CFP 2019

The CFP for DTS 2019 has now closed.

The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford will convene the second Digitizing the Stage conference on 15–18 July 2019, highlighting digital explorations of the early modern stage in performance. This follows the successful inaugural event in 2017, which drew participants from around the world for a lively and productive series of conversations on the early modern theatre archive.

This year, the conference will focus on historical and contemporary performance. How can digital tools empower our study of historical performance, both in the archive and in the classroom? Can one tool serve both expert and general audiences? What roles can digital media play in augmenting contemporary interpretations of 16th– and 17th-century drama? How can cultural institutions develop collaborative tools to better sustain long-term research in performance studies? What challenges emerge in building repositories and resources that include performance materials?

We invite proposals for lightning talks (8 minutes), papers and presentations (20 minutes), interactive demonstrations (20 minutes), and panel discussions of up to 4 speakers (45 minutes). We seek a range of perspectives from those working on digital projects at cultural, creative and research institutions in theatre and the arts, academia, cultural heritage programs, libraries, and archives. Experience-based case studies of large-scale projects and of experimental work are especially welcome. Proposals should relate to one or more of the following topics and themes:

  • Digital projects centered on theatre, drama, performance, and/or reception of these activities, either today or in the past
  • Publishing audio, video, texts, and images, particularly using IIIF standards and technologies
  • Case studies about building digital repositories
  • Engaging with and teaching performance collections
  • Considering the boundaries and definitions of ‘historic’ performance
  • Adapting early modern theatre for film and digital media
  • Performance, theatre, and reception history
  • Digital archiving, cataloging, and metadata creation

Proposal descriptions should not exceed 250 words, and should include the names of panelists if you are proposing a panel. Please submit your proposal via this Google Form. If you do not wish to use the Google Form, contact

We will confirm receipt of all proposals. Proposals are due January 21, 2019.

Accepted speakers will be notified no later than February 22, 2019.

Digitizing the Stage is organized by the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The conference marks the concluding phase of the project to build Miranda, the Folger’s digital asset platform, made possible through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.