Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s) – Extended Call for Papers
European Shakespeare Research Association
Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s)
29 June – 2 July 2015
University of Worcester, UK
Extended Deadline for Proposals
The traffic of Shakespeare’s stage invites spectators and readers to travel to different places, imagined and real. Italian and French cities – Verona, Venice, Mantua, Padua, Florence, Milan, Rome, Navarre, Roussillon, Paris, Marseilles – set the scene for his plays. Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Troy occasion travels in time. On Britain’s map – divided in King Lear – other places are mapped: Scotland, England, Windsor, the Forest of Arden, York. Viola arrives on ‘the shore’ of Illyria, while in The Winter’s Tale, the action shifts between Bohemia and Sicilia. Othello sets up camp in Cyprus and Don Pedro returns, victorious, to Messina. Within the confines of one play, Hamlet, too, maps Europe: from Elsinore, Laertes requests permission to return to France; the Mousetrap is set in Vienna, which will become the setting for Measure for Measure; Hamlet is sent to England, and on his way encounters the Norwegian army marching across Denmark on its way to Poland.
Time and geographical travels map a whole continent and its social, political and cultural exchanges, a feature Shakespeare’s plays shared with his early modern contemporaries as much as they have with his readers, editors, translators, spectators, film adaptors and critical commentators since.
The 2015 ESRA conference continues the long-standing dialogue between Shakespeare’s Europe and Europe’s Shakespeare(s). It asks scholars to take a look at the wider playwriting context of the early modern period and the European reception of Shakespeare as a subject that has been continuously developing, not least due to Europe’s several recent remappings. Twenty-five years since the first events that focused exclusively on European Shakespeares (Antwerp 1990) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (Sofia 1992), ESRA 2015 invites a look back at 425 years of European Shakespeare and towards a vigorous debate on what Shakespeare means for Europe today, as well as on ESRA’s place in Shakespeare Studies, European and beyond.
Call for Seminar and Panel Proposals
We welcome proposals for seminars and panels on a variety of topics arising from the above, in the following general directions:
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries’ Europe — Early Modern Ideas and Experiences of Europe
Shakespeare Translations – National and European Approaches
Mobility and Emplacement in Shakespeare’s World
Mapping and Staging Europe — National Stereotypes
Small and Big Screen Shakespeare – A European Picture
Shakespeare and/in European Popular Culture(s)
Shakespeare in European Education – Past and Present
Shakespeare and National/International Politics
European Artistic Appropriations
A European History of Shakespearean Criticism
Shakespeare Biographies – A European Story
Shakespeare and the European Idea
European Shakespeare Studies – Where to?
Members of ESRA are invited to propose a seminar or a panel that they would be interested in convening. Proposals of 300-500 words (stating topic, relevance and approach) should be submitted by 2 (maximum 3) potential convenors who have agreed to work together.
If you have ideas for a seminar or a panel, please submit your proposals, by 22nd June 2014, to:
– Nicoleta Cinpoes at the University of Worcester organizing committee (firstname.lastname@example.org )
– Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, ESRA conference liaison officer (email@example.com)
The Board of ESRA will confirm its final choice at the beginning of July 2014. All convenors will be personally informed of the choices made and the list of seminars and panels will be made available on the ESRA and the UW websites.