CFP: Shakespeare in Modern Popular Culture

International Symposium – Arras, Université d’Artois, FRANCE – June 15-17, 2016

Convenors : Guillaume Winter (Université d’Artois), Vincent Roger (Institut Catholique de Lille), Julie Assouly (Université d’Artois).

Symposium organized by Textes & Cultures (Université d’Artois, EA 4028) and Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (Institut Catholique de Lille), under the aegis of the Société Française Shakespeare.

Keynote speakers :
-Prof. Sarah Hatchuel (Université du Havre) and Prof. Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier)
-Prof. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is more alive than ever. In a globalized marketplace, his works reach new audiences every day through online media that have become innovative places of creation and adaptation (O’Neill, Shakespeare and Youtube). The Bard has long since been the object of illustrations and transpositions, but it seems that the appropriation of his poems and plays by popular culture has taken a new turn over the last forty years, from cameo appearances of characters and famous lines to full rewritings or parodies for a pop-culture-conscious audience (Doescher, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars). The man behind the plays has left the world of Bardolatry once associated with ‘high’ culture to become a pop icon, transfigured into a hip character with his own Twitter and Facebook accounts. But just how relevant are contemporary popular adaptations and avatars to the reception and interpretation of the poet? Do they contribute to a new understanding of Shakespeare, or do they merely testify to the ever-growing commodification of his works, and of the writer as a public persona? With the new millennium came fresh appraisals of Shakespeare’s place in our modern age (Burt ed., Shakespeare after Mass Media). This conference will be the opportunity to question the validity of Shakespeare as a popular commodity and the status of the texts in recent adaptations and transpositions.

We welcome proposals broaching the following topics (non-exhaustive list):

-theatrical and other live performances
-music and dance
-radio, TV and film
-advertising and commercials
-written fiction and biography
-comics and manga
-illustrations and photography
-the Internet and digital media
-social networks

Academic Committee:
Anne Besson (Université d’Artois)
Sarah Hatchuel (Université du Havre)
Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
Delphine Lemonnier-Texier (Université de Rennes 2)
Guillaume Winter (Université d’Artois)

Deadline for proposal submission: 20 December 2015

Papers may be delivered in French or English. Please send an abstract (200-300 words) and a short biographical note to
Julie Assouly
Vincent Roger
Guillaume Winter

Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.

Textes & Cultures (Université d’Artois, EA 4028)

Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (Institut Catholique de Lille)

Société Française Shakespeare

The town of Arras is 50min from Paris and 2h30 from London by train.


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