CFP: Shakespeare in Culture (Taiwan) (3/15/09; 11/26/09-11/28/09)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Shakespeare in Culture
4th Conference of the NTU Shakespeare Forum

National Taiwan University, Taipei
November 26-28, 2009

Call for Papers

The NTU Shakespeare Forum will host its fourth conference, “Shakespeare in Culture,” in Taipei on November 26-28, 2009. Keynote speakers include Richard Burt (University of Florida), Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin), and Ann Thompson (King’s College London). A Chinese opera adaptation of The Merchant of Venice by the Taiwan BangZi Company will be premiered in conjunction with the conference. There will also be a pre-conference workshop conducted by C. C. Yang (Taipei Veterans General Hospital) on using information technology to resolve authorship disputes.

Our focus: Shakespeare, as well as the reading, teaching, and performance of Shakespeare, does not exist outside culture. Defined by OED as “The distinctive ideas, customs, social behaviour, products, or way of life of a particular society, people, or period,” various cultures not only inform the Shakespearean corpus, productions and scholarship, but are
also reciprocally shaped by them. Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Topics may include, but are not restricted to: Shakespeare and early modern culture (such as print culture, Protestantism, material culture, gender); Shakespeare and politics; Shakespeare and (post)colonialism; Shakespeare and media (theatre, film, television, computer); popular Shakespeare; Shakespeare and theory; Shakespeare and other arts and sciences; Shakespeare and diaspora; and non-English Shakespeare.

Graduate students are invited to apply to attend the pre-conference graduate sessions on the same theme.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short bio by March 15, 2009.
Completed papers must be submitted by September 30. A book based on the conference proceedings will be published by the NTU Press in 2010. To facilitate discussion among international scholars, papers in English are preferred. For submissions and queries please contact Bi-qi Beatrice Lei

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