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BSA 2023 Conference: ‘Re-locating Shakespeare’

University of Liverpool

Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th July 2023

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This year’s BSA conference will take place at the University of Liverpool, organised by Dr Esme Miskimmin (University of Liverpool), Dr Katie Knowles (University of Liverpool) and Professor Emerita Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University), supported by the BSA’s Conference Team.

More information about the conference theme is available here.


We are delighted that three plenary lectures will be given by: 

Professor Poonam Trivedi (formerly University of Delhi) 
Dr Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol) 
Ben Crystal (author, actor, producer) 

and a plenary roundtable featuring:

Dr Peter Kirwan (Mary Baldwin University).

Submissions for the conference are now closed. Seminar and workshop enrolments are also closed.

Seminar and workshop leaders will be in touch with their groups in early spring with more details about the session, to invite abstracts and bios, and outline any preparatory work.

If you wish to submit a late enrolment, please contact the conference organisers.

Seminars involve writing short (3,000 words max) papers for circulation within your group; workshops usually involve practical or hand-on exercises, sometimes with a bit of preparatory work in advance of the session.

For details of all seminars and workshops, please visit:

Conference Registration Fee Information

Registration will open in the spring; the provisional conference fees include lunches and tea & coffee breaks:

  • Full fee: £190 (for salaried members, including academic and teaching staff)
  • Discounted fee: £120 (for students, OAPs, trainee teachers, teaching assistants, precariously-employed scholars, and scholars without institutional support).

Day rates will also be available. The provisional day rates are:

  • £50 per day for ‘Full’ category delegates
  • £35 per day for ‘Discounted’ category delegates

On-campus conference accommodation will be available for £55 per night for an en-suite room.

Future Conferences

The British Shakespeare Association welcomes applications from institutions to host future British Shakespeare Association conferences. This is the largest regular Shakespeare conference in the United Kingdom, bringing together researchers, teachers and theatre practitioners to share the latest work on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Further details and proposal form are here:

Typical session formats at BSA conferences:

  • Paper panels (normally consisting of three papers of c.20 minutes in length)
  • Seminars, which are led by one or more organisers and centre around a particular theme, invite participants to write short papers that are then pre-circulated within the group. It is customary for seminar leaders to invite their participants to share feedback on one another’s work, in order to facilitate a rich set of conversations and exchanges when the group meets during their session at the conference.
  • Workshops are focused more on active or hands-on engagement with a given topic and normally do not require participants to write papers in advance. Some workshop leaders might invite their group to undertake other forms of preparation, such as reading, preparing (for) physical exercises, or watching clips.
  • Roundtables, which address a particular topic or theme, normally bring together a group of speakers and take the form of a conversation or series of related short papers followed by dialogue between the speakers.

Like all BSA events, BSA conferences are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

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