Past Events and Podcast Archive


April 6: Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare (Shakespeare at the Temple)

21-22 June: The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare and Coronation

Day 1: Crown and Crowd (Hampton Court)

Day2: Ernst Kantorowicz and Shakespeare (Garrick’s Temple)



25 January:  Edward Paleit (City University): Tamburlaine’s Succession

1 February: KiRSeEdward III playreading

8 February: KiSSiT: Ildiko Solti (Kingston): “The lever of form” – performance and philosophy in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

15 February:  Claudia Olk (Freie Universität Berlin): ‘Winter without Journey’: Still lives in Shakespeare and Beckett

22 February: KiRSeDouble Falsehood playreading

10 March: KiSS Conference: ‘Infinite Jest: Shakespearean Afterlives’

15 March: KiRSeArden of Faversham playreading

Monday 19 March: Yanis VaroufakisShake the Superflux (Rose Theatre Shakespeare Lecture)

22 March: KiSSiT: Sam Hall (Kingston): Utopia, Determinate Negation: Shakespeare, Cave, Mann and Simone

24-25 March: Global Shakespeare / KiSS Colloquium: Richard II

7 April: Lacan and Shakespeare  (Shakespeare at the Temple)

21 April: BSA / KiSS Colloquium: Much Ado About Nothing

22 June: Little Stars and Galloping Steeds: Sex in Shakespeare (KiSSiT)

23 June: Foucault and Shakespeare (Shakespeare at the Temple)

28 July: Shakespeare and Presentism conference

1 Sept: Derrida and Shakespeare (Shakespeare at the Temple)

8 Sept: Barton, Hall and Shakespeare conference

13 Oct: Garrick and Hogarth Colloquium


Spring and Summer Season:

26 Jan. Playreading: The Old Wive’s Tale (George Peele)

9 Feb. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire): Serialization, Social Media, Shakespeare

16 Feb. Erik Roraback (Charles University): The Philosophical Baroque

February 18 2017, KiSSiT: Shakespearean Anachronism

23 Feb. Per Sivefors: Swedish Shakespeare under Gustavus III

2 March. Playreading: A Trick To Catch The Old One (Thomas Middleton)

9 March. KiSSiT WiP: Irene Morra / Richard O’Brien / Peter Oswald: Shakespeare and Verse Drama

16 March. Stuart Elden: Shakespeare and Philosophy

23 March. Cardenio Excursion

30 March.  KiSSiT WiP: Chantal Schutz / Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise: “Early Modern Chalices and Inkpots: Materializing the Powers of Commixture”

April 1 2017, Shakespeare at the Temple: Shakespeare and Hegel

April 27 2017, Rose Theatre Shakespeare Birthday Lecture: Sir Stanley Wells: The Genius of Shakespeare

June 24 2017, Shakespeare at the Temple: Shakespeare and Marx

Autumn Season:

Sept 2: Shakespeare at the Temple: Shakespeare and Nietzsche

Oct 12: ‘Fictionalising the Renaissance’ with Hermione EyreEmma Whipday and Richard O’Brien (KiSSiT WiP)

Oct 19: Pericles, Prince of Tyre (KiRSe Playreading)

Oct 26: David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary): ‘Unpacking the heart: Interiority, Theatricality and Love in Hamlet

Nov 2: ‘Idols of Nature: Baconian Philosophy and Shakespearean Tragedy’ with Timo Uotinen (KiSSiT WiP)

Nov 9: The Two Noble Kinsmen (KiRSe Playreading)

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

Nov 17-18: Marlowe and Shakespeare

Nov 23: John Gillies (Essex University): ‘The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare’

Nov 30: Sir Thomas More (KiRSe Playreading)

Dec 7: Peter Smith (Nottingham Trent): ‘What country, friends, is this?’: Tim Supple’s Twelfth Night and the Influence of Trevor Nunn’

Dec 9: Shakespeare’s Philosophical Turn (KiSSiT one-day conference)



Spring Season 2016: Shakespeare and the Uncanny + KiSSiT

21 Jan. Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex): Shakespeare’s Foreplay. [Shakespeare and the Uncanny] Listen here

11 Feb. Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University): Untimely Ripp’d: Macbeth’s children. [Shakespeare and the Uncanny] Listen here

3 March. Simon Ryle (University of Split): Bre(e/a)ch: Macbeth and the language of terror. [Shakespeare and the Uncanny] Listen here

17 March. Sonja Fielitz (University of Marburg): ‘Duke of Dark Corners: Shakespeare and the Catholic uncanny’. [Shakespeare and the Uncanny] Listen here

2 April 2016: KiSSiT: Shakespearean Thresholds

7 April. Francois Laroque (University of Paris III): ‘These Late Eclipses: Shakespeare’s uncanny stars’. [Shakespeare and the Uncanny] Listen here

14 April, 2016: KiSSiT WiP – Indian Shakespeares on Screen: Identity, Politics, Entertainment with Dr Varsha Panjwani (Boston and York) and Koel Chatterjee (Royal Holloway).

