CFP: Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium

A symposium at the University of Glasgow on the important topic of disability and Shakespeare. Anna Ilona Rajala, a trained physiotherapist, touched on this topic in her Thinking through Shakespeare essay on Richard III’s body.

Abstracts due by Friday January 15, 2016.

Early English Drama & Performance

Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ.  9.45am-5pm, Wednesday 20th April 2016.  Attendance: £25 full, £15 concession, free for BSA members.

This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. In discussing the depiction, treatment, and uses of disability in Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries) alongside analysis of the role of disability in staging of his plays, we hope to encourage interaction between creative practitioners, historians, and literary scholars. Playwright and disability studies scholar Prof. Chris Mounsey (University of Winchester) will give the keynote address on “VariAbility in Shakespeare”, in which he will explore alternative ways of responding to the question of the existence of disability in the Early Modern period, and to one of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters: Richard III. Following the symposium, Glasgow-based playwright Molly Ziegler (Notes, Getting it (Back)) has agreed to premier her new…

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