Negotiating Boundaries: Early Modern Texts and Cultures

deadline for submissions: 
November 29, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The London Shakespeare Centre & Shakespeare’s Globe

The London Shakespeare Centre & Shakespeare’s Globe Second Graduate Conference


Negotiating Boundaries: Early Modern Texts and Cultures

 14-15 February 2020


 Shakespeare’s Globe King’s College London


The London Shakespeare Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe are pleased to announce their second biennial graduate conference. As the current political climate seemingly seeks to entrench division and separation, this two day conference will explore the ways in which early modern literary culture reveals textual, cultural and critical boundaries as structures which can be challenged, flexed and negotiated.

Plenary Speakers: Clare McManus (University of Roehampton), Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary, University of London), and Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent).  

We invite paper submissions from PhD students working on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern history, and literary and dramatic cultures. MA students are invited to make submissions to participate in round-table discussions where students can discuss research ideas or work-in-progress. For 15-minute papers, please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words and a brief biographical statement. For round-table discussions, please submit abstracts of no more than 50 words, along with a brief biographical statement. Submissions should be made via the registration form ( by 29 November 2019.

Paper submissions may relate to, but need not be limited to, the consideration, exploration and negotiation of textual, cultural or critical boundaries in the following areas: 

Texts and time:

  • Textual translation and transmission
  • Literary and digital archives and afterlives 

Texts, peoples and places:

  • Collaborations and influences
  • Global Shakespeares
  • Early modern England and foreignness 
  • Race and nation
  • Early modern London and the g/Globe
  • Geographical borders and travellers
  • Metropolitan and regional cultures

Texts and ideas:

  • Early modern texts and interdisciplinary studies
  • Dramatic and poetic cultures
  • Literatures of politics, theology, science, medicine and the law
  • Literature and visual cultures

Texts, bodies, objects and spaces:

  • Print and performance
  • The materiality of performance
  • Performance of gender 
  • Race and racialisation
  • The body, soul, senses and emotions

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Registration costs £40 and includes lunches, coffee breaks and a wine reception

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