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)

And a screening of performances by Edward’s Boys

With an accompanying talk by director Perry Mills

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.

Deadline for proposals has now passed. Registration will be opening soon.

For enquiries, please email

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

Organisers: Elena Spinelli (University of St Andrews) and Jonathan Gardner (University of St Andrews)

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