The Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (BritGrad) marked its seventeenth year in 2015. Every year in early summer, the Shakespeare Institute, which was formerly the home of the famous writer and Stratford enthusiast Marie Corelli, opens its doors to an international contingent of scholars, researchers, students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and guests for the BritGrad conference.
First convened in 1999, BritGrad was initiated by Peter Holland during his tenure as Director of the Shakespeare Institute. Ever since, this graduate conference has become an annual event and one of the hallmarks of the Shakespeare Institute.
The conference is organised annually by a committee of postgraduate students and is a lively, relaxed and intellectual event. From world-famous plenary speakers to delegates from nearly every continent, BritGrad is a celebration of Shakespeare and Renaissance scholarship in the heart of Shakespeare’s home town.
This year BritGrad assembled prestigious plenary speakers who covered a wide range of topics including Dr Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham), Ben Naylor (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Dr Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Dr Paul Prescott (University of Warwick), Dr Chris Laoutaris (Shakespeare Institute), Dr Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton), Dr Farah Karim Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe), plus Professors Laurie Maguire and Felix Budelman (Oxford University).
For a full detailed write-up and photos, please visit the Britgrad blog: https://britgrad.wordpress.com/
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