An International Symposium on Shakespearean Forms: Shakesperean Configurations

An International Symposium on Shakespearean Forms
from the 16th to the 21st century

Salle Jourda, Bâtiment de Recherche Marc Bloch (BRED)
University of Montpellier (France),
Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October 2010

Jointly organised and funded by
the Universities of Montpellier (IRCL), York and Bergen

Shakespearean Configurations is a follow-up from last year’s conference held at the University of York (UK) during which participants took a fresh look at configurations—and reconfigurations—of Shakespeare from the first quartos to the most recent visual incarnations. They also offered new materials and new approaches for studying the packaging of the plays and poems through time, between cultures and across media.
The theme of the conference was prompted by two sweeping developments in Shakespeare studies: the sustained attack on the idea of an authentic, original text produced by a single, isolated author; and a corresponding attention to the reformulation and assimilation of Shakespeare’s texts in cultures very different from the one in which they were created.
Participants in this year’s conference are invited to continue investigating these themes. They are also encouraged to explore more specifically the relation between the editing and/or configuring of Shakespeare’s works through time and the various ways in which these works were appropriated by readers and audiences.
Contributors will employ a range of materials, including early printed versions, bindings, illustrated editions and paintings, library and museum collections, stage sets and later forms including photography and Manga Shakespeare.

Agnes Lafont and Jean-Christophe Mayer, Montpellier
Bill Sherman, York
Stuart Sillars, Bergen

Conference organisers
Contact and registration :


wednesday 29 september

2:00-2:15 Welcome

Theatrical Adaptations and Configurations

2:15-2:45 Atsuhiko Hirota (Kyoto University), “Kingdoms of Tate’s Lear and Shakespeare’s Lear: A Restoration Reconfiguration of Archipelagic Kingdoms”
2:45-3:00 questions

3:00-3:30 Agnès Lafont (University of Montpellier), “Mythological Reconfigurations on the Contemporary Stage: Giving A New Voice to Philomela in Titus Andronicus
3:30-3:45 questions


4:15-4:45 Varsha Panjwani (University of York), “ ‘What is the chance?’: Shakespeare fighting for limelight at the Swan”
4:45-5:00 questions

5:00-5:30 Florence March (University of Avignon), Richard II in la cour d'honneur of the Popes' Palace, Festival d'Avignon 2010”
5:30-5:45 questions

8:00 Dinner in town

thursday 30 september

Visual Configurations: Painting, Architecture, Photography, Mangas

9:15-09:45 Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse University), “From the Colossal to the Diminutive: Anthony and Cleopatra Versus Hamlet
9:45:10:00 questions

10:00-10:30 Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen), “Photography and Victorian Shakespeare”
10:30-10:45 questions


11:15-11:45 Svenn-Arve Myklebost (University of Bergen), “Abbreviation and Ekphrasis: Iconotextual Shakespeare Translation”
11:45-12:00 questions

LUNCH (on campus)


Textual Configurations: Editing, Publishing, Educating

2:00-2:30 Bill Sherman (University of York), “Standing upon Points: Re-configuring Shakespeare's Punctuation”
2:30-2:45 questions

2:45-3:15 Erica Sheen (University of York), “Un-American Shakespeare” (title t.b.c.)

3:15-3:30 questions 

3:30-4:00 Sarah Stanton (Cambridge University Press), “Publishing Shakespeare”


4:45-5:15 Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford), “ ‘Read it, but buy it first’: Buying Shakespeare”
5:15-5:30 questions

5:30 Planning Session – The Future of the Shakespeare Configured Project

8:00 Conference dinner (Brasserie du Théâtre, Place de la Comédie)

friday 1 october

The Material Text—Reading, Collecting, Curating
9:15-9:45 Jean-Christophe Mayer (CNRS and University of Montpellier), “Shakespeare and the Order of Books”
9:45-10:00 questions

10:00-10:30 Alan H. Nelson (University of Berkeley), “Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: The Next Generation”
10:30-10:45 questions


11:00-11:30 Noriko Sumimoto (Meisei University, Tokyo), “Updating Folios: Customising Readers’ Reconfigurations of Shakespeare”
11:30-11:45 questions

11:45-12:15 Jeffrey Knight (University of Michigan), “Shakespeare’s Early Curators”
12:15-12:30 questions

CLOSING LUNCH (on campus)

Hoffman, or Hamlet without the Prince, September 2010

A day conference including a performance and a panel discussion of Henry Chettle’s play Hoffman, or a Revenge for a Father. Participants include Elisabeth Dutton, Brian Gibbons, Andrew Gurr, John Jowett, George Oppitz-Trotman, Tom Rutter, and Emma Smith.

The conference will take place in the auditorium at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 10-5 on Saturday 25th September 2010. It is generously supported by the Malone Society, the Oxford English Faculty, and Magdalen College.

Registration, including lunch, is £25, with £15 registration for students. Register online at  ( follow ‘Events’).

Further enquiries can be directed to Emma Smith (

Polyhistoricon: The Uses and Abuses of History in Early Modern Europe

Polyhistoricon: The Uses and Abuses of History in Early Modern Europe

University of Sussex, 16-17 September 2010

Thursday 16th September

10:00-11:00 [B274]
Registration Tea/Coffee

11:00-12:00 [B274]
Welcome – Prof Tom Healy
Plenary 1: Prof Brian Cummings (University of Sussex), Shakespeare and the Pastness of History.

12:00-13:30 [B274]
Writing the Past – the Text as History
Chair: Dr Angus Vine

Mike Rodman Jones (Girton College, Cambridge), The Force of Fragments: Historiography, Polemic, and the Material Text.
Sarah Lewis (Kings College, London), “The first day in the morning I writ in the Chronicles”: Lady Anne Clifford Rereading and Rewriting the Past.

