Archive for May, 2013


Conference Schedule Now Online!

May 31, 2013

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for: a final conference schedule is now on the blog for all of you lovely people to peruse! If you want to see when your panel takes place, and/or to formulate a game plan for the weekend [we know how hard it is to choose which panels to attend], click here to have a look. We hope this whets your appetite for next week – we’re so excited to see you all!

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Enhancements to Special Collections and Archives, Summer 2013

May 30, 2013

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

To continue to accommodate and preserve our growing research collections, a programme of refurbishment work is planned to take place during the summer.

The work involves the installation of new compact mobile shelving in the main research area, located on the lower ground floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library. The new shelving will increase capacity significantly, creating more space for further historical and rare materials.

The work is planned to start from Monday 10th June and will continue until late September.

To make our collections as accessible as possible during this time, the History Research Collection will be moved to the top floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library for open access consultation.

Other works, including the 19th Century Periodicals and Salisbury Library Collection, will be accessible by Special Collections and Archives staff only. By prior appointment, staff will be able to retrieve items from these collections…

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“New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity” Conference Next Month

May 21, 2013

13-15 June 2013

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Conference organiser: Dr Irene Morra (Cardiff University)

Coinciding with the 60-year anniversary of the Coronation, this conference will explore the ways in which the ideal of a new (or second) Elizabethan age has been variously defined, promoted, and challenged in Britain and the Commonwealth. Following closely after the London Olympics and Jubilee celebrations, it will also offer a fitting opportunity to explore the ways in which these values continue to present themselves in contemporary definitions of national identity, culture, and character.

In the years surrounding the Coronation of Elizabeth II, British political and cultural life was suffused with a language that both prophesized and idealized the potential for a new Elizabethan era. The self-styled new Elizabethans identified an innate national character in the accomplishments of a vanished age. This age was apparently manifest in ‘Shakespearean’ music, theatre, and poetry — and characterized by imperial expansion and exploration, a clear sense of social hierarchy, a fierce and heroic spirit of patriotic individualism, and the brave resistance of a mighty little people to larger invading forces.

Such constructions inevitably responded to the anxieties and aspirations of a post-war, post-imperial Britain. The new Elizabethans characteristically asserted the latent, continuous presence of the essential spirit of an earlier era, invoking its legacy for the forging of a new, contemporary nation. It is the aim of this conference to explore the informing values and assumptions behind such constructions, to investigate their manifestation in various contexts and forms, and to expose the ways in which they continue to be promoted in contemporary social, cultural, and political definitions of modern identity in relation to Britain and the Commonwealth. To that end, the event will be organized around two complementary themes: ‘Origins and the New Elizabethan Moment’ and ‘Cultural and Social Legacies: Staging a New Elizabethan Era.’


Full Conference: Standard £70
Full Conference: Speakers/Students/Concessions £50
One-day rate: Standard £35
One-day rate: Speakers/Students/Concessions £25


Download the poster in pdf: NewElizabethansPoster


Shakespeare and Theory: Special Issue I (Published in English Studies)

May 15, 2013

Shakespeare and Theory: Special Issue I

Guest Editors: François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory

The latest issue of English Studies (a Taylor and Francis  journal) is a special issue on Shakespeare and Theory.


(Vol. 94.3)

Thinking through Shakespeare: An Introduction to Shakespeare and Theory (Open Access)

Johann Gregory and François-Xavier Gleyzon

Shakespeare by Design: A Flight of Concepts

Julia Reinhard Lupton and C.J. Gordon (University of California)

Of Cause

Madhavi Menon (American University)

“After the Takeover”: Shakespeare, Lacan, Žižek and the Interpassive Subject

Étienne Poulard (Cardiff University)

Wordplay in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Accusation of Derrida’s “Logical Phallusies”

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University)

Storm at Sea: The Tempest, Cultural Materialism and the Early Modern Political Aesthetic

Christopher Pye (Williams College)

A second issue on Shakespeare and Theory, also guest edited by François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory, will be published in the November issue of the same journal volume. This issue will include contributions from Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University), Drew Daniel (Johns Hopkins University), François-Xavier Gleyzon (University of Central Florida), Katherine Schaap Williams (Rutgers University) and Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

Visit the journal website here.


CFP (Journal): Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion Personification

May 13, 2013

Early English Drama & Performance

“Intersections is a peer-reviewed series on interdisciplinary topics in early modern studies. Each volume focuses on a single theme and consists of essays that explore new perspectives on the subject of study. The series aims to open up new areas of research on early modern culture and to address issues of interest to a wide range of disciplines. More information on Intersections:

We are now soliciting manuscripts for a special volume in the series on ‘Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion Personification’, or prosopopeia, the rhetorical figure by which something not human is given a human identity or ‘face’, is readily spotted, but the figure’s cognitive form and function, its rhetorical and pictorial effects, have rarely elicited scholarly attention. As a communicative device it is either taken for granted or dismissed as mere convention. The aim of the proposed volume is to formulate an alternative account of personification, to demonstrate…

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Postgraduate research studentship in Early Modern literature and culture

May 9, 2013

Following the success of the AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award collaboration with the National Maritime Museum (Royal Museums Greenwich), the University of Roehampton is pleased to announce a fully-funded 3-year postgraduate research studentship to start on 1 October 2013. The studentship will be a full bursary including Home/EU fees plus a Research Council level stipend for three years’ full-time doctoral study. The bursaries will be subject to annual review of student progress. The bursary rate for 2012-13 is currently £15,590. In addition a contribution towards project costs will be made available, with a minimum of £300 allocated.


The Department is looking for a candidate of the highest quality, capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have completed an MA degree in a relevant subject prior to the start of the studentship and may be required to complete additional research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and fluency in spoken and written English.

Find out more here.


Lecturer in Drama – Teaching and Scholarship

May 1, 2013

Cardiff Metropolitan University -Cardiff School of Education

(0.6 FTE)

Post No: HR1705

Salary: £36,298 – £40,834 pa pro rata

Hours: 22.2 hours per week

Tenure: Permanent

Location: Cyncoed

The Department of Humanities in the Cardiff School of Education is a vibrant and growing part of the provision at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It seeks to maintain excellent levels of student satisfaction through an approach that combines a warm, pastoral care with research-informed teaching. Graduates are ‘work’ ready through our emphasis on employability skills and Graduate Attributes that develop through a contemporary and stimulating curriculum that blends theory and practice. This appointment builds on the School’s rich tradition of Drama and Education.

The successful post-holder will be responsible for teaching and assessing undergraduate students on the Educational Studies and Drama, and English and Drama degrees. The post-holder will be responsible for delivery of practical and theoretical modules, including Theatre Practitioners, Other Theatres, Educational Observation Placement and undergraduate dissertation supervision.

It is essential that the post-holder contributes to the rich extra and co-curricular experience of students. In the field of Drama this will be achieved through a series of productions and performances to augment academic provision.

Closing Date: 9th May 2013

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