Call for Papers – Shakespeare and Canada Symposium
Call for Papers
Shakespeare + Canada Symposium
22-24 April 2016, University of Ottawa, Canada
April 23, 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The most translated and performed playwright in the world, Shakespeare continues to live in many countries and in many spaces — theatre, literature, music, opera, ballet, art, film, the Internet, and popular culture. Translated, appropriated, lauded, confronted, attacked, and sometimes pointedly ignored, Shakespeare is more than an author. His works carry various, sometimes contradictory, meanings in different cultures. As a form of cultural Esperanto – a common “language” shared among many nationalities – Shakespeare has also become an instantly recognizable “brand.”
Shakespeare + Canada will be a bilingual (English and French) symposium held at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and will be part of the University’s Shakespeare 400 celebrations: a wide variety of activities and events subsumed under the general theme of Shakespeare’s “afterlife” — that is, the way in which Shakespeare has influenced, inspired, or otherwise affected a wide spectrum of disciplinary fields. For a list of events already in the planning stages see: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/shakespeare-celebrations/. Uniquely bringing together Shakespeareans and Canadianists, Shakespeare + Canada is also part of the longest running series dedicated to Canadian literary culture, an annual tradition at the University of Ottawa which began in 1973.
The 400th anniversary offers the opportunity for us to take stock: both to look back — to examine what functions and roles Shakespeare’s works have played in Canada, a country which has given him a home for nearly 200 years – and to contemplate the future. Among the questions we will be posing are What function does Shakespeare serve in Canada today? How might we historicize Shakespeare’s influence in Canada? How has Shakespeare been reconfigured in different ways for particular Canadian contexts? In what ways can we reappraise the history of Shakespearean production, dissemination, and reception in Canada? What is the changing role of Shakespeare in a Canadian theatrical, literary, and/or pedagogical context? What part does Shakespeare play in Quebec? Multicultural communities? Educational institutions? Popular culture? The national imaginary? How have his role and functions changed over the years? What have Canadians – scholars, writers, artists, actors, others – contributed to an understanding and/or dissemination of Shakespeare and his works? What is the future of Shakespeare and Shakespeare studies in Canada?
The Organizing Committee invites papers from scholars of all relevant disciplines such as Theatre, English, History, Music, Art, Language and Literature Programs, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication, Canadian Studies, Education, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology, as well as from theatre practitioners, and especially encourages comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.
Proposals for panels, papers, or presentations in French or English, are invited on any aspect of Shakespeare and Canada, including, but not limited to the following:
- Shakespeare and scholarship (editing, criticism, digital Shakespeare);
- Shakespeare and the stage (Shakespeare festivals, Shakespeare in the park, costume and stage design);
- Shakespeare, language, and pronunciation;
- alternative Shakespeares (translation, adaptation, parody);
- Shakespeare and pedagogy (schools, colleges, universities, curricula);
- Shakespeare, nation, and the national repertoire (identity, culture, the regional and the national, the global and local, Quebec, First Nations);
- Shakespeare and other arts (music, visual arts, sculpture, film);
- Shakespeare and popular culture (blogs, comics, YouTube, television);
- Shakespeare, the classics, and the literary canon;
- Shakespeare and Canadian theatre today;
- ‘Big time’ and ‘small time’ Shakespeare (professional theatre, Stratford, Indigenous theatre, amateur groups, community groups, diasporic Shakespeares);
- the battle of the portraits (the Sanders portrait vs other contenders);
- Shakespeare in historical context (the Great Depression, war, Cold War, second-wave feminism, globalization);
- Shakespeare and gender politics;
- Shakespeare and other disciplines.
Proposals for alternative presentation formats (live or filmed performances, workshops, working groups) are welcome, and should be accompanied by a description of technical and space requirements.
A 250 word abstract of proposed papers, panels, or presentations, along with a brief curriculum vitae, must be submitted electronically (preferably in Word) by 1 September 2014 either in English or French to all the members of the Organizing Committee. Selected conference papers will be published. Pending a successful grant application, limited funding will be available for Canadian graduate students.
The Organizing Committee:
Irena R. Makaryk, Project Co-ordinator, Shakespeare 400, Department of English, and Theatre. Makaryk@uottawa.ca
Kathryn Prince, Department of Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Sugars, Department of English email@example.com
The University of Ottawa, Canada’s oldest bilingual university, is located in the heart of the National Capital, within walking distance of historic Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal (a World Heritage Site), the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Art, and the busy Byward Market, and within a few minutes’ drive of the beautiful wooded hills of Gatineau, Quebec. Details about the city may be found at http://www.ottawa.com and about the University at www.uottawa.ca