British Graduate Shakespeare Conference


BritGrad 2015 - The Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 4-6 June 2015 – is pleased to announce that registration is now live. Graduate students are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic in the field of Shakespeare, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.  Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

The conference provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum for graduate students from all over the world to meet, present and discuss their research in an active centre for Shakespeare scholarship. The student run conference is held at the University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute, in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. This gives delegates and auditors the opportunity to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and historical landmarks, and the specialised research libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Centre archives.

Plenary speakers for this year’s conference include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Paul Prescott (University of Warwick), with more pending to be announced. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.

We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract.  We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Please see the attached Call for Papers for further information.

Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015.  (Abstracts cannot be considered without a filled-out registration form.)  Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme. 

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