BSA 2023: Re-locating Shakespeare

BSA Conference
University of Liverpool
Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th July 2023
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This year’s BSA conference will take place at the University of Liverpool, organised by Dr Esme Miskimmin (University of Liverpool), Dr Katie Knowles (University of Liverpool) and Professor Emerita Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University), supported by the BSA’s Conference Team.

More information about the conference theme is available here.

We are delighted that three plenary lectures will be given by:

  • Professor Poonam Trivedi (formerly University of Delhi)
  • Dr Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol)
  • Ben Crystal (author, actor, producer)

and a plenary roundtable will be led by:

  • Dr Peter Kirwan (Mary Baldwin University).

**The deadline for 20-minute papers, panel, roundtable, and ECR poster abstracts has passed; these are currently under review, with decisions to be communicated to submitters in February.**

**Enrolment for BSA 2023 seminars and workshops is still open. Please enrol via the online form in your BSA account by 24th February**

Seminars involve writing short (3,000 words max) papers for circulation within your group; workshops usually involve practical or hand-on exercises, sometimes with a bit of preparatory work in advance of the session.

Seminar and workshop leaders will be in touch with their groups in early spring with more details about the session, to invite abstracts and bios, and outline any preparatory work.

For details of all seminars and workshops, please visit:

Typical session formats at BSA conferences:

  • Paper panels (normally consisting of three papers of c.20 minutes in length)
  • Seminars, which are led by one or more organisers and centre around a particular theme, invite participants to write short papers that are then pre-circulated within the group. It is customary for seminar leaders to invite their participants to share feedback on one another’s work, in order to facilitate a rich set of conversations and exchanges when the group meets during their session at the conference.
  • Workshops are focused more on active or hands-on engagement with a given topic and normally do not require participants to write papers in advance. Some workshop leaders might invite their group to undertake other forms of preparation, such as reading, preparing (for) physical exercises, or watching clips.
  • Roundtables, which address a particular topic or theme, normally bring together a group of speakers and take the form of a conversation or series of related short papers followed by dialogue between the speakers.