Performance, Playhouse, Practice, and Play

A hybrid* conference thinking through early modern performances, spaces, playing conditions, and the page.
The 11th Blackfriars Conference will take place October 28-30, 2021.
REcent Updates: Announcing the 2021 call for papers
*Wait, what do you mean by ‘hybrid’?”

For in person participants, American Shakespeare Center will welcome a limited capacity of conference attendees to the Blackfriars Playhouse, where we will join together each day of the conference to hear papers (delivered both in person and through a streaming platform), celebrate attending the plays in our season, and enjoy other social events and activities.

For remote participants, American Shakespeare Center will welcome you to join the conference on the digital platform Whova which you may use to schedule your attendance. Whova keeps all of the session information in one place, so you will not have to search for the zoom links for various sessions or the plays you would like to stream. Whova also invites remote participants to engage with one another in breakout rooms and user-managed events. Additionally, each session will be available after the conference closes so you can revisit moments of interest during the keynote and paper sessions.

2021 Call for Papers is now open

General Conference Registration will begin August 1, 2021

CONTACT:

Sarah.enloe@americanshakespearecenter.com

 

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This three day conference invites papers that explore the performative conditions of early modern plays, the effect of place on those performances, the practices of the players, and the texts themselves through time.

Topics for consideration might include:
  • Casting practice, rehearsal practice, performance practice
  • Evidence of practice in the extant plays or documents
  • Evidence of education or experience in plays or documents
  • Connections between texts (editorial, allusions, character symmetry, etc)
  • The status of ‘performance’ in early modern culture
  • Audiences and audience response
  • Props and costumes
  • Spaces of performance

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts for 13 minute (10 minute for papers not employing actors to demonstrate a point) papers by June 30, 2021

Submit Your Paper Abstract

Presenters will receive notification by August 1, when registration opens.

Presenters wishing to attend in person must demonstrate proof of vaccination, if you are unable to be vaccinated and your paper is accepted, ASC will arrange for a virtual presentation.

 

 

2021 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

**Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Wednesday
6:30 PM
Welcome Session
7:30 PM
Reading
Thursday
9:00 AM
Opening Session
9:30 Am
Keynote Speaker 1
9:30 Am
Break
10:45 AM
Paper Session I
11:45 AM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM
Paper Session II
2:15 PM
Break
2:45 PM
Paper Session III
3:45 PM
Break
4:15 PM
Paper Session IV
5:15 PM
Dinner Break
7:15 PM
Pre-Show
7:30 PM
ASC Performance Henry V
Friday
9:00 AM
Opening Session
9:30 Am
Keynote Speaker 2
10:15 AM
       Break
10:45 AM
Paper Session V
11:45 AM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM
Paper Session VI
2:15 PM
Break
2:45 PM
Paper Session VII
3:45 PM
Break
4:15 PM
Paper Session VIII
5:15 PM
Dinner Break
7:15 PM
Pre-Show
7:30 PM
ASC Performance All’s Well That Ends Well 
saturday
9:00 AM
Opening Session
9:30 Am
Keynote Speaker 3
10:15 AM
       Break
10:45 AM
Paper Session IX
11:45 AM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM
Paper Session X
2:15 PM
Break
4:45 PM
Pre-Show
5:00 PM
ASC Performance Macbeth
7: 30 PM
Reception
9:00 PM
Reading: The Devil’s Charter
Sunday
2:00 PM
Optional Add-On Purchase: ASC Performance Keene

Keynote Speakers

 

A Voice You need to Hear
Joseph Mansky

Breaking Scholar

Joseph Mansky is an assistant professor of English at OU, specializing in early modern literature. His current book-in-progress, Seeds of Sedition: Plays, Libels, and the Public Sphere in Shakespeare’s England, examines how amateur and professional playwrights—including Shakespeare—took part in the seditious and slanderous talk that swirled across the early modern media. He is also writing a literary history of early English republicanism. He has published articles on a range of early modern poets and playwrights in ELH, PMLA, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Milton Studies, and his work on the circulation of the Catholic libel Leicester’s Commonwealth recently appeared in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. His research has been supported by the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Renaissance Society of America, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Huntington Library.

Prof. Mansky received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to OU, he taught courses at UC Berkeley, the City College of New York (CUNY), and Bard College. For more information, please visit josephmansky.com.

 

Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She has published widely on Shakespeare’s reception in print, performance, and criticism. Her work on the First Folio – the first collected works of Shakespeare – included authenticating a new copy on the Scottish island of Bute. A new edition of her book The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio will be published in 2023 to mark the 400th anniversary of this most famous of publications. She has worked with theatre companies in the UK and USA, as a historical and textual advisor on film and TV, in curating library exhibitions, writing for newspapers and popular magazines. Her podcasts on Shakespeare and other dramatists can be downloaded from podcasts.ox.ac.uk. Her most recent book, This Is Shakespeare, was a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK: it tries to enable readers to see the plays as incomplete, ambiguous texs to think with. She edits the international journal Shakespeare Survey. She is currently working on a new edition of Twelfth Night. Portable Magic: A History of Our Long Love Affair with Books will be published by Penguin (UK) and Pantheon (USA) in spring 2022.

 

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Accomodations

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Whova

Information on Whova coming soon