Shakespeare and the Globe: Conference at Hofstra (CFP due Jan 1; Conf Oct 2020)

Please submit to this great local Shakespeare conference next October at Hofstra!


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Shakespeare and the Globe

Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 2020

In March 2017 the most historically accurate re-creation in North America of Shakespeare’s Globe stage made its debut not on Broadway or in Los Angeles or La Jolla, but at Hofstra University. While much of the campus was preparing for the start of the spring 2017 semester, construction on a historic Hofstra Globe stage and rehearsals for its first production – Hamlet – were underway at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and at Emily Lowe Hall.

Hofstra’s Professor of Drama David Henderson, the director of this project, spent considerable time abroad consulting with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare’s Globe in London; the result of his efforts, The Hofstra Globe Stage, is a working laboratory for students, faculty, and guest artists that has no parallel in the United States. In fall 2020, the Globe will be erected again for the University’s 72nd Annual Shakespeare Festival, and an academic symposium has been planned to explore and discuss the Globe and what we have learned over the past 70 years.

Panels and presentations will address the following questions:

• What have we learned about Shakespeare’s London theaters SINCE the John Cranford Adams Globe was defined

and described in the 1940s, and was made into a life-size replica for the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival in 1951?

• What have we learned about early English drama and the Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre as a result of digital

archival innovations such as the REED (Records of Early English Drama) project and Shakespeare Documented?

• What have we learned about performing Shakespeare since Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern’s Shakespeare in

Parts, and Tina Packer’s Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare’s Female Characters?

In addition, the symposium invites papers and panels on other topics that shed new light

on Shakespeare, his times, his stages, and his world.

The Shakespeare and the Globe symposium and performances as part of the

71st Annual Shakespeare Festival will take place on the new Globe stage!

• On Thursday, October 29 at 8 p.m., there will be a performance of Something Wicked (a one-hour Macbeth).

• On Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m., there will be a performance of Cymbeline.

All proposals must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and contact information. These materials should be directed to:

Professor James J. Kolb

Department of Drama and Dance

112 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY 11549-1120 Email:

Professor Vimala C. Pasupathi

Associate Dean

Hofstra University Honors College

Hempstead, NY 11549 Email:

Submission deadline: January 1, 2020

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2020

For questions or further information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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