workshops promote a campus-wide dialogue inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. 



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.081  Tuesday, 24 February 2015


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

Date:         February 24, 2015 at 4:28:51 AM EST



Dear Friends,


Following the success of our inaugural summer school in 2014, Shakespeare in Italy is pleased to announce our second summer school in Urbino, Italy from June 30th - July 14th 2015. 


Participants should have a good command of English, and could be students, attending for credit, or anyone interested in studying some Shakespeare plays in a wonderful setting with some excellent tutors all of whom have worked for The Royal Shakespeare Company. 


I would be very grateful if you could pass the information on to any others who the course may appeal to. 


More information can be found on our website, and do contact us for any further information.


Yours sincerely 

Rachel Kruger Hoath

(Marketing & Publicity)


CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.077  Monday, 23 February 2015


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

Date:         February 22, 2015 at 8:47:19 AM EST

Subject:    CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict


CfP: Texts in Times of Conflict


Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed ‘printing, gunpowder, and the compass’ as the technological drivers which had ‘changed the appearance and state of the whole world’. Bacon’s identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.


We welcome papers of between 15 and 20 minutes' length on topics including but not limited to:

  • Textual and visual representations, interpretations of and responses to conflict
  • Adaptations which respond to past and/or present conflicts
  • Conflictual relationships between artistic, critical and intellectual movements
  • Processes and agents shaping the design, production, dissemination and consumption of texts
  • Theoretical and bibliographical methodologies
  • Intellectual conflicts surrounding the emergence of new media and technologies
  • Competing or contradictory representations of conflict through identical or different expressive forms
  • State involvement in the production, dissemination and consumption of texts in times of conflict
  • The evolution of media forms and their impact on conflict-based studies

Proposals of up to 250 words should be submitted online at by Friday 5 June. Alternatively, email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Texts in times of conflict will take place on 7, 8 or 9 September. The date will be confirmed by the middle of March.


This conference is jointly hosted by De Montfort's Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations.


Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence - EXTENDED DEADLINE

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.072  Thursday, 19 February 2015


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

Date:         February 18, 2015 at 3:18:49 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence - EXTENDED DEADLINE 


Dear SHAKSPER Members,




Call for Papers



The Italian Influence


Edited by

Michele Marrapodi and Keir Elam


Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality, and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume will study instead the use or mention of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, contributors may like to consider:


- the impact of optics and pictorial perspective on the plays or poems;

- anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation;  

- the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic and poetic discourse; 

- the actual citation of classical and Renaissance artists;

- the legacy of iconographic topoi;

- the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;

- the use of emblems and emblematic language; 

- explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays or poems;

- ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.


Contributors are invited to submit proposals by 28 FEBRUARY 2015 to the addresses of the editors below. They should send a one-page abstract of their proposed chapter on the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance visual culture, including theoretical approaches to the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each abstract (approx. 300 words) should include the author’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.


Best wishes.


Prof. Michele Marrapodi

University of Palermo, Italy.

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Prof. Keir Elam

University of Bologna, Italy.

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British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2015

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.067  Monday, 16 February 2015


From:        BritGrad2015 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 16, 2015 at 1:05:10 PM EST

Subject:    British Graduate Shakespeare Conference


Dear All,


BritGrad 2015 - The Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, June 4th-6th 2015 – is pleased to announce that registration is now live. Graduate students are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic in the field of Shakespeare, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.  Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.


The conference provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum for graduate students from all over the world to meet, present and discuss their research in an active centre for Shakespeare scholarship. The student run conference is held at the University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute, in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. This gives delegates and auditors the opportunity to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and historical landmarks, and the specialised research libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Centre archives.


Plenary speakers for this year’s conference include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Paul Prescott (University of Warwick), with more pending to be announced. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.


We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract.  We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Please see the attached Call for Papers for further information.


Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015.  (Abstracts cannot be considered without a filled-out registration form.)  Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.


Online registration is now open here: . A copy of the registration form is attached to this email, and can also be downloaded from A printable poster is also attached, for university departmental contacts to display at their institutions.


We look forward to seeing you at another successful conference.


All the best,

The BritGrad Committee



The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

4-6 June 2015

The Shakespeare Institute

Mason Croft, Church Street


CV37 6HP



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BritGrad2015 Poster:   pdf  BritGrad2015 Poster


BritGrad2015 Registration:   pdf  BritGrad2015 Registration


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