"Thou art a scholar; speak to it."
—Hamlet

Southern Utah University • August 3-5, 2015

The Wooden O Symposium is a cross-disciplinary conference exploring Medieval through Early Modern Studies, through the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit papers that offer insights and new ideas springing from the era of William Shakespeare. His plays are replete with the language, thoughts and arts of the Renaissance and Western culture and represent an inexhaustible source for creative ideas and research.

The symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States

For further information, call 435-865-8333


Call for Papers

Submit a paper on Shakespeare and early modern drama.

The 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will be held in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and is held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. Both the RMMRA and Wooden O Symposium will organize sessions in this year’s joint conference.

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect or intersect with early modern life and culture.

This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two, and King Lear.Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to usfeducation@bard.org

The RMMRA invites all approaches to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, welcoming scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, literature, art history, music, and gender studies, with special consideration given to paper and panel proposals that investigate this year’s theme, “The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family.” Abstracts for consideration for the RMMRA sessions should be sent to Program Chair Jen McNabb at JL-Mcnabb@wiu.edu.

Participants in RMMRA sessions must be members of the association; RMMRA graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply for the $250 Walton Travel Grants.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. Please include 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) and the following information:

  • name of presenter(s)
  • participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar)
  • college/university affiliation
  • mailing address
  • email address
  • audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.

Submit the abstract or proposal via post or e-mail to:

usfeducation@bard.org 
or
Wooden O Symposium 
c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival 
351 W. Center St. 
Cedar City, UT 84720 
USA

Telephone: 435-865-8333
Fax: 435-865-8003

For further information, call 435-865-8333


Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium is an annual publication containing selected papers from the summer symposium.

In order to be included in the Journal of the Wood O Symposium, peer-reviewed papers presented at the symposium undergo a second review process.

Selected articles are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. Also, the journal includes the top undergraduate paper selected from the symposium.

Single copies may be purchased for $15 each. Libraries or individuals may subscribe to the jouranl for $15/year. Prices include shipping and handling.