13:30-14:30 [B216]

14:30-16:00 [B274]
Re-writing the Past: Faith, Superstition and Ethics
Chair: Dr Margaret Healy

Robin Mills (Sidney Sussex, Cambridge), Alexander Ross, Pansebeia and the uses of Heresiography.
Simon Davies (University of Sussex), Witchcraft Pamphlets as Evidence in Witchcraft Theory.
Mahe Nau Munir Awan (University of Surrey), The Naked Virgin: Milton’s Challenge to the Early Modern/Puritan Code of Ethics and Morality in Paradise Lost.

16:00-16:30 [B274]
Tea/Coffee break

16:30-18:00 [B274]
Islam and Early Modern Histories
Chair: Dr Matthew Dimmock

Hafiz Abid Masood (University of Sussex), Robert Brancetour: The First Englishman in Safavid Persia.
Samera Hasan (University of Sussex), Positioning Simon Ockley’s ‘History of the Saracens’(1708-18).

Conference Dinner

Friday 17th September

9:00-10:30 [B274]
The Early Modern History Play: Chronicling the Past
Chair: Prof Andrew Hadfield

Paul Quinn (Chichester University), Jane Grey’s Heresy and Thomas Cromwell’s Treason: Addition and Omission in the Protestant History Plays.
Catherine Parsons (University of Sussex), "By her election may be truly read what kind of man he is": The Search for the Origins of Religious and National Identity in Cymbeline.
Joanna Howe (Bath Spa University), “We dare not hold it fit, that we for Justices and Judges sit…”: The Chronicle History Play in Early Modern London.

10:30-10:45 [B274]
Tea/Coffee break

10:45-12:15 [B274]
Popular Histories and Early Print
Chair: Dr Paul Quinn

Nick Moon (University of York), “I counsayle thee, lady”: Rewriting Elizabeth’s Religious Settlement in Early Modern Ballads.
Amanda McKeever (University of Sussex), "Matters of fact well proved ought not to be denied": Natural Philosophers and the Ghost in Seventeenth Century England.
Abigail Shinn (University of York), The Almanac as Timekeeper.

12:15-13:15 [B216]

13:15-14:15 [B274]
Chair: Prof Rob Iliffe
Plenary 2: Dr Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield), '"To write the story of all ages past": Walter Ralegh and the Use and Abuse of History'
14:15-15:45 [B274]
Shakespeare’s Histories
Chair: Prof Tom Healy

Lukas Lammas (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Performing Pastness: Shakespeare’s History Plays as dramatic Historiography.
Amy Kenny (University of Sussex), “Methinks the truth should live from age to age”: Shakespeare’s Rewriting of the Children in Richard III.
Neema Parvini (Royal Holloway), Shakespeare’s Humanist Historiograpy: The Case of Jack Cade’s Rebellion in 2 Henry VI.

15:45-16:15 [B274]
Tea/Coffee Break

Round Table – chair Prof Brian Cummings

For Further details please contact Dr Abigail Shinn,

Biblical Women: Reading and Writing Women in the 16th and 17th Centuries, September 2010

Queen’s University, Belfast

In the past decade scholarship has rethought the literary impact of Scripture during the Renaissance.  It has focused in particular on how Scripture was read and used by individuals and authorities.  Understanding Scripture as a co-text, rather than a straightforward ‘source’, this conference seeks to engage in these discussions, exploring the significance of ‘biblical women’ in the period’s literary output.  We particularly seek to broaden this field of enquiry by considering ‘biblical women’ in a dual sense: the appropriation and use of women from Scripture in a variety of canonical and non-canonical texts, by both male and female writers, as well as the ways in which Scripture is deployed, more generally, in the period’s female writings.  This AHRC conference seeks to bring together postgraduates and academics to further critical developments in this field; to that end we welcome (20 minute) papers that include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· Direct and indirect representations of women from Scripture in a variety of genres, by both male and female writers, which may include Eve, Susanna, Esther, Judith, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary.

. The texts of ‘biblical women’; that is, female writers who enmesh Scripture in debates on femininity, politics, religious persecution and subjectivity.

· Literary appropriation of the Virgin Mary into discussions on iconoclasm, motherhood, childbirth and grief.

· The use of typology, mimesis, imitatio and allegorical interpretations of Scripture in literary discourse.

· The parallel, or alternative, ways women and men deployed scripture in literary texts.

· The centrality/role of Scripture in the everyday lives of women during the Renaissance.

Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words by 31st May 2010 to Victoria Brownlee and Laura Gallagher at

Trinity College: Forum for the Study of Early Modern Women in Continental Europe

Trinity College Dublin
The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Interdisciplinary Colloquium:
Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd September 2010

In celebration of the launch of the Forum for the Study of Early Modern Women in Continental Europe, a two-day Colloquium will be held at Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd September 2010.* The Forum is committed to supporting collaborative and individual research on the early modern women of Continental Europe. This encompasses the creative output of early modern women, their depiction in literary and artistic works, and their socio-historic contexts.  The Forum is designed to cross both disciplinary and geographical boundaries. It is intended that a collection of articles inspired by the Colloquium proceedings will be published, subject to peer review.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to popular demand, the Colloquium has been extended to include Thursday 2nd September (afternoon only). Papers of 20 minutes’ duration, in English, are invited from across the disciplines. Should you be interested in participating in this Colloquium, please send a short abstract (200 words) of your proposed contribution to Dr Eavan O’Brien (Forum Coordinator),, by Friday 21st May 2010.