Monthly Archives: May 2014

Garrick and Shakespeare conference

Garrick and Shakespeare
25-27 June, 2014
Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Booking is now open for attendance at the Garrick and Shakespeare conference.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his generation. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were not sparing in their attacks. “Garrick and Shakespeare” seeks therefore to focus on his achievements as a Shakespearean interpreter and impresario, and to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

The conference will include a lecture by Simon Callow CBE, a trip to Garrick’s Temple in Hampton, a performance by the Hampton Players of ‘The Celebrated Mr Garrick’ and the British premier screening of Simon Callow’s new film Miss in her Teens, based on David Garrick’s 1747 play of the same name.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute)
  • Prof Norma Clarke (Kingston University)
  • Prof Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

For more information, to view the full programme, and to register attendance, visit the conference website.

Call for Papers: Coleridge and Contemplation

Coleridge and Contemplation
27-29 March, 2015
Kyoto Notre Dame University

This conference aims to recover a contemplative direction in Philosophy and in Literary Studies and returns to the literary and philosophical writings of S. T. Coleridge in the service of reflections on contemplation.

The organisers invite proposals for papers on Coleridge and meditation/contemplation/poetic thinking.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20th October 2014.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Centre for John Clare Studies

A new Centre for John Clare Studies has been established in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

Drawing on the participation and expertise of the international scholarly community, the Centre will provide a forum for scholarly activity focused on John Clare and related literary, historical, ecological and political subjects.

The Centre’s initial projects include a collaboration with Peterborough Archives and Vivacity to curate a major exhibition based on Clare’s manuscripts, to be held in Peterborough Museum from 10 May to 22 June, and a collaboration with five exciting artists in UnEarthed: John Clare, to be exhibited at Clare Cottage as well as Northampton and Peterborough Museums.

The Centre’s activities in Cambridge will include a monthly discussion group and
biannual symposia (the first of these, on Clare and early nineteenth-century botany, will take place on 23 September 2014 in the Cambridge Botanic Garden).

For more information, visit the Centre’s website.