CFP: Wooden O Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Southern Utah University/Utah Shakespeare Festival
contact email: 

The Wooden O Symposium is a cross-disciplinary conference exploring Medieval through Early Modern Studies, through the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit papers that offer insights and new ideas springing from the era of William Shakespeare. His plays are replete with the language, thoughts, and arts of the Renaissance and Western culture and represent an inexhaustible source for creative ideas and research.

The symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States.

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The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference seeks papers/panels that investigate its 2021 theme: Shakespeare’s Lost and Found​. Topics could range from those seeking to find, the undiscovered and then discovered, the lost, the found, the reimagined, the newly explored, journeys, unearthings, uncoverings, and more in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We welcome unique interpretations of this theme. This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 summer season: ​Pericles, Cymbeline, The Comedy of Errors, a​ nd ​Richard III.

The 2021 symposium will host a concurrent virtual and face-to-face conference.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2021. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. Please include 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) and the following information:
• name of presenter(s)

• participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar) • college/university affiliation
• mailing address
• email address

• audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.

Abstracts and proposals can be submitted via a form available at ​​.