Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2015 CFP

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Shakespearean Performance Research Group, American Society for Theatre Research
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Abstract due date, May 31, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

American Society for Theatre Research 2015 Conference
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
November 5-8, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

In the disciplinary ferment of the 1980s, Shakespeare studies seemed to claim a stake in nearly everything: defining disciplines, political critique, the role of the academy, historicism, theory, and so on. And yet while Shakespeare looms large in the agenda of English and literary studies, Shakespeare figures differently in theatre and performance studies, both in terms of the development of the field(s) and today. What kind of work does the figure of Shakespeare, Shakespeare studies, and Shakespeare performance do in theatre and performance studies today? Are there specific stakes for the field that emerge in relation to Shakespeare studies, or for which Shakespeare studies is a useful instrument, metaphor, instance? Are there larger, deeper stakes in play evoked by the intersection of Shakespeare, theatre, performance? In keeping with the 2015 conference theme, we invite papers addressing these questions. While making these themes our primary focus, in keeping with the raisons d'être of ASTR Research Groups, we will also consider paper submissions on our current publishing project dealing with the evolution into modern times of the concept of the Elizabethan Revival, or "Original Practices" as it is now known. Papers addressing "Original Practices" from its early modern "origins," through a variety of recovery/restoration efforts, to the present, are welcome, as are papers addressing this issue across performance media. Contributions examining OP in theory and practice will be considered for inclusion in a planned book project that will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016.

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group's conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust, and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

Please send a 250-word abstract along with a brief bio by May 31, 2015 to the conveners at:

Members will be notified by the end of June whether their proposals have been accepted for the working group. More information about ASTR and the Portland conference may be found at