Travel Bursary Applications Now Open

Good morning!

We’ve added a new page to the blog this morning, in the drop-down menu below “Funding Resources.” You’ll find information on the four competitive travel bursaries being offered to delegates this year, through the generous support of the Lizz Ketterer Trust, as well as the downloadable application (available both as a PDF and Word document).

Applications are due 19 May and are open to all full- or part-time students who have been selected to present a paper at this year’s conference. Other application requirements and details are listed on the new page. Applications may be submitted by email or post.

In the meantime, remember that early-bird registration for auditors also ends on 19 May. You’re welcome to register after that, however late fees will apply. Submit a registration form today – BritGrad 2016 is shaping up to be a great conference and we’d love to see you there.

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profile: Eoin Price

It’s time for the final Plenary Profile of the 2016 conference! Meet Eoin Price: an academic (and former BritGrad committee member) who works on the politics of Renaissance performance and publication.

Eoin Price

Dr Eoin Price is a Lecturer in English Literature at Swansea University. Before joining Swansea, he was a PhD student at The Shakespeare Institute where he co-organized BritGrad. His interest in the politics of performance and playbook publication led him to write ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ Playhouses in Renaissance England: The Politics of Publication (Palgrave: 2015) and has also written about Renaissance drama for Literature Compass, The Map of Early Modern London and The Year’s Work in English Studies. In addition to his historical research he is increasingly interested in the twenty-first century reception and afterlife of Renaissance plays. He writes about modern productions on his personal blog and also reviews for Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Reviewing Shakespeare. He is part of the Executive Committee of the Marlowe Society of America and serves as the Performance Editor for The Marlowe Society of America Newsletter.

Plenary Profiles: Stephen Purcell

Ready for the eighth in our series of Plenary Profiles? Meet Stephen Purcell: an academic and artistic director who specialises in Shakespeare in performance.

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Stephen Purcell is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His publications include Popular Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Handbooks volume on Webster’s The White Devil, and Shakespeare and Audience in Practice. His research focuses on Shakespeare and his contemporaries in modern performance and popular culture. He directs for the theatre company The Pantaloons.

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!

Indian Shakespeares on Screen

Back in November, we posted a CfP for the Indian Shakespeare on Screen conference, which will have events running from 27 – 30 April. Here’s some more information on the conference, as well as their amazing poster.

Poster final

According to the organisers, “‘Indian Shakespeares on Screen’ examines the full influence of Shakespeare in Indian cinema and the way in which Indian cinema has mobilized Shakespeare to raise urgent local and national concerns.” For conference registration or for more information about ticket bookings for the screenings and public interviews, please contact the organisers at: shakespeareandbollywood@gmail.com.

You can find out more about the conference by downloading their conference project description.

 

STR New Researchers’ Network CFP

Looking for another conference to attend (or at which to present) after BritGrad closes this summer? Look no further: the STR New Researchers’ Network is holding their third annual symposium on 6 July. The Call for Papers is below and on their website. The deadline for paper proposals has now been extended to 22 April.

Call for Papers:

Third Annual Symposium:

Innovation in Performance History and Practice

Wednesday 6th July, 10.00am-6.00pm, University of Bristol

The STR New Researchers’ Network (NRN) is pleased to announce their third annual symposium, which will centre on the theme of Innovation in Performance History and Practice. The symposium will also feature a keynote address from Catherine Hindson (University of Bristol).

Innovation is what drives our work as researchers in the academy, and generating original contributions to knowledge is at the core of our development as scholars. As practitioners and performers, too, our work depends upon creativity and originality. For this reason the NRN symposium 2016 is devoted to ‘innovation’ and what it means to the field of performance. Now that the symposium is in its third year – and in the midst of the Decade of Centenaries as well as the marking of Shakespeare 400 – it is more important than ever to reflect on what innovation and change means in relation to theatrical and cultural institutions, or outside of them.

Performance innovates to be popular and relevant to its time, and this year’s symposium is interested in innovation in 21st century performance as well as in the past. The definition of live performance has changed in the last 15 years: innovative live art practices, cinematic presentations of theatrical works, and 3D projections now fall under this umbrella. What is perceived as innovative is also up for debate, with immersive practices, for example, seen either as ‘new’ or as part of a longer history that includes the Happenings in the 1960s. How have innovations shaped the way we think about performance and performance history/historiography today? How is innovative thinking about history important, especially in terms of minority/marginalised groups telling their stories? How can we credibly break with convention when teaching performance history by choosing not to teach the canon of white male practitioners such as Shakespeare and Stanislavski whilst retaining a credible curriculum? What innovative methodologies can we employ when researching performance? Moreover, how has theatre and performance studies as a field overall adapted to change?

With these contexts in mind, we invite proposals that may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Changing definitions of performances and audiences;
  • Challenges to established canons or definitions of performance innovation;
  • The digital age and the future of the performance;
  • The historian or scholar as innovator;
  • Interdisciplinary creativity and industry collaborations;
  • Creative responses to issues such as budget cuts, casualisation, REF/TEF, EBacc, etc;
  • Applications of innovative performance practices in educational, social and community contexts.

