KiSSiT Shakespeare and State of Exception -programme


KiSSiT: Shakespeare and the State of Exception

One-day conference at The Rose Theatre, Kingston on December 19, 2015. Free and open to all.

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Paul Hamilton in the Gallery

9.30 Session 1: The Exceptional Merchant

Petar Penda (University of Banja Luka): Network theory approach to The Merchant of Venice

Andrijana Penda (University of Banja Luka): Linguistic Means of the State of Exception: Pronominal and Nominal Address in The Merchant of Venice – Portia’s “game”

10.30 Plenary 1: Eric Heinze (Queen Mary): ‘Recorded as a Precedent’: Revisiting Law, Sovereignty, and ‘Othering’ in The Merchant of Venice

11.45 Lunch (own arrangements)

12.45 Session 2: Bare Life

Martin Young (Queen Mary): “A dragon and his wrath”: Sovereign Violence and its Exception in Shakespeare’s King Lear

Jack Belloli (University of Cambridge): Shamefaced Shakespeare: Form of Life, Embarrassments and Forced Entertainments Complete Works

13.45 Plenary 2: Martin Regal (University of Iceland): Hoist with their own petards: Terror and Resistance in Macbeth

15.00 Session 3: Places of Exception

Ellen Redling (University of Heidelberg): Measure for Measure’s Vienna in the State of Exception

Laura Beattie (University of Edinburgh): The Priory as a State of Exception in The Comedy of Errors

16.00 Coffee, with Video Installation by Filippos Tsitsopoulos: What! art thou, like the   adder, waxen deaf? Be poisonous too and kill thy forlorn queen. (in the Studio)

16.45 Plenary 3: Nigel Mapp (University of Westminster): “Take any shape but that”: Macbeth, Art, Domination

18.00 Stefanie Bauerochse: Venus Responding (State of Emergence – Research in Performance)

18.30 Closing remarks: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

Shakespeare and the State of Exception UPDATED (Click for pdf)

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About the plenary speakers:

Eric Heinze is a Professor of Law at Queen Mary. He currently co-ordinates Queen Mary’s Inter-Departmental Philosophy Programme. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Rights and the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Professor Heinze’s books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (2016), The Concept of Injustice(2013), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (2003); The Logic of Equality(2003), Sexual Orientation: A Human Right(1995) (Russian translation 2004), and the collection Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (2000). He is currently co-authoring a book, with Gavin Phillipson, entitled Debating Hate Speech. Listen to Eric’s talk on Shakespeare and equivocation in the Spring 2014 season. See more interesting stuff on his profile page.

Martin Regal is an associate professor of English at the University of Iceland. His translations of The Gisli of Gisli Sursson and The Saga of the Sworn Brothers have appeared in Penguin Classics (2004 and 2013). Among his recent publications are Inside Voices: Outside Light, a critical introduction to the poems of Sigurdur Palsson (Arc Publications, 2014) and An Intimacy of Words (Univ. of Iceland Press, 2015, ed.). He is currently completing the volume on tragedy for the Routledge Critical Idiom Series and a critical edition of Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse and No Man’s Land in Icelandic translation, both due to appear in 2016. He was recently elected as the first president of the newly founded Nordic Society for Shakespeare Studies (NorSS). Listen to Martin’s talk on Shakespeare and Modernist Theatre in the Shakespeare and Modernism series in Spring 2015.

Nigel Mapp is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster. He was educated at the University of Manchester and the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has held research posts at the University of Newcastle and the University of Leeds. More recently he was a lecturer in English Philology at the University of Tampere, Finland, and a research fellow of the Academy of Finland (2006-10) during which he started to pursue his current project on early modern “disenchantments”. Recently, he has written essays on Herbert, Milton,  Macbeth, with his most recent completed essay being “Lyotard Art Seeing”. He has co-edited William Empson: The Critical Achievement (1993) and Adorno and Literature (2006). A monograph, Paul de Man: Rhetoric, History, Aesthetics is forthcoming from Polity Press and another, Early Modern Disenchantments, is in preparation. More information on his profile page.


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