Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize

ANZSA is pleased to announce that the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best graduate essay presented at the Shakespeare at the Edges conference at the University of Waikato, Hamilton.

The prize is a cheque for $500 AUD and mentoring support towards the peer-reviewed publication of the paper, provided by a senior member of ANZSA.

You are eligible to enter for the prize if
1. You are presenting a paper at Hamilton &

2. You are enrolled as an Honours, Masters or PhD student or its equivalent. If you have submitted your thesis but it has not been examined, you would still be eligible.

To enter for the prize you should prepare a version of the paper you are giving, suitable for delivery in 20 minutes (8-10 double spaced pages), complete with endnotes/works cited.

Submit this paper to:
David McInnis (mcinnisd_at_unimelb.edu.au) and Jennifer Clement (j.clement_at_uq.edu.au)

The deadline for electronic submission is midnight, 31 October 2016.

NB. Your name should be given only in the cover message, not on the paper.

CFP: Beyond 400 – New Shakespeares

Beyond 400: New Shakespeares
A Symposium

Download the flyer: Beyond400

After a year-long celebration of the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, it’s time to move from reflection to future directions. What will Shakespearean text and performance look like, beyond the 400 year anniversary? This symposium will draw on the expertise of its four keynote speakers to focus on questions of editing and performance.

Keynote Speakers:

“Defining Shakespeare”
Prof. John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute)

“Defining the BBC 2012 & 2016 Shakespeare Seasons in Festival Terms”
Dr Sarah Olive (York)

“Canon, Chronology and Collaboration in Shakespeare’s Early Career”
Dr Will Sharpe (Shakespeare Institute)

“Shakespeare and the Digital Sphere: Performance and the Public in the RSC/Google+’s Midsummer Night’s Dreaming”
Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute)

University of Melbourne
15 November 2016

If you would like to present a paper, proposals for short, 10 minute papers are now invited. Please send your name, a 100 word bio, and a 200 word (max) abstract to Miriam Webster (miriam.webster@unimelb.edu.au) by Monday 01 August 2016.

NB. This symposium has been scheduled such that ANZSA delegates heading to Hamilton (http://conference.anzsa.org/) can come to Melbourne first, spend the following day (16 Nov) in transit, and arrive comfortably for the start of the ANZSA conference at the University of Waikato.

There is no registration fee, and auditors are extremely welcome. Please register your intention to attend here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/k5ta

April 23ish events

A work in progress — all events are April 23 except where specified.

*Please do let us know of any others for circulation!*


Forum: “Shakespeare on Screen”. Dr. Jennifer Clement and Dr. Lisa Bode (chairs), with Professor Peter Holbrook (University of Queensland); Dr Yvonne Griggs (University of New England); Associate Professor Rob Pensalfini (University of Queensland); Associate Professor Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland); Dr Brandon Chua (University of Queensland); Dr Christian Long (University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology). 1pm, GOMA, Queensland Art Gallery.



Public talk: Prof. Ian Gadd (Bath Spa U) and Prof. Ian Donaldson (Melbourne), “Celebrating Shakespeare: In Conversation”, 2-3pm, Theatre, Lower Ground 1, National Library of Australia. $15 (includes refreshments).



Public talk: Dr Mark Houlahan (Waikato), ““You Get a Feed There” – The New Zealand Shakespeare hut and other Shakespeare tales from 1916″, Waikato Museum, 1030-1130am.



Public talk: Dr David McInnis (Melbourne), “The Lost Shakespeare Apocrypha”, Melbourne Shakespeare Society, St Francis Church (cnr Lonsdale / Elizabeth Sts), $7 donation entry. 2-3pm.


Book launch: Dr Rob Conkie (La Trobe), Writing Performative Shakespeares: New Forms for Performance Criticism (Cambridge UP). Fortyfivedownstairs, 330pm. Plus art exhibition by Bernard Caleo of drawings of the rehearsal process of The Merry Wives of Windsor (at 430pm, with exhibition talk, “Drawing and rehearsing The Merry Wives” at 530pm).


Public talk: Prof. Ian Gadd (Bath Spa), “© William Shakespeare”, Wednesday 27 April, 630-730pm, Macmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts, University of Melbourne.


Public symposium: Danijela Kambaskovic, Bríd Phillips, Susan Broomhall, R. S. White and Brett D. Hirsch, “Shakespeare — 400 — Emotions”, Tues 26 April, 6-8pm, Theatre Auditorium, The University Club of Western Australia

Conkie book launch + Merry Wives gala event

If you’re near Melbourne on the deathiversary, come along and help Rob Conkie launch his new book, Writing Performative Shakespeares: New Forms for Performance Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2016). This also happens to work in conjunction with the opening of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor which is playing at fortyfivedownstairs this April, and which Rob has directed. This production ties in with the Shakespeare400 celebrations happening world-wide.

