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Shakespeare and Performance

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 5:05pm
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Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)

The 2012 issue 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:

Registration now open: The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century - Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 4:50pm
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Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg

The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

International Conference at the University of Regensburg, 24-26 November 2011

Conference Venue: Haus der Begegnung, Hinter dem Grieb 8, Regensburg (Germany)

Confirmed Speakers: David Amigoni, Katharina Boehm, Lynn Botelho, Karen Chase, Nigel Goose, Kay Heath, Inge Kroppenberg, Norbert Lennartz, Teresa Mangum, Gordon McMullan, Greta Olson, Jochen Petzold, Rebecca Probert, Helen Small, Brian Worsfold, Anne-Julia Zwierlein

Shakespeare Studies Journal, 10/10/2011

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 4:39pm
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Journal of the Wooden O/Southern Utah University
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The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published at Southern Utah University with the support of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Gerald Sherratt Library, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Department of English.

The Journal of the Wooden O invites essays on any topic related to Shakespeare and early modern drama, but gives priority to papers on plays produced in the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2011 summer and fall seasons: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and The Winter's Tale.

Advocacy in the Theatre History Classroom

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 3:51pm
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Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Theatre History Focus Group
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I am seeking possible co-panelists for a proposed roundtable discussion on ways of effectively incorporating advocacy into the theatre history classroom for the 2012 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. This panel would be sponsored by the Theatre History Focus Group and directly engages the conference theme of "Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate." How do we, as instructors of theatre history, get our students to connect the work in the theatre history classroom to larger issues of political engagement in a democratic society? Do particular plays spark the best discussions? Are there particular assignments with which you've had success? Should issue advocacy be in the theatre history classroom at all?

Performer Politicians and Politician Performers: From Artist to Activist and Activist to Artist

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 3:50pm
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Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Theatre History Focus Group
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I am seeking possible co-panelists for a proposed panel to be sponsored by the Theatre History Focus Group for the 2012 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. With the conference theme of "Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate" I find myself thinking about historical instances of performers who have crossed over onto the political stage, or political figures who found second careers for themselves as actors. How did the first chapter of the career impact the second? Were there echoes of the political agenda in the performance work? Did the performance work contradict the ideology represented in their political careers?

[REMINDER] "Rethinking Seneca's Influence on Early Modern Drama" (09/30/2011; NEMLA, Rochester NY: 03/15-18)

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 12:25pm
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Nicola Imbracsio/ University of New Hampshire
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For years, scholars have demonstrated the debt that Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and other playwrights owe to Seneca's work. Such foundational criticism has often pointed to Seneca's plot devices, characterization, language, and form that inspired later Renaissance dramatists. However, recent scholarship demonstrates Seneca's effect on early modern subject construction and performance conditions. This panel aims to continue and extend current reconsiderations of Seneca's influence on early modern drama by gathering papers that "rethink" Seneca's works and influence in light of feminist, queer, post-colonial, and materialist theoretical perspectives.

Framing Lives - 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association 17-20 July 2012

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:27am
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International Auto/Biography Association
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Call for papers

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FRAMING LIVES

The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association
17-20 July 2012, Canberra, Australia

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 November 2011
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Conference website: http://www.iaba2012.com

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CFP Kalamazoo 2012 Anchoritic Society

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 9:30am
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International Anchoritic Society
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The International Anchoritic Society is still seeking proposals for its two sessions at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-13 May 2012. Our sessions are

I. Rules: Fifteen- to twenty-minute papers presenting English translations of medieval rules, interpretations or scholarly findings associated with anchoritic or monastic rules, particularly but not limited to Ancrene Wisse, are invited.

II. Anchoritic Guidance Texts in the Modern Classroom (a roundtable): Five to ten minute presentations on pedagogical approaches to anchoritic guidance texts and related materials are invited.

Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts (9/24)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:29pm
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The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University
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Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts

The Center for Body, Mind and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 19-20, 2011 at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

Regarding the body as sentient, purposive subjectivity (rather than mere physical flesh), the conference will focus on ways that somatic mindfulness can contribute to health, healing, and aesthetic experience. Papers dealing with disciplines of mindful body consciousness (Asian and Western) and their applications in the areas of wellness, fitness, and the arts are especially welcome.

[UPDATE] NEMLA, March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:30pm
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Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University
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From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

[UPDATE] The Velvet Light Trap #70 - Stocks, Screens, and Servers: The Materiality of Media DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 4:11pm
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The Velvet Light Trap, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As culture becomes increasingly digitized—from downloading and streaming videos and music to digital film production and cloud computing—arguments for the "dematerialization" of media are becoming commonplace. However, media have always been, and remain, embedded in and structured by material objects, networks, and practices that constrain their uses and meanings. Any cultural artifact bears traces and consequences of the material conditions of its production, distribution, and reception, whether this be a result of the size and weight of the camera that shot a film's images, the geography of the shipping or cable network through which it was transported or transmitted, or the spaces occupied by physical record or DVD collections.

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