Posts Tagged ‘Symposium’


Shakespeare and Victorian Visual Technologies

September 13, 2012

Michael Goodman (Cardiff University) will be speaking at a symposium at the University of Durham tomorrow. Forms of Innovation: Literature and Technology is a one-day symposium on the interrelation of literary forms and technologies.


Michael Goodman – Things to Make and Do: Victorian Wood Engraving and the Digital Archive

In the mid-nineteenth century the technological development of wood engraving had an enormous influence on the publication of illustrated books. Not only could artists create much more finely detailed images but, because wood-engraved illustrations could be mass-produced, the price of illustrated books decreased dramatically thus allowing them to be enjoyed by all classes of Victorian society. My current research involves the creation of an open-access digital archive of wood- engraved Shakespeare illustrations that appeared in Victorian editions of the works of William Shakespeare. This paper will offer an exploration of the cultural effects that wood engraving had upon Victorian society. I will argue that digitisation allows the public today to interact dynamically with historical texts and images in a similar way to how the Victorians engaged with the illustrated book. I will analyse the issues surrounding my work, for example, the complex relationship between text and image in illustrated editions, Victorian notions of Shakespeare and the ways that this innovative digital archive enables new questions to be asked of the material. Yet these new questions come at a high cost: the loss of the physical illustration itself. By remediating an illustration from page to screen the meanings generated by the physical text are changed dramatically. Ultimately, I will suggest that, as literary researchers, the internet enables us to be creative, playful and imaginative in our research and in our academic endeavours we should ask not what the internet can do for us but what we can do for the internet.

Find out more here.


Shakespeare’s Globe: Gesture Lab, Nov 5-7

October 27, 2010

Advising artists about imitation, Leonardo da Vinci suggested they “take pleasure in carefully watching those who talk together with gesticulating hands, and get near to listen to what makes them make that particular gesture”. The Shakespeare’s Globe Gesture Lab will conduct a similar experiment by bringing together theatre practitioners, drama scholars, cognitive theorists and psychologists to investigate the relationship gesture and thought have to performance.

What is the relationship between gesture and thought? How do actors incorporate gesture into their performances? How conscious is the actor’s hand? Can we develop a theory of acting or a method of actor training by studying historical gestures? Over the three days, theatre practitioners will conduct experiments on the Globe stage and academics will give papers on a variety of topics related to these questions and together discuss the dynamic relationship between the hand and mind in performance.

Experiments include:

Ben Naylor and Anna Morrissey (The Central School of Speech and Drama) ‘The Bulwer Project’ ;
Tom Cornford (University of Warwick) ‘Thinking with Your Hands: Michael Chekhov’s “Language of Gestures”’;
Stephen Purcell (Southampton Solent University) and Andy Kesson (University of Kent) ‘“Here, where you are”: Investigating Dramatic and Theatrical Space’

Speakers include:

Professor John Astington (University of Tornoto)
Professor Geoff Beattie (Manchester University)
Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Professor David McNeil (University of Chicago)
Dr Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College, Virginia)
Professor Evelyn Tribble (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Date and Time

Friday 5th November, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 6th November, 10:30am – 5:45pm
Sunday 7th November, 10:15am – 3:00pm

Times may change as the schedule develops.


Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

For ticket information visit the Globe website here.


Shakespeare and Wales in the media

April 24, 2010

Despite the volcano, the Shakespeare and Wales symposium at Cardiff University went ahead as planned bringing together scholars from different parts of Wales, as well as much further afield. The event was well attended, with knowledgable participation and thought provoking speakers. […to be continued]

Professor Richard Wilson was interviewed about Shakespeare and Wales on BBC RADIO WALES just before the symposium. The interview can be accessed for a while here. Go to 2hr.24mins into the programme.

The Shakespeare and Wales symposium was also covered here:

Cardiff University Press Release

BBC WALES NEWS on Shakespeare and Wales containing an interview with Michael Bogdanov

Welsh Icons

World News

The Guardian: Cardiff

The Western Mail – Wales Online


Shakespeare and Wales Symposium

April 20, 2010

Shakespeare and Wales

Friday April 23rd, 2010

Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Click here for the latest on the event.

A detailed programme in pdf format is now available here.

Skeleton programme:

12.00 Michael Bogdanov Lecture

1.00 Lunch Break

2.30 Panel session: New work on Shakespeare and Wales

4.30 Tea served

4.45 Round Table Discussion

6.00 Wine Reception and Book Launch for Shakespeare and Wales (Ashgate)

The panel session includes these short papers:

John Idris Jones: “Shakespeare’s ‘friend’ John Salusbury of Denbigh”

Philip Schwyzer: “‘A Scum of Britons’? Richard III and the Welsh Reconquest”

Margaret Jones-Davies: “Wales in Cymbeline: ‘the other place'”

Stewart Mottram: “Cymbeline, Wales, and the Language of Ruin”


Shakespeare and Wales book

April 18, 2010

To find out more about the Shakespeare and Wales book (eds. Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer), and thoughts about the topic from the independent scholar, John Idris Jones, click on the icon here.             ————->

Besides essays from a dazzling array of scholars, the book includes an Afterword by Dr. Katie Gramich (Cardiff University) and an essay on ‘Shakespeare’s Welsh Roots’ by Prof. Richard Wilson (Cardiff University).

To find out about the Shakespeare and Wales Symposium at Cardiff University on April 23rd click here.


Shakespeare and Wales

March 29, 2010

Shakespeare and Wales

Public Lecture and Symposium

Friday April 23rd, 2010

The afternoon will include a lecture by the award winning theatre director, Michael Bogdanov, and a symposium led by scholars from around the world.

Bydd gweithgareddau’r prynhawn yn cynnwys darlith gan y cyfarwyddwr theatr enwog, Michael Bogdanov, ynghyd â symposiwm a arweinir gan ysgolheigion o bedwar ban y byd.

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University

12pm  Public Lecture:

Michael Bogdanov, “The Welsh in Shakespeare”

2.30-6pm Symposium: “Shakespeare and Wales”

Participants include:

David J. Baker (North Carolina)
Michael Bogdanov (Theatre/Film Director)
Martin Coyle (Cardiff)
Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Picardie)
Katie Gramich (Cardiff)
Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam)
Chris Ivic (Bath Spa)
Margaret Jones-Davies (Sorbonne)
Willy Maley (Glasgow)
Stewart Mottram (Aberystwyth)
Philip Schwyzer (Exeter)
Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (Neuchâtel)
Richard Wilson (Cardiff)

Generously supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Admission is free, but please register your interest in attending by sending an email to or by telephone on 029 2087 6049. The event will take place in Cardiff University’s Main Building, opposite the Students’ Union on Park Place, CF10 3AT.

View symposium poster here and the university’s symposium website here.

Learn more about the portrait of Philip Proger here.

The Main Building is no. 39 on the map here.

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