The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0084  Friday, 26 February 2010


From:         John Drakakis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 26, 2010 6:12:30 AM EST






Saturday, 22 May 2010. 







<B>And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught</B>

   As my great power may give thee sense,

   Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red

   After the Danish sword, and thy free awe

   Pays homage to US <B>thou mayst not coldly set</B>

   Our sovereign process, which imports at full,

   By letters conjuring to that effect,

   The present death of Hamlet. 

    (Hamlet, 4.3.59-66)


Sovereignty was a hotly debated topic in Renaissance England, in Scotland and on the continent of Europe during the 16 and 17th centuries. The issue has resurfaced in the renewed attention given to the writings of Carl Schmidt, and in the work of Giorgio Agamben, as well as in the work of scholars who have sought to augment and/or revise the writing of Ernst Kantorowicz. Renaissance contemporaries from Bishop John Ponet, through Sir Thomas Smith, John Knox, George Buchanan, Fulke Greville, Jean Bodin, and others, all debated the issues of 'sovereignty,' sovereign 'power' and responsibility, comparing and contrasting its procedures of governance with other forms of social and political organisation. Moreover, many of these issues were dramatised in the public and private theatres of the period.


Papers are invited for a one-day symposium on 'Renaissance Sovereignty' and Proposals should be submitted to the following address by Monday 29 March, 2010, and papers should be no longer than 15 mins. (10pp. double-spaced typed A4):


Professor J. Drakakis 

Department of English Studies 

University of Stirling 

Stirling FK94LA


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There will a fee of ?35 for the day, which will cover coffee, tea, and a buffet lunch. EMSIS (Early Modern Studies in Scotland) have indicated that it may be possible to offer a degree of subvention of the fee for postgraduates who wish to register. More information on subvention will be available in due course.


Cheques to be made payable to Department of English Studies, University of Stirling. A registration form is attached. Delegates who wish to pay on the day can do so, but please send in your registration form well beforehand so that we can plan for meals.


The registration list will close when the number has reached 35 participants, and registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Please complete the following slip and return it by Monday 12 April to:


SINRS Symposium 

Department of English Studies, 

University of Stirling, 

Stirling FK94 LA, 









I enclose a cheque for


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