Archive for June, 2013


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen (Lecturer and Researcher) in British Literature and Culture

June 28, 2013

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Responsibilities: Teaching courses on British literature and culture (in English language); research on British literature and culture, preferably in interdisciplinary context; collaboration in the organisation of the postgraduate “Master in British Studies” course; organisation of events and conferences; preparing a PhD on a historical/cultural-studies subject.

Requirements: A very good university degree in English with a focus on literary and cultural studies; excellent knowledge of English; a good active knowledge of German. Interest in higher education didactics; experience in editing; one or more of the following areas are desirable: cultural history, cultural exchange studies, interdisciplinarity, good IT skills. Additionally, studies in history, art history, political science, German studies, sociology, economics or ethnology would be an advantage.

Salary: Governed by the standard public sector salary scheme for graduates as applicable to the Humboldt-Universität, TV-L HU E 13 pro rata (50%).

Closing date: Applications are to be received by 11 July 2013.

Reference no: AN/083/13

The Humboldt-Universität is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send your application with a C.V. and copies of degree certificates to Prof. Dr. Gesa Stedman, Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

To apply by email, see here.


Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

June 26, 2013

Panel 3a: Literature in Translation, Translation in Literature

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be speaking this Friday on

“Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1597)”

Her paper is part of the conference Translations: Exchange of Ideas – 2013.

Find out  more here.


Happy Midsummer’s Day from Cardiff Shakespeare!

June 21, 2013

Some Cardiff Shakespeare Dates for the Summer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 25 – 31 July (0844 8700 887).

As You Like It

Illyria. Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Cardiff, 2 August (0844 249 1895)

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company. St Donats Arts Centre, Cardiff, 26 August (01446 799099)

See Shakespeare theatre in Cardiff at the Cinema too

For example, watch Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night:

Taking Flight Theatre Company are also touring A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wales.

Find out more about Shakespeare productions in the UK here.


Call for Papers: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014

June 15, 2013

BI Florence

The British Institute of Florence’s annual Shakespeare Graduate Conference is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference theme is Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Forms of Nationhood. Contributions are welcomed on the topic of national identity and representations of Elizabethan England in the literary production of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries (playwrights, poets and others) across different disciplines (not limited to): literature, comparative studies, history, art history, cinema and theatre history.

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

  •  the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (200-300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography.
  • abstracts are to be submitted by Wednesday 30 October 2013 by email to
    all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2013.
  • each finished contribution is to last no longer than 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can present papers in Italian).
  • Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker.
  • participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper a week before the Conference.
    participants must be members of the Harold Acton Library, choosing between a 3, 6 or 12 month membership. Memberships can be paid for on the day of conference. For details on Library Membership rates and benefits please visit the website
  • The British Institute cannot reimburse any travel or accommodation expenses.
  • papers submitted will be considered for publication in the online proceedings edition of the ‘Shakespeare and His Contemporaries’ Graduate Conference (see the website for previous volumes of the proceedings).

Deadline for abstracts Wednesday 30 October 2013.

Find out more here:

Download the pdf here:

The British Institute of Florence-Call for Papers 2014 English


Cardiff Shakespeare: Cardiff University Shakespeare News

June 10, 2013

Cardiff Shakespeare

Cardiff Shakespeare now has over 600 followers, including those of the blog and the twitter account @CardiffShakes.

Here is a Cardiff Shakespeare update to mark the occasion:

This spring, Alun Thomas successfully defended his PhD thesis on The making and remaking of history in Shakespeare’s History Plays, while Elizabeth Ford recently defended her PhD thesis entitled: ‘Enter Will Kemp’: the role of the stage clown in the composition and revision of Shakespeare’s plays, 1592-99. Both projects were supervised by Martin Coyle.

Cardiff University’s drama society Act One produced Shakespeare’s Macbeth in April. The script was cut so that the performance lasted just over an hour. The production was rehearsed in just a week and props were limited to a few blocks of wood, two chisels and a bucket of blood.

Johann Gregory guest edited a journal special issues on “Shakespeare and Theory” with François-Xavier Gleyzon  for English Studies. This issue included an article by Étienne Poulard on “‘After the Takeover’: Shakespeare, Lacan, Žižek and the Interpassive Subject” and one by Johann Gregory on “Wordplay in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Accusation of Derrida’s ‘Logical Phallusies'”. A second special issue on “Shakespeare and Theory” will be published in November.

Irene Morra has organised a major international conference for this weekend at the Institute of English Studies entitled: “New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity”. 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.  Lewis Beer will present a paper there on “‘She Shall Be’: Clunky Prophecies in Henry VIII and Anne of the Thousand Days“, while Michael Goodman will present a paper entitled:  “Experts Textperts: ‘I am the Walrus’ and Literary Nostalgia”. Zeynep Bilge (who has been researching Shakespearean librettos in contemporary English opera at Cardiff University) will give a paper on “New Elizabethan Opera: Rewriting the Text and the Genre”. Rob Gossedge and Helen Phillips will also be presenting papers at the conference (see programme).

At the end of the month at Cardiff University’s Translations: Exchange of Ideas conference, Sophie Battell will be presenting a paper entitled:  “Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1597)”.

Please do get in touch with me if you have any news for Cardiff Shakespeare!

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