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 (Lecture Theatre 200)

Richard Madelaine Memorial Lecture

Associate Professor Urvashi Chakravarty

Chair: Huw Griffiths

10.45-11.15 Morning Tea
11.15-12.30 Moral Frameworks

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’

Shakespeare’s Fellows

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

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


Kenneth Crowther, ‘The Devil Beneath the Skull Beneath the Skin: Rejecting modern limitations on Webster’


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

Understanding Hamlet Afresh

This panel extends to 12.45

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’

12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.45 Future Shakespeare Now

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

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’

Beyond Words

This panel extends to 3.00

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

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

Tessa Morrison, ‘Bejewelling Shakespeare’s Women’

Anna Kamaralli, ‘Looking Inside the Silenus in Shakespeare’

Traditions of Song and Dance

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

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

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

Jonathan Gill, ‘Disintegration and Delimitation: Lear’s Strife with the Storm’

2.45-3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.15-4.30 Performance Today

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

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’

Testing the Limits of the Text-Performance Relationship

Elissa Wolf, ‘Shakespeare’s Asides’

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

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

Remaking expectations

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

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

Robert Lublin, ‘Shakespeare is Dangerous’

Film for Finding New Audiences

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

Jessica Paterson, ‘Atmosphere in Coen’s Macbeth

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

Queering (Re)visions

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’

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

Sarah Barnard, ‘Teaching Shakespeare in the Primary School’

Kath Lathouras, ‘Shakespeare wrote sonnets too!’

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


Dreaming Beyond Limits

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’

University Shakespeare

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’

Performance now

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

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

Gretchen Minton, Salt Waves Fresh Q&A



Laura Turchi and Kimiko Warner-Turner,

‘Teaching Romeo and Juliet and Promoting Social Justice’


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

(Rex Cramphorn Studio)

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 (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 Global Romeo and Juliet

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

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

Reaching everyone

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’

Drama in class

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

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




Time out of Joint

Steve Rowland



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

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