British Institute Florence: Shakespeare Conference, CFP

October 7, 2011

Thursday 26 April 2012

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2012: Call for Papers

Conference for PhD and recent PhD researchers from Italian Universities. 

This is an interdisciplinary conference and the 2012 edition concentrates on the theme Shakespeare, His Contemporaries and the Notion of Conflict. Contributions are welcomed on the idea of conflict in relation to the literary production and life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and his contemporaries (playwrights, poets and others). Also welcomed are contributions on the idea of conflict in the historical, political and social context of the times, as long as these are directly related to Shakespeare or a writer contemporary to him. Studies from the perspective of literature, comparative studies, history, art history and theatre history are all welcome.

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:

  • the candidate must send the title and an abstract of the proposed contribution (c. 1,500 words), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper. A bibliography should be attached.
  • abstracts should be presented by, and no later than, Friday 9 December 2011
  • a commission will select ten from among the texts presented; the list of selected candidates will be published by 30 January 2012
  • each finished contribution should last no longer than 20 minutes and should be presented in English (an exception will be made for candidates in departments other than English Literature, who can present papers in Italian)
  • a definitive copy of the text must be presented a week before the conference

Candidates should send their abstracts by email to snovello@britishinstitute.it, or by post to The British Institute of Florence, The Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9 50125 Firenze, no later than 9 December 2011 (post office stamp accepted as confirming the date).

Find out more here.


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