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Women and Indian Shakespeares:
Exploring cinema, translation, performance
30 October – 1 November 2019 Queen’s University, Belfast, UK
. Call for papers.
Indian Shakespeares is an established field of study, but no international conference has yet centralised the issue of the female in Indian Shakespeares. Recent feminist
works include the retelling of King Lear in Sangeeta Datta’s film Life Goes On (2010) or in Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young (2017), Romeo and Juliet in Arshinagar (dir.
Aparna Sen) or Bornila Chatterjee’s 2016 film adaptation of Titus Andronicus, The
Hungry. Indeed, it has been argued that the women in Vishal Bhardwaj’s celebrated hero-centric film trilogy possess transformative agency. Such works have continued to
reshape the debate surrounding the role of women.
This conference thus emerges in the context of these retellings and recent historical
events in India and worldwide. It aims to explore uncharted territory, bringing together
researchers and practitioners to establish the state of current scholarship in this vibrant,
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, panels, workshops and creative approaches
on any aspect of Women and Indian Shakespeares. Alternative presentations are also
equally welcome, such as film shorts, film scripts, etc.
Contributions are invited on any of the following aspects of the topic:
Depictions of women in Indian Shakespeares on screen or on stage
Indian female practitioners of Shakespeare
Female Indian diasporic practitioners of Shakespeare
Examinations of cross-dressed women
Examinations of cross-gendered casting
Transgender women in Indian Shakespeares
LGBTQ Indian Shakespeares
Feminist theory and intersectionality in relation to Indian Shakespeares
Issues of caste in relation to women and Indian Shakespeares
Regional perspectives and representations of women
Challenges of researching Women and Indian Shakespeares
200-300 word abstracts
for works to be presented at the conference should be sent by 1
Together with the abstract, participants are invited to send a brief (up to
100 words) bio stating their affiliation, research interests and relevant academic output.
Decisions will be made by 1 June 2019. If accepted, abstracts will be circulated among conference participants in advance of the event. Auditors are also welcome to attend,
but priority will be given to those presenting.
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Paromita Chakravarti (Jadavpur University)
Ms. Bornila Chatterjee (filmmaker, The Hungry)
Ms. Sangeeta Datta (filmmaker, Life Goes On)
Dr. Sreedevi Nair (NSS College for Women)
Prof. Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)
Dr. Poonam Trivedi (formerly Delhi University)
Both abstracts and bios should be sent in Word or PDF format to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Renaissance Academic Drama and the Popular Stage
A three-day interdisciplinary conference in St Andrews, 11th –
13th June 2020
Professor Laurie Maguire (Oxford), Professor Sarah Knight
With a performance directed by Professor
Elisabeth Dutton (Fribourg)
Scholarship on early modern drama often keeps the research areas of
academic and popular drama separate from one another, when in fact
focusing on the relationship between them would greatly improve our
understanding of the subject. The conference will therefore aim to
provide the opportunity for scholars to consider further the
convergence of these traditions by hosting academic work relevant to
either, or with a particular focus on their interaction. The
conference is interdisciplinary, being organised by the School of
English in collaboration with the School of Classics. This
association is particularly relevant to the topic of the conference,
and mirrors the significant connections between ancient and early
modern drama that developed through translation, adaptation, and
imitation. Therefore, papers on the English Renaissance reception of
ancient literature and Renaissance neo-Latin drama are also
The conference will be open to both postgraduate students and to
academic staff, and will take place on 11th-13th June 2020 in St
Andrews. A number of bursaries for postgraduate students will be
Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted to email@example.com in
the form of 200-word abstracts and a short bio.
Deadline: 1st December 2019.
Registration will open in early 2020.
With grateful thanks to:
Society for Renaissance Studies
The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama, St
The Medieval and Renaissance Research Group, St Andrews School of
GRADskills/CAPOD, St Andrews
Follow us on Twitter at @AcaDramaConf and visit our website https://acadramaconf.wordpress.com for
news and updates.