Schedule of Events


Day 1: Thursday 7 December 9:30am start: State Library of NSW (Mitchell Library entrance, Dixson Room)

Day 2: Friday 8 December 9:30am start: University of Sydney (Social Sciences Building, Rooms 105, 200, 210, 341, 650)

Day 3: Saturday 9 December 9:00am start: University of Sydney (Social Sciences Building + Rex Cramphorn Studio)


Panel chairs and room allocations to follow.

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ANZSA 2023 Full Program of Panels and Events

Day 1: Celebrating 400 Years of the First Folio (and other bookish topics)

Thursday 7 December at the State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library entrance

9.00-9.30 Registration Dixson Room, Mitchell Library
9.30-10.00 Welcome to Country from Uncle Allen Madden

Welcome to the State Library of NSW from Caroline Butler-Bowdon

Welcome to Day 1 of ANZSA 2023 from Prof. Laurie Johnson, President of ANZSA

10.00-11.15 Shakespeare Folios as Institutional Treasures

Maggie Patton, ‘Our great and valuable literary treasure’

Karen Attar, ‘From Barbican to Bloomsbury via the World: The University of London’s First Folios’

Helen Hopkins, ‘Shakespeare, the First Folio, and the Cultural Heritage Institution’

11.15-11.45 Morning Tea and announcement of the Lloyd Davis Prize
11.45-1.00 The Folio and Genre

Brett Greatley-Hirsch, ‘Shakespearean genre within and beyond the First Folio’

Mark Houlahan, ‘King Lear beyond Genre: or What does Lear really, really want?’

David McInnis, ‘The extremity of both ends: Timon of Athens beyond all limits of genre’

1.00-2.00 Lunch


Textual Afterlives: Public, Private, Performed

Susannah Helman, ‘Shakespeare and the National Library of Australia’s Rare Books Collection’

Liam Semler, ‘“My old treasure”: Shakespeare’s 2nd Folio (1632) held by the State Library of NSW’

Kate Flaherty, ‘Between the Actor and the Book: New Ventures across the Fault-line’

3.15-3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30-5.00 Higher Degree Research Student and Early Career Researcher Masterclass with Prof. Ewan Fernie.

Macquarie Room

This is for research degree students and early career researchers only.

Shrinking, Fragmenting and Forgetting the Folio

Paul Salzman, ‘Shrinking the First Folio’

Huw Griffiths and Liam Semler, ‘Shakespeare in Fragments: the University of Sydney Folio Loose Leaves’

Hannah August, ‘Forget about the Folio – traces of affective reading in two early modern play quartos’

5-6 Break
6-7 ‘A Tale of Two Folios’

Public Lecture by Professor Ewan Fernie

Library Auditorium, LG1, Macquarie Building

 Day 2: Shakespeare Beyond All Limits

Friday 8 December at the University of Sydney Social Sciences Building, Science Rd

9.00-9.30 Registration (for those who haven’t registered yet)
9.30-10.45 Keynote: Richard Madelaine Memorial Lecture

Room: Lecture Theatre 200

‘Ungendered Pasts, Racial Futures: Shakespeare at the Limits of Whiteness’

Associate Professor Urvashi Chakravarty

Chair: Huw Griffiths

10.45-11.15 Morning Tea
11.15-12.30 Moral Frameworks

Room 105

Chair: Victoria Bladen

Peter Richard, ‘’Charity, Liberality and the Imprint of Virtue in Timon of Athens


Simon Haines, ‘The Merchant of Venice: liberal sadness and the quality of mercy’


Sam Milch, ‘Towards a taxonomy of history-defying claims about Shakespeare’

Understanding Hamlet Afresh

Room 210 (This panel extends to 12.45)

Chair: Mark Houlahan

Kishore Saval, ‘The Observed Observer: Echo, Narcissus, Hamlet.’


Nicholas Luke, ‘Not To Be – To Be: Hamlet, Kierkegaard, and the Eternal In Time’


Nicola Kelly, ‘Elsinore and the Limits of Revenge’

Kerrie Roberts, ‘Hamlet’s Hereditary Queen: Transcending Constraints on the Portrayal of Gertrude’

Shakespeare’s Fellows

Room 341

Chair: Brett Greatley-Hirsch

Mark Bradbeer, ‘Thomas Nashe and Robert Greene

on “the skirts of this wild wood” of As You Like It


Judy Hefferan, ‘“Out, damned spot”: The preternatural activities of Blood.’


