In September 2023 Royal Museums Greenwich will be hosting a two-day hybrid conference on Shakespeare and the Sea.
Keynote Speakers: Professor Steve Mentz (St. John's University) and Professor Emma Smith (University of Oxford)
Across Shakespeare’s plays, the sea’s agency can be felt shaping plots and characters’ lives. In addition, images of wild, deep, and boundless seas, even in landlocked plays, give expression to characters’ passions, suggest matters concealed from view, and provide a vocabulary for notions of transformation and sublimity.
Over the past four centuries, Shakespeare’s seas have been staged in theatres across the world and have provided inspiration for artworks both textual and visual; and further, Shakespeare’s plays have themselves been taken to sea - read and performed aboard ships traversing the world’s oceans.
The growth of the Blue Humanities as a critical field is drawing deeper and more meaningful connections between art and the oceans, attending to the ever-evolving ways in which humans perceive and interact with the maritime world and, in particular, illuminating our impact (and reliance) on the seven-tenths of the globe covered by water. Shakespeare’s plays are ripe for re-examination through a nautical lens, and most especially at the unique moment that marks 400 years since the publication of the First Folio.
For those attending in-person, this is also an opportunity to discover the material culture of maritime history offered by the museum and even a chance to encounter the First Folio, a copy of which will be on display at the museum for part of this year.
09.00 - REGISTRATION
09.30 - WELCOME TO ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
09.45 - PANEL OPTION A
09.45 - PANEL OPTION B
11:15 - BREAK
11:30 - PANEL OPTION A
11:30 - PANEL OPTION B
13.00 - LUNCH (PROVIDED)
15.15 - PANEL OPTION A
15:15 - PANEL OPTION B
09.30 - Tea and Coffee
10:00 - PANEL OPTION A
10:00 - PANEL OPTION B
11.30 - BREAK
14.00 - PANEL OPTION A
14:00 - PANEL OPTION B
15:00 - TOUR – Shakespeare’s First Folio (IN PERSON ONLY)
15:45 - KEYNOTE: Emma Smith (University of Oxford) - Her Seas, her Us and her Ts: Twelfth Night, the Mediterranean and Migration
17:00 - Conference ends
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