CFP: Shakespeare And Our Times Conference (9/15/15; 4/14-16/16)

by Jessica C. Murphy



An interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. April 14-16, 2016

Plenary speakers: Jonathan Dollimore, Ania Loomba, and Leah Marcus

What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? In the context of a week-long, multi-faceted investigation of Shakespeare’s continued presence in our cultural landscape, this three-day conference will probe contemporary manifestations of the Bard. To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death we will seek his footprint as we question the legacy of the early colonial mindset in the twenty-first century. Why does this figure among all others endure so persistently? At stake are questions of global imperialism and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and Shakespeare’s extended influence in what were, for him, newly-emerging colonial locales. How, then, is Shakespeare performed, translated, analyzed today? Abstracts and panel proposals welcome on these and other topics: Shakespeare and Popular Culture Gender/Sexuality in Shakespeare Shakespeare and the Idea of the Posthuman Shakespeare’s Cities Shakespeare and International Relations Shakespeare and the Sciences Why Shakespeare? Shakespeare for Whom? Shakespeare and Disaster Management Shakespeare and Contemporary Censorship Translating Shakespeare The Rhetoric of Shakespeare Shakespeare and America, Shakespeare in America Shakespeare’s Music Staging Shakespeare, Filming Shakespeare, Now Shakespeare and Language Theorizing Shakespeare in the Twenty-First century Event website:…

250-word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers, or 3-paper panel sessions can be submitted online at by August 15, 2015.

* Advanced graduate students welcome to apply.

*NEW DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

Inquiries about the conference can be sent to: Dr. Imtiaz Habib, Dr. Liz Black, Dr. Delores Phillips, Dr. Drew Lopenzina

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