BSA 2023 Conference: Seminar enrolment and second part of call for papers now open
24th October 2022
The British Shakespeare Association conference will take place at the University of Liverpool, Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th July 2023, organised by Dr Esme Miskimmin (University of Liverpool), Dr Katie Knowles (University of Liverpool) and Professor Emerita Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University).
BSA 2023: Re-locating Shakespeare
Enrolment in BSA 2023 Seminar and Workshops is now open. The titles and convenors of the sessions are below; for full descriptions and instructions on how to enrol please visit https://www.britishshakespeare.ws/bsa-2023-seminars-and-workshops/.
Seminar and Workshop enrolment will be open on a first come, first served basis until Friday 24th February 2023.
Please note that these sessions are in-person unless otherwise indicated.
- Re-wilding Shakespeare (Todd Borlik)
- [Online Session] Re-locating Shakespeare in 21st-Century India (Thea Buckley & Rosa García-Periago)
- Women Reading, Editing, and Adapting Shakespeare (Koel Chatterjee)
- Re-locating the Early Modern Body: Processes, Porousness, Excretions (Anjna Chouhan & Pete Smith)
- “Local Habitation” and Climate Shift in Shakespeare’s Age (Darryl Chalk & Laurie Johnson)
- “To sleep, perchance to dream”: Dreamscapes in Shakespearean Plays and Adaptations (Charlène Cruxent & Nora Galland)
- Madness, Motion, and the Relocating Mind in Early Modern Drama (Bridget Escolme and Avi Mendelson)
- Relocating Shakespeare and Redefining Fidelity in Appropriation (Valerie M. Fazel & Louise Geddes)
- Shakespeare in the Audio World (Ronan Hatfull and Andrea Smith)
- [Online session] Difficult Drama?: Relocating Shakespeare and his Contemporaries to the Classroom (Jennifer Rae McDermott & Mathieu D. S. Bouchard)
- Who Owns Shakespeare?: Casting, Discrimination and the Performance of Location (Jami Rogers)
- Shakespeare, Here, Now: Locating ‘Relevance’ in Early Modern Drama (Beth Sharrock & Ella Hawkins)
- Shakespeare and Banishment (Alex Thom)
- “Bring me the map”: Shakespeare and the Cartographic Imagination (Sharon Emmerichs)
- Adapting Shakespeare: How the Macro Affects the Micro, and Vice Versa (Lucy Eyre)
- How can we decolonise the teaching of Shakespeare? (Tania Roxborogh)
- Teach-Meet (Chris Green)
Other Session Formats
Submissions for other session formats are also now open. The conference is planned as a predominantly in-person event, with some of the sessions to be live-streamed. The organisers therefore welcome submissions for the following in-person delivery formats:
- 20-minute paper: Please submit a proposed paper title, 200-word abstract and a short bio.
- Panel (3 x 20 min papers): Please submit a single document containing a panel title, short description of the panel’s theme and rationale, along with the individual titles, 200-word abstracts, and short bio notes for each of the three speakers.
- Early Career Researcher Poster: Please submit a 200-word abstract about your project and provide a bio outlining your eligibility as an Early Career Scholar (i.e. doctoral candidate or within 6 years of attaining your doctorate).
- Roundtable: Please submit a proposed title, 200-word description of the roundtable’s focus, along with the names and short bios of all roundtable participants.
Please visit https://www.britishshakespeare.ws/conference/ to learn more about what these presentation formats entail.
Conference Theme: ‘Re-locating Shakespeare’
In Shakespeare’s lifetime, and in the four hundred years since the relocation of his plays from stage to page in the First Folio, his work has had a sustained and varied life in multiple geographical and theoretical locations through print, performance, research and education. More importantly, perhaps, there has been a concomitant narrative of ‘relocation’ associated with Shakespeare. The physical journeys of his works and their performers, including the visits of Lord Strange’s Men to the Northwest in the late sixteenth-century, performers who used the plays for colonialist and imperialist purposes overseas, or the arrival of Ira Aldridge, the ‘Black Roscius’ at the Liverpool docks in 1824, attest to a constant geographical relocation of Shakespeare and his performers. There have also always been sustained theoretical re-locations of Shakespeare in relation to changing contexts and prevailing critical, socio-historical and theatrical perspectives. Most recently, the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Knowsley has relocated performances and narratives of Shakespeare in the Northwest of England.
This conference will seek to explore the geographical, temporal and semantic ‘Re-locations’ of Shakespeare, looking again at the place(s) of his works and reassessing them through the wider contexts of performance, print, translation, teaching and research. Possible focuses could include (but are very much not limited to):
- Notions of location, locating and re-locating within Shakespeare, including explorations of travel, exile, pilgrimage and direction.
- Claiming and ‘owning’ locations, including colonial and postcolonial re/appropriations.
- The cartographies of Shakespeare – the mapping / remapping, navigation and ‘discovery’ of locations.
- Re-locating through the imagination and / or the virtual: the movement from the ‘wooden O’ to the ‘vasty fields of France’ or the virtual Dover cliff; online performances.
- Re-locating through translation and adaptation, including dramatic, musical, operatic and fictional adaptations.
- Location / Re-location in the teaching of Shakespeare – where and how pupils and students experience Shakespeare.
- Voluntary and / or forced relocations – in Shakespeare’s texts, or for pedagogical or political uses.
- Re-locating perspectives (critical, pedagogical or performative) in relation to cultural and social changes, disability and LGBTQ+
- Relocating in times of pandemic (from the touring circuit outside of London during the plagues and beyond, to the internet during covid).
- ‘What do they in the North?’ (RIII 4.4.398): Implications / connotations arising from a specifically ‘northern’ Shakespeare.
- Re-locating Shakespeare’s work in understandings of literary / theatrical / critical canons, in the light of any of the above (or any other types of ‘re-locations’).
Please email your abstracts and bios to the BSA 2023 Conference Team, Dr Esme Miskimmin, Dr Katie Knowles, and Professor Elspeth Graham, at:
The deadline for submission is Friday 20th January 2023.