The gala event will be taking place on April 23rd, at 3:30PM at fortyfivedownstairs with the book launch, an art exhibition by Bernard Caleo of drawings of the rehearsal process of The Merry Wives of Windsor will follow 4:30PM and an exhibition talk: ‘Drawing and rehearsing The Merry Wives’ at 5:30PM.

Tickets can be found here: http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/wp2016/event/the-merry-wives-of-windsor/2016-04-19/

Flyer: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Press release: The Merry Wives of Windsor Press Release

ANZSA 2016 conference CFP

ANZSA 2016: Shakespeare at the Edges
University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ
17-19 Nov. 2016

The Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) calls for papers for its biennial conference Shakespeare at the Edges. We meet at the edge of Shakespeare’s World―12,000 miles from Shakespeare’s Globe. The location of the conference is a chance in the quadricentennial year to think about “edges” in Shakespeare from a wide range of perspectives. Papers might consider (but not feel restricted to) the following:

• Does it mean anything to read/perform Shakespeare at the edges? Does location continue to make a difference?
• Does 2016 represent an edge in Shakespeare Studies? Where have we come to over four hundred years and where should we go to next? Are some lines of inquiry leased out? Are others opening up in, say, performance studies, digital/media approaches, new archival studies?
• How does thinking about the edges (paratexts) of the play text or the stage enrich understanding of early modern theatricality?
• What happens if we place Shakespeare at the edge and place other writers at the centre? Should we reshape our sense of the Early Modern?
• Is Shakespeare edgy? Does he explore “edges” as some have claimed? Where and how is he edgy, and where does he play it safe?

The Conference will feature plenary and panel sessions, live performance and film screenings. Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Lisa Hopkins (Shakespeare on the Edge, 2005, and Renaissance Drama on the Edge, 2014); and Margaret Jane Kidnie (Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation, 2009, and Shakespeare and Textual Studies, ed. with Sonia Massai, 2015); and a special performance for delegates of Regan Taylor’s commedia-inspired Maori adaptation: Solothello. Proposals for panels, papers, and interactive workshops are all welcome.

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to: anzsa2016@waikato.ac.nz by July 1, 2016.

Proposals of 200 words should include a 50-word bio noting institutional affiliations (if any). Research Higher Degree students will be invited to submit their paper in advance for the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize for best postgraduate paper. The best paper will receive an award and scholarly mentoring from a senior member of ANZSA. Details for the prize, and notification of a professional seminar for grad/post grad researchers on the afternoon of November 16, will be circulated later.


Travel to Hamilton (for ANZSA and BSANZ), November 2016.

The University of Waikato is on the fringes of Hamilton, New Zealand. It is about 90 minutes south of Auckland airport, and on the main state highway, called, imaginatively, State Highway 1. The main ways to get to Hamilton will be

  1. Intercity Buses runs an express service several times a day from the Auckland International and Domestic Terminal. This goes directly to central Hamilton. $20.00 NZ each way.http://www.intercity.co.nz/
  2. Several shuttles run regularly from Auckland Airport to Hamilton. At the University we often use Roadcat:http://www.roadcat.co.nz/. The shuttles regularly pick up and drop off at the University.
  3. You can hire cars from the main rental agencies and pick up from Auckland airport. This might suit a group travelling together, or those planning to do some touring. The highways are very well maintained!
  4. Hamilton does have an airport and there are connections to Auckland several times a day. Usually these are inconveniently timed and quite expensive. But it can be done. The airport is about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Hamilton.


Mark Houlahan, English Programme, University of Waikato
ANZSA President and Conference Convenor: maph@waikato.ac.nz

3 CHE events

Details below of three Centre for the History of Emotions events:

Merry Wives of Windsor

With 2016 commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this new production by Melbourne’s Nothing But Roaring of Shakespeare’s funniest play of love and lies, fidelity and forgiveness, will transform the New Fortune Theatre into a chamber of laughter. The play features the corrupt and cowardly knight, Sir John Falstaff, who accompanied Prince Hal in Henry IV. In Falstaff’s latest escapades, he attempts to woo two wealthy married women. Rather than turn down the buffooning Falstaff, the ladies conspire to have a laugh (and a little vengance) at his expense.

