PRACTICING THE FUTURE OF SHAKESPEARE STUDIES
CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON SHAKESPEARE
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
SEMINAR ROOM 1, SECOND FLOOR
THE FACULTY HOUSE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
64 MORNINGSIDE DRIVE
NEW York, NY 10027
At the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this conference poses the question: “Whither Shakespeare studies?” Although the main thrust of the invited lectures is prognostic, our intention is to avoid an abstract, navel-gazing discussion of the “present state” or “the future of the field.” Instead, we have asked the speakers to consider how their current and future research plans contribute to the study of Shakespeare, and, conversely, how the expansive and changing field of Shakespeare studies shapes their research. By facilitating conversations among the speakers and the audience, we hope to discuss not only ways in which the study of Shakespeare is changing, but also what its future directions might be.
The Conference is free and open to the public. It has been sponsored by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare, the Department of English and Comparative Literature of Columbia University, and Vassar College.