Update: Call for Proposals Extended

We have extended our Call for Proposals to a new deadline of 30 April 2017.

Digitizing the Stage:

Rethinking the Early Modern Theatre Archive

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries and the Folger Shakespeare Library will convene a conference from 10-12 July, 2017, on digital explorations of the early modern theatre archive. We are interested in applying approaches from other disciplines, genres, and time periods which can prompt new thinking about the ways we preserve, describe, research, and teach the early modern stage; as well as in hearing from early modernists who engage with their subject through digital means. Seeking to foster a spirit of collaborative experimentation, we invite proposals in the full range of project completion taking the form of 20-minute papers, as well as “lightning talks,” panel discussions, multimedia presentations, and others.

Invested in both material and method, Digitizing the Stage is a singular opportunity to consider the future of the early modern archive.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Tiffany Stern (Royal Holloway, University of London) who will be delivering the opening keynote; Dr. Christie Carson (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr. Brett Greatley-Hirsch (University of Leeds); Eric Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library); and Dr. Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham). Attendance will be limited to 100 participants, with registration opening in April 2017.

Submissions should relate to one or more of the following topics and themes:

  • Materiality and methods
  • Early modern theatre and film
  • Working in audio, text, and image
  • Performance and theatre history
  • Challenges and experiments in the archive
  • Digital archiving and cataloging

Proposals for conference papers, panel discussions, lightning talks, multimedia and interactive demonstrations should not exceed 250 words.

Please include your name, contact information, academic affiliation (if relevant), and a brief biographical description including relevant interests. Submit proposals within the text of an email to digitalconf@folger.edu.

Proposals are now due the 30th of April, 2017. Some fee waivers and UK travel bursaries are available; please enquire.

Digitizing the Stage is organized by the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries; the Folger Shakespeare Library; and Professor Tiffany Stern, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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