The 43rd Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Marietta College (Ohio)
June 28·30, 2019
Extended Deadline for Proposals: Monday, May 6, 2019
- Plenary speaker: Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas at El Paso
- Emerging Scholar speaker: Vanessa Corredera, Andrews University
- Text and Performance workshops: The American Shakespeare Center
- Performances by Marietta College’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival:
Romeo and Juliet, directed by Emily Heugatter, University of Central Oklahoma.
Bye Bye Birdie, with music directed by Peter Sour
The conference welcomes abstracts for papers, panels, workshops, and roundtables that examine Shakespeare's representations of group(s) as well as proposals that examine how Shakespeare's works have animated groups over time. We hope to see proposals that come to these issues from a broad range of perspectives and approaches.
In addition to the many ways that Shakespeare's works explore the search for individual identity, the plays and poems also concern themselves with group dynamics: family, friendship, alliance, faction, race, gender, nation, mob. These cohere and collide in early modern literature in ways still relevant to our time. Characters balance their senses of belonging to place and time such as bloodlines and birthplaces against abstract senses such as citizenries and faiths and even these borders are revealed as porous and unstable. They travel to new locales and negotiate the preservation or loss of old identities, with the assumption of or resistance to new ones. As importantly, for centuries, the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries have inspired imitation/adaptation/incorporation (sometimes rejection) of what they view on stage into their own group identities. In his time, Shakespeare collaborated with and copied from his contemporaries, but after 1660, acting troupes reintroduced his plays into their repertories or adapted them. Today, some actors designate themselves as Shakespearean.
Travelers become Shakespearean throngs in Verona. Immigrants bring with them worlds of culture, influencing and being influenced by what they bring and what they find. Shakespeare as cultural symbol has been used to foster faction, competition or exclusion of group identity.
Curricula commonly require (some do not) the study of Shakespeare. Activist Shakespeareans community-build through their essays and public speeches. Academics form conferences like the OVSC. People form societies to advocate the position that Shakespeare's work was written by someone else.
Presenters may submit their work for consideration by the editors of the Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference.
The conference is open to graduate students for regular sessions, and to undergraduate students for roundtable discussions. Both graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers for The Rick Smith Memorial Prize competition to Professor Hillary Nunn at email@example.com by Friday, May 17.
Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Joseph Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org. The final deadline for abstracts is Monday, May 6, 2019.
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