Greetings! Thanks for reading The Scrivener, your source for the latest news in Shakespeare scholarship. A few great new calls for papers and conferences have come across my desk over the last week, so let’s get to it!
Shakespeare 400 and Othello at Kalamazoo
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016). Our panels this year are partly designed around a program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.
Our second panel, “Othello: Pre-Texts, Texts, and After-Texts” is part of a series of panels we have been organizing for the past several years that focus on a single play of Shakespeare’s from multiple perspectives. As such, we are seeking papers on potential sources and inspirations for the play, textual or performance scholarship on the play itself, and modern performances, adaptations, responses, and critical approaches.
Shakespeare and our Times (Deadline Extended)
Per the announcement:
What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? In the context of a week-long, multi-faceted investigation of Shakespeare’s continued presence in our cultural landscape, this three-day conference will probe contemporary manifestations of the Bard. To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death we will seek his footprint as we question the legacy of the early colonial mindset in the twenty-first century. Why does this figure among all others endure so persistently? At stake are questions of global imperialism and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and Shakespeare’s extended influence in what were, for him, newly-emerging colonial locales. How, then, is Shakespeare performed, translated, analyzed today?
Abstracts and panel proposals welcome on these and other topics:
Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Gender/Sexuality in Shakespeare
Shakespeare and the Idea of the Posthuman
Shakespeare and International Relations
Shakespeare and the Sciences
Why Shakespeare? Shakespeare for Whom?
Shakespeare and Disaster Management
Shakespeare and Contemporary Censorship
The Rhetoric of Shakespeare
Shakespeare and America, Shakespeare in America
Staging Shakespeare, Filming Shakespeare, Now
Shakespeare and Language
Theorizing Shakespeare in the Twenty-First century
For more info visit the conference website here.
Performance and Materiality
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference, “Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
From the call:
This conference will dialogue between performance studies and material culture, two fields that have proven especially fruitful for early modern and medieval scholars in the past years. Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the agency of nonhuman objects.
We are looking for papers that engage either or both of our central terms. Some questions this conference hopes to pose include: how is medieval and early modern performance shaped by material conditions? How are props and other performing objects contributing to theories of materiality? What role do nonhuman objects such as props, costumes, devotional objects, art, and architecture play in premodern performance? How can we best understand the agency of nonhuman objects in these environments? What do recent theories like Object-Oriented-Ontology or Extended Cognition have to offer thinking about past performances?
For more information see the full call here.
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