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International Shaw Society, University of Guelph, Shaw Festival
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Papers (for twenty minute talks) may be on a wide range of topics and written from any critical perspective, but those who choose to speak on the conference topic should address Bernard Shaw's broad international interests as expressed in his novels, plays, prefaces, speeches, and travels; productions of Shaw's plays in different countries and languages; ''boundary-free'' internet Shaw; and ''copyright-free'' Shaw (in Canada since 2000, and in most other countries from 2020).

The conference schedule will include a visit to the renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, to see the Festival's fiftieth anniversary productions of at least two Shaw plays. 

A major exhibit of materials from the extensive Shaw collections in the University of Guelph's L. W. Conolly Theatre Archives will be mounted for the conference. 

It is anticipated that conference participants will come from many parts of the world. Some financial support will be available to assist with travel costs.

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be submitted at the conference website, THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2011.

Applications for travel grants can be found at

Information about the International Shaw Society and its activities can be found at

Confirmed plenary speakers to date include Michael Billington, theatre critic for the Guardian, Jackie Maxwell, current Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, Stanley Weintraub, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, and Christopher Newton, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Shaw Festival.

Please send any questions about the conference to