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Shakespeare and our Times Conference

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

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
  • Shakespeare and Time; Shakespeare in 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 this link by August 15, 2015. Advanced graduate students welcome to apply.

Deadline extended to September 15, 2015.

Inquiries about the conference can be sent to:

Alan H. Nelson

  • Emeritus Professor of English
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Co-Editor of Oxford, Records of Early English Drama

Leah Marcus

  • Edwin Mims Professor of English, Vanderbilt University
  • Author of Puzzling Shakespeare

Please make a reservation at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott at Old Dominion University. Ask for Shakepeare Conference rate of $114 per night.