The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.332 Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Date: October 4, 2016 at 7:05:24 AM EDT
Subject: BSA Bulletin - October 2016
THE BSA BULLETIN – OCTOBER 2016
BSA conference 2016 in Hull: ‘Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives’
The BSA conference was an enormous success, and the organising committee were heartily congratulated by the Board of Trustees and the delegates who came from all over the world to memorialise Shakespeare’s legacy in the 400th anniversary of his death. Delegates had the opportunity to enjoy plenaries from Susan Basnett, Andrew Hadfield, Michael Neill, Claudia Olk, Barrie Rutter, Stuart Sillars, Tiffany Stern, and Richard Wilson. The conference dinner at the Hull aquarium, The Deep, was also a memorable event. During the course of the evening, Professor Ann Thompson accepted her Honorary Fellowship of the BSA, while Professor Richard Wilson accepted the other Honorary Fellowship on behalf of John Barton.
The programme and a report of the occasion, as well as a range of testimonials from our bursary recipients, are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/reports-from-the-hull-bsa-conference/
New members of the Board of Trustees
At the BSA’s Annual General Meeting in Hull, the membership ratified the appointment of Professor Alison Findlay as the new Chair of the Association, replacing Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, who stepped down after many years of service. Two other appointments were ratified: Professor Marion Wynne-Davies is our new Treasurer, replacing Dr Peter J. Smith, and Dr José A. Pérez Díez has taken over from Dr Peter Kirwan as Membership Officer. The Board warmly thanked the commitment and hard work of the outgoing team.
Applications open to host the BSA conference in 2018, 2019, and 2020
The Board of Trustees have now approved the motion to hold our international conference annually from 2018, instead of biennially. The British Shakespeare Association therefore welcomes applications from institutions (not restricted to higher education) to host the BSA conference in 2018, 2019, or 2020. This is the largest regular Shakespeare conference in the United Kingdom, bringing together researchers, teachers and theatre practitioners to share the latest work on Shakespeare and other authors of the English Renaissance. The conference is the highest profile activity organised by the BSA, and draws delegates from around the world. The local organising team is a vital part of the BSA’s mission, and will benefit from the infrastructural support of the BSA, including its mailing lists, professional contacts and organisational advice. Full details on how to apply are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/applications-to-host-our-2018-conference/
The deadline to submit applications is 31st October 2016.
Nominations open for our Honorary Fellowships 2017
The British Shakespeare Association endows two Honorary Fellowships each year. This year, 2016, the Fellowships were given to Emeritus Professor Ann Thompson and to Emeritus Director of the RSC John Barton – at a special Fellowship Event during our Conference at the University of Hull. The BSA now needs to be thinking about who the recipients will be for 2017. The Chair of our Fellowship Committee, Andrew Jarvis, would like to invite all current Members of the BSA to offer nominations for next year’s award.
Please find full details here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/honorary-fellowship-nominations-2017/
Teaching Shakespeare 10
The new issue of our education magazine is now out! It includes articles from Christie Desmet on teaching Shakespeare in Korea and Reto Winckler on playing Shakespeare with students in China, as well as Up the Road writing on their Bardolph’s Box tour.
The King’s Troupe at the Dell
With the support of the BSA, the King’s Troupe contributed to the RSC’s summer outdoor programme at the Dell, in Stratford-upon-Avon, on 7th August 2016 with an internationally flavoured performance of As You Like It in Farsi, Romanian, and English on the 2016 International Day of Friendship.
Full details on: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/the-kings-troupe-at-the-dell/
Think Like Shakespeare
As many of us are getting to know new classes of students in the 2016-17 academic year, and many of them are preoccupied by the pressure of grades and results, the following post from Scott Newstok (Rhodes College) is a refreshing read. http ://www . chronicle . com/article/How-to-Think-Like-Shakespeare/237593
While it’s addressed to the American class of 2020, it aims to speak more broadly to educators and students.
THE BSA MEMBERS’ BULLETIN
Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir (2017): Shakespeare and Africa, CFP
This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors. Full details and guidelines are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/shakespeare-in-africa/
'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber’, St. Pancras Old Church, London, Friday 7 October at 7 p.m.
This staged performance in period costume will be introduced by Lucie Skeaping (presenter BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, co-author of Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs) and Tamsin Lewis (director of Passamezzo) and the performance will be preceded by an illustrated talk. 'Singing Simpkin' is first recorded in 1595 and may be the work of the clown-comedian Will Kemp, one of the founders and star performer of Shakespeare's company, the Chamberlain's Men. It was probably given in the theatre as an entertaining afterpiece, following one of the great dramatic tragedies of the day. 'Swabber' (partly read) was performed by Robert Cox and his company at London’s Red Bull theatre in June 1653 when most of the playhouses were closed by order of Parliament. Both appear in Cox's collection of farces, jigs and drolls Actaeon and Diana 1655/6. The Church and bar will open from 6:30 so do come early for an autumnal glass of wine. You can book tickets online here: A limited number will be available on the door.
Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby & the North West, 19 October 2016.
The Northern Shakespeare Project, which is aiming to restore the early modern theatre at Prescot, is holding a day-long conference on Wednesday October 19th at Knowsley.
Please see details and how to register here:
http ://www . knowsleyhallvenue . co . uk/shakespeare_symposium . php
Interpreting Shakespeare! Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, 21-25 November 2016
A week-long residential course in Shakespeare interpretation for the adult reader on King Lear. 21st - 25th November 2016, Mousehole, Cornwall Together with an actor from the company, stf’s Artistic Director, Andrew Hilton, will guide you through this great text, employing theatrical perspectives to aid your understanding of Shakespeare’s language, techniques and preoccupations. This is not an actors’ workshop, but is devised specifically for Shakespeare’s audience. The sessions will be held in the newly opened Solomon Browne Memorial Hall in the pretty village of Mousehole, just west of Penzance and easily accessible by public transport. Maximum 14 participants. Cost: £250 per person (includes lunch on 4 days). Accommodation is not included but there will be an abundance of local holiday cottages and b&bs available at low season prices. For full details of how to book see the stf website: www . stf-theatre . org . uk