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GOTH 1st Annual Research Symposium

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 12:30 to Friday, May 21, 2021 - 13:00
Online, via Microsoft Team

GOTH Symposium 2021: Programme

Please register via the Eventbrite link.

Organizers, the GOTH Committee:

  • Dr M A Katritzky – Director, GOTH & Barbara Wilkes Research Fellow in Theatre Studies
  • Dr Christine Plastow – GOTH Web and Media Manager; Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Dr Gemma Allen – Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History
  • Dr Clare Taylor Senior - Lecturer in Art History; Paul Mellon Centre Mid-Career Fellow
  • Christopher Dobson – GOTH Studentship Scholar & Co-Convenor, GOTH PG Forum.

Details about the programme can be found via the below dates:

Thursday 20 May

10:30 - 10:50

Welcome and Introduction to the 1st GOTH Symposium

10:50 - 13:00


Chaired by Clare Taylor & Christine Plastow
This panel will bring together three speakers with expertise in the research and study of textiles, examining examples of its practice from across the ancient, early modern and modern world

11:00 - 11:30

Magdalena Öhrman (Senior Lecturer in Classics, Lampeter) Valuable work: Weaving precious materials, gender, and display in Late Antiquity

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:15

Emma Slocombe (Senior National Curator, Dress & Textiles, The National Trust) Identity and politics in the needlework of Mary Queen of Scots

12:15 - 12:55

Josephine Rout (Curator, Asia, Victoria & Albert Museum) Exploring the Gendering of Kimono in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

12:55 - 13:00

Summing up of morning session

10:50 - 13:00

Lunch Break

Please log out of the Teams morning session and re-join with the afternoon session link. (This link will be provided closer to the event).

14:30 - 16:00


Chaired by M. A. Katritzky & Pavel Drábek

14:30 - 14:45

Chairs’ Introduction to Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (Manchester University Press, 2020), the third published collection of the transnational early modern theatre research collective Theater Without Borders. Its editors will introduce the collective, this volume and its contents:


  • Natasha Korda (Wesleyan), If the shoe fits, or the truth in pinking;
  • Susanne L. Wofford (NYU), Freedom and constraint in transnational comedy: The ‘jest unseen’ of love letters in Two Gentlemen of Verona and El perro del hortelano;
  • Barbara Fuchs (UCLA), ‘La voluntad jamás permite señor’: Transnational versions of cross-class desire in Cardenio and Mujeres y criados;
  • Noémie Ndiaye (Chicago), The African ambassadors’ travels: Playing black in late seventeenth-century France and Spain


  • Nigel Smith (Princeton), Migration and drama: Amsterdam 1617;
  • M. A. Katritzky (OU), London and The Hague, 1638 – performing quacks at court;
  • Pavel Drábek (Hull), ‘Why, sir, are there other heauens in other countries?’: The English Comedy as a transnational style;
  • Friedemann Kreuder (Mainz), The Re-Inspired and Revived Bernardon: Metamorphoses of early modern comedy in eighteenth-century bourgeois theatre


  • Eric Nicholson (NYU Florence), Northern lights and shadows: Transcultural encounters in early modern Italian theatre;
  • Janie Cole (Cape Town), Representations of female power: Musical spectacle at the Paris court of Maria de’ Medici, