British Shakespeare Association
10th Anniversary Conference
Shakespeare Inside-out: Depth / Surface / Meaning
Shakespeare’s texts produce meaning by turning insides out. We are drawn into the plays and poems from the outside through surfaces: books, screens, words, objects, costumes, the surfaces of actors' faces and bodies, retellings or adaptations, teaching spaces and theatres, and via our experiences of immediate effects like music, laughter, tears, movement. The texts, meanwhile, turn deep human questions, emotions, subjectivities outwards by projecting them as words and performance. This conference will ask how the relationship between surface and depth operates in Shakespeare's work. How does it function in different types of performance practice from live theatre to film? In the traces of the past that have come down to us? And in our practices as teachers and critics? The conference will explore 'the deep value of surfaces’ (Shusterman), the dynamic relationship between surface and depth across a range of practices: reading, watching, editing, teaching, performing.
The conference programme includes lectures, workshops, seminars and performances of Much Ado About Nothing at Lancaster Castle (and Love's Labours' Lost by Northern Broadsides). Speakers include Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides), Professor Jean E. Howard (Columbia University); Professor R. S. White (Centre for Excellence for the Study of History of the Emotions, University of Western Australia), Professor Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen); Professor Andrew Gurr (University of Reading). Proposals for panels, papers, workshops or presentations on any aspect of the topic are welcomed from across the membership of the BSA by 1 October 2011 (firstname.lastname@example.org)