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The Toronto Shakespeare Authorship Conference

October 17-20, 2013

North America’s two leading Oxfordian associations – the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society – are pleased to announce that their 2013 Joint Conference will take place in Toronto, Canada from October 17 to 20, 2013.

For more information and to register for the 2013 Joint Conference, visit our Conference Registration page.

The Joint Conference, held with the support of the Theatre and Drama departments of York University and the University of Guelph, two major Canadian universities, will take as its theme “Shakespeare and the Living Theatre.”

“The man who wrote under the name of Shakespeare,” said conference organizer Professor Don Rubin of Toronto’s York University, “was clearly a man of the theatre. We know that William of Stratford had connections to the Globe but few people know that the 17th Earl of Oxford, also had significant theatre connections to both adult and children’s companies of the period.

“We are hoping that the Conference will offer new understandings of these connections as well as insights into theatrical conditions of the time and put to rest the idea that William of Stratford was the only candidate in the authorship debate with strong and profound theatrical involvement.”

In addition to papers related to the conference theme, there will also be a variety of papers on related subjects, a trip to Canada’s internationally-acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival to see a production of Merchant of Venice with Brian Bedford, an open public debate on the authorship question between Stratfordians and Oxfordians, a screening of at least one new film about the authorship question and keynote speakers (to be announced), hopefully from the world of the living theatre. The conference will also include the annual general meetings of both organizations.

The Conference will be held at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto. A special conference rate of $135 per night has been negotiated. To obtain this rate and to confirm your room, you can call (1-800-668-6600) or e-mail the hotel. Use the reservation ID # 269-931 or mention either the Shakespeare Fellowship or the Shakespeare Oxford Society. A one night refundable deposit (up to five days before the conference) is required. The conference rate will be valid from three days before the conference to three days after.

View the 2013 Call for Papers.

Registrations for the joint conference will be handled by the Shakespeare Oxford Society this year.

Online Registration Form

Mail-in Registration Form

For additional information, please e-mail Professor Rubin at  drubin@yorku.ca

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