Friday, June 19, 2015

CFP Shakespeare and Our Times (conference) (8/15/15; Norfolk, VA 4/14-16/15)

CFP: "Shakespeare and Our Times" 14-16 April 2016
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century

April 14-16, 2016
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

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, analysed today?

Abstracts and panel proposals welcome on these and other topics:

Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Shakespeare and Time
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
Material Shakespeare
Theorizing Shakespeare in the Twenty-First century
Shakespeare and Twenty-First Century Public Learning

250-word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers, or 3-paper panel sessions can be submitted at by August 15, 2015. Advanced graduate students welcome to apply.

Inquiries about the conference can be sent to:

Dr. Imtiaz Habib
Dr. Delores Phillips
Dr. Drew Lopenzina or
Dr. Liz Black

Full conference and event brochure:

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