CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage

27 – 30 July 2017 University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland 

This conference will convene Shakespeare scholars at a theatre that proudly stands in the place where English players regularly performed 400 years ago. This makes us ponder with renewed interest the relation between theatre and Shakespeare. The urge to do so may sound like a commonplace, but it comes to us enhanced by the fact that in the popular and learned imagination alike Shakespeare is inseparable from theatre while the theatre, for four centuries now, first in England, then on the continent (Europe) and eventually in the world, has been more and more strongly defined and shaped by Shakespeare. Shakespeare has become the theatrical icon, a constant point of reference, the litmus paper for the formal, technological and ideological development of the theatre, and for the impact of adaptation and appropriation on theatrical cultures. Shakespeare has served as one of the major sources for the development of European culture, both high and low. His presence permeates the fine shades and fissures of a multifarious European identity. His work has informed educational traditions, and, through forms of textual transmit such as translation and appropriation, has actively contributed to the process of building national distinctiveness. Shakespeare has been one of the master keys and, at the same time, a picklock granting easier access to the complex and challenging space of European and universal values. 

Please send your abstracts and biographies to seminar organisers (and cc conference organisers at not later than 31 January 2017. 

Organising committee, ESRA 2017: 
Prof. Jerzy Limon, convenor | University of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre 
Prof. Jacek Fabiszak, co-convenor | Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Shakespeare Society 
Prof. Olga Kubińska | University of Gdańsk and the Polish Shakespeare Society 
Dr. Aleksandra Sakowska | The Shakespeare Institute (UK) 

Marta Nowicka | Conference Coordinator for the University of Gdansk 

Anna Ratkiewicz-Syrek | Conference Coordinator for the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre 

You are now invited to submit papers for the following seminars: 


1. Avant-Garde Shakespeares/Shakespeare in the Avant-Garde Conveners: Aleksandra Sakowska, The Shakespeare Institute (UK), Lucian Ghita, Clemson University (USA) 

2. “The accent of his tongue affecteth him:” “Accentism” and/in Shakespeare Conveners: Carla Della Gatta (University of Southern California, USA), Adele Lee (University of Greenwich, UK) 

3. “There are more things in heaven and earth”: Shakespeare’s philosophy, philosophy’s Shakespeare revisited Conveners: Katarzyna Burzyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Annie Martirosyan (Independent scholar, Armenia) 

4. “You must needs be strangers”: Shakespeare and the Scenography of Mobility Conveners: Miguel Ramalhete Gomes (University of Porto, Portugal), Remedios Perni (University of Murcia, Spain), Christian Smith (University of Warwick, UK) 

5. Shakespeare and Translation for the Stage Conveners: Madalina Nicolaescu (University of Bucharest), Marta Gibinska (Jagiellonian University) 

6. ‘The strangers’ case’ and the ‘tracks’ of performance Conveners: Boika Sokolova (University of Notre Dame – USA / London Global Gateway), Janice Valls-Russell (Research Institute for the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Era and the Enlightenment (IRCL), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France) 

7. Anatomizing Shakespearean Myth-making: Game of Thrones Conveners: Thea Buckley (The Shakespeare Institute and the RSC, UK), Paul Hamilton, Independent scholar (USA), Timo Uotinen (Royal Holloway, UK) 

8. Shakespeare and European Writers: Inspiration, Resistance, Authority Conveners: Juan F. Cerdá (University of Murcia), Ángel-Luis Pujante (University of Murcia), Rui Carvalho Homem (University of Porto) 

9. Staged on the Page: Transmedial Shakespeare in Theatre and Visual Arts Conveners: Anna Wołosz-Sosnowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), Megan Holman (Northumbria University, United Kingdom) 

10. Race in European Theatrical Cultures: Border Crossings and Hybrid Identities Conveners: Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar, University of Georgia (USA), Krystyna Kujawińska-Courtney, University of Łódź (Poland) 

11. The name of action: actors of Shakespeare and Shakespearean actors Convener: Miranda F Thomas (Shakespeare’s Globe and University of Greenwich) 

12. Shakespeare and Music Conveners: Michelle Assay (Université de Paris Sorbonne, France/Canada/Iran), David Fanning (University of Manchester, UK), Christopher Wilson (University of Hull, UK) 

13. Shakespearean Drama and the Early Modern European Stage Conveners: Lukas Erne (University of Geneva), Ton Hoenselaars (Utrecht University) 
14. He do Shakespeare in Different Voices: The use of Regional Accents and Dialects Conveners: Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University), Domenico Lovascio (University of Genoa) 

15. Magic through ritual objects and stage props: Early Modern practices and Modern adaptations Conveners: Pierre Kapitaniak (University of Montpellier), Natalia Brzozowska (Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz) 

16. Shakespeare and the Politics of Location Conveners: Magdalena Cieślak (University of Łódź), Francesca Rayner (Universidade do Minho) 

17. The influence of Shakespeare’s tragic dramatic approach on European thought on justice Conveners: Reina Brouwer (University of Leiden, Campus The Hague, The Netherlands), Zsuzsánna Kiss (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church Budapest) 

18. Staging Utopias: Shakespeare in Print and Performance Conveners: Delilah Bermudez Brataas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik (Wyższa Szkoła Europejska, Kraków, Poland) 

19. Shakespeare in performance in digital media Conveners: Urszula Kizelbach (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Imke Lichterfeld (University of Bonn) 

Download seminars list here to find out more! 

Professor Małgorzata Grzegorzewska, University of Warsaw Professor 
Diana Henderson, MIT Professor Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame Luc Perceval, the Hamburg Thalia Theatre 

Confirmed PANELS and roundtables: 

The conference takes place during the 21st International Shakespeare Festival at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre