Monday, February 22, 2010

Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

This in from Dr. Russ Bodi (Owens College):
"One of my favorite roles as director of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference’s 2010 meeting is to invite colleagues to attend our annual conference. I am happy to turn to my neighbors to the north with a special invitation to join us a short distance over the line. This year's event will take place from October 14-16th at nearby Owens College in Toledo, Ohio. Perhaps your critical work or that of your WMU colleagues lies within the purview of this year’s theme, “Shakespeare’s Loose Ends.” Within the Loose Ends topic, there are many “undecidable” aspects of plot, character, staging, response, and editing that stimulate our discussions and often lead to calculated conjecture. We are already seeing a variety of interpretations of this year's conference theme.
The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, formerly the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, has been the site for some notable critical work from our profession’s best critical voices. David Bevington, Rebecca Bushnell, Laurie  Shannon,  Peter Holland, Lars Engle, Ania Loomba, Leah Marcus, and Paul Yachnin are a few of the speakers at recent conferences. Past topics have  included the Nature of Shakespeare, Post-Colonial  Shakespeare, Shakespeare and the Law, Working Shakespeares, Appropriating Shakespeare and last year’s Shakespeare on Screen. We usually draw a large number of scholarly presenters from the Midwest, as well as from across the nation.
This year’s plenary speakers will be Katharine E. Maus and Matthew Wikander, both of whom are enthusiastic about sharing their work with us. In addition to the conference sessions, we will also feature the National Players’ version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a live performance on Friday night, and the Toledo Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading of A Merry Regiment of Women on Thursday evening. We also plan to have our annual banquet, all for a very affordable conference fee.
I hope that your participation in this year’s event will draw other scholars and students from Western Michigan University. Deadlines for submission and information about the student essay contests are attached. While our call for papers is already posted in Shakesper and other online and print media, I would appreciate it if you would post and/or circulate the attached cfp. You can also visit our website"

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