7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference
Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)
Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)
Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
Claudia Olk (Free University of Berlin)
Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides)
Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford)
Richard Wilson (Kingston University)
‘Remember me!’ commands the ghost of Hamlet’s father at a moment in English history when the very purpose of remembrance of the dead was being transformed. How does the past haunt the present in Shakespeare? What do Shakespeare’s works reveal about the processes of mourning and remembrance? Shakespeare breathed new life into ‘old tales’: how do his acts of literary resuscitation transform the material he revived and what it signifies? This major international conference will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare remembered the past and we remember Shakespeare.
The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death offers us a timely opportunity to reflect upon the continuation of his life and art diachronically, spatially from the Globe across the globe, and materially on stage, page, canvas, music score, and screen. How does Shakespeare continue to haunt us? The second strand of the conference focuses on Shakespeare’s literary, dramatic, and transcultural afterlives. The conference thus also seeks to explore the various ways in which Shakespeare’s ghost has been invoked, summoned up, or warded off over the past four centuries.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Shakespearean transformations: borrowing/adaptation/appropriation/intertextuality
- Shakespeare and death
- Speaking to/of and impersonating the dead in Shakespeare
- Shakespeare, religion, and reformations of ritual
- Shakespeare and memory/remembrance
- Shakespeare and time: temporality/anachronism/archaism
- Shakespeare and early modern conceptions of ‘life’
- Emotion and embodiment in Shakespeare
- Performing Shakespeare: now and then
- Transcultural Shakespeare
- Critical and theoretical conceptions of/engagements through Shakespeare
- Textual resurrections: editing Shakespeare
- Rethinking Shakespearean biography
- Enlivening Shakespeare teaching
- Shakespeare in a digital age
The conference will be held in the official run-up to Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. The programme will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, workshops, and performances at Hull Truck and the Gulbenkian Centre. There will also be special workshops and sessions directed towards pedagogy.
We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes), panels (90 minutes), or seminars/workshops (90 minutes) on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted. Abstracts (no more than 200 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 December 2015.
Participants must be members of the British Shakespeare Association at the time of the conference. Details of how to join can be found here: www.britishshakespeare.ws