For advanced study of the play, a free symposium with international experts will be held at UWA on Wednesday 17 February 2016 from 10am to 4pm. This symposium runs in conjunction with the performances of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsoron the New Fortune Theatre, 16–18 February 2016. It brings together international experts on the play and on theatre history. The emphasis will be on these presentations and discussion, so other papers are not invited.

Contact: bob.white@uwa.edu.au

The Tragical History of Margaret of Anjou: A Dramatised Reading

CFP: Shakespeare and Music Studies: From theory into practice

CFP: Symposium

Shakespeare and Music Studies: From theory into practice.


Friday 4th November 2016.

Monash University, Caulfield Campus H.8.04 – 06


Hosted by

The Monash Shakespeare Company & The Melbourne Shakespeare Society


Call for papers

When the field of Shakespeare and music studies emerged in the late-nineteenth century, it mainly concerned itself with the problems reconstructing the musical materials and practices of early modern theatre cultures. Since then, the field has evolved to encompass a vast body of methodologies and contexts, incorporating discussions of literature and history, and linking them to musical and theatre practices. As the field stands today, it is characterised by its eclecticism, even as it asserts its intrinsic value to Shakespeare studies more generally.

This symposium calls upon these diverse areas of expertise that make up the modern field to assist in identifying and developing strategies for the integration of music into productions of Shakespeare. We invite submissions from theatre and music practitioners, academics in literature, theatre, history and music studies, as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students, to contribute to this conversation. We impose no particular restrictions on paper topics, provided they are generally relevant to the field of Shakespeare and music studies. However, the following questions may act as a guide to submissions:

  • Why should music be considered a priority in the production of Shakespeare?
  • How can an understanding of early-modern music practice be applied to modern theatre productions?
  • How can knowledge of modern musical practices be applied to the staging of Shakespeare?
  • What specific challenges do composers face when setting Shakespeare’s language to music?
  • What types of musical resources can small theatre companies employ when staging Shakespeare?
  • How can theatre directors employ music in audition, rehearsal and production processes?


NB – Since the symposium will be practice-focused, we are also interested in considering workshop sessions.


Please submit an abstract or proposal of approximately 200 words to christian.griffiths@monash.edu by 1st May 2016. Some travel bursaries will be available for interstate or international scholars. All submitted papers will also be considered for inclusion in an edited volume.

CFP: Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years

Elsinore Conference 2016






In 2005, the Chinese University of Hong Kong first hosted the Chinese Universities’ Shakespeare Festival.  The goal of the festival was to have Chinese speaking universities submit a 20 minute interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s plays.  The restrictions were that each submission could be no more than 20 minutes long, text from the plays only, and the casting was restricted to 3 actors.  This festival created some very interesting and intriguing presentations and interpretations.  The last festival occurred in 2014.

For this conference, the seminar will have a two-pronged approach.  Papers on adaptations of Shakespeare, in any format, are welcome as are 20 minute Shakespeare presentations, using the remit of the CUSF as the format of the presentation.  It is our hope that there will be a number of presentations that will include students and faculty as well as scholars and researchers.  The boundaries of this seminar are quite fluid except for the CUSF format.

Please submit proposals/abstracts of approximately 150-200 words by Monday, 15 December 2015 to imaclennan@laurentian.ca

For further information, please contact Dr. Ian Maclennan at imaclennan@laurentian.ca

Sprott Fellowship extended deadline

The S. Ernest Sprott fellowship is to be awarded annually to an Australian citizen who is an outstanding scholar less than 45 years of age at the time of the award. It is a fellowship for scholarly study outside of Australia which is intended to lead to a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.

Closing Date:

Extended to Tuesday 7 July 2015

Approximate value: $40,000

Further Information:
Flyer 2015 Sprott fellowship Extended closing date

John Bell, Shakespeare and the Quest for a New Australian Theatre

ANZSA members may be interested to know that Adrian Kiernander’s new book, John Bell, Shakespeare and the Quest for a New Australian Theatre has just been published by Brill:


This book about the work of actor director John Bell is essential reading for anyone interested in Australian theatre and in Shakespearean performance. Adrian Kiernander makes use of the Stage on Screen archive of Australian theatre with extensive video excerpts of performances, and lucidly explains how, for over five decades, Bell has revived and reinvented theatre in Australia with his interpretations of radical new drama and particularly his innovative approach to staging Shakespeare’s plays. This scholarly book reveals why Bell deserves the reputation as a ‘national living treasure’ and a giant of the Australian theatre. It presents a perspective on recent history and national identity through the achievements of theatre and its evolution over time. From carnivalesque to circus, tragedy to farce, Bell has created theatre that is dynamic, vibrant and politically aware and that continues to challenge and excite audiences.

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