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.

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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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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!

Plenary Profiles: Sarah Dustagheer

Introducing the fourth in our series of Plenary Profiles… Sarah Dustagheer: expert on historical theatrical spaces (and BritGrad alumna!).

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Dr Sarah Dustagheer researches playwriting, performance and theatre space in early modern London, as well as contemporary Shakespearean performance. She completed her postgraduate work at King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe. She is the co-author of Shakespeare in London (Arden Shakespeare, 2015) and has published in Moving Shakespeare Indoors (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Literature Compass, Cahiers Élisabéthains and The Shakespeare Encyclopaedia: The Complete Guide to the Man and His Works (London: Apple Press, 2009).

She is currently preparing her first book, Shakespeare’s Playhouses: Repertory and Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 for publication. Before joining the University of Kent, Sarah has been a Globe Education Lecturer, Lecturer in Early Modern English at King’s and associate lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama; she has taught short courses on Shakespeare and performance in India and Germany.

Sarah has written for London’s City Hall blog, the Shakespearean London Theatres Project blog (www.shalt.org), Exeunt Online Theatre Magazine and the RSC myshakespeare blog. She has delivered public talks at Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, the City of London Guildhall Library and The Marlowe Theatre. Sarah is a member of Shakespeare’s Globe Architecture Research Group, an association tasked with advising on the maintenance of the Globe and the construction of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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

Abstract Reminder & Other Updates!

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost to the end of March! A few BritGrad updates for you, as we get closer to the conference date.

First, and most importantly, there are only five days (!!) until the abstract submission deadline! Submit your 200-word abstract by 23:59 GMT on 21 March for consideration at BritGrad 2016. We will consider abstracts for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance Studies. More creative forms of criticism, such as original writing or performance, may also be submitted, also requiring a 200-word abstract.

Second, we’ve implemented a change this year, in that registration and abstract submission are now separateThis means that registration for both delegates with accepted abstracts and auditors (those not speaking at the conference) will open after the 21 March abstract deadline has passed. Don’t worry, we’ll send plenty of emails and post to all our social media accounts once registration has opened.

Third, we’re pleased to announce that BritGrad has partnered with the Lizz Ketterer Trust to provide a select number of competitive travel bursaries, for which a formal application will be released soon. Four bursaries will be available, one for a student traveling from outside the EU, one for a student traveling inside the EU, and two for students traveling within the UK. The application is not available just yet, but, again, we will make an announcement when it is. Because the bursaries won’t be disbursed before the abstract deadline, we strongly advise that you submit an abstract now so that you don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a fantastic conference!

Remember that there are other funding resources available for students (for this and other conferences), some of which you can see on our funding page.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions — we’re happy to help!

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profiles: Erica Whyman OBE

Here’s the third in our series of Plenary Profiles. Meet Erica Whyman: award-winning director, champion of The Other Place, and Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC!

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Erica is a theatre director with many years’ experience, and became Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in January 2013. Working closely with Gregory Doran on all aspects of artistic strategy, she takes the lead on the development of new work, and the planned re-opening of the RSC’s studio theatre and laboratory space, The Other Place.

Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage from 2005 to 2012. She oversaw the opening of a new building, introduced a collaborative organisational culture and attracted local and national acclaim for the company’s repertoire of work. In 2012 she won the TMA Award for Theatre Manager of the Year.

She was Associate Producer at the Tricycle Theatre and Associate Director at ETT, and then became Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse (1998-2000) and of The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (2000-2004). She chairs the Board of Theatre503 and is a trustee of RTYDS.

One of the first fellows of the Clore Leadership Programme, Erica speaks regularly on artists in leadership roles. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to Theatre in the UK.

Erica is currently directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC and preparing for Dream to tour across the UK, utilizing amateur acting troupes as the Rude Mechanicals in each performance. Check out the trailer below!

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

Plenary Announcement

It’s been difficult keeping this quiet, but today we finally get to share the big news with you! Below is the official list of plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016. We’re thrilled to be able to offer nine amazing plenaries (including some BritGrad alums!) at this year’s conference, providing a broad range of interests and perspectives.

This year’s speakers include:

Martin Killeen (University of Birmingham)

John Jowett (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent)

Patrick Gray (Durham University)

Emma Whipday (Kings College London)

Stephen Purcell (University of Warwick)

Eoin Price (Swansea University)

Harry Newman (Royal Holloway)

Erica Whyman (Royal Shakespeare Company)

You can download a PDF version of our 2016 Plenary Announcement here.

We will also continue to post Plenary Profiles each Friday over the next few weeks so that you can learn more about each speaker. We hope that you’re just as excited about them as we are!

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profiles: John Jowett

Here’s the next in our series of Plenary Profiles. Meet John Jowett, a leading scholar in the field of textual studies and familiar face at the Shakespeare Institute!

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John Jowett is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Deputy Director of the Shakespeare Institute. He is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare (1986; rev. 2005) and has edited Richard III (2000) and Timon of Athens (2008) for the Oxford Shakespeare series; and Sir Thomas More (2011) for Arden. He is an Associate General Editor of the Oxford Thomas Middleton (2007) and its companion, Early Modern Textual Culture (2007), and is the author of Shakespeare and Text (2007), and [with Gary Taylor] Shakespeare Reshaped: 1606-1623 (1993). He is a General Editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama series, and of the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016).

Check out this interview with Prof. Jowett on textual editing, ‘Sir Thomas More,’ and Shakespeare as a writer.

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

Plenary Profiles: Martin Killeen

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing our fabulous lineup of plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016 in a series of short profiles. Here is the first: meet Martin Killeen, Rare Books Librarian at the Cadbury Research Library!

 

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Martin Killeen is a qualified librarian with a Degree in Philosophy and English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies. Martin’s professional career started in the Main Library of the University of Birmingham, where he managed public service departments including the Language, Literature and History Reading Room; in 1996 he joined Special Collections where he is now Rare Books Librarian at the Cadbury Research Library. A major part of Martin’s role involves exploiting the rich resources of the repository (printed books, archives and manuscripts) to support teaching, learning and research across all the disciplines within the University and beyond; this includes delivering talks and presentations, leading seminars with original materials and publishing papers based on the Library’s holdings (eg, Charles Dickens, A W Pugin, John Baskerville, John Drinkwater and Birmingham in WW1).

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

CFP: BritGrad 2016!

While we normally post CfPs from all sorts of other universities and conferences, today the BritGrad committee is excited to announce a very special CfP — our own!

We’ve updated our Call for Papers page with the 2016 information (including a downloadable pdf), but you can also find the link right here.

One new thing to note this year: we’ve separated the registration and abstract submission processes, which means that those who wish to present at BritGrad should first submit a 200-word abstract and then register once we’ve gotten back to you. This is for two reasons: one, we’re thrilled (and quite flattered) that BritGrad has grown so popular over the last few years and that so many people want to submit abstracts! But this leads to point number two, which is that we have a limited amount of space and time slots for our conference in which to fit all those many people who want to submit abstracts. However this will give all potential speakers some great experience for any other, future academic conferences to which they will undoubtedly apply. If you have any questions, please get in touch — we’re happy to chat.

Hopefully you’re all as excited as we are for BritGrad 2016.

~ The BritGrad Committee