Kylie Teoh, ‘Surveillant Sensescapes in The Changeling: An ecological approach to decoding the logic of anxious masculinities’


Magical Valencies Among Early Modernists

Room 650

Chair: Anthony Patricia

Darryl Chalk, ‘“The uttermost that magic can perform”: Conjuring Manuscripts and The Devil’s Charter



Kyu-Won Kim and Anna Stewart-Yates, ‘“A strange perfection”: Exploring the theatricality of the witches in The Witch and Macbeth’

12.30-1.30 Lunch


1.30-2.45 Beyond Words

Room: lecture theatre 200

(This panel extends to 3.00)

Chair: Caitlin West

Julian Lamb, ‘Dissolving Felicity: Performatives in Antony and Cleopatra’

Peter Groves, ‘Beyond limits: Shakespeare’s Transformation of the Drumming Decasyllabon’

Anna Kamaralli, ‘Looking Inside the Silenus in Shakespeare’

Tessa Morrison, ‘Bejewelling Shakespeare’s Women’

Future Shakespeare Now

Room 105

Chair: David McInnis

Victoria Bladen, ‘Shakespeare for the Posthuman Future’

Hannes Rall and Emma Harper, ‘Contemporary approaches to old problems: re-interrogating works of Shakespeare for the demands of immersive media’

Reto Winckler, ‘Computational Shakespeare – Shakespeare’s Language as Computer Code in the Shakespeare Programming Language’

Riffing and Burlesquing

Room: 210

Chair: Kate Flaherty

Jennifer Clement, ‘Middlebrow Shakespeare: No Bed for Bacon, Tradition, and Parody’

Melissa Merchant and Sarah Courtis, ‘“There’s a double meaning in that”: Bogan Shakespeare and Double Access Audiences’


Laurie Johnson and Anne-Maree Wicks, ‘Neil Gaiman’s “Weird” Walking-canon: “Shakespeare” in Midsummer’

Traditions of Song and Dance

Room: 341

Chair: John Severn

Kathryn Roberts Parker, ‘Representation of Morris Dancing in Early Modern Playhouses’

Yeeyon Im, ‘Shakespeare, Tradition and Transculturality in Changgeuk Lear


Qian Chen, Hamlet in Chinese Traditional Opera

Storms and Passions

Room: 650

Chair: Paul Salzman

Kirk Dodd, ‘The invention of Leontes’ “Affection” in The Winter’s Tale’

Samuel Webster, ‘The Tempest in its afterlife: cuts, revisions, and potential sources’

Barbara Taylor, ‘Humming water, murky dens: Sea-room and Purgatory in Pericles and The Tempest’

2.45-3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.15-4.30 Film for Finding New Audiences

Room: lecture theatre 200

Chair: Laurie Johnson

Cathryn Flores, Ricardo/Richard II: Film Scoring Bilingual Shakespeare

Jessica Paterson, ‘The devil damn thee black (and white): the natural, unnatural and artificial in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth

Wai Fong Cheang with Su-Jen Lai, Feng-Yi Chen and Yuyen Chang, ‘Horses, the Wooden O and Film: Shakespeare’s Animals in 1 Henry IV’

Remaking Expectations

Room: 105

Chair: Julian Lamb

Lucy Eyre, ‘Is adaptation a process of reimagining the limits of Shakespeare, or reclaiming his sense of justice and diversity?’

Robert Lublin, ‘Shakespeare is Dangerous’

Roberta Kwan, ‘Beyond boredom: Shakespeare, attentiveness, neighbourliness, and social justice’

Queering (Re)visions

Room: 210

Chair: Alys Daroy

John Severn, ‘“Damnable both-sides rogue!”: Parolles, classical microsources and queer dramatic textures in All’s Well That Ends Well’

Anthony Patricia

‘“I lay with Cassio lately…”:

Interpretation of Iago’s Dream’

Huw Griffiths, ‘The Afterlives of a Queer Pirate: Reading Antonio through Early Modernity’

Testing the Limits of the Text-Performance Relationship

Room: 341

Chair: Simon Haines

Rebekah Bale, ‘The Urgency of Theatre: Shakespeare, Sony Labou Tansi and Pushing the Boundaries of Performance’

Elissa Wolf, ‘Shakespeare’s Asides’

Ruth Lunney, ‘What does a soliloquy? Hamlet and the limits of definition’

Performance Today

Room: 650

Chair: Darryl Chalk

Lucy Boon, ‘Beyond fidelity: a study of creative process when queering early modern drama’

Caitlin West, ‘Clearing out the archive: contemporary Australian performances of Shakespeare’

Jo Bloom and Charles Mayer, ‘Shakespeare, reclaiming magic by Come you Spirits’

4.30-5.00 Move to the outdoor venue for the performed reading
5.00-6.30 Performed Reading of Salt Waves Fresh

An eco-activist adaptation of Twelfth Night by Gretchen E. Minton

Directed by Claire Hansen, Anna Kamaralli and Gretchen Minton with actors from Bell Shakespeare.

