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Shakespeare, Technology, Media, Performance, University of Exeter, 24 June 2017

This conference will examine the recent significant changes in how Shakespeare’s plays are performed and disseminated through old and new technologies and media. At one end of the spectrum, through performances in reconstructed early modern theatres, early modern performance technologies have re-entered mainstream culture. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is only the most recent example of how early modern technologies and the plays written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and successors have returned to the cutting edge of present-day theatre. At the other end of the spectrum, the current production of The Tempest by the RSC in partnership with Intel exemplifies how mainstream theatre companies have, in the wake of productions by smaller companies experimenting with digital and virtual theatre, embraced digital media. Full information on: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/cfp-shakespeare-technology-media-performance/

This conference is organised and sponsored by Shakespeare Bulletin to mark the end of Pascale Aebischer’s term as General Editor of the journal. Keynote speakers include Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific), Ramona Wray (Queen’s University Belfast), and Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter).

We call for papers on any of the following or related topics in relation to the performance of Shakespeare and/or early modern drama:

-        reimagined performance technologies in reconstructed playhouses and Practice-as-Research

-        intermedial performance practices

-        social media performance

-        theatre broadcast technology and spectatorship

-        television and feature film adaptation

-        digital objects and digital media

-        technology of the classroom

Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Emma Bessent ( by Monday 27 February. Up to 6 postgraduate bursaries covering the conference attendance fee plus a standard contribution of 50 to assist with travel expenses are available to encourage contributions to the debate by a new generation of scholars. Please specify in your proposal if you wish to apply for one of these. Early submissions will be preferred. 

Before Shakespeare. University of Roehampton, 24 - 27 August 2017. Exploring the first three decades of the London playhouses c. 1565-95. Call for papers will follow soon. For more information see or email

Marlowe and Shakespeare Symposium

Rose Theatre, Kingston, November 17 - 18 2017
Confirmed speakers include
Gabriel Egan, Jean Howard, Charles Nicholl, Lois Potter,
Robert Sawyer, Gary Taylor, Brian Vickers and Stanley Wells
Proposals are invited for 25-minute presentations, or panels of presentations, at a conference,
hosted by the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, on Marlowe and Shakespeare, to be held at the
Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, on Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18 2017.
Opened in 2007 as a replica of its Elizabethan namesake, Kingston’s Rose Theatre recently
staged Trevor Nunn’s production of The Wars of the Roses, and the focus of this conference will
be on Marlowe and Shakespeare as colleagues and possible collaborators on the original Rose
playhouse performances of plays such as the early histories. Papers will therefore be welcome
on any aspect of the Bankside Rose, including its architecture, audiences, personnel, patrons,
practices and repertoire, as well as on questions of Marlovian and early Shakespearean
attribution, authorship, biography, influence, reputation and rivalry.
Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent by July 31st 2017 to Professor Richard Wilson at


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