Read Julie Sanders’ abstract

The internationally-renowned Julie Sanders has kindly supplied us with an abstract of her keynote address to Works in Progress delegates, to whet our appetite for the day.

‘To be continued’

This talk will attempt a creative and playful approach to the concept of work in progress that itself presents projects not yet fully realised, adaptations in the process of becoming, a repertoire in the making, and scripts in development. The intention will be to explore the value and purpose of engaging with theatre work from its earliest inception in order to interrogate the creative process, and the ways in which theatre work is always an example of adaptation in process. What adaptation studies and academic work, not least editorial but also critical, might gain from engagement and collaboration with theatre companies will be a major focus: in terms of the so-called ‘finished product’, production or performance,  but also with ideas half-formed, those set aside in the process of rehearsal, and those which emerge after the official first night reviews. In the course of the discussion, I will suggest that not only is all theatre work adaptation in process but also that adaptation criticism is in this respect always unfinished, open-ended, subject to review ….

The raw material for this talk is itself part of a collaborative endeavour with Lorne Campbell and Northern Stage in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and I am grateful to them for the inspiration and the opportunity.

Find out more about Lorne Campbell and Northern Stage here and here.

Accommodation for Works in Progress is available

We can now announce that there are a limited number of rooms at New Wharf Hall for sale, at the very reasonable price of £25.20, for the night before Works in Progress (Wednesday 6 July). They are on sale here.

Registration is now open

Registration for this year’s conference, Works in Progress, is now open. We have exciting papers on literature, history and music as works in progress, and two exceptional keynote speakers, Professor Julie Sanders (Newcastle) and Dr Adam Smyth (Oxford).

Click here to register. The schedule will appear here soon.

Please promote our conference

You can download our poster from here: Works in Progress poster

Please put it up in a public space and promote our conference.

Congratulations to our speakers!

Congratulations and thanks go to those selected to speak at this year’s GradCATS conference, Works in Progress. For the second year running we received a substantial number of exciting proposals and will have the privilege of welcoming some very talented postgraduate researchers to De Montfort University.

Information on registration, travel and accommodation will appear here soon, as well as the day’s schedule. Please share the details of our conference with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Professor Julie Sanders confirmed as our second keynote

It gives us great pleasure to announce Professor Julie Sanders as one of our keynote speakers for this year’s conference, Works in Progress.

Professor Sanders’ work is an extraordinary mix of leading publications on early modern literature and adaptations studies. Her oeuvre includes but is hardly limited to the monographs, Caroline Drama (1999), Adaptation and Appropriation (2006), Shakespeare and Music (2007), The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, 1620-1650 (2011) and  The Cambridge Introduction to Early Modern Drama, 1576-1642 (2014). She has worked extensively on Ben Jonson, and has edited Jonson’s The New Inn and James Shirley’s The Bird in the Cage.

Her international reputation is buttressed by her appearances on BBC Radio 4’s prestigious ‘In Our Time’, where she has been invited to speak on pastoral literature, Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedy, the history of metaphor, Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, and the metaphysical poets.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Sanders to De Montfort with great excitement!

Dr Adam Smyth announced as keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that Dr Adam Smyth of Balliol College, Oxford, is our first confirmed keynote speaker for this year’s conference, Works in Progress.

Even if Adam’s work was limited to Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and George Herbert on the one hand, and early modern diaries, commonplace books, jokes and almanacs on the other, it would constitute a fabulous and fascinatingly diverse body of work. But that’s not all: Adam has written monographs on early modern autobiography, seventeenth-century miscellanies, and has co-edited a book on the history of book destruction. The destruction, cutting, pasting, recycling and remaking of books is indeed just another of Adam’s great interests. This long list of research expertise is not exhaustive and you can learn more about Adam here. We also recommend the podcasts he has hosted on the history of the book, which includes an interview with one of last year’s keynote speakers, Professor Ian Gadd. The podcasts can be found here

Adam’s keynote talk is one not to be missed!