PRACTICING THE FUTURE OF SHAKESPEARE STUDIES

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Event:
PRACTICING THE FUTURE OF SHAKESPEARE STUDIES
Date:
03/07/2014 9:00 am
Category:
Organizer:
Zoltán Márkus
zomarkus@vassar.edu
Updated:
02/17/2014
Venue:
Faculty House
Address:
Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, Second Floor, United States

CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SHAKESPEARE

At the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this conference poses the question: “Whither Shakespeare studies?” Although the main thrust of the invited lectures is prognostic, our intention is to avoid an abstract, navel-gazing discussion of the “present state” or “the future of the field.” Instead, we have asked the speakers to consider how their current and future research plans contribute to the study of Shakespeare, and, conversely, how the expansive and changing field of Shakespeare studies shapes their research. By facilitating conversations among the speakers and the audience, we hope to discuss not only ways in which the study of Shakespeare is changing, but also what its future directions might be.

The Conference is free and open to the public.
For more information, please see the conference website.

SPEAKERS
Alan Stewart (Columbia)
Jean Howard (Columbia)
W.B. Worthen (Barnard and Columbia)
Mario DiGangi (CUNY)
Margaret Litvin (Boston University)
Ayanna Thompson (George Washington)
Adam Zucker (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania)

PROGRAM
9:00—9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Zoltán Márkus (Vassar College)

9:15—10:45 a.m.
SESSION 1: HISTORICISM, ANACHRONISM, EMPIRICISM

Chair: András Kiséry (City College, CUNY)

Mario DiGangi (Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Contested and Eccentric: Futures of Sexuality in Shakespeare Studies

Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania)
Facts and Ghosts: Historicism, Anachronism, and Empiricism in Shakespearean Textual Studies

SHORT BREAK

11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
SESSION 2: PLACING SHAKESPEARE

Chair: Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)

Alan Stewart (Columbia University)
French Shakespeare, and a Different Historicism

Margaret Litvin (Boston University)
Do American Students Need Global Shakespeares?

12:30—2:00 p.m.
LUNCH BREAK (Faculty House)

2:00—3:30 p.m.
SESSION 3: TRAGEDY

Chair: Naomi Conn Liebler (Montclair State University)

Jean E. Howard (Columbia University)
The New Theater History: Collaboration and Innovation in Early Modern Theater Culture

Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University)
Shakespeare and Revenge: or, Can We Swallow the Historicized with the Scientific?

SHORT BREAK

3:45—5:15 p.m.
SESSION 4: PERFORMANCE

Chair: Tanya Pollard (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Shakespeare Performance Studies: Performing Postprint Shakespeare

Adam Zucker (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Twelfth Night and the Broken Jest

5:15—6:15 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Chair: Zoltán Márkus (Vassar College) and Ashley Streeter (Columbia University)

6:15—7:00 p.m.
RECEPTION


This event is sponsored by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare, the Department of English and Comparative Literature of Columbia University, and Vassar College.