Institute Gears Up for Students' Shakespeare Symposium in Stratford

Posted on Monday 12th June 2006

Participants from all over the world will converge on Stratford to take part in a conference organised by students for students about Shakespeare and the drama of his time from the 15 – 17th June at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.

Now entering its eighth year The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference is an opportunity for graduates to share their work with fellow students and to hear what other graduates in similar and related fields are researching. It is also an excellent opportunity for graduates to visit and explore Stratford-upon-Avon, which is host to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and the Shakespeare Institute Library.

Professor Kate McLuskie, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, says, ‘The conference provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students from all over the world to meet and discuss their research relating to Shakespeare, the work of his contemporaries, and topics relating to the cultural history of the period. This year we have participants from The United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Poland, Spain, Hungary, and Taiwan universities and will be welcoming over one hundred delegates.’

All the students have been invited to give a twenty minute paper at the conference, where they will be able to interact with a community of researchers in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Eleanor Collins, a student from the Britgrad committee, says, ‘We encourage a wide variety of research topics – previous conferences have included papers on performance history, textual studies, critical theory, and cultural history. This year the conference will feature discussions on News and Information in Oral and Literate Culture, Reformation and Religious Tension in Early Modern England, Reading Dreams in Renaissance Drama and Beyond, Sexual Jealousy and Gender Construction, Music in Text and Performance, Richard Brome in Performance and Print, Biography and Methodology, and Prologues and Paratexts’.

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Based in Mason Croft, an elegant eighteenth-century house with beautiful gardens and grounds in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare Institute gives its students the friendliness of being part of a close-knit academic community while offering the academic resources needed for specialist postgraduate work on the drama of the English Renaissance.

For further information

Kate Chapple, Press Officer, University of Birmingham, 0121 414 2772 or 07789 921164.