This years big London Shakespeare event Shakespeare and Scandinavia will take place on 8 – 11 October 2015 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames. With a great line-up of plenary speakers, all of whose lectures will be free and open to the public.
Here is a list of the plenary lectures:
Thursday October 8
10am Gary Taylor: Hamlet, Macbeth & Nordic History
Friday October 9
10am Sirkku Aaltonen: Shakespeare and National Theatre
2pm Lisbeth Waerp: Shakespeare in Scandinavian Drama
7pm Graham Holderness: Shakespeare in Scandinavian Fiction (Hampton Church, note venue)
Saturday October 10
10 am Howard Caygill: Kierkegaard’s Shakespeare
Sunday October 11
10am Eero Tarasti: Shakespeare in Scandinavian Music
4.30pm Gunnar Sorelius: Shakespeare in Scandinavian Film and TV
Here are some brief biographies of the speakers:
Gary Taylor is a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. He is the General Editor of the Oxford editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works and of the Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and has authored several books on Shakespeare.
Sirkku Aaltonen is a Professor of English at the University of Vaasa, Finland. Her field of expertise is translation studies and particularly translating for theatre.
Lisbeth Waerp is a Professor in the Deparment of Culture and literature at The Arctic University of Norway. She has written extensively on Nordic Drama, including two books on Henrik Ibsen.
Graham Holderness is a Professor at the University of Hertfordshire as well as a novelist, poet and dramatist. Most of his 40 published books focus on Shakespeare, with particular interests in Shakespeare’s history plays, Shakespeare and the media, Shakespeare editing, Shakespeare and contemporary culture and transnational Shakespeare.
Howard Caygill is a Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Kingston. A world renown scholar, he has written widely on philosophy, aesthetics, and literature, most recently a book entitled On resistance: a philosophy of defiance.
Eero Tarasti is a Professor of Musicology at the University of Helsinki, Finland and holds several Honorary Doctorates around the world. He has held posts as Director or President in several semiotic and musical societies (currently being the President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies and the Director of the International Semiotics Institute) and since the 1970s has written and edited numerous books encompassing a semiotic approach to music.
Gunnar Sorelius is Professor Emeritus in English Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. During his long career he has written on Shakespeare from many angles and is a pioneer of Shakespeare studies in Scandinavia.