Two Shakespeare Panels for ICMS Kalamazoo 2017

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo
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Shakespeare at Kalamazoo

International Congress for Medieval Studies 2017


Shakespeare at Kalamazoo invites submissions for two sessions at the 2017 Congress, which will be held at Western Michigan University on May 11-14, 2017.


Panel 1: The Winter’s Tale: Pretexts, Texts, and After-texts. Papers for this panel should explore The Winter’s Tale and its place within a broader textual tradition, which may include sources, contemporary works with which it is in dialogue, and later adaptations or performances. Papers may also address the play’s relationship with non-text media such as music or the visual arts.


Panel 2: Shakespeare and Transmedia. For this panel, we seek papers about the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted and interpreted across and through different forms of media. Transmedia, as explained by noted media scholar Henry Jenkins, is created when elements of a story are dispersed across multiple delivery channels, each of which can exist independently but which add to a narrative whole. Examples of transmedia might include fanfiction, retellings through social media, works such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or the upcoming television series StarCrossed, role-playing or video games, and other works that reward but do not require familiarity with the original text, instead creating a cross-discursive narrative.


Please send a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form (available for download at to Nora Corrigan, Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, Mississippi University for Women, at The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016; panelists will be notified by October 1.