2012 Wooden O Symposium, August 6-8, 2012

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Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival
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The 2012 Wooden O Symposium is a cross-disciplinary Shakespeare Studies conference sponsored by Southern Utah University's Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It is scheduled for Aug 6-8, 2012, in Cedar City, Utah. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States. 

Conference Priorities: The Wooden O Symposium invites papers on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare works (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare's contemporaries, but gives priority to presentations relating to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season: Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Hamlet. Because USF will also be producing Moliere's Scapin and Fredrich Schiller's Mary Stuart in their 2012 summer season, we also welcome essays on these plays, as well as presentations that address the subject of early modern drama throughout Europe and representations of female monarchs in dramatic literature.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker for the 2012 Wooden O Symposium is Dr. Susan Frye, Professor of English at University of Wyoming, and author of Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation (Oxford, 1996), Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England (UPenn, 2010), and co-editor with of Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women's Alliances in Early Modern England (Oxford, 1999.)

In support of Sothern Utah University's mission to promote undergraduate research, the Wooden O Symposium regularly includes undergraduate panels as part of our program, so please share this notice with your undergraduates.

We will also invite presenters to submit revised papers from the 2012 symposium to our peer-reviewed Journal of the Wooden O.

Submission: Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2012. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should include the following:

• Author's name
• Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, independent scholar)
• Mailing address
• College/university affiliation (if any)
• E-mail address
• Daytime phone number.

Send 250 word abstract or session proposal to: woodeno@suu.edu

Wooden O Symposium 

c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival 

351 W. Center St. 

Cedar City, UT 84720
fax 435-865-8169