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We organise other events throughout the year including Shakespeare week in April, Bloomsday in June and conferences, exhibitions, seminars and concerts.

Shakespeare Week: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9.30

Shakespeare Week: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014

On Thursday 10 April the British Institute of Florence organizes the 6th edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme  Forms of Nationhood. The event is in collaboration with IASEMS - Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies - and with the University of Florence. Entrance is free and open to all. Seats are limited. Booking is recommended (by email or by phone at +39 055 26778270). Please note that it is possible to reserve a place for the light lunch in the Library and that we request a contribution for the lunch.  Please specify when you contact us whether you wish to be added to the lunch reservation list.  


9.30 Registration

9.50 Welcome by the Director of The British Institute of Florence, Julia Race

10.00 First Session
Chair Professor Alessandra Petrina, Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), IASEMS President 
Speaking the nation: identity through language

10.30 Anna Livia Frassetto, Università degli Studi di Sassari (Italy)
Shakespeare's Lucrece: an 'uncomfortable myth'

11.00 Kara Barfett, Western University (Canada)
"O Brave New World": a transatlantic reading of Shakespeare

11.30 Cristiano Ragni, Università di Perugia (Italy)
"Pray Sir, what is all this in English?". William Haughton teaching nationhood in Shakespeare's England

12.00 Paul Frazer, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)
Irish mobility and English memory in Webster's The White Devil

12.30 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Second Session
Chair Professor Gabriella Del Lungo, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Writing the Map of Tudor England: John Leland's Itinerary

14.30 Caterina Guardini, Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy)
"The lovely nymph of stately Thames/ The darling of the Ocean". The rhetoric of water in the Creation of the Prince of Wales

15.00 Nagihan Halilolu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University (Turkey)
'Turk Gregory': Turks and Catholics as metaphors for each other in Shakespeare's plays

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Valeria Tirabasso, Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy)
The Tempest: building a nation at the crossroads between real and utopian geography

16.30 Florence Hazrat, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)
Snapping up trifles and snatches of old tunes: sonic nationhood on the Early Modern stage

17.00 Beatrice Montedoro, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Commonplace books and the publishing of English drama: forms of nationhood in Palladis Tamia (1598), Belvedere (1600) and England's Parnassus (1600)

17.30 Discussion

18.00 Conference closes

For the full Shakespeare Week programme click here.

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