The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0398  Friday, 24 July 2009

From:       Rachel Anderson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 18:38:55 -0400
Subject:    Call for Papers - Shakespeare Connects Conference - October, 

Shakespeare Connects Us (www.shakespeareconnects.com)

On October 2-3, 2009, the English Department at Grand Valley State 
University (Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan) will be hosting an 
innovative Shakespeare conference that aims to bring together scholars, 
secondary educators and performers. The main focus of this conference 
will  be to establish cross-disciplinary communication that will enrich 
the learning of all who attend.

The Shakespeare Connects Conference keynote speaker will be Curt 
Tofteland, the founder and former artistic director of Shakespeare 
Behind Bars. Curt is a lifelong Shakespearian actor and director; in his 
work with the inmates of Kentucky's Luther Luckett prison he facilitated 
their discovery of Shakespeare's work, and though their performances, 
their discovery of themselves.  The conference will also feature two 
performances: The Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival 
play Romeo and Juliet and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company's production 
of Twelfth Night.

Call for Papers, Presentations, and Performances

*Scholarly Papers: We invite abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations 
or full panels of three papers on topics related to the plays and poetry 
of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's cultural context, the performance 
of Shakespeare's works from Elizabethan England until today, and the 
teaching of Shakespeare's works at the secondary and collegiate level.

*Performance Workshops: We invite proposals for teaching or performance 
presentations to be presented in a 90 minute format. These presentations 
may include, but are not limited to: performances of scenes from 
Shakespeare accompanied by commentary on issues in performance; actor 
training workshops; presentation of set, costume, or lighting designs 
accompanied by commentary on issues in design for Shakespeare; scholarly 
paper presentations accompanied by performance of scenes in support of 
the papers' theses; comparison of staging options for scenes from 
Shakespeare, accompanied by commentary on textual cues to performance.

*Teaching Demonstration: Teachers and professors of Shakespeare are 
invited to share their most effective strategies for bringing the bard 
to life in the contemporary classroom. A teaching demonstration might 
include modeling an innovative approach, discussing a new methodology, 
sharing useful resources, or posing a pedagogical question. Proposals 
may be submitted individually or collaboratively with up to four total 

*High School Drama Competition: Teachers may also encourage their 
students (grades 9-12) to participate in a drama competition. 
Participants (group or individual) will perform a Shakespearean 
monologue or scene for response and critique. Winners will receive cash 
prizes and a commemorative plaque of achievement. Further information 
available on the conference site.

Abstracts and proposals should be no more than 300 words and are 
accepted on a rolling basis through August. All proposals may be 
submitted via the conference website at www.shakespeareconnects.com. 
For more information, please see the website or contact Dr. Rachel 
Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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