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Shakespeare and Anachronism. KiSSiT (Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory) one-day conference, Rose Theatre, Kingston, 18 February 2017. Speakers include: Professor Tiffany Stern, Dr Erik Roraback.

We look forward to paper proposals discussing various aspects of Shakespearean drama, performance or theorisation, characterised by anachronistic aspects such as:

 Theorisation: Presentism vs ‘the levers of form’ (Kiernan Ryan)

 1. ‘The Globe phenomenon’: aspects of anachronism of Elizabethan/Jacobean working theatre reconstructions and their use – their cultural, institutional, artistic, etc.

2. Theatre production: ‘updating’ vs ‘meshing’ of time periods (modernising today vs the Elizabethan use of ‘modern dress’); costume, set and possible performance/interpretative effects

3. Thematic: purposeful anachronism as creative tool of playwrights’ composition

4. Methodologies of reflection and analysis: ad hoc vs post hoc – practice-as-research in performance (PaR) vs discursive forms of criticism

5. The relationship of the plays to their historical time as e.g. political interventions/anachronistic theatricalisation of politics and culture in Early Modern times (such as HenryVIII’s jousting)

Please submit abstracts and brief CVs by emailing the organizers at before January 30, 2017.

Offensive Shakespeare conference Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 24 May 2017 Sponsored by the British Shakespeare Association. Keynote speakers: Prof. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire) Dr Peter Kirwan (Nottingham University). Call for papers.

Please submit abstracts to Monika Smialkowska ( or Edmund King ( by 15 February 2017.   To register, visit

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


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