Shakespeare Across The Divide: Early Modern Symposium - February 15-16, 2016

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Florida International University and The Betsy
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Shakespeare Across the Divide is the inaugural early modern studies symposium hosted by the acclaimed Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Florida.

This symposium is held in conjunction with the loaning of Shakespeare's First Folio to FIU by the Folger Library, as part of the Folger's 2016 national tour of the book. For more about events related to the First Folio at FIU, please see

We are proud to present two invited special events as part of the symposium:

* Roland Greene will speak at the opening reception.
* Ayanna Thompson, Ruben Espinosa, and Carla Della Gatta will offer a special panel on race and Shakespeare.

As a small symposium, the schedule will be arranged to ensure that there are no concurrent events. All participants are encouraged to attend and be involved in all symposium activities.


Call for Papers

Seeking papers or panels on any aspect of early modern studies and literature for Shakespeare Across the Divide, the first annual symposium at the landmark Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Florida.

Shakespeare Across the Divide will explore Shakespeare across borders and demarcations, alongside his contemporaries as well as into new and current contexts.

We also welcome work that explores beyond Shakespeare to develop the early modern period and studies. Especially welcome, given our location, will be work on the Spanish Golden Age, England and Spain in contact in the Caribbean, and interrogations of the early modern and the African Atlantic.

Submit 250 word abstracts by September 31, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Vernon Dickson at

To register for the symposium, please send a check for $125 made out to "FIU Foundation English Discretionary" and add the note "Donation for Shakespeare Symposium" care of:

Gretter Machin
English Department, FIU
Modesto Maidique Campus, DM 453
11200 SW 8 Street
Miami, FL 33199