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Programme of the 2020 Conference of the French Shakespeare Society

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Thursday 9 January 2020

Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

13h30 Doors open

13h45 Opening remarks

Actors embodied

Chair: Yan Brailowsky (Université Paris Nanterre)

14h00 What is a Shakespearean Actor?
Lois Potter, University of Delaware

14h45 Memes, Screens and Broadway Scenes: Popular Culture Representations of Shakespeare’s Actors in the Age of Participatory Media
Melissa M. Merchant, Murdoch University

15h30 Pause

Chair: Nathalie Rivère de Carles (Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès)

16h00 ‘My Flesh Be Hacked’: Corporeal Conflation in Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth
Ilana Gilovich, Columbia University

Chair: Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Université de Picardie)

16h45 Thérèse De Paulis : Shakespeare, le son, le sens, ou l’image? Des lycéens à la recherche de Macbeth

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17h45 End of the day’s proceedings

Friday 10 January 2020

Actors and the playtext

Chair: Pascale Drouet (Université de Poitiers)

9h30 Editing for Actors
Michael Dobson and Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Shakespeare Institute / University of Birmingham
with Sir Simon Russell Beale

10h15 Playing at the Margins: Actors’ Annotations and Paradoxical Editions of Shakespeare Texts
Arlynda Boyer, University of Toronto

11h Pause

Chair: Charlotte Coffin (Université Paris-Est Créteil)

11h15 Cueing Kemp up for Falstaff
Stephen Longstaffe, University of Nottingham

12h00 Lunch

Acting methods 1

Chair: Chantal Schütz (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle / École Polytechnique)

14h00 Acting methods of the early modern period
Tiffany Stern, Shakespeare Institute / University of Birmingham

14h45 Re-defining the Shakespearean actor: casting and diversity at Shakespeare’s Globe
Miranda Fay Thomas, Trinity College Dublin

15h30 Pause

Acting methods 2

Chair: Christine Sukič (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

16h Intertheatrical cues and Shakespearean backstories – staging the tug of memory
William E. Engel, Sewanee: The University of the South

16h45 Rhetoric, mimesis and Elizabethan acting: lessons from Hamlet
David Wiles, University of Exeter

17h30 Pause

Chair: Line Cottegnies (Sorbonne Université)

17h45 The power of such vast imaginings: Actors, Spectators and Their Acting Copies in 19th-century Shakespearean reception
Gabriella Reuss, Pázmány Péter Catholic University

18h30 End of the day’s proceedings

Saturday 11 January 2019

9h30 General Assembly of the Société Française Shakespeare

12h Lunch

Actors in their own words

Chair: Florence March (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3) and Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute / University of Birmingham)

13h30 Sir Simon Russell Beale in conversation

14h30 Pause

15h Workshop in performance with Cécilia Istria-Dorland at the Théâtre de la Cité universitaire Théâtre de la Cité universitaire

Chair: Pierre Kapitaniak (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)

16h45 “All a matter of scale”? Shakespearean acting and the Camera’s eye
Russell Jackson, University of Birmingham

17h30 Pause

17h45 Cocktail


Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe

Grand Salon: Enter through the main building with the belfry.

Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

37 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

  • RER: line B, stop: Cité Universitaire

  • Tram: line 3a, stop: Montsouris or Cité Universitaire

  • Métro: line 4, stop: Porte d'Orléans


  • Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

  • CREA (EA 370), Université Paris Nanterre

  • IRCL (UMR 5186), Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 / CNRS

  • Épistémè (PRISMES, EA 4398), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Scientific committee and organising committee

Scientific committee: Roberta Barker (Dalhousie University), Yan Brailowsky (Université Paris Nanterre, Société Française Shakespeare), Sophie Chiari (Université Clermont Auvergne), Anne-Valérie Dulac (Sorbonne Université), Sarah Hatchuel (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Société Française Shakespeare), Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris-Diderot), Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre), Chantal Schütz (École Polytechnique, Société Française Shakespeare), Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Société Française Shakespeare).

Organising committee: Yan Brailowsky, Sarah Hatchuel, Chantal Schütz, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin.

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The conference is open to all.

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