Invited Speakers

Andreas Höfele

Professor Emeritus of English
University of Munich

Keynote Speech
“Artifice and Animality in The Tempest: Imagining Caliban”

Andreas Höfele is professor emeritus of English at the University of Munich. He is author of Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare’s Theatre (OUP 2011) and No Hamlets: German Shakespeare from Nietzsche to Carl Schmitt (OUP 2016). His publications in German include books on Shakespeare’s stagecraft, late nineteenth-century parody and on Malcolm Lowry, as well as six novels. He is a member of the Bavarian and the Heidelberg Academy of Science and served as President of the German Shakespeare Society 2002–11.

Sonia Massai

Professor of Shakespeare Studies
English Department, King’s College London
United Kingdom

Keynote Speech
“Versions of Richard III: From the Nature of the Text to the Politics of Historical Character”

Sonia Massai is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at King's College London, UK. Her publications include her books on Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor (Cambridge University Press, 2007), collections of essays on Ivo van Hove (Bloomsbury, 2018), Shakespeare and Textual Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and World-Wide Shakespeares (Routledge, 2005), and critical editions of The Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and John Ford's ’ Tis Pity She's a Whore for Arden Early Modern Drama (Bloomsbury, 2011). She is currently preparing a new Shakespeare Arden edition of Richard III, a new collection of essays on Hamlet for the Arden Shakespeare ‘State of Play’ series, and she is Principal Investigator (PI) on ‘Wartime Shakespeare’, a Leverhulme-funded research project, whose outcomes will include an exhibition at the National Army Museum in London in 2023-4 and accompanying exhibition book.

Jyotsna Singh

Department of English, Michigan State University
United States

Keynote Speech
“Caliban’s Dreams; Social Change and the Brave New World of Shakespeare Studies

Jyotsna G. Singh is Professor, Department of English, Michigan State University. Her research interests cover early modern literature and culture, including Shakespeare, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies. Her published work includes: The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (Blackwell), (co-authored); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: ‘Discovery’ of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge); and Travel Knowledge: European ‘Discoveries’ in the Early Modern Period (Palgrave), (co-ed. Ivo Kamps), and A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1559–1660. Ed. (Blackwell); The Postcolonial World (co-ed, David D. Kim), Routledge; and most recently, Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (Arden 2019). A second, expanded, edition of A Companion to the Global Renaissance is forthcoming in 2021.
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