Call for papers: Shakespeare and Beyond

ANZSA invites you to submit proposals for a 20 minute paper, a panel or panel series, interactive workshop and/ or a roundtable discussion for our biennial conference, to be held at the University of Newcastle, December 1- 4 2020. Our keynotes include Professor Wendy Wall (Northwestern University), Professor Emma Smith (University of Oxford) and Professor Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), as well as ECR keynote Dr Emily Shortslef (University of Kentucky).

Our conference theme is “Shakespeare and beyond”, exploring how Shakespeare studies can be a platform, springboard or provocation from which to consider new themes, topics, approaches, theories, engagements, appropriations, performances, materials and/or taxonomies in the early modern period and beyond. The conference is, in part, a celebration of the groundbreaking work of Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig, whose lifetime of research in digital methods has generated scholarship that has transformed how we think about authorship, the Shakespearean canon and ways of reading early modern texts. In this spirit, we encourage papers from the wilder side of early modern studies, whether focused on Shakespeare or on broader topics within the field.

We particularly encourage papers from graduate students and ANZSA offers a number of bursaries to support their attendance. Dedicated professional development seminars for teachers of Shakespeare and the early modern period, and graduate and ECR researchers, will be held on December 1 preceding the conference welcome drinks.

Papers might consider (but not feel restricted to) the following:

  • Beyond the canon
  • Beyond authorship
  • Beyond the text
  • Beyond the stage
  • Beyond the page
  • Beyond the digital
  • Beyond theory
  • Beyond genre
  • Beyond nation
  • Beyond reason
  • Beyond emotion
  • Beyond complaint
  • Beyond binaries
  • Beyond borders
  • Beyond the academy
  • Beyond the classroom

The city of Newcastle has beautiful beaches, a busy working harbour and is the gateway to one of Australia’s greatest wine regions – all best enjoyed in the Australian summer. We encourage conference attendees to go beyond the conference venue to experience the city and its surrounds, whether by taking surf lessons, getting close to a koala or kangaroo, or enjoying some wine tasting in the Hunter Valley.

To join us, please send an abstract or panel/workshop/roundtable proposal of 250 words with a short biography of 100 words to anzsa2020@newcastle.edu.au by April 30, 2020. Research Higher Degree students will be invited to submit their paper in advance for the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize for best postgraduate paper. The best paper will receive an award and scholarly mentoring towards publication from a senior member of ANZSA.

We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle in December 2020!