Joe Orton: 50 Years On

deadline for submissions: 
August 9, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Leicester
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967), the University of Leicester is hosting a one day interdisciplinary symposium on his life and work.

Deadline for 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers: 31 April, 2017

Possible topics include:

Orton and satire/black comedy/farce

Orton’s TV plays

Orton as diarist

Orton and race

Orton and crime

Orton and art

Orton on screen

Orton and the 1960s

Gay/Queer Orton

Orton and Halliwell

The defaced library book covers

Orton and Leicester

The Orton industry

Orton’s influences

Orton’s influence

Orton’s legacy

Confirmed speakers: Professor Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College); Professor Graham Saunders (University of Birmingham); Dr Kate Dorney (University of Manchester); Dr Michael Petry (Museum of Contemporary Art, London)

Special guest: Leonie Orton

Registration: £45 (£25 students)


Dr Emma Parker (School of Arts),

Dr Gavin Brown (Department of Geography),