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Digitizing the Stage

15 - 18 July 2019

The Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and the Folger Shakespeare Library will convene the second Digitizing the Stage conference on 15–18 July 2019, highlighting digital explorations of the early modern stage in performance. This follows the successful inaugural event in 2017, which drew participants from around the world for a lively and productive series of conversations on the early modern theatre archive.

With a particular eye towards historical and contemporary performance, this year’s single-stream conference will take on such questions as: How can digital tools empower our study of historical performance, both in the archive and in the classroom? Can one tool serve both expert and general audiences? What roles can digital media play in augmenting contemporary interpretations of 16th– and 17th-century drama? How can cultural institutions develop collaborative tools to better sustain long-term research in performance studies? What challenges emerge in building repositories and resources that include performance materials? The program will feature plenaries by Professor Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College, Oxford), Ramona Riedzewski (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), and a plenary conversation with Richard Ovenden (Bodleian Libraries, Oxford), Professor Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), and Professor H.R. Woudhuysen, FBA (Lincoln College, Oxford), moderated by Eric M. Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library). The conference will be preceded by a Pre-Conference Workshop, a hands-on bootcamp for planning and executing digital humanities projects.

See the full program on the conference website, and register for your seat today through Oxford University Stores. Conference registration costs are 175 (full), 125 (early career, student, unwaged), and 25 for the Pre-Conference Workshop (which includes lunch). Conference registration includes refreshments, the opening night reception at the Divinity School, Bodleian Libraries, and the conference dinner at the historic White Hart Pub, Oxford; lunch and accommodation are not included. Questions may be sent to

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BSA 2019 Conference: Shakespeare, Race and Nation. Swansea University. 17 - 20 July. Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Kim F Hall (Barnard College), Prof. Nandini Das (University of Liverpool), Dr. Preti Taneja (University of Warwick) What does Shakespeare tell us about nationhood and about race? Shakespeare is often praised as a universal writer with global appeal but his plays have complicated histories that reveal legacies of racism and imperialism. This major international conference invites academics, practitioners, and educators from across the world to consider the fraught relationship Shakespeare has with these important and contentious subjects.

BSA 2019 also features a screening of Twelfth Night (Shanty Productions, 2018), including a Q&A with the company founders Rakie Ayola and Adam Smethhurst.

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, underexamined field.

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 April 2019.

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:


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