Bodies on stage are one of the central elements of theatre and – implicitly – also of drama. Characters on the page attain the status of corpo-reality. At the same time, a living person becomes part of the "as-if" world of the play, signifying class, ethnicity, gender, age. Bodies and their movements in space, voice, facial and gestural expression produce additional meanings which often go beyond the written text. Thus, each performance of a play is unique. Physically demanding theatrical moments – from tap dancing to Kung Fu fighting – especially highlight the precarious liveness of the moment and the virtuosity of the actor.
NEMLA Convention 2012
Session Title: Shakespeare at the Opera
The panel examines operatic adaptations of Shakespeare plays. How do Shakespearean operas serve as 'readings' that illuminate facets of the plays on which they are based? How do different treatments of Shakespeare shed light on the historical and cultural conditions that produced the operas? How can studying Shakespeare as opera function as a miniature historical lens om Shakespearean reception across the centuries? Send 300 to 500-word abstract to Josh.Cohen@massart.edu.
CALL FOR STATEMENTS
Shakespeare Seminar Online 2012
Workshop at the Shakespeare-Tage 2012 in Bochum ("Faith and Doubt on the Elizabethan Stage")
Believing in Shakespeare:
Faith and Doubt on the Elizabethan Stage
rom Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?
Nothing New Under the Sun?
Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking
2011 University of Florida English Graduate Organization Conference
October 28-29, 2011, at the University of Florida
Keynote Speaker: Richard Flynn (Georgia Southern University)
The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers across disciplines concerning the idea of novelty in literature, film, rhetoric or the production of art. By interrogating the causes and effects of novelty in the life of an artist, scholar or artistic movement, we hope to destabilize the boundaries around the "old" and "new" and trace the lingering impact of these game-changers across both time and disciplines.
CFP: Reflections and transfigurations: tradapting and performing Shakespeare today. 26-27 April 2012, University of Toulouse, France.
Confirmed Plenary speakers: Djanet Sears (University of Toronto), author of the critically acclaimed Harlem Duet (1997), Paula Vogel (Yale) author of Desdemona: a play about the handkerchief (1993). Both playwrights will discuss their own play as well as the original text which inspired them, Othello.
New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast
From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. It raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.
The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:
Comparative performance in England
Comparative performances in England and other countries
Performance of Guilds
Women and performance
Current Productions of early modern plays
Actors and the text
Court Performances and Masques
With apologies for cross-posting,
DHSI Colloquium, 5-8 June 2012
The DHSI Colloquium showcases new and emerging, innovative and engaging work of those at DHSI.
CALL FOR PAPERS (1 December 2011): Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the DHSI Colloquium for the digital humanities, to be held in June 2012 at the University of Victoria.
The Yale Department of French welcomes submissions for our spring 2012 graduate student conference on the topic of "Ethics and Literature."
"What kind of a turn is the turn to ethics? A Right turn? A Left turn? A wrong turn? A U-turn? Whose turn? Whose turn is it to turn to ethics? And why? Why now?"
-- Marjorie Garber, Beatrice Hanssen and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, 2000.