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Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference

 

CONFERENCE GOAL(S)

 
One of the goals of this website is to promote the exploration of an (as of yet) fairly under-researched topic about the Bard and his works. Despite the massive cultural/scholarly industry of Shakespeare reception and research, relatively little work has been conducted on the relationship among Shakespeare, his works, and contemporary popular music(s).
 
 
Musicians from Bob Dylan, to Saul Williams, to Billy Bragg, to Eminem, and even (very recently) Taylor Swift have frequently adapted Shakespeare and his works into popular songs.  
 
  • Why is that Shakespeare is such a common source and inspiration for popular musicians?
  • Do pop music references/adaptations subvert  Shakespeare, or do they contribute to the profound cultural myth that Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier in their book Adaptations of Shakespeare have called "virtual Shakespeare"?
  • How is Shakespeare used by different musicians to accomplish different ends? (ex. Is Taylor Swift's use of the romance of Romeo and Juliet in her song "Love Story" different from Billy Bragg's use of a line from Macbeth in "Milkman of Human Kindness?")
  • And, perhaps, most importantly, why have these questions been left largely unasked and unanswered by scholars?   
In an attempt to address these questions, we have developed and organized the University of Guelph's upcoming Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference and Colloquium:
 
The University of Guelph's School of English and Theatre Studies (in conjunction with the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project directed by Professor Daniel Fischlin, the School of Languages & Literature, and the School of Fine Arts & Music) will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference and colloquium at the University of Guelph on September 6, 2010. This conference aims to explore the relationship between Shakespeare and Popular Music Culture from two distinct, but interrelated areas: Shakespeare adapted into Popular Music, and Popular Music used in adaptations of Shakespeare.
 
Since both the Bard and popular music are large and diverse topics, the key goal of our conference is to produce and disseminate interdisciplinary research of Shakespeare and popular music that will promote both scholarly and community discussion. As such, we welcome submissions from any discipline that can speak to both an academic and a general audience. For further information about the conference location and program, including a keynote talk by Dr. Adam Hansen, author of the forthcoming book Shakespeare and Popular Music,  see the Press Release. 
 

CALL FOR PAPERS

General Information

2010 Shakespeare & Popular Music Conference and Colloquium
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 6, 2010
McKinnon Building 107 (Music Wing)
 

"If music be the food of love, play on" - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (I.i.I).

 

"See if I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,

Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here"  - Eminem, "Renegade."

 

The Shakespeare an Popular Music Conference and Colloquium, in conjunction with the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, the University of Guelph's School of English & Theatre Studies, School of Languages & Literatures, and School of Fine Art & Music invites proposals for papers to be presented at our first annual interdisciplinary conference. This year's colloquium will take place on September 6, 2010 as part of the University of Guelph's Orientations Week activities, and will bring together a wide range of scholars, performance artists and members of the general public. This conference will aim to promote an in depth examination of the ways in which Shakespeare is being used and adapted in contemporary music culture. Special interest will be paid to adaptations of Shakespeare evident in diasporic musical cultures.

 

The Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference is now inviting proposals for papers that explore the relationship between Shakespeare and Popular Music Culture from two distinct, but interrelated areas: Shakespeare adapted into Popular Music, and Popular Music used in adaptations of Shakespeare. Examples of the broad range of work that associates Shakespeare and popular music in a the specific national context of Canada can be found on the CASP site. This sort of work can no doubt be expanded to multiple other locations within global pop culture. We welcome submissions from a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences that can speak to both an academic and a general audience.  

 

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to): 

 

  • Intercultural Musical Adaptations of Shakespeare.
  • Shakespeare in Pop Music (from Bob Dylan to Taylor Swift and beyond).
  • Popular Music as Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Shakespeare.
  • Shakespeare and Popular Music as Sites of Community and/or Social Change.
  • "Talking Back" to Power Structures using Musical Adaptations of Shakespeare.
  • "Commercial" Shakespeare vs. "Indie" Shakespeare.
It is our hope to facilitate an environment that promotes research, study and question into this burgeoning area of academic inquiry while also inviting researches and members of the Guelph community to participate in a unique learning opportunity. We look forward to hearing from interested applicants.
 

Submission Information

  • Please send (250-500 word) abstracts, detailing your argument and key texts, and a short bio.
  • Send bio and abstracts (or completed papers) to hiphopshakespeare@gmail.com
  • Papers and prospective abstracts should not exceed 15- 20 minute delivery time.
  • All submissions will be vetted by a panel of experts at The School of English and Theatre Studies (Guelph University).   
  • Submissions due May 15, 2010.

 

SPONSOR LINKS

        Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP):
 
        School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS):
 
        School of Fine Arts and Music (SOFAM):
 
        School of Language and Literatures (SOLAL):
 
        University of Guelph:
        http://www.uoguelph.ca
 
 
 
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions, comments, or submissions please email hiphopshakespeare@gmail.com
 

SHAKESPEARE AND POPULAR MUSIC

 
Click on Home to return to the Shakespeare and Popular Music Website, where you can find more information about Shakespeare/Popular Music and Broadway, Shakespeare/Popular Music and Film, Shakespeare/Popular Music and Hey Nonny Nonny  as well as corresponding lesson plans for junior and intermediate students in the Ontario education system.
 
 
 
  
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Jennifer S,
Apr 20, 2010, 10:23 PM
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Sep 5, 2010, 7:44 AM
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Daniel Fischlin,
Sep 5, 2010, 7:46 AM
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