CFP: Shakespeare and Presentism, July 28, 2018

KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR
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CALL FOR PAPERS

SHAKESPEARE AND PRESENTISM

at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, on Saturday July 28 2018

A decade and a half since Terence Hawkes published Shakespeare in the Present, and Helen Moore named presentism as the “new kid” on the theoretical block, and more than two decades since Hugh Grady applied the term “presentism” to Shakespeare studies in Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf, this colloquium will provide a forum for examining the richness and the variety of the ways in which presentism has come of age, its theoretical and critical development, and its continuing impact on Shakespeare and early modern English studies.

We particularly welcome papers that address the following issues: definitions and explanations of presentism; applications of presentist analysis to the texts of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; (new) meanings that presentist analysis opens up in the texts of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; (new) meanings that presentist analysis opens up in 21st-century contexts; considerations of temporality vis-à-vis presentist thought; speaking with the living vs. speaking with the dead; distinctions between literary presentism and philosophical presentism; the Frankfurt School and presentist thought; the significance of aesthetics in presentist thought; the significance of subjectivity in presentist thought; anti-positivism vs. positivism; the relationship between presentism and new historicism; anachronizing vs. historicizing; the relationship between presentism and cultural materialism; the significance of politics in presentist thought; the role of the literary critic in presentist thought; feminist, queer, transgender, race, postcolonial, global, ecocritical, or ecofeminist theory and criticism as inherently presentist developments; the impact of presentist thought on Shakespeare in performance; the relationship between presentist analysis of Shakespeare’s texts and contemporary activism.

200-word proposals for 25-minute presentations at this free event,
together with a brief cv., should be sent by

June 29 2018 to Evelyn Gajowski:

shakespe@unlv.nevada.edu

 


 

Shakespeare and Presentism CFP

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CFP: Barton, Hall and Shakespeare, Sept 7-8, 2018

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BARTON, HALL AND SHAKESPEARE

ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES

SEPTEMBER 7 / 8 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar and British Shakespeare Association announce a conference to celebrate and explore the work of John Barton and Peter Hall, focused on their productions of Shakespeare. The aim of this commemorative event will be to bring together theatre practitioners, scholars, critics and audience members from around the world, to reconsider the achievements of the two great Shakespeare directors. The venue will be the Shakespearean auditorium of the Rose Theatre that saw some of Peter Hall’s last productions, and John Barton’s final public appearance at Trevor Nunn’s restaging of their Wars of the Roses.

Proposals are invited for 25-minute presentations on all aspects of the lives and work of Barton and Hall, including work in film, TV and opera. Presentations will be particularly welcome on their productions in relation to the Cambridge intellectual background; Stratford institutional environment; British political context; international reception; performance practice; verse speaking; place of the text; impact on literary and theatre criticism; influence on drama teaching and training; input of composers and designers; role of the director; archival heritage; and conception of Shakespeare.

Proposals of up to 200 words, together with a brief cv., should be sent by July 31 to Professor Richard Wilson at r.wilson@kingston.ac.uk

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LITTLE STARS AND GALLOPING STEEDS: SEX IN SHAKESPEARE Friday June 22 2018

KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR Donkey ears

LITTLE STARS AND GALLOPING STEEDS

SEX IN SHAKESPEARE

Friday June 22 2018

Rose Theatre Kingston 

09.30 Registration 

10:00 Opening remarks: Christian Smith (Kingston University)

10:15 Desire
Nell McKeown (King’s College London)
‘Emilia’s Phoenix Love: Female Eroticism in The Two Noble Kinsmen

Elena Pellone (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
‘“How might one do, sir, to lose it to her own liking?”: Shakespeare and the female gaze.’

Phoebe Murphy-Brown (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
‘Queer Theory and Cross Gender Casting in Modern Adaptations of Shakespeare’

11:35 Coffee

12:00
Jonathan Dollimore
‘Shakespeare and Sex at Sussex University’

13:00 Lunch 

14:00 Language and Form
Jerzy Limon (University of Gdańsk)
Visiting Netherlands: verbal and visual sexual punning
in Shakespeare and contemporary art’

Richard O’Brien (University of Birmingham)
’“No gentle chase”: Venus and Adonis in a post-Weinstein world’

15:20 Theory
Christian Smith (Kingston University)
‘Dialectical Eros, or Do Bottom and Titania have sex?’

