Day 3: Strange Plays, Here We Come

By all accounts, Day 3 of BritGrad started with an incredible panel by Alex Whiteley and Rebecca Fensome, taking the comparative study of Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes and Despicable Me 1 and 2 to unparalleled heights of academic excellence. I wouldn’t know first-hand, because unfortunately despite the best of intentions I didn’t wake up until 9:05. The mention of these two papers … Continue reading

Day 2: King Leia

‘It’s slightly blurred, but you probably don’t want to look too closely at a crow with a penis at 9:15am.’ As opening lines to the second days of academic conferences go, Professor Ewan Fernie‘s contribution is going to take some beating. In his plenary session, ‘Lighten Our Darkness’, Fernie established a series of far-reaching connections between … Continue reading

Plenary #5: Grace Ioppolo

    We’re pleased to announce our fifth plenary speaker for this year’s conference: Professor Grace Ioppolo.   Grace Ioppolo is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama at the University of Reading and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Professor Ioppolo specialises in manuscript and textual studies as well as … Continue reading

Bollywood, Reviewing Comedy, and Staging Early Modern Dutch Sex: Papers Called For.

Today’s post is to bring to your notice three calls for papers, spanning the Atlantic Ocean and stopping off in India along the way (and if that sounds like a geographical impossibility, you clearly haven’t read The Winter’s Tale.) The events take in the seriousness of reviewing comedy, the presence of Shakespeare in Bollywood cinema, and the … Continue reading

AHRC Studentships at Roehampton

A series of AHRC-funded studentships, both at the Masters and Doctoral level, are available at the University of Roehampton. There are opportunities for funding in Early Modern programs supervised by the likes of Andy Kesson, Clare McManus, and Jane Kinglsey-Smith. You have until February 19th 2014 to apply, and all the details are available here.

And the first plenary speaker of 2014 is…

As 2013 draws to a close, with a turkey in the freezer and mince pies in the oven, you may well feel that your appetite can’t take any more whetting – but we’re hoping to dispel that feeling by announcing the first plenary speaker of BritGrad 2014. If you have a hunger for linguistics, Shakespearean … Continue reading

Shakespeare and Education symposium, 3 July

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The Shakespeare Institute will hold a free to attend symposium titled ‘Shakespeare in Education: Current Trends and New Directions’, organised exclusively by students of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd July 2013. The symposium is designed for those interested in Shakespeare and education including students, alumni, and any Shakespeare educators, and will … Continue reading

Durham MEMSA Conference 2013

The CFP is up, and registration is open! MEMSA Conference 2013.



Have we got your attention? Good. BritGrad is holding a bake sale this Sunday, 19th May, in the Parish Centre across from Holy Trinity Church at 11.45am. If you’re in the Stratford vicinity, we hope you’ll join us and sample some delicious treats. If you’d like to prepare some yummy baked goods for the sale, … Continue reading

Crossing The Border of Eternal Peril, or, A Very Important Notice


STOP! Who would cross the Border of Eternal Peril must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see: What is your name? What is your quest? What is your nationality? On a more serious note, we would like to inform all delegates – presenters and auditors alike – that this year all … Continue reading

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