Born of the pioneering collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), this conference offers an unmissable opportunity to be involved in an urgent and open conversation about what thought and theatre can do in our time at the RSC’s centre for research and development, The Other Place.

20-21 July 2018

A new and ambitious dialogue between theatre and scholarship has the potential to refresh the quality and impact of thought and action in both arenas. In unstable times, can such inter-disciplinary discourse reinvigorate the spirit of democracy itself?

We invite theatre-artists, academics, cultural policy makers and educators to join the conversation, to share their own thoughts and work, and to contribute to a new agenda for our new times.

Key people

Jonathan Dollimore

Philosopher and social theorist

Emma Rice

Artistic Director for Shakespeare’s Globe

Erica Whyman

Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Ewan Fernie

Chair, Professor and Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute

The event will also feature an exciting mix of scholars, artists and journalists such as: Professor Dympna Callaghan, Nadia Latif, Professor Kiernan Ryan, Dr Catherine Silverstone, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Professor Julia Lupton, Anders Lustgarten, Lyn Gardner, Professor Peter Holbrook, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Professor Richard Wilson.