The NRN Committee welcomes proposals from new scholars, postgraduates, and early career researchers, on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted. This year we will be accepting proposals for traditional, 15-minute papers as well as three-paper panels, performed and performative responses, and PechaKucha presentations. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to nrn@str.org.uk by Tuesday 12th April. Applicants will be contacted by Friday 6th May. Please feel free to contact us at the email address above with queries at any time.

Please note that this symposium will be free for all STR members (you can receive the special discounted membership rate of £10 by attending the Symposium). There will be up to 5 bursaries available for University of Bristol students who volunteer as conference assistants. Email us on nrn@str.org.uk for more details.

This symposium is part of a series of events devoted to innovation run by the New Researchers’ Network this academic year. These include the Teaching Practice event, which encouraged innovation in performance pedagogy, and the V&A Study Day, where Senior Curator Simon Sladen explored how archives might respond to change.

Plenary Profiles: Harry Newman

Here’s the seventh in our series of Plenary Profiles. Meet Harry Newman: an academic specialising in early modern material culture and a former BritGrad Committee member.

Harry Newman

Dr Harry Newman is a Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. He publishes primarily on material culture, book history and rhetoric in early modern literature, and his first book, Impressive Shakespeare: Identity, Authority and the Imprint in Shakespearean Drama, will be out with Routledge in 2017. He also runs The Paper Stage, a public Renaissance play-reading series with branches in Surrey, Kent and Mantua (Italy).

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!

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– All’s Well that Ends Well, 1.1.188 or Merry Wives of Windsor, 1.1.67

One question we’ve gotten from a number of early-bird registrants is “where do you recommend I stay while in Stratford?” Well, you asked and we delivered. We’ve added another new page to our site today, located in the drop-down menu below the Registration link; it’s filled with information about visiting Stratford: where to stay, where to eat, and all the fun things you can do in your downtime.

This page should be considered a work-in-progress. While it’s ready for you to use right now (with helpful links and everything), it will be updated throughout the run-up to the conference. If we find out about an event that will be happening while you’re here for BritGrad, we’ll post it there. If any pubs or restaurants are running specials, we’ll pop that on the page too. If we hear about reduced hours or special exhibitions, we’ll let you know.

If you haven’t registered for BritGrad yet, you can secure your spot at the conference by visiting our registration page and filing out the electronic form. Remember, Early Bird Registration ends for auditors (those not presenting papers) on 19 May – after that, late fees will apply. (Delegates, you’ll want to complete your registration by 21 April.)

As always, contact us with any questions; we’re happy to help.

Now, go forth and book your accommodations (seriously, rooms fill up fast).

~ The BritGrad Committee

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

We’ll cut right to the chase with the most exciting news: registration for BritGrad 2016 is officially open!

Now the long-form version: we’ve added two brand new pages to our website today – first, the 2016 Registration page and, second, a Dates and Deadlines page. Hopefully the latter will help answer any deadline-related questions you may have, since we know there are quite a few floating around.

What’s new this year? A snazzy GoogleForm for registration! This doesn’t change much about how you’ll register as a delegate or auditor for BritGrad, it’s just a faster, easier way for us to record your registration details. Don’t worry, we’ve provided PDF and Word versions of the form, if you’re the pen and paper type. Conference costs, payment information, and other details you’ll need to know are all available on the registration page.

Finally, once you’ve submitted your registration, make sure you ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the BritGrad Facebook and Twitter accounts; we’ll be posting and tweeting throughout the run-up to the conference and we love to read your comments and posts as well.

As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions — we’ll do our best to help.

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profiles: Emma Whipday

Plenary Profile #6! Introducing Emma Whipday: academic and playwright specialising in early modern drama and practice as research.

Emma Whipday Photo
Picture by David Tett

Dr Emma Whipday is a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature at King’s College London, and a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe. She has published on early modern street literature, staging the home in domestic tragedy, the RSC ‘Roaring Girls’ season, and theatrical practice as research; her practice as research productions of early modern plays include The Tragedy of Merry from Robert Yarington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies and Samuel Daniel’s The Tragedie of Cleopatra. Emma is also an Associate Writer for Oxford-based theatre company Reverend Productions, and her play Shakespeare’s Sister has recently been published by Samuel French.

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!

Plenary Profiles: Patrick Gray

Here’s the fifth in our series of Plenary Profiles. Meet Patrick Gray, who’s tackled many subjects in his work, including psychology, philosophy, and vampires.

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Picture by Gretchen Ertl

Patrick Gray is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. He is the co-editor with John D. Cox of Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2014) and currently co-editing a further collection of essays on Shakespeare and Montaigne with Lars Engle and Will Hamlin, as well as a special issue of Critical Survey on Shakespeare and war. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare-Jahrbuch, Critical Survey, Comparative Drama, and Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir.

In the spring of 2016 he will be Early Career International Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800, where he will be working on his monograph, Shame and Guilt in Shakespeare, and organizing a symposium on the early modern reception of Hellenistic ethics, together with Peter Holbrook and Ada Palmer.

Before taking up his appointment at Durham, he taught Shakespeare and comparative literature at Providence College, Deep Springs College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!