Student conference: Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule

deadline for submissions: 
September 26, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Ohio State University, Mansfield campus
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CALL FOR PAPERS for "Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule," a multi-disciplinary conference for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students.

Conference: Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Mansfield campus of Ohio State (Mansfield, OH).

Proposals due: September 26, 2016.

Papers, panels, roundtables, paired presentations, short performances, multi-­media experiences, static displays, and other entries of the widest possible submission style are encouraged for this academic conference. One session will include faculty-led discussion tables for work-­in-­progress.

Presentation time limit: 10-­15 minutes. Proposals (300 words max) can be based on works in-­progress. Include student’s name, address, telephone number, school, and faculty sponsor. Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 3, 2016.

Using Julius Caesar and/or Shakespeare’s other works as a starting point, submissions might explore topics as varied as:

• Legitimacy and Authority: What Makes a Leader Legitimate?

• Law and Literature

• Coup-­‐Making

• Treason

• The Body-­‐Politic and Mass Persuasion

• The Rule of Law

• Tensions Between the Values of a Republic and the Values of an Empire

• The Popularization of Brutality in Contemporary Political Fiction Such as Game of Thrones and House of Cards

• Demagoguery and Mass Media

• The Current Political Environment in the United States and Elsewhere

Or explore other interpretations of Shakespeare and Politics, Leadership, Authority, and Legitimacy.

Email inquiries and submissions to: Susan H. Delagrange, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of English (Rhetoric & Digital Media), The Ohio State University at Mansfield,