The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0184  Wednesday, 3 August 2011

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Date:         August 1, 2011 1:11:42 PM EDT
Subject:     Shakespeare Inside-out British Shakespeare Association Conference 2012

Shakespeare Inside-out: Depth-Surface-Meaning

British Shakespeare Association
10th Anniversary Conference
24-26 February 2012

Conference programme includes performances of Much Ado About Nothing (Lancaster Castle) and Love's Labour's Lost (Northern Broadsides); academic speakers Professor Jean E. Howard; Professor R. S. White; Professor Stuart Sillars; Professor Andrew Gurr; theatre, teaching workshops and panels with Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides); John Russell Brown; directors, designers, actors (Demi-Paradise productions)


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Shakespeare's texts produce meaning by turning insides out. We are drawn into the plays and poems from the outside through surfaces: books, screens, words, objects, costumes, the surfaces of actors' faces and bodies, retellings or adaptations, teaching spaces and theatres, and via our experiences of immediate effects like music, laughter, tears, movement. The texts, meanwhile, turn deep human questions, emotions, subjectivities outwards by projecting them as words and performance. This conference will ask how the relationship between surface and depth operates in Shakespeare's work. How does it function in different types of performance practice from live theatre to film? In the traces of the past that have come down to us? And in our practices as teachers and critics? The conference will explore 'the deep value of surfaces' (Shusterman), the dynamic relationship between surface and depth across a range of practices: reading, watching, editing, teaching, performing.

Proposals (150 words) for panels, papers, workshops or presentations on any aspect of the topic are welcomed from across the membership of the BSA by 1 October 2011 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Areas we might address include:

How are emotions represented, invoked and experienced in and through Shakespeare's texts?

How do superficial artefacts used in performance or printing such as costume and props, illustrations, type, decorations, bookcovers act as 'talismans' for different kinds of engagement with Shakespeare?

How do rituals and ceremonies in Shakespeare work as superficial orderings of emotion and violence?

Do Shakespeare's texts offer 'deeper' rewritings of source texts or do the inter-textual relationships themselves deserve more in-depth study than they have received to date?

How do adaptations or retellings of Shakespeare act as gateways to and from the texts?

Does music in Shakespearean performances add depth or is it the 'icing on the cake'?

How much deeper can we dig behind the fairly sparse documentation of early modern theatre practices - playing and watching?

Do pedagogical preferences for 'deep' rather than 'surface' learning apply equally well to the teaching of Shakespeare?

Does learning about Shakespeare happen on an immediately-measurable level or at more intangible cognitive, affective and spiritual levels?

Is it possible (or even desirable) to quantify what goes on as the result of a performance, a film, a teaching session?

Professor Alison Findlay
Professor of Renaissance Drama
Department of English & Creative Writing
Lancaster University

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