2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: Festival and Festivity

Event Date: 
20 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019

Stratford, Ontario


While all approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that respond to our broad theme of “Festival and Festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays draw on and contribute to early modern festive cultures, and how have historical changes to such cultures shifted the meaning of theatrical revelry? To what extent is the festive limited or invigorated by genre and convention? The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The conference schedule will include free time to attend evening performances of Othello, Henry VIII, and Merry Wives of Windsor. By arriving a day early or leaving a day late, conference goers will also be able to see the world premiere of Mother’s Daughter, Kate Hennig’s historical drama about the ascension and reign of Mary Tudor. Additional conference information will be posted as it becomes available at https://uwaterloo.ca/english/shakespeare. Full details of the Festival’s schedule are available at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/.  Please send proposals to Shakespeare@uwaterloo.ca.

Submission date for papers: 
01 Feb 2019