"Thou art a scholar; speak to it."
August 5–7, 2019
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. 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.
Symposium sessions and opening and keynote speakers are open to the public at no charge. Meals and plays require registration and payment of the registration fee.
For further information, call 435-865-8333
Journal of the Wooden O
The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic publication focusing on all things Shakespeare. It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Articles published in the the Journal of the Wooden O are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the World Shakespeare Bibliography and appear full-text in EBSCO Academic Search Premiere.
Selected papers from the annual Wooden O Symposium are also considered for publication.
Single copies may be purchased for $15 each. Libraries or individuals may subscribe to the journal for $15/year. Prices include shipping and handling.
Call for Papers, 2019
The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The 2019 conference seeks papers that investigate our 2019 theme: The Ties that Bind. Topics could range from familial relationships, playwright associations, or the societal bonds that connect Shakespeare’s characters. Consideration will also be given to papers dealing with first folio connections in conjunction with The Book of Will. We welcome unique interpretations of this theme.
This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 season: Macbeth, Hamlet, The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three, Twelfth Night, and The Book of Will.
Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for proposals is May 10, 2019. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than June 1. 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 student, or independent scholar)
Audio/visual requirements and any other special requests
For further information, call 435-865-8333.
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Journal of the Wooden O
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Top photo: The actor panel at the Wooden O Symposium.