Wednesday, July 25, 2007

UPDATE: Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference 2007

Appropriating Shakespeare, October 11-13, 2007, The University of Akron

Plenary Speakers:

*Christy Desmet, University of Georgia, and
*Katherine Rowe, Bryn Mawr

The Ohio Shakespeare Conference has changed its name with the addition of West Virginia's Marshall University to its consortium.

Submissions for our joint theme-focused conference should explore the ways that Shakespeare and other early modern writers invoke sources, both literary and cultural, to create meanings for their original audiences, as well as how these early modern works have been appropriated for use in later eras. We welcome 300 word abstracts or proposals. Proposals for panels are also welcome. Submissions may include treatment of Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries and their culture, and all presentations are eligible for submission to the conference's published, juried Proceedings.

For a list of suggested topics, please see our website at

****Submission Deadline: 15 August 2007****

If enough interest is shown, we will provide special undergraduate paper sessions. Please include the following information in your conference proposals or abstracts: name, e-mail address, college or university affiliation, mailing address, audio visual needs, and times when it is impossible for you to present your work during the October conference timeframe. Also please indicate if you are an undergraduate student, and if you are part of a pre-arranged panel.

Papers presented by students will be eligible for consideration for the M. Rick Smith Graduate Student Essay Memorial Prize and the M. Rick Smith Undergraduate Essay Memorial Prize.

E-mail submissions, sent to both organizers, are encouraged, though mailed submissions will also be accepted.

Conference Organizers: Hillary Nunn,, 330-972-7601, Department of English, 301 Olin Hall, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1906.

Timothy Francisco,, 330-941-3425, Department of English, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.

OVSC Chairperson: Kara Northway,, Xavier University


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