The next British Shakespeare Association conference will be held in 2016. This page will be updated when more details become available.
The 2014 British Shakespeare Association conference was held in the venerable old city of Stirling. It marked both the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and the first time that the BSA conference has come to Scotland.
The conference explored questions questions of authority for Shakespeare, in Shakespeare, and about Shakespeare. It investigated the relationship between text, power, and authority in the writing of Shakespeare and writing about Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s works ask us repeatedly to think about what constitutes authority, about where authority lies, and about the performance of authority. Shakespeare’s works also force us to think about textual authority. What is textual authority? What makes one text more authoritative than another? What role does copyright play here? How have ideas of textual authority changed over time?