21 April, 2016: Rose Theatre Shakespeare Birthday Lecture:
Charles Nicholl (University of Sussex): ‘Counterfeit Presentments: Portraits of Shakespeare and the messages they send’. Listen here

30 April, 2016: Frances Yates: The Art of Memory

Autumn Season:

3 Sept. 2016, Shakespeare at the Temple: Shakespeare and the Enlightenment

6 Oct. Booktalk: Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory with Neema Parvini (Surrey)

13 Oct. Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: Fair Em

20 Oct. KiSSiT WiP: Harry Newman (Royal Holloway): “Reading for Error in The Winter’s Tale

3 Nov. Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: Mucedorus

17 Nov. KiSSiT WiP: Ildiko Solti: “Trouble at the Globe: Emma Rice, original practices and the politics of shared light”

24 Nov. Booktalk: Shakespeare’s Folly: Philosophy, Humanism, Critical Theory with Sam Hall

Dec. 1: Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: The Merry Devil of Edmonton

8 Dec. Booktalk: Derrida Reads Shakespeare with Chiara Alfano (Kingston)


Spring Season: Shakespeare and Modernism + KiSSiT

8 Jan. Lesley Chamberlain: ‘Shakespeare, Wagner and Modernism'[Shakespeare and Modernism]. Listen here

22 Jan. Martin Regal (Reykjavik University): ‘Shakespeare and Modernist Theatre’ [Shakespeare and Modernism]. Listen here

5 Feb. Graham Holderness (Hertfordshire University): ‘Hamnet Shakespeare: A Joycean Life’ [Shakespeare and Modernism]. Listen here

19 February, 2015: Jan Kott Our Contemporary: Contexts, Legacies, New Perspectives. One-day conference co-hosted by KiSS and the Polish Cultural Institute. Listen to full podcast here

5 March. Neil Corcoran (University of Liverpool): ‘Eliot’s Shakespeare Revisited’ [Shakespeare and Modernism]. Listen here

19 March. Claudia Olk (Freie Universitët, Berlin): ‘Beckett’s Shakespearean Echoes’ [Shakespeare and Modernism]. Listen here

23 April. Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture (co-hosted with the Iris Murdoch Society): Peter Conradi (Kingston University): ‘Shakespeare and Iris Murdoch’ [Shakespeare and Modernism].  Listen here

23 May, 2015: KiSSiT: Shakespeare and Waste. Plenaries by Scott Wilson and Peter J. Smith and the final roundtable where the plenary speakers are joined by Stephen Unwin, Aleksandra Sadowska, Ildiko Solti, and Andrew Jarvis. Listen here

Autumn Season: Shakespeare and Sovereignty + Shakespeare and Scandinavia + KiSSiT

1 Oct. Graham Holderness (University of Hertfordshire), Alison Findlay (Lancaster University), Michael Hattaway (NYU): Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

Oct. 8 – 11, 2015: Shakespeare and Scandinavia Conference. All conference recordings here.

14 Oct. Dominique Goy-Blanquet (University of Picardie), Stuart Hampton-Reeves (University of Central Lancashire), Heather Neill, and Alex WaldmannThe Barton / Hall ‘Wars of the Roses’. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

Oct 22, 2015: KiSSiT WiP: Adrian Howe (Griffith University) and Eric Heinze (Queen Mary): ‘Researching and Staging “Othello on Trial”: Political and Theatrical Conundrums’

29 Oct. Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam): Athelstan the Virgin King. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

Nov. 19, 2015: KiSSiT WiP: Katrina Marchant (Sussex) and Nicole Mennell (Sussex): ‘Between the monarch and subject – Early Modern Sovereignty’

26 Nov. Christopher Pye (Williams College):
King Lear, Sovereignty, and the Condition of Justice. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

3 Dec. Howard Caygill (Kingston University): Laertes’ Revolt and the Limits of Popular Sovereignty. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

10 Dec. Jeffrey Knapp (UC Berkeley): Hamlet and the Sovereignty of Reasons. [Shakespeare and Sovereignty] Listen here

Dec 17, 2015: KiSSiT WiP: Christian Smith (Warwick) and Timo Uotinen (Royal Holloway): ‘Shakespearean Dialectics – from Hegel to Adorno’

Dec. 19, 2015: KiSSiT: Shakespeare and the State of Exception. Watch Paul Hamilton’s introduction and Richard Wilson’s final remarks. See also the picture gallery.


Spring Season: Shakespeare and Law

12 Feb. Martin McQuillan (Kingston University): ‘Marx, Derrida, Shakespeare’. Listen here

27 Feb. Eric Heinze (Queen Mary University of London): ‘Equivocation will undo us: Linguistic transformation as legal strategy in Shakespearean political drama’. Listen here

13 March. Andrew Zurcher (University of Cambridge): ‘Gift and condition in King Lear’. Listen here

20 March. Lorna Hutson (University of St Andrews): ‘Are those circumstances really necessary?: The example of Romeo and Juliet’. Listen here

10 April: Paul Raffield (Warwick University). ‘Shakespeare, Common Law, and the idyll of Albion: Laws and lawyers in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2’. Listen here

1 May. Andreas Höfele (University of Munich): ‘German Shakespeare and the 19th-century myth of Julius Caesar’. Listen here

8 May. Regina Schwartz (Northwestern University): ‘Law and love in The Merchant of Venice’. Listen here

Summer Season:

The Garrick Lecture by Simon Callow. Listen here

Autumn Season: Shakespeare and Music

16 Oct. Chantal Schutz (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle) with Jamie Akers (Lute): ‘The scholar’s melancholy is emulation, the musician’s fantastical: Shakespeare and Dowland’. Listen here

30 Oct. Christopher Wilson (University of Hull): “By the sweet power of musicke”: Effect in Shakespeare’s musical imagery. Listen here

6 Nov. Katy Hamilton with Michale L Roberts, Katie Coventry, Caitlin Frizzel, Julien Van Mellaerts and Paul McKenzie, piano (Royal College of Music). ’The radical gap between words and action: Singing Shakespeare’.

20 Nov. Irene Morra (Cardiff University): Britten’s National Opera: “Gloriana” and the Shakespeare Problem. Listen here

27 Nov. Adam Hansen (Northumbria University): “I heard the sounds of long ago”: The Politics of Popular Music in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance’. Listen here

11 Dec. Julie Sanders (Nottingham University): “Full of noises”: The Adaptation of Shakespeare in Music. Listen here



Spring season:

7 Feb. Dominique Goy-Blanquet (University of Picardy) : ‘Henry VIII and The Maid’s Wedding: Ghostly Revels’. (Dominique Goy-Blanquet – click to download)

20 Feb. Tobias Doring (Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich): ‘Shakespeare’s Afterlife: Contemporary German poetry and the problem of poetic creativity’.

7 March. Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham): ‘Why Celebrate Shakespeare?’ (Ewan Fernie – click to download)

20 March. Coppelia Kahn (Brown University): ‘Reading the Face in Hamlet’.

11 April. David Skilton (Cardiff University): ‘The Novelist’s Voice: Shakespearean Intertext in Thackeray and Trollope’.

25 April.  Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture. Farah Karim-Cooper (Head of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe): ‘Taming Kate: Passions and Humours in The Taming of the Shrew’

Autumn Season: Shakespeare and Philosophy + Richard Wilson Inaugural Lecture

15 Oct. Catherine Belsey (Swansea University): ‘Shakespeare, the Uncanny and the Cartesian Cogito’.

24 Oct. Michael Bogdanov. ‘The Readiness is All: Existential Shakespeare’. (Michael Bogdanov – click to download)

29 Oct. Francois Laroque (Sorbonne Nouvelle). ‘A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter: Bataille, Girard and Shakespeare’. (Francois Laroque – click to download)

30 Oct. Sir Peter Hall Professor Richard Wilson (Kingston University): Inaugural lecture. ‘Sermons In Stones: Shakespeare’s Dangerous Thresholds’

19 Nov. Christopher Norris (Cardiff University): ‘Poetry Reading: Wittgenstein’s Shakespeare’. (Christopher Norris – click to download)

5 Dec. Peter Holbrook (University of Queensland): ‘Nietzsche’s Shakespeare’.

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