CFP: Shakespeare and the Queen's Men (2/15/06; 10/27/06-10/29/06)

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Holger Schott Syme
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Toronto, 27-29 Oct 2006 -- Abstracts deadline: February 15, 2006

This major international conference at the University of Toronto is being
organized by the SSHRC-funded "Shakespeare and the Queen's Men" project in
association with Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS). The project, a joint venture
led by Alexandra Johnston (REED, University of Toronto) and Helen Ostovich
(McMaster University), aims to recreate the staging conditions of a
sixteenth-century touring company in order to study and test scholarly
theories about acting styles and repertory through performance practice.

The conference will feature keynote addresses followed by thematically
organized seminars on the Queen's Men and their theatrical contemporaries,
including questions of repertory, acting styles, and touring, as well as
ensemble and casting issues. Participants will have a rare opportunity to
see three Queen's Men plays (King Leir, Three Ladies of London, and The
Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth) in different venues in Toronto and
Hamilton reflecting the range of playing spaces available to touring
companies. We invite papers dealing with theatrical practice in the plays of
the Queen's Men and other companies of the sixteenth and early seventeenth
centuries or addressing theatre-historical questions pertaining to the works
of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and collaborators, and their borrowings
from or transformations of theatrical material of the 1580s and 90s. Related
concerns might include the social history of playing, the history of
censorship, provincial and metropolitan conditions of performance, or early
dramaturgy, including but not limited to questions of staging, clowning,
extemporization, jigs, etc. Submissions from graduate students and theatre
practitioners doing work in these fields would be particularly welcome.
Proposals of 250 words for papers (maximum length 3000 words) should be
submitted by February 15, 2006 to (no attachments
please). For more information on the "Shakespeare and the Queen's Men"
project, consult

Chris Hicklin, Jeremy Lopez, Helen Ostovich, and Holger Syme
Program Committee

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