Shakespeare and Education symposium, 3 July

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 be held at the Shakespeare Institute campus over one day from 10am-4pm, bringing together both new and expert researchers at an emerging hub of scholarship in Shakespeare and education. 

Together with disseminating, sharing, and discussing a range of teaching methods and approaches, we have visiting speakers and experts to discuss topics at the forefront of the field, ranging from using digital Shakespeare resources to getting published. 

James Stredder will be running a session on ‘Active Shakespeare in the Cyberage: can collective theatre-making survive in today’s classroom?’ Until very recently James was the Chair of the British Shakespeare Association Education Committee and is still working with them in the field of Shakespeare and education. He has previously taught the Shakespeare and Pedagogy module at the Shakespeare Institute, holds a PhD and MA in Shakespeare studies, and is the esteemed author of the fantastic teaching resource The North Face of Shakespeare. He will be running a dialogue/workshop with you all discussing where current trends in teaching Shakespeare have come from, and the new directions that they are taking now.

Andrew Kennedy is a pioneer in software for education and is the managing director of software company Movie Storm. He is coming to share and develop with the delegates of the conference his new engagement with Shakespeare and educational software, in the hope to gain useful feedback to ensure that the product developed is something that will be of optimum usefulness in educational settings.

Our student-led symposium also aims to build on this knowledge base of current approaches to teaching Shakespeare, by situating it in the latest scholarly conversation through sharing insights gained through the organisers’ wider experience in participating at recent international level Shakespeare conferences. These include most importantly the ‘Worlds Together’ conference on Shakespeare in education in London late last year, sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the recent Folger Shakespeare Library educational workshop on ‘Setting Shakespeare Free’ and active approaches at the 2013 Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) conference, Toronto. 

Lunch will be provided for all attending. We are also a short walk from the nearby railway station. There is parking, however it is very limited on site. Wherever possible, delegates are advised to use public transport or seek alternative parking in Stratford.

If you wish to attend please e-mail Laura Nicklin or Thea Buckley at with your name or click attending on the Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

CFP: Reanimating Playbooks symposium

It’s shaping up to be a busy spring in Stratford! 

A month before our conference convenes, the Shakespeare Institute will host a one day symposium on editing, Renaissance plays, and performance. Check out the CFP below – the deadline is two weeks today. Info on registration for auditors will be released in just a few weeks, so consider coming for the day even if you don’t wish to present. (We have it on good authority that the symposium convenors expect a day of lively discussion and editorial experimentation.)


Reanimating Playbooks:

Editing for Performance, Performance for Editing.

Symposium: Friday 10 May 2013, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

A one-day symposium to engage in the conversation between performance and text. We wish to provide a space to explore editorial practices on both sides of publication (from preparation to practice) and to explore how we use, compose, and conceptualise critical editions of Renaissance plays. The day will include a plenary panel of editors and theatre practitioners and two practical workshops.

Speakers are invited to submit proposals for 10 minute ‘provocations’ in which a question may be posed, a sticky editorial decision worked through, a long-standing practice interrogated, a new methodology explored, or something else entirely queried, crowd-sourced, considered, contested or created. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:       

–       new solutions to old editorial cruxes

–       problems or triumphs in your own editorial projects

–       experiments with stage directions, punctuation, formatting, annotations

–       desired aims of individual editions, or proposals for a new series style

–       directors/dramaturgs as editors, and vice versa

–       favorite editors of days past

–       the pedagogy of critical editions

We also welcome proposals for 15-20 minute papers or workshops.

A limited number of volunteer actors may be available for workshops; anticipated requests ideally would be included in your proposal.

Please submit 150-word abstracts, along with brief biographical statement to C K Ash at by Friday 15 March. Accepted proposals will be notified 22 March. Please do not hesitate to e-mail her with any questions about the event.

You can download the pdf here: CFP Reanimating Playbooks

A new eJournal and a free symposium.

Good morning, all. How ’bout some news to start off this lovely reading week?

1. Exegesis, a new eJournal based at Royal Holloway, is now accepting articles, reviews and creative pieces for its inaugural issue. The deadline for submissions is April 30, in advance of publication in September 2012.

The full CFP can be downloaded here: Exegesis CFP.

For more information on the journal and full submission guidelines, please visit their website.

2. The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington University will host a Cultural Translations Symposium on Sunday, March 25. The event is free and open to the public, and follows the March 22-24 Renaissance Society of America meeting, also in Washington, D.C.

More information on the even can be found here.