Conferences and Events

Spenser at Shakespeare's Globe

12th-13th June 2017

'Spenser, Poetry and Performance', a once-off collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe, London, on 12th and 13th June 2017, brings together theatre-practitioners and scholars to test and explore the continuities and connections between early modern poetic and dramatic writing. By focussing on Spenser and Shakespeare and by examining the performance values of Spenser's poetry in particular, we hope to re-evaluate current notions of influence, intertextuality and genre, and to challenge scholars to revisit the implicit divide between early modern poetry and drama.

On Monday 12th June we will begin with a tour of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, before embarking on a series of expert panel discussions and short performances. The day concludes with an evening Research in Action workshop on 'Performing Elizabethan Poetry: Spenser and Shakespeare'. The programme for Tuesday 13th June involves a series of short papers and roundtable reflection panels, followed by a conference reception sponsored by University College Dublin. We will be recording and making available selected podcasts from the event.

The final programme is now available. There is no registration fee for this event, thanks to ISS sponsorship, but if you would like to attend, please register your interest with Stephanie Elsky ( as soon as possible, as places are limited.


Spenser at MLA

The International Spenser Society annually sponsors a session at the Modern Language Association meeting, and annually applies to co-sponsor a session with another MLA allied organization. Further information may be found at the MLA website,

Hugh Maclean Memorial Lecture

The Society also holds an annual luncheon at MLA at which officers are elected, prizes are awarded, and other business is conducted. The principal event of the luncheon is the Hugh Maclean Memorial Lecture, an informal talk by a major scholar of early modern literature.

Spenser at RSA

The International Spenser Society annually sponsors a session at the Renaissance Society of America meeting. Further information may be found at the RSA website,

Spenser at SCSC

The International Spenser Society sponsors a session and supports the Sidney-Spenser roundtable, now a plenary event, at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. Further information may be found at the SCSC website,

Spenser at Kalamazoo

The International Spenser Society maintains friendly relations with several annual sessions at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Further information may be found at the Congress website,

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