The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1820  Tuesday, 3 September 2002

From:           Paul Franssen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:34:40 +0200
Subject:        CFP: Shakespeare and European Politics


I N T E R N A T I O N A L   C O N F E R E N C E

Utrecht, the Netherlands, 4-7 December 2003

The English Departments of Utrecht University, the University of Ghent,
and the University of Namur, in conjunction with the Shakespeare Society
of the Low Countries, will be hosting an international conference
devoted to Shakespeare and European politics.

One of the major aims of the conference - which is the latest in the
series of successful European Shakespeare conferences held in Antwerp
(1990), Bankya, Sofia (1993), Murcia (1999), and Basel (2001) - will be
to explore and define the European political parameters of Shakespeare,
his work, and his international afterlife. As these conferences have
made us increasingly aware, Shakespeare's work did not merely engage
with English or British culture and society, but was part and parcel of
its European context.  Conversely, from an early age onwards, his works
and his reputation travelled abroad, to the European Continent, where
they gradually established themselves as powerful cultural and political
signifiers.  Often, Shakespeare was given a new language to speak, while
plots, characters, and genres went through a complex metamorphosis. What
has long been regarded essentially as loss may now be read, in cultural
terms, as infinite gain: as "a sea-change / Into something rich and
strange." In some cases, different modes of Shakespeare reception
coincided with the boundaries of the emerging nation states; in others,
however, they transcended narrow frontiers, thus inviting a pan-European
perspective.  The conference explores the position of Shakespeare's work
within the early modern as well as later contexts of European politics
and political philosophy. It will address the uses of Shakespeare in
political propaganda in time of war and peace: how his work was
appropriated for political ends in the theatre, the cinema, and the
classroom, whether in English, or in translation, or in any form of
adaptation. Furthermore, the conference studies Shakespeare's
contribution to shaping a sense of European self-identity, but also
takes into account the impact of his works on other shores during
Europe's colonial era.

Michael Cronin (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Dirk Delabastita (University of Namur, Belgium)
Marta Gibinska (University of Cracow, Poland)
Dominique Goy-Blanquet (University of Picardie, France)
Terence Hawkes (University of Cardiff, Wales)
Andreas H 

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