New Plenary Speaker: Prof. Emma Smith

We are excited to announce that among our plenary speakers for this year’s conference will be Professor Emma Smith. Emma is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, Oxford, as well as Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the university’s Faculty of English Language and Literature.


Emma is an eminent Shakespeare Scholar whose research range is impressive. Her most recent publications include a ‘biography’ of the afterlife of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and ‘Shakespeare’s Dead’ which was published alongside an exhibition of the same name curated by Smith and Simon Palfrey at the Bodleian Library. Emma may also be familiar as the voice of the podcast series ‘Approaching Shakespeare’ and ‘Not Shakespeare’, in which she often takes a seemingly simple starting question to unpack the plays’ textual histories, critical afterlives and thematic complexities.

We are delighted welcome Prof. Smith to the Shakespeare Institute as a plenary speaker.



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