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“Shaw Without Borders/Shaw sans frontičres’’
The Fourth International Shaw Society Conference

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

(Sponsored by the International Shaw Society in collaboration with the University of Guelph and the Shaw Festival)
25–29 July 2011





Almost everything you will need to do for this conference is to be done online at  

Exceptions are noted below.  If you have questions or difficulties, email

Following is a summary of the conference that we hope will be helpful:  



TOPICS: Papers (for twenty minute talks maximum) may be on a wide range of topics and written from any critical perspective, but those who choose to speak on the conference topic should address Bernard Shaw’s broad international interests as expressed in his novels, plays, prefaces, speeches, and travels; productions of Shaw’s plays in different countries and languages; ‘‘boundary-free’’ internet Shaw; and ‘‘copyright-free’’ Shaw (in Canada since 2000, and in most other countries from 2020).  Abstracts of 300-500 words should be submitted by uploading at the conference website, along with a brief letter of introduction and a c.v. (and a travel grant application, if you’re submitting that).  DEADLINE IS May 1, 2011 for both abstracts and travel grants (see below).   It would be helpful if papers were presented at the conference accompanied by a one-page outline for distribution to the audience of “talking points” and key quotations.  





The program is subject to change, of course, and specific times can’t be given until the schedule has been worked out, but the conference is scheduled to open at the University of Guelph (in Guelph, Ontario, about an hour west of the Toronto airport by car) with a reception early on Monday night at the University Library and a Keynote Address on Tuesday morning.  Featured speakers include, in alphabetical order, Michael Billington, theatre critic for the Guardian, on "Shaw in the English Theatre," Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, on the current production of On The Rocks, Christopher Newton, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Shaw Festival on "Shaw the Canadian" and on the current production of Heartbreak House, and Stanley Weintraub, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, on "Shaw and the Dictators.”  Papers will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday at the university, with a banquet on Thursday night.  There will be a bus trip to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario on Wednesday to see Shaw’s On the Rocks (at 2:00) and Heartbreak House (at 8:00), with pre-play talks by company members of the Shaw Festival (see below for ordering tickets).   A major exhibit of materials from the Shaw collections in the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives at the University of Guelph will be held in conjunction with the conference.  The conference will conclude with an ISS business meeting on Friday morning.





The International Shaw Society provides travel grants to “emerging scholars” for up to $500 of unreimbursed expenses.  For details and a form to fill out and send in, please go to  Add this grant form (via copy and paste) to the document that you will upload on the conference website under “Submissions.”   Email  or with questions.   DEADLINE IS May 1, 2011.




When uploading submissions to the Guelph website, you could upload your abstract, letter of introduction, c.v., and travel grant application (if you’re applying for one) as separate documents, but it’s recommended that you put all three or four documents into a single document with a filename something like “Lastname-Shaw Submission.doc.”   If applying for a grant as well, it would be helpful if you would add “Grant” at the end of that filename: “Lastname-Shaw Submission-Grant.doc.”   Please put the documents in this order: brief letter of introduction, abstract, travel grant application (if submitting one), and c.v.   DEADLINE IS May 1, 2011 for both the abstract upload and the travel grant application upload.   If you have problems with uploading the document(s), please contact Kathryn Harvey for assistance (519-824-4120 x52089).    





Conference registration will be available sometime in February, and instructions will be found on the conference website.   You will need to establish a login first (username and password) and maybe a profile.    







For hotel booking, call them directly and specify that you want Guelph Shaw Conference rates for July 25-29:


1.) Delta Hotel, just across the street from the University of Guelph campus: $119 + tax per night for a room with a Queen-size bed (you may actually be offered two Queen beds).  King and King Suites are also available for $129 & $139 + tax per night, respectively.  To book, please call the Reservation Department directly at 519-780-3700 or their toll free Global Reservation Centre at 1-800-268-1133.  There may be a charge for parking, self-parking or valet.


2.) Best Western Brock Hotel, right across from the Delta: $93.99 + tax per night.  For reservations, please call 519-836-1240.


3.) On-campus housing will also be available, but for that go to the conference website and book online under “Accommodation”:

Shared Room @ $47.50 + tax per night if booked 15 days in advance of the conference; $48.50 + tax per night after July 4.

Student Room @ $36.00 + tax per night if booked 15 days in advance of the conference; $37.50 + tax per night after July 4.

[Shared Rooms: Traditional style double residence room with two twin beds, shared washroom in hallway, clients receive daily maid service and are quoted on a per person rate.

Student Rooms: Traditional style double residence room with two twin beds, shared washroom in hallway, student rooms do not receive daily maid service and are quoted on a per person rate.]   





Guelph is just west of and about an hour away by car from the Pearson International Airport in Toronto and two hours away and northwest from the Buffalo airport and can be reached by Red Car (advance booking required) from either airport.  A special conference rate has been arranged with Red Car Airport Shuttle Service from Toronto.   Should you require this service you may access the Red Car Services link above.  Once on Red Car's homepage, click on the "Reservations Conference Delegates" box (the green box on the right) and enter 11SHAW as the password when prompted. Then follow the instructions to book the appropriate services.






One thing that will not be handled on the Guelph website is the ordering of tickets for the two Shaw plays that you will be bused to on Wednesday, July 27 at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Those tickets must be ordered separately and individually (because they won't be an option in the registration menu).   If you're planning to attend the conference, you may order tickets for those two plays on that day from now until they're sold out and in doing so should follow the instructions below:

1. Call Shaw Box Office: 1-800-511-7429 (ask for "Group Sales," which has been told to deal with this group individually).

2. Identify yourself as a participant / registrant of the ISS Guelph Conference (whether you've actually registered or not but intend to)

3. Purchase tickets to Wednesday, July 27 performances of ON THE ROCKS (2PM) and HEARTBREAK HOUSE (8PM).  {There will be a picnic lunch on that day after the bus arrives in Niagara-on-the-Lake}

4. Group Rate: $63 for ON THE ROCKS; $86 for HEARTBREAK HOUSE; $14 for picnic lunch

5. HST will be added + service fee


If, to save the expense of calling, you would like to order tickets by email, write to   Make it clear that you are attending the Shaw Conference in Guelph (if indeed you are planning to register for that), and you will receive the same discount.   You can buy tickets for other plays at the same time, for either before or after the conference, but they will not be discounted.  

Questions may be directed to Suzanne Merriam at the Shaw Festival: email her at or call her at 1.800.657.1106 ext. 2265.





Questions about papers and grants should be directed to Professor Leonard Conolly, ISS President, at   Questions about conference details and logistics should be directed to Kathryn Harvey at or call at 519-824-4120 x52089.  You may also write to the ISS Webmaster at 


Don’t forget passports if needed.   




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