Paul Hamilton (Kingston University)
‘The perverse dynamic and state power’

16:30 Tea

17:00
David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary University London)
‘“Ever a merry war”: Love, sex and war in Shakespeare’ 

18.00 Closing remarks: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

 

Register for this event at the Rose Theatre

24-26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames

Box Office (10.00-1800) 020 8174 0090 rosetheatrekingston.org

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Foucault and Shakespeare programme June 23

KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR AT GARRICK’S TEMPLE

SATURDAY JUNE 23 2018

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FOUCAULT AND SHAKESPEARE

10.00: Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

Jonathan Dollimore
‘Foucault, Shakespeare and Cultural Materialism’

11.00: Coffee (Temple Pavilion)

11.30: Chair: David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary University London)

Kélina Gotman (King’s College University of London)
‘Foucault, Theatre, Critique’

Thomas Brockelman (Le Moyne College)
‘Foucault and Lacan Interpret Las Meninas:
On the virtues and limitations of philosophical reading’

13.00: Lunch (Bell Inn, Hampton)

14.30: Chair: Bjorn Quiring (Trinity College Dublin)

Duncan Salkeld (University of Chichester)
King Lear and Foucault’s History of Madness

Jennifer Rust (Saint Louis University)
‘Of Government the Properties to Unfold:
Foucault’s Genealogy of Governmentality and Measure for Measure

16.00: Tea (Temple Pavilion)

16.30: Chair: Howard Caygill (Kingston University)

Stuart Elden (University of Warwick)
‘Contagion in Troilus and Cressida

17.30: Round Table Discussion

 

To register for this event go to:

https://foucaultandshakespeare.eventbrite.co.uk

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Foucault and Shakespeare Symposium, June 23 [Shakespeare at the Temple]

SHAKESPEARE AT THE TEMPLE

David Garrick built his Shakespeare Temple beside the Thames at Hampton in 1755 as a place where ‘the thinkers of the world’ would meet to reflect on the plays. He hoped Voltaire would come. Now the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar is realising the great actor’s vision, with a series of symposia on Shakespeare in Philosophy. Each of these Saturday events features talks by leading philosophers and Shakespeare scholars, coffee and tea in the riverside garden designed by Capability Brown, and lunch at the historic Bell Inn.

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On Saturday June 23 2018 the Temple symposium will be on

FOUCAULT AND SHAKESPEARE 

with participation from

Tom Brockelman, Jonathan Dollimore, Stuart Elden,

Kelina Gotman, Jennifer Rust, Duncan Salkeld

 

To register for the symposium go to:

https://foucaultandshakespeare.eventbrite.co.uk

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Much Ado About Nothing: A Colloquium -programme

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING:
A COLLOQUIUM

ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON
Saturday April 21 2018

09.30 Registration

9.45: Welcome

Richard Wilson (Kingston Shakespeare Seminar)
Alison Findlay (British Shakespeare Association)

10.00: An Introduction to the Play’s Performance History

Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)

10.20: Panel 1: Sex and Gender

Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University)
Sara Reimers (Royal Holloway University London)
Elizabeth Schafer: Chair (Royal Holloway University London)

10.45 Coffee

11.15: Panel 2: Family and Intergenerational Tensions

Alison Findlay: Chair (Lancaster University)
Ben Haworth (Nottingham Trent University)
Lois Potter (University of Delaware)

11.50: Panel 3: Comedy and the Watch

Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)
Duncan Salkeld: Chair (Chichester University)
Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

12.25: A Conversation about the Rose Production

Simon Dormandy (Director)
Mel Giedroyc (Beatrice)
John Hopkins (Benedick)
Peter Smith: Chair (Nottingham Trent University)

13.10: Lunch

14.30: Performance of Much Ado About Nothing

 


 

Reserve a place at this free colloquium.

Get tickets for Much Ado About Nothing.

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Event: Music and poetry for Shakespeare’s birthday (Garrick’s Temple), Friday April 20

Temple before Hegel ConcertMusic and poetry for Shakespeare’s birthday 

The Lovekyn Consort presents songs and dances from the Elizabethan stage, along with Shakespeare’s sonnets and new work inspired by them by actor and poet Amy Neilson-Smith.

Zita Syme – Voice

William Summers – Renaissance Flute, Recorder

Stephen Carpenter – Renaissance Lute, Guitar

Amy Neilson-Smith – Actor; Poet


Tickets: £12

Place:
Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick’s Lawn, Hampton Court Road
Hampton on Thames, UK
TW12 2EN


More information here.

 

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Lacan and Shakespeare programme

KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR AT GARRICK’S TEMPLE

Lacan and Shakespeare

SATURDAY APRIL 7 2018

LACAN AND SHAKESPEARE

10.00

Matthew Biberman (University of Louisville):
‘Shakespeare, Garrick, Lacan: Making Sense of Hamlet’s Missing Gravediggers’

Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

11.00: Coffee (Temple Pavilion)

11.30

Penny Georgiou (New Lacanian School):
‘Lacan’s Hamlet Revisited’

Scott Wilson (Kingston University):
‘Desire and its Interpretation in Reverse: (Ophelia and “Toxic Masculinity”)’

Chair: Oliver Harris (author of ‘Lacan’s Return to Antiquity’) 

13.00: Lunch (Bell Inn, Hampton)

14.30

Peter Buse (Kingston University):
‘Comic Feelings in Freud and Lacan’

Will Greenshields (University of Sussex):
‘Exhibiting and Catching jouissance:
From Baroque Sculpture to Borromean Rings of String’

Chair: Keith Hanley (Lancaster University)

16.00: Tea (Temple Pavilion)

16.30

Catherine Belsey (Swansea University):
‘Shakespeare and the Real’

Chair: David Shalkwyk (Queen Mary University London)

17.30

Round Table Discussion

Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)


To buy tickets for the symposium
(£20, which include the sandwich lunch, coffee and tea) go to:
eventbrite.co.uk

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A COLLOQUIUM TO MARK THE ROSE THEATRE PRODUCTION, April 21

Much Ado Colloquium imageKINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR
BRITISH SHAKESPEARE ASSOCIATION

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING:

A COLLOQUIUM

TO MARK THE ROSE THEATRE PRODUCTION

ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON
Saturday April 21 2018: 09.30 – 17.00

Participants include
Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University)
Simon Dormandy (Rose Theatre)
Alison Findlay (Lancaster University)
Lois Potter (University of Delaware)
Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)
Sara Reimers (Royal Holloway University London)
Duncan Salkeld (University of Chichester)
Elizabeth Shafer (Royal Holloway University London)
Peter Smith (Nottingham Trent University)
Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

Register for this free event at the Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1HL
Box Office (10.00 – 18.00) 020 8174 0090 /
rosetheatrekingston.org

For BSA support with costs, students and unwaged may apply (in a statement up to 300 words) to Deborah Cartmell at djc@dmu.ac.uk or Peter Smith at peter.smith@ntu.ac.uk before noon on 10 April.

Tickets for the performance

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CFP: Little stars and galloping steeds: Sex in Shakespeare, June 22 (KiSSiT)

Donkey earsLittle Stars and Galloping Steeds:
Sex in Shakespeare

Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory Conference

June 22, 2018, Rose Theatre, London.

10am – 6:30pm.

Call for Papers:

There is a lot of sex in Shakespeare. Some characters have sex, some brag about having it, and some do everything in their power to shun it. Some of the sex is consensual, much of it is rapacious. There is sexuality between men and women, men and men, women and women, people and animals, and people and gods. The very definition of comedy, as a genre, hinges on the sexual act.

Sex is also about political power. It is used to enforce gender, class, and ethnic categories through disavowal, demonisation, and displacement. However, as Jonathan Dollimore observes in Sexual Dissidence, sex can also be a form of dissident knowledge. For deviance is disobedience. As the cross-dressing Rosalind says in As You Like It, “the wiser the waywarder”! Through what Dollimore calls “the perverse dynamic”, the sexual dissident can discover the displaced Other at the very heart of the authority that attempts to disavow it.

For this conference, we are calling for an investigation of the role of sex and sexuality, in its political, figurative, and theatrical sense, in Shakespeare’s plays. Papers could unblushingly peer into Shakespeare’s plays and poems and perform a close-viewing of their sexuality. We welcome papers that set the sexuality in the plays’ historical period as well as papers that read the sexuality as a means to critique our present moment. We welcome papers that read the sexuality through a preferred theoretical lens; Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory are good fits, but what about Marxism, Eco-criticism, and, well, the animal turn.

Confirmed Plenary speaker: Jonathan Dollimore and Jerzy Limon

 

Possible topics:

  • What is the role of sexual desire and pleasure in Shakespeare’s plays and poems?
  • What can be said about Shakespeare’s ambiguity as to whether certain characters actually have sex (Bottom and Titania, for example)?
  • How have directors staged sex in Shakespeare performances?
  • What is the role of sexual refusal in the plays and poems?
  • How is sex weaponised or used in power moves such as rape (Lavinia, Lucrece), or through manipulation (Richard and Anne, Henry V and Katherine)?
  • What is the relationship between sex and court or state power?
  • What is the role of sexual deviance and perversion in the plays and poems?
  • How does the sex act of the bed trick work hermeneutically?
  • How can we read Shakespeare‘s allusions to varies types of sex acts – intercourse, oral sex, anal sex – and different parts of the sex act – wooing, orgasm, post-coitus?
  • What qualities of sex are found in Shakespeare – phallic-centred, female-centered, rapacious, BDSM, polymorphous perverse?
  • What role does sexuality play in the plays’ queer relations, in their rainbow of forms – open, mistaken, ambiguous, closeted, sublimated?
  • What role is sexual allusion playing when it is deployed by Shakespeare in violence – Samson‘s and Gregory‘s opening dialogue in Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth‘s dagger speech (2.1.33-64)?
  • What role do the sexual acts of prostitutes play in the plays?
  • How can incest be read in, say, Pericles and Hamlet?
  • How does it change the reading of a play if it is assumed that certain characters – say, Hamlet and Ophelia, Demetrius and Helena, the poet and the fair youth – have already had sex before the opening of the play/poem?
  • What role does sex play in Classical allusions – Ovid, Homer, Apuleius – in the plays and poems?

 

Please send paper proposals/abstracts to the conference organisers:
Christian Smith and Paul Hamilton by May 31, 2018.

christianasmith14@gmail.com hamiltonpaul@mac.com

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