Diversity and Homogeneity: The Politics of Nation, Class, and Gender in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media

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University of Lodz, Poland
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The Department of Drama and Pre-1800 Literature and the International Shakespeare Centre at the University of Łódź invite you to attend the 7th Biannual "Drama Through the Ages and Medieval Literature Conference".

The organizers wish to address the dynamics of the binary opposite of diversity and homogeneity. The democratic culture of the West, often seeing itself as the carrier of global standards, is ideologically paradoxical in itself. On the one hand, its fundamental premise is the freedom of each individual, which should seemingly embrace diversity and nourish difference as society's organizing principle. On the other, however, its practice is to normalise people's behaviour and effectively marginalise individuals that do not conform to the legal norms set by the majority, in effect creating a homogeneously sanitised and orderly society.

The aim of the conference is to look at how issues connected with the politics of nation, class, and gender are rendered in drama, theatre, film and media. Particular attention will be paid to the problem of multiculturalism, nationalism, social hierarchies, minorities, and identity.

As one conference day will be devoted exclusively to the analysis of the above thematic areas in the context of Shakespearean studies, we wish to extend the invitation to Shakespearean scholars wanting to address the issues of the politics of nation, class and gender in Shakespeare's dramatic output as well as in contemporary reworkings of his plays in theatre, film and media.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

the politics of cultural/national/gender/religious/ethnic identity

the politics of recognition

the global – the national – the local

sexual politics

gender politics

the politics of nation, class and gender in Shakespeare

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Professor Judith Buchanan, University of York

Professor Christy Desmet, University of Georgia

Doctor Imke Lichterfeld, University of Bonn

Professor Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire

Professor Barbara Ozieblo, University of Málaga

Professor Kay Stanton, California State University, Fullerton.

All abstracts (maximum of 350 words) must contain the title of the proposed paper, the name of the author and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address).

Abstracts should be submitted before no later than June 1st 2013. Selected papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Conference fee: 400 PLN for academics holding positions at Polish Universities, 120 Euro for delegates based outside of Poland, and reduced fee of 150 PLN for doctoral students. The fee covers conference materials, coffee, snacks, and refreshments as well as partial costs of conference publication.

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