Kingston Shakespeare Series Conference: Shakespeare and Presentism

  • Rose Gallery
  • Sat 28 Jul, 9.30am-6.30pm
  • Presented by Kingston Shakespeare Seminar


The Shakespearean Future: A History
10am, Evelyn Gajowski (University of Nevada Las Vegas)


Seminar 1: Performance
11.30am, Rose Gallery 
Ildiko Solti (Kingston University): Theorising the bear-pit: Terence Hawkes and the present of performance
Sarah McCourt (Royal Holloway University London): Baring the Bard: Brite Theatre’s Richard III: one-woman show 
Annalisa Palmer (University College London): Something Rotten in the State of Denmark: King Kendrick, Prince Hamlet, and Politicized Verse
Zorica Jelic (University of Belgrade): The Future of Presentism 

Seminar 2: Identity
11.30am, David Jacobs Room 
Dorothy Vanderford (University of Nevada Las Vegas): Presentist analysis of gender and race in two modern adaptations of Antony and Cleopatra 
Remedios Perni (University of Alicante): Lucrece, Ophelia and all Women’s Bodies: The Iconography of Violence in the #MeToo Era
Will Stockton (Clemson University): How Many Lovers Did Shakespeare Have?
Kelsey Ridge (University of Birmingham): Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war: Hotspur and PTSD


Presentism and the Challenge of History: Reading Race on the British Shakespearean stage
2.30pm, Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)

Seminar 3: Representation
3.30pm, Rose Gallery
Nigel Wood (Loughborough University): The Dramatic Present of Twelfth Night
Caroline Lion (University of Birmingham): Peace in an Age of Reproducibility
Richard O’Brien (University of Birmingham): A New Way to Get Old Plays, or, An Apology for Live-tweeting Philip Massinger

Seminar 4: Politics
3.30pm, David Jacobs Rooom
Richard Ashby (Royal Holloway University London): Retailed to all Posterity: Post-Truth, Oral History and the Popular Voice in Richard III
Miguel Ramalhete Gomes (University of Lisbon): Learned Goths and Roman Exports: Titus Andronicus and Presentism in the 2010s 
Christian Smith (Kingston University): A New Imperative for Shakespeare Studies: From Presentism to Activism


Nomadic Shylock: Nationhood and Its Subversion in The Merchant of Venice
5.30pm, Avraham Oz (University of Haifa)

Drinks Reception
6.30pm, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas