Up-coming events, Summer and Autumn 2017

KiSS-iT Summer Autumn 2017 EditHere are the up-coming seminars, playreadings, symposia and conferences.

 

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Dr Paul Hamilton held at UK border and sent to Iceland

Paul outside Reykjavik

Dr Paul Hamilton

On November 14, 2017 Dr Paul Hamilton, a member of the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, flew into Heathrow Airport from Arizona, to assist in the organisation of two conferences at Kingston’s Rose Theatre (‘Marlowe and Shakespeare’ and ‘Shakespeare and the Philosophical Turn’), to speak at the latter event, to temporarily participate in the seminar’s activities, and to take up an Honorary Fellowship at Kingston University. After being held for 45 minutes at the UK border, he was given entry into the UK, and the Visa page of his passport was endorsed with a certification that he had ‘Leave to enter for / until six months’, on the condition that he had ‘No work or recourse to public funds’. This condition was entirely consonant with his Honorary Fellowship status, and the fact that all his work for Kingston Shakespeare (like that of the other participants) would be on a voluntary basis, with no payment, salary, or remuneration of expenses whatever.

From Paul's passport

From Dr Hamilton’s passport

 

Paul at Thomas More reading

Dr Hamilton at the Sir Thomas More reading (fourth from the right) on November 30, 2017

Paul listening to Brian Vickers

Dr Hamilton listening to Sir Brian Vickers at the Marlowe and Shakespeare conference November 18, 2017

Following the ‘Marlowe and Shakespeare’ conference, Dr Hamilton learned that his friend and colleague Professor Martin Regal had died, and that the University of Iceland would be holding a memorial service in his honour in Reykjavik, on Saturday December 2, 2017. A group composed of Dr Hamilton, Anna Ilona Rajala, Timo Uotinen, Mark Wheeler and Professor Richard Wilson was formally invited by the University of Iceland to attend the memorial.  This party left from Gatwick on December 1, 2017, and spent the weekend in Reyjavik.

The group at the law stone

Paul, Anna, Richard and Timo by the Law Stone at Thingvellir, Iceland on December 3, 2017

Eating at the Thrir Frakkar

Dinner at the 3 Frakkar restaurant in Reykjavik, December 2, 2017

On returning to Gatwick, and just before 20.00 on Monday December 4, Dr Hamilton was detained at passport control, and shortly afterwards moved to a holding area. The border official who had checked his passport then proceeded to question him, before donning a security belt with handcuffs. Timo Uotinen and Anna Rajala, who had stayed behind to wait for Dr Hamilton, informed the official that they would answer any questions, or give a statement on his behalf, as he was resident with them at their home in Seaford, Sussex, during his short stay in the UK. At this point another official collected Dr Hamiltion and took him to the customs area upstairs, where the official proceeded to inspect his belongings in public, and in full view of other passengers. Dr Hamilton was then escorted back downstairs, pending a further in-depth interview. Ms Rajala then left the airport, due to teaching commitments the following day. Mr Uotinen, a PhD student at Royal Holloway University, London, continued to wait for Dr Hamilton’s release, and at this point began a live tweet about the dismaying treatment of his colleague.

Dr Hamilton remained in contact with Mr Uotinen via text messages. At 21.38 Dr Hamilton relayed the form he had received from officials, which informed him that he was held for questioning and liable to be detained. Shortly after sending this message, Dr Hamilton ceased communicating, and Mr Uotinen asked officers about his whereabouts. They had no knowledge of Dr Hamilton’s place of detention, but requested that Mr Uotinen move to the general Arrivals area, to await information and any request to corroborate Dr Hamilton’s statements. Mr Uotinen then informed the US Embassy about Dr Hamilton’s situation. Embassy officials were able to confirm that he was still at the airport and being retained in a holding area. Around 24.00, some four hours after Dr Hamilton’s initial detention at passport control, he was able to call Mr Uotinen to supply the phone number of outside his holding cell, his own mobile phone having been confiscated.

At this stage, Dr Hamilton did not know when he was to be ‘interviewed in-depth’. He was left to wait with other detainees in a room furnished with mattresses on the floor. At about 03.00 Dr Hamilton was taken into a scripted interrogation, where the officer consistently chose to disregard his advice that Mr Uotinen and others were standing by to be called to corroborate his statements. Instead, the officer continued to follow the scripted questions with which he had been provided. Despite repeatedly requesting the official to contact his friends for corroboration, Dr Hamilton was informed that the UK border and immigration officers considered him to be lying and untruthful. The officers had apparent problems understanding Dr Hamilton’s need to publish and attend academic events to further his professional career, and difficulty in accepting his reasons for travelling to Iceland. In a further form they stated that he had failed to satisfy the Authority with his answers about the memorial service of Professor Regal. The “interview”, or interrogation, was conducted by Immigration Officer 16223.

Around 06.00 on Tuesday December 5, 2017 Dr Hamilton was informed that he would be deported on the 10.35 WOW Air flight from Gatwick to Keflavik. On learning of this decision, Mr Uotinen contacted the Border and Immigration officials, and was referred to Ben (badge number 6668) on the telephone. Officer Ben confirmed that a decision had been made to send Dr Hamilton back to Iceland, and that this decision was irreversible. He did offer to request the officer in charge to call Mr Uotinen by phone. Shortly afterwards, an individual who identified himself as Mr Bentley called Mr Uotinen. This person was insistent that Dr Hamilton had not been targeted because he was an academic, but he refused to answer the question why officers had not contacted Dr Hamilton’s friends and colleagues for corroboration. He further disregarded the fact that Dr Hamilton was scheduled to present his research at the ‘Shakespeare and the Philosophical Turn’ conference on December 9. Before ending the call, Mr Bentley stated that Dr Hamilton was being deported to Iceland due to ‘a personal reason’, known to Dr Hamilton, and which he could not divulge.

Dr Hamilton has said that the ‘personal reason’ to which Mr Bentley was referring was the fact that he had been unable to use his American bank card in a UK cash machine. This had been because he had planned not to use that card while staying with friends in the UK, and consequently had not activated his overseas withdrawal facility with his US bank. The officers disregarded Dr Hamilton’s attempt to confirm to them his current American bank balance electronically. Neither were they prepared to view the credit in his UK bank account, and were unwilling to take account of his two credit cards, each with a large sum available. The only evidence they deemed significant was his lack of access to a cash machine. When Dr Hamilton requested to use his credit card to buy a return ticket to the United States, as an alternative to being returned to Iceland, the supervisor sincerely asked Mr Uotinen how he could pay for a flight to the US if he had no money. This suggested the officer’s inability to comprehend the most basic aspects of Dr Hamilton’s financial arrangements.

The UK border officers further claimed that Dr Hamilton had made “frequent and successive” attempts to visit the UK. This claim was in clear contradiction of the evidence that Dr Hamilton had made no journey outside the USA until November 14, since he had been deported to the USA following his notorious detention in January 2016; and that his return from Iceland was only his second entry into the UK in two years. Moreover, Dr Hamilton expressly assured the officials that he would be staying in the UK for only a further two weeks, as he had a return ticket to Arizona dated December 18, 2017.

Paul at Roy Eriksen's talk

Dr Ildiko Solti, Paul and Professor Kenneth Pickering listening to Professor Roy Eriksen on November 16, 2017 at the Rose Theatre

Dr Hamilton was flown back to Iceland (courtesy of the UK tax payers) on WOW air flight 811. Professor Astradur Eysteinsson and other and colleagues of the late Professor Regal at the University of Iceland have generously assisted his arrival Reykjavik, and have arranged for his accommodation on the university campus in an official guest apartment.

Paul and Timo in Iceland 2

Paul and Timo in Iceland on December 3, 2017

Important questions remain: What were the circumstances that changed between November 14 and December 4 for the border and immigration officials to deny Dr Hamilton re-entry into the UK? Why did his permission to ‘leave to enter for/until six months’ not actually count as having leave to enter the UK from a memorial service in Iceland? As Paul’s work and economic situation are identical to those of the majority of early career academics who graduate from British universities, is the UK Border Authority effectively imposing a ban on all precariously employed early career academics – in practice denying them the opportunity to advance their careers?

These questions are urgent considering that Kingston Shakespeare regularly hosts junior academics in situations comparable to that of Dr Hamilton; and a student / ECA is in fact coming from America for our conference this Saturday. Can he expect to be denied entry or forcibly deported? Finally, is there no oversight on the arbitrary actions of UK Border and Immigration officers?

 

Statement by Timo Uotinen with assistance from Anna Ilona Rajala


See also: Dr Hamilton’s arrest in 2016 and Dr Hamilton’s own account on that.

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KiSSiT: Shakespeare and the Philosophical Turn, Dec 9

Shax-and-Phil-Turn-Image-V2KiSSiT:
Shakespeare and the Philosophical Turn

December 9, 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston-upon-Thames


10.30: Opening remarks:
Timo Uotinen

10.45 Panel:

Christian Smith (Independent Scholar):
“The point is to change it”: Marx’s use of Shakespeare in his move
from philosopher to activist

Paul Hamilton (Kingston):
Shakespeare, Kantorowiz, and the new Political Theology of the American Presidency

Chair: Anna Ilona Rajala

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Plenary:

Craig Bourne (Hertfordshire) and Emily Caddick Bourne (Hertfordshire):
Demonstrating Love in Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Chair: Timo Uotinen

14.00 Break

14.15 Panel:

Kit Slover (Emory):
What’s Rotten in the State of Denmark: Hamlet and the Advent of Consciousness in Fichte’s Science of Knowledge

Joel White (KCL):
Benjamin’s Hamlet

Chair: Stefanie Bauerochse

15.15 Break

15.30 Géza Kállay memorial:

Ildiko Solti (Kingston):
  ‘Seeming, Being and Becoming’
– the theatre as ‘mobile philosophy’ in Géza Kállay’s work

Chair: Sam Hall

16.15 Break

16.30 Plenary:

Sam Gilchrist Hall (Károli Gáspár University):
Fail Better: On sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again

Chair: Anna Ilona Rajala

17.30 Concluding Remarks: Richard Wilson

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Peter J. Smith: ‘What country, friends, is this?’: Tim Supple’s Trans-Cultural Twelfth Night and the Influence of Trevor Nunn, Dec 9

Peter Smith Twelth Night Talk editOn Thursday December 7, 2017 Kingston Shakespeare features Peter J. Smith (Nottingham Trent) delivering a talk entitled ‘‘What country, friends, is this?’: Tim Supple’s Trans-Cultural Twelfth Night and the Influence of Trevor Nunn’. The talk is an examination of the trans-cultural features of Tim Supple’s Twelfth Night (2003) made for Channel Four.  The adaptation is assessed in the light of Trevor Nunn’s earlier film version (1996).  Peter J. Smith argues that while Supple’s take on the play leads his film away from the sentimentality of Nunn’s version, there are, nonetheless, significant allusions to the earlier film which constitute important intertextual readings. Tim Supple will also be in attendance. The seminar convenes at 6pm in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. The talk is free and open to everyone!

Peter J Smith is reader in Renaissance literature at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Social Shakespeare (1995) and Between Two Stools: Scatology and its Representations in English Literature, Chaucer to Swift (2012, 2015).  His essays and reviews have appeared in Critical QuarterlyRenaissance QuarterlyShakespeareShakespeare BulletinShakespeare SurveyTimes Higher Education. He is co-editor-in-chief of Cahiers Elisabethains and his Arden Early Modern Drama Guide (co-edited with Deborah Cartmell) on Much Ado About Nothing is currently in press.

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Playreading Sir Thomas More, Nov 30 (KiRSe)

Thomas More readingSir Thomas More.
Not Wolf Hall.
Not A Man For All Seasons.
Not even Henry VIII.

This week’s reading in the KiSS series of Shakespeare plays acknowledged as his after the publication of the First Folio is a unique handling of More’s story against the background of his times. The play covers his rise to fame and position as he quells a mob of anti-immigrant Londoners. It shows his dealings with folk as diverse as Erasmus and players and cutpurses. And it negotiates a tricky path around the censor at a time when the issues around More’s imprisonment and execution were still live to show his conscience leading to his fall.

Unique in another way: Shakespeare is not the prime mover in this play. He’s one of several writers polishing up a play that’s already in trouble with the censor of the day. But Sir Thomas More is nevertheless timely in the way Shakespeare so often is. More’s speech to the mob about the refugees has become well-known in the last few years, in part due to Ian McKellen’s delivery of it in the RSC Shakespeare 400 gala. Come and hear how this great scene fits into a bustling and entertaining play.

The manuscript of Sir Thomas More was discovered and first published 170 years ago. Editions of it are scarcer than other Shakespeares but are easily available: most easily and authoritatively in the Complete Oxford Shakespeare (2nd edition 2005) edited by Wells and Taylor, or in the Arden Shakespeare series in a standalone edition edited by John Jowett. If you are able to bring your own copy of the play, please do. But there will be a very few extra copies available.

Like all events in the KiSS series, the reading is free and open to all. You need no experience and parts are allocated on the night. We’re reading Sir Thomas More this Thursday, 30th November, in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, starting at 6pm. Please join us for a rare opportunity to hear this sturdy but unfamiliar play.

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Martin Regal, 1951-2017

Martin Regal 1951-2017
Kingston Shakespeare is very sad to announce that Professor Martin Regal has died after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at the University of Reykjavik on Saturday December 2.

Martin Regal was an inspirational colleague, a regular presenter at our seminar, and an indispensable partner in the 2015 Rose Theatre conference on Shakespeare and Scandinavia. He spoke passionately at the event, and was also a leading member of the organising committee. His jovial personality, intellectual energy and practical experience made him the obvious and unanimous choice when the new Nordic Shakespeare Society (NORSS) elected him its first President.

Martin had a bold concept for NORSS, and exciting plans to host its inaugural conference – on ‘Shakespeare’s Islands’ – in Iceland. Kingston Shakespeare pledges to do all it can to help further his vision. Martin had a world-wide reputation as a theatre scholar. But we knew him in Kingston as one of the truly good companions.

Martin and the founding of NoRSS

The Founding of the Nordic Shakespeare Society with Delilah Bermudez Brataas, Nely Keinänen, Martin Regal and Per Sivefors in 2015.

Martin at SaS dinner

The founding president of NorSS, Martin Regal addresses his Nordic colleagues during the final dinner of the Shakespeare and Scandinavia conference in 2015, with Ken McMullen, Paul Hamilton and Rupert Nichol in front taking it in.

Martin at the State of Exception

Martin Regal at the Shakespeare and State of Exception conference in December 2015 discussing a hypothetical scenario in which the Gunpowder Plot succeeded. Anna Ilona Rajala, David Weinberg and Timo Uotinen are listening intently.

Listen to Martin Regal’s talk on Shakespeare and Modernist Theatre given in January 2015.

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John Gillies: The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare, Nov 23

Shakespeare ConversationOn Thursday November 23, 2017 John Gillies (Essex) will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare’, where he studies two different senses of the the word ‘conversation’, one dominant and one emergent during Shakespeare’s time that has since become dominant while the former has fallen out of use. The seminar convenes at its usual place in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston starting at 6 pm. This talk is free and open to everyone and anyone interested.

John Gillies is Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. He lectured at the Shakespeare Institute, Macquarie University, The Australian National University, and LaTrobe University, before taking up an Australian Research Council Fellowship. He actively explores multimedia for pedagogical and research purposes. He has co-authored two multimedia packages: ‘Shakespeare in Japan: Deguchi Norio’, and ‘Performing Shakespeare in China. 1980-90’. The first of these is currently on the LaTrobe University web site, the second is currently in further production with his co-author, Ruru Li. In addition to various articles and book chapters, he is the author of Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference (1994); co-editor (with Virginia Mason Vaughan) of Playing the Globe: Genre and Geography in English Renaissance Drama (1998); and co-editor (with Ryuta Minami and Ian Carruthers) of Performing Shakespeare in Japan (2001).

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Marlowe and Shakespeare programme

MARLOWE AND SHAKESPEARE

Shakeslowe
KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR AND THE MARLOWE SOCIETY

ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON: NOVEMBER 17 / 18 2017

 

DAY ONE: MARLOWE AND SHAKESPEARE AT THE ROSE

09.30: Registration: Theatre Foyer

10.00: Lecture: The Auditorium:

Welcome: Robert O’Dowd (Rose Theatre Kingston)

Frank Whately (Kingston University): Edward Alleyn and the Rose

Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

11.00: Coffee interval: Rose Cafe

11.30: Panels on the Rose playhouse and iterary influence

Panel 1: The Auditorium

Harvey Sheldon (Rose Trust and Birkbeck):
The Rose discovered: Bankside’s first playhouse

Geoffrey Marsh (Victoria and Albert Museum):
Shakespeare in St Helen’s: 1593 -/or 1598

Nicholas Helm (Helm Architecture):
The Rose Revealed: A new role on today’s Bankside

Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University):
Northern Rose: Strange’s Men at Knowsley

Chair: Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin University and Blackfriars Theatre, Staunton)

Panel 2: The Gallery

John Roe (York University):
Venus in the Ovidian poems of Marlowe and Shakespeare

Paul Brown (De Montfort University):
Marlowe, Shakespeare’s Tutor on the Henry VI plays

Giorgia de Santis (University of Rome Tor Vergata):
The Shadow of Faustus in The Tempest

Chair: Daniela Guardamagna (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

13.00: Lunch interval

14.00: Lecture: The Auditorium

Charles Nicholl (Sussex University): Marlowe and Shakespeare in Cheapside: Legal records, topographical traces

Chair: Robert Sawyer (East Tennessee State University)

15.00: Panels on the Rose repertoire and performance practice    

Panel 3: The Gallery

Warren Chernaik (King’s College, London):
Theatrical companies and their plays, 1586-1594

Chloe Preedy (Exeter University):
The Smoke of Battle: From Tamburlaine to Henry V

Chris Fitter (Rutgers University):
Art thou a King? Degrounding monarchy in The Massacre at Paris and Richard III

Chair: Stuart Hampton-Reeves (Central Lancashire University) 

Panel 4: The David Jacobs Room

Alison Findlay (Lancaster University):
Come gentle Ganymede and play with me: Boy actors in Marlowe and Shakespeare

Neslihan Ekmekcioglu (Çankaya University):
Gender Roles in Dido and Antony and Cleopatra

Adrian Blamires (Reading University):
‘Green World’ Staging: Shakespeare, Munday and Porter

Chair: Edward Paleit (City University)

16.30: Tea interval: Rose Cafe

17.15: Lecture: The Studio

Jean Howard (Columbia University): Playing History at the Rose

Chair: Alison Findlay (Lancaster University)

18.30: Conference drinks reception: David Jacobs Room

DAY TWO: MARLOWE AND SHAKESPEARE AS AUTHORS

9.30: Registration: Theatre Foyer

10.00: Lecture: The Studio

Gary Taylor (Florida State University):
Authorial Frames & Canonical Reigns: Henry VI & Not-Shakespeare

Chair: Laurie Maguire (Oxford University)

11.00: Coffee interval: Rose Cafe

11.30: Panels on co-authorship and orientalism

Panel 5: The Studio

Darren Freebury-Jones (Cardiff University):
Marlowe and Microattribution: Kyd’s hand in 1Henry VI

Marina Tarlinskaja (University of Washington):
Versification analysis for attribution: Shakespeare and Author X in Arden of Faversham

Ros Barber (Goldsmiths):
Call thy wits together: Marlowe and Co-authorship of Henry VI

Chair: Roy Eriksen (Agder University)

Panel 6: The Gallery

Matthew Dimmock (Sussex University):
Marlowe, Shakespeare and the Turk Play

Ladan Niayesh (University of Paris 7):
Revisiting Tamburlaine’s Weak Sons: Morocco and Aragon

B.J. Sokol (Goldsmiths):
The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice: Temperament, Region and Religion

Chair: Matthew Birchwood (Kingston University)

13.00: Lunch interval

14.00: Lecture: The Studio

Brian Vickers (School of Advanced Study):
The Shakespearean Unity of Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3

Chair: Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin University)

15.00   Panels on authorship and contemporary fictions

Panel 7: The Gallery

John Nance (Florida State University):
Marlowe and Shrew Taming

Roy Eriksen (Agder University):
Stylometrics and Authorship in The Taming of a Shrew

Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University):
Telling Shakespeare and Marlowe apart by function-word clustering

Chair: Patricia Phillippy (Kingston University)

Panel 8: The Studio

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University):
Debauchery in Deptford: Marlowe in modern fiction

Richard O’Brien (University of Birmingham):
How Many Deaths d’you want? Marlowe in film and fiction

Thea Buckley (Shakespeare Institute):
Christopher Marlowe and The Armor of Light: Fictional confrontations
and Marlovian Revivification

Chair: Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

16.30: Tea interval: Rose Cafe

17.00: Panels on co-authorship and performing Marlowe and Shakespeare

Panel 9: The Gallery

Rory Loughnane (Kent University):
Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Idea of Early Authorship

Stephen Longstaffe (Cumbria University):
May I entreat thee to discourse at large: Dido as radio play

Marcus Dahl (Institute of English Studies):
Thomas the Doubter’s Guide to Marlowe: a brief evaluation of quantitative analyses
of Marlowe’s extended canon

Chair: John Gillies (Essex University)

Panel 10: The Studio

Andrew Dawson (Marlowe Theatre), Ricky Dukes (Lazarus Theatre), Kelly Hunter (Flute Theatre), Conrad Nelson (Northern Broadsides), Ken Pickering (Kent University), Ildiko Solti (Kingston University), Kimberley Sykes (RSC), Stephen Unwin (ex-Rose Theatre)

Chair: Frank Whately (Kingston University)

18.30: Round-Table Discussion on Marlowe and Shakespeare: The Studio

Gabriel Egan, Lois Potter, Gary Taylor, Brian Vickers and Stanley Wells

Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

19.30: Marlowe Society drinks reception: The Circle Foyer

20.00: 2017 Marlowe Society Lecture: The Studio

Robert Sawyer (East Tennessee State University):
Critical Reckonings: Marlowe and Shakespeare

Chair: Ken Pickering (Chairman, Marlowe Society)

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Roy Eriksen: “’Sbloud he speakes terribly”: Unpacking Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (B), Nov 16

faustusAs a prelude to the Marlowe and Shakespeare conference, we have Roy Eriksen (Agder University) discussing Doctor Faustus on Thursday November 16. The talk challenges the current “orthodoxy” that sees the 1604 edition of Doctor Faustus as the most original version and relegates the 1616 edition to the status of a play revised by Birde and Rowley in 1602 and subjected to religious censorship in 1606. Eriksen argues that in terms of theme, iconography, and structure the so-called “disputed” sequences date of the B-version in 1588 and reveal clear signs of having been performed at Court. We convene in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston at 6 pm. This talk is free and open to everyone!

Roy Eriksen is Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture at University of Agder, Kristiansand (Norway), formerly professor at Tromsoe, Bergen, and the Norwegian institute in Rome, Guest professor at École des hautes études, Paris, Harvard’s Villa I Tatti, Firenze, and Univeristà degli Studi di Padova (2017).

He publishes in English and Italian interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies) and co-ordinates the interdisciplinary research initiative EMMRG. In addition to The Forme of Faustus Fortunes (Humanities, 1987) and The Building in the text (Penn State, 2001), he has edited e.g. Pre-Novel Narrative (De Gruyter, 1994), Form and the Arts (Rome: Kappa, 2003) and Ashes to Ashes (Rome: L’Ateneo, 2006), Imitation, Representation and Printing (Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2009).

He is Series Editor of EMMS (Pisa and Rome‚ Serra, 2006 –). Formerly professor and editor of the Acta of the Norwegian Institute in Rome (Bretschneider) and Studies in Renaissance Art and Culture (Kappa; Rome, 1998–2002). Approaches to the Text: From Proto-Gospel to Post-Baroque (EMMS vol 9), and the Italian monograph L’Edificio testuale appeared in 2014 (Mimesis, Milano). The Mimesis of Change: Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories (EMMS vol 12) is forthcoming.

Recent articles focus on Love’s Labours Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of a Shrew, King John, Doctor Faustus(B), and As You Like It. Eriksen currently works on two monographs: Proteus: Marlowe and the Making of the New, and Metaphorike: Alberti and the Textual Transmission of Renaissance Urbanism. In 2017 he edited a special issue of Shakespeare: The Journal, entitled “Shakespeare and Architecture”.

Eriksen is an award-winning urbanist and a literary translator. His Doctor Faustus (produced by Davish Parrish) opened in Oslo in October 2017.

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Conference: Radical Mischief, 20-21 July 2018

Radical Mischief: A Conference Inviting Experiment in Theatre, Thought and Politics

20-21 July 2018
The Other Place theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


Born of the pioneering collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Radical Mischief offers an unmissable opportunity to be involved in an urgent and open conversation about what thought and theatre can do in our time at the RSC’s centre for research and development, The Other Place.

This conference invites participants to address the most important issues of our time in an open and exciting, inter-disciplinary and sector-crossing conversation. From the financial crash to war in the Middle East; from popular nationalism to fundamental questions about the value of both art and education: we live in a bewilderingly changing world. This conference will explore new ways in which we can work together not only to define but also to respond to its many challenges.

In the spirit of the new democracy we seek to promote, this event will experiment with the traditional conference form. There will be no uninterrupted, pre-written papers; instead, there will be two provocative plenary conversations, between high-profile figures with challenging views, intended to inspire open debate. The conference will then curate a series of focused conversations in different formats, including active participation and open space technology, led by artists, scholars and conference participants.

We are pleased to announce that the Conference will kick off with a conversation between Emma Rice and Professor Jonathan Dollimore.

The event will also feature an exciting mix of scholars, artists and journalists such as: Professor Dympna Callaghan, Nadia Latif, Professor Kiernan Ryan, Dr Catherine Silverstone, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Professor Julia Lupton, Anders Lustgarten, Lyn Gardner, Professor Peter Holbrook, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Professor Richard Wilson.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit:
www.birmingham.ac.uk/rmc2018

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Playreading The Two Noble Kinsmen, Nov 9 (KiRSe)

TNKtpCome and read the last play Shakespeare ever wrote. Not The Tempest.

A story with an interrupted wedding, fighting and romance in a wood outside Athens, madness, morris dancing and the intervention of the gods: Shakespeare wrote The Two Noble Kinsmen in partnership with one of the most talented of his successors, John Fletcher, the last in their series of collaborations. It’s based on Chaucer (The Knight’s Tale) and revamps a lot of situations and character-types from earlier in Shakespeare’s career.

Two major writers adapting a third, Shakespeare’s language in its latest and most complex phase, and a story you don’t know: what’s not to like?

The Two Noble Kinsmen reading will be in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre in Kingston at 6pm on Thursday, 9th November. You don’t need to know the play or have any acting experience, it will be a cold reading with parts chosen or allocated on the spot. Please bring a copy of the play with you if you can, but there will be a few copies available on the night.

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