International Christopher Marlowe Conference: Registration now open

7th - 8th September 2015, University of Exeter.

'The International Christopher Marlowe' is a two day academic conference devoted to exploring the international contexts, both historical and contemporary, informing the work of the English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe (c.1564).

Provisional Schedule

Monday 7th September

9.15-10.00 Registration, coffee

10.00-10.15 Edward Paleit (Exeter), Welcome

10.15-12.00 Session 1: Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and the East
Simon May (Oxford), ‘Marlowe’s Tamburlaine: Ambiguity and the Near East’
Chloe Houston (Reading), ‘Valiant Tamburlaine, the man of fame’: gender, Persia and romance in Tamburlaine”
Professor Matthew Dimmock (Sussex), ‘Tamburlaine’s Material Worlds’

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-14.00 Session 2: Provocation and Subversion in Marlowe
Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Marlowe’s Provocative Play Names’
Vincenzo Pasquarella, ‘Italian Masks/Italianate Devils: The Metamorphic Deceptions in Marlowe’s Edward II’

14.00-14.15 Coffee Break

14.15-15.45 Session 3: Marlowe’s International Perspectives
Chloe Preedy (Exeter), ‘Europe by Air: International Flight in Marlowe’s Drama’
Barbara Wooding, ‘‘With twice twelve Phrygian ships I ploughed the deep’: Marlowe and journeys of the imagination.’

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Session 4: Marlowe and European politics
Edward Paleit (Exeter), ‘Whose resistance theory is it anyway? The virtual excommunication of Marlowe’s Edward II’
Georgina Lucas (Birmingham/Shakespeare Institute), ‘ “An action bloody and tyrannical”: Tyranny and Resistance in Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris’

17.45-19.00 Keynote: Professor Alan Stewart (Columbia)

(Followed by Q&A)

20.00 Conference Dinner: Côte Brasserie, Cathedral Green, Exeter

Tuesday 8th September

9.00-10.45 Session 4: Religious Conflict in Marlowe
Professor Catherine Gemelli Martin (Memphis), ‘Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris and the Wars of Religion’
Killian Schindler (Fribourg), ‘Predestination and Religious Toleration: New International Contexts for Doctor Faustus’
Meadhbh O’Halloran (Cork), ‘Marlowe’s Mediterranean’

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.45 Session 5: Giordano Bruno, Philosophy and Religion
Professor Rosanna Camerlingo (Perugia), ‘Brunian Marlowe’
Luca Bocchetti (Verona), ‘Benvolio, Christ and Actaeon: the Italian Neoplatonic Legacy of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestia trionfante.’
Cristiano Ragni (Perugia) ‘ “What irreligious pagans’ parts be these?” Machiavelli, Bruno, Gentili and the idea of religion in Marlowe’s Massacre.’

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Session 6: Marlowe from Marlowe to modernity
Professor Richard Hillman (Tours), ‘Dr. Faustus and contemporary French translations of the Faustbuch’
George Oppitz-Trotman (UEA), ‘Doctor Faustus and the English Comedians’

15.15-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.45 Session 6, continued
Conny Loder (LMU Munich), ‘Christopher Marlowe’s influence on literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in Germany in the seventeenth century’
Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden), ‘Marlowe, Shakespeare & Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Two Dutch Case Studies’

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible by visiting

There are also a number of full postgraduate bursaries available, for more information see

Registration closes on 25 August 2015.

For further information about the conference and the International Christopher Marlowe Project please visit our website or contact us directly with any queries at

Edward Paleit, University of Exeter (Lead Researcher on ‘The International Christopher Marlowe’)

Nora Williams and Jasmine Hunter Evans, University of Exeter (Project Facilitators)