Renaissance Academic Drama and the Popular Stage

A three-day interdisciplinary conference in St Andrews, 11th – 13th June 2020


Keynote speakers:

Professor Laurie Maguire (Oxford)

Professor Sarah Knight (Leicester)

With a performance directed by

Professor Elisabeth Dutton (Fribourg)

Scholarship on early modern drama often keeps the research areas of academic and popular drama separate from one another, when in fact focusing on the relationship between them would greatly improve our understanding of the subject. The conference will therefore aim to provide the opportunity for scholars to consider further the convergence of these traditions by hosting academic work relevant to either, or with a particular focus on their interaction. The conference is interdisciplinary, being organised by the School of English in collaboration with the School of Classics. This association is particularly relevant to the topic of the conference, and mirrors the significant connections between ancient and early modern drama that developed through translation, adaptation, and imitation. Therefore, papers on the English Renaissance reception of ancient literature and Renaissance neo-Latin drama are also encouraged.

The conference will be open to both postgraduate students and to academic staff, and will take place on 11th-13th June 2020 in St Andrews. A number of bursaries for postgraduate students will be available.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted to acadramaconf@st-andrews.ac.uk in the form of 200-word abstracts and a short bio.

Deadline: 1st December 2019

Registration will open in early 2020.


With grateful thanks to:

Society for Renaissance Studies

The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama, St Andrews

The Medieval and Renaissance Research Group, St Andrews School of English

GRADskills/CAPOD, St Andrews


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