VMU to Hold Interdisciplinary Conference on Shakespeare

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On 8-9 April 2016, VMU will host international interdisciplinary conference William Shakespeare: Past, Present and Future. The abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2016 (details below).

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (1564-1616). It is with this in mind that the faculties of Humanities and Political Science and Diplomacy at VMU invite academics and professionals to present their papers on one of the most quoted of the English writers.

The most quoted for a reason: Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are not only an integral part of the literary, film or theatre studies – the author’s writings are now analysed among the scholars from various fields, providing modern academia with the bridges between different disciplines, establishing common grounds and paving the way for the interdisciplinarity of modern science. Thus, it is not surprising that Shakespeare’s plays are interpreted through a variety of angles, from King Lear as a re-enactment of the Oedipus complex to Merchant of Venice as a legal play.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, the organizers welcome researchers from various disciplines, including (but not limited to) literature, linguistics, culture, history, politics, law, philosophy, sociology, psychology, cognitive sciences, etc.

Suggested Topics

  • Shakespeare in/and the Arts
  • Shakespeare across cultures/the globe
  • Shakespearean adaptations, appropriations, translations and transformations
  • Place in Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in film and theatre
  • Shakespeare and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Law
  • Transtextual links with Shakespeare
  • Everyday Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare and History
  • Europe in Shakespeare’s days
  • Shakespeare in the Digital Age
  • Shakespeare and war
  • Shakespeare and memory
  • Shakespeare and psychotherapy.

The conference language is English (the mother tongue of Shakespeare).

Length of presentations: 20 minutes.

Conference fee: 50 EUR (30 EUR for PhD students).

Please send the application form (name and surname, affiliation, contacts, title of the paper and abstract of 1500 characters) by 15 January 2016 to Emilis Kasparas, Dept. of English Philology, VMU: afk@hmf.vdu.lt or/and emiliskasparas@yahoo.com.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 January 2016.

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