7.00 Conference Dinner

Gillespie Hall, St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney


Day 3: Shakespeare and Education (and more)

Saturday 9 December at the University of Sydney Social Sciences Building, Science Rd

8.45-9.00 Registration (for Saturday Education day tickets)
9.00-10.15 Virtual Workshop

Room: lecture theatre 200

Chair: Liam Semler

Steve Rowland and

Amiti Bey

Time Out of Joint

‘Prison reflections on Shakespeare’

Joyful Performance

Room: 105 (This panel extends to 10.30)

Chair: Claire Hansen

Sean O’Riordan, ‘Shakespeare is Good for You’

Julia Richards, ‘“We must have you dance”: Reimagining Dance in Bell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet’

Jennifer Nicholson, ‘“I would prefer not to”: Facilitating critique of ugly feelings in secondary Shakespeare lessons’

Gretchen Minton, Salt Waves Fresh Q&A


Room: 210


Laura Turchi and Kimiko Warner-Turner


Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles


‘Teaching Romeo and Juliet and Promoting Social Justice’


Dreaming Beyond Limits

Room: 341

Chair: Roberta Kwan

Bríd Phillips, Sessina Figueiredo, Bahareh Afsharnejad and Sonya Girdler, ‘Re-Imagining A Midsummer Night’s Dream through a non-Ableist Lens’

Roweena Yip, ‘Teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a Global Narrative’

Philip Tarvainen and Marinela Golemi, ‘Shakespeare in Colour: Fluorescent Ecologies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

New to Shakespeare

Room: 650

Chair: Lauren Weber

Sarah Barnard, ‘Teaching Shakespeare in the Primary School’

Kath Lathouras, ‘Shakespeare wrote sonnets too!

Kate Murphy, ‘Differentiating Shakespeare: Classroom activities for diverse learners’

10.15-10.45 Morning Tea
10.45-12.15 Plenary Workshop: Shakespeare Adaptation Without Limits

Room: Rex Cramphorn Studio This is in the John Woolley Building, entrance on Manning Road

Chair: Anna Kamaralli

This workshop will be conducted jointly by adapted performance and drama teaching specialists from 3 Australian theatre companies:

  • Bell Shakespeare
  • Come You Spirits
  • Bare Witness


12.15-1.45 Lunch and AGM for ANZSA Members. AGM will begin at 12.45 in Lecture Theatre 200

Lunch will be provided for everyone on this day

1.45-3.00 Keynote

Room: Lecture Theatre 200

‘Volumes that I Prize Above My Dukedom’: Shakespeare Libraries, Shakespeare Scholarship and a Vocation Beyond Limits

Prof. Ewan Fernie

Chair: Liam Semler

3.00-3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30-4.45   University Shakespeare

Room: 105

Chair: Kirk Dodd

Melissa Merchant, Rahul Gairola and Alys Daroy, ‘Negotiated Assessment in University Shakespeare’

Elizabeth Offer, ‘Much Ado About Accessibility:

Making Shakespeare’s Language Accessible to a Tertiary Student Audience’

Sarah Armstrong, ‘The [W]ill is Infinite’: Emotional Empathy and the Place of Shakespeare in Medical Education’


Room: 210

Patrice Honnef,


‘Let them speak – Reimagining, reinventing and reconceiving representations.’


Reaching everyone

Room: 341

Chair: Jennifer Nicholson

Cheryl Taylor and Kezia Perry, ‘A Shakespeare Pressbook’

Kohei Uchimaru, ‘Anthologising ‘Shakespeare for Children’ in Secondary-School EFL Textbooks in Modern Japan’

Lauren Weber, ‘Reading time and space through Shakespeare criticism’

Taking Shakespeare everywhere

Room: 650

Chair: Hannah August

Laura Turchi, ‘Romeo and Juliet and the Limits of La Frontera’

Joanna Erskine, ‘To unpath’d waters, undream’d shores – Bell Shakespeare in remote Australian schools’

Claire Hansen and Florence Boulard, ‘Shakespeare in Oceania: Adapting Romeo and Juliet in Kanaky-New Caledonia’

4.45-5.30 Thank you and close of conference (Seminar Room 650)