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When the British Institute of Florence launched its Shakespeare Graduate Conference in 2009,
our guiding principle was to provide an annual platform for young Italian doctoral candidates,
and those who had recently earned their doctorates, to present their own contributions to
Shakespearean studies before an audience consisting of their peers and professors as well as
members of the public. Papers from the first three conferences – those of 2009, 2010 and 2011
– were published online in 2013.
The fourth Shakespeare Graduate conference, devoted to “The Notion of Conflict”, was held in the Palazzo Lanfredini in Florence on Thursday 26 April 2012. Like the previous one it was open to universities all over Italy. The morning session was chaired by Professor Paola Pugliatti (Florence), and the afternoon one by Professor Sara Soncini (Pisa), who gave a paper. Papers were also given by Alice Equestri (Padua), Shilan Fuad Hussain (Urbino), Domenico Lovascio (Genoa), and Antonella Tauro (Pisa).
The fifth conference, on “The Italian Connection”, took place on Thursday 18 April 2013, during the British Institute’s annual Shakespeare Week. One session was chaired by Professor Fernando Cioni (Florence), and one by Professor Shaul Bassi (Ca’ Foscari, Venice). Papers were given by both chairs, as well as by Camilla Caporicci (Perugia), Irene Montori (Sapienza, Rome), Diego Passera (Florence), and Cristiano Ragni (Perugia).
For the second online publication, papers presented at the fourth and fifth conferences have been selected by “blind review”. Once again, the vitality and range of Shakespearean studies in Italy today is reflected in the variety of subject, methodology and critical stance apparent in the papers chosen. We trust that this continuing initiative of publishing the papers of the British Institute conference online will help to further participants’ academic careers.
We take this opportunity of thanking IASEMS (the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies) for their continuing active support.
Proceedings of the "Shakespeare and His Contemporaries" Graduate Conference 2012 and 2013