Shakespeare at the Edges: Registration Open!

Early registration is available until October 14.

anzsa2016 Registration


Our trip to Hobbiton for tour and dinner, Saturday, November 19 is expensive but along with the “there and back again” bus ride will be a conference highlight and perhaps your only chance to drink in the Green Dragon Pub.


The draft programme for ANZSA2016 will be posted shortly.


All news will be announced on the ANZSA Bulletin.

Conference convener: Dr Mark Houlahan, University of Waikato

Conference email:


The Bibliographical Society of Australian and New Zealand (BSANZ) will meet at the University of Waikato Monday-Tuesday of the following week (November 21-22). Delegates will be welcome to present at both events.


ANZSA 2016: Shakespeare at the Edges: CFP

University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

17-19 Nov. 2016


The Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) calls for papers for its biennial conference Shakespeare at the Edges. We meet at the edge of Shakespeare’s World―12,000 miles from Shakespeare’s Globe. The location of the conference is a chance in the quadricentennial year to think about “edges” in Shakespeare from a wide range of perspectives. Papers might consider (but not feel restricted to) the following:

  • Does it mean anything to read/perform Shakespeare at the edges? Does location continue to make a difference?
  • Does 2016 represent an edge in Shakespeare Studies? Where have we come to over four hundred years and where should we go to next? Are some lines of inquiry leased out? Are others opening up in, say, performance studies, digital/media approaches, new archival studies?
  • How does thinking about the edges (paratexts) of the play text or the stage enrich understanding of early modern theatricality?


  • What happens if we place Shakespeare at the edge and place other writers at the centre? Should we reshape our sense of the Early Modern?
  • Is Shakespeare edgy? Does he explore “edges” as some have claimed? Where and how is he edgy, and where does he play it safe?

The Conference will feature plenary and panel sessions, live performance and film screenings. Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Douglas Bruster (Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, 2003, and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance, 2008 with Robert Weimann); Lisa Hopkins (Shakespeare on the Edge, 2005, and Renaissance Drama on the Edge, 2014);  a special performance for delegates of Regan Taylor’s commedia-inspired Maori adaptation: Solothello; delegates will be able to attend Carving in Ice’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost  in the playhouse on the University Campus. Seats will be reserved for Friday. November 18.  The Conference dinner wil be at the Green Dragon Pub, Hobbiton, 45 minutes drive from the University of Waikato.

Proposals for panels, papers, and interactive workshops are all welcome.

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to: by September 1 2016.

Proposals of 200 words should include a 50-word bio noting institutional affiliations (if any). Research Higher Degree students will be invited to submit their paper in advance for the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize for best postgraduate paper. The best paper will receive an award and scholarly mentoring from a senior member of ANZSA. Details for the prize, and notification of a professional seminar for grad/post grad researchers on the afternoon of November 16, will be circulated later.

Mark Houlahan, English Programme, University of Waikato

ANZSA President and Conference Convenor:



Travel to Hamilton (for ANZSA and BSANZ), November 2016.


The University of Waikato is on the fringes of Hamilton, New Zealand. It is about 90 minutes south of Auckland airport, and on the main state highway, called, imaginatively, State Highway 1. The main ways to get to Hamilton will be

1. Intercity Buses runs an express service several times a day from the Auckland International and Domestic Terminal. This goes directly to central Hamilton. $20.00 NZ each way.

2. Several shuttles run regularly from Auckland Airport to Hamilton. At the University we often use Roadcat: The shuttles regularly pick up and drop off at the University.

3. You can hire cars from the main rental agencies and pick up from Auckland airport. This might suit a group travelling together, or those planning to do some touring. The highways are very well maintained!

4. Hamilton does have an airport and there are connections to Auckland several times a day. Usually these are inconveniently timed and quite expensive. But it can be done. The airport is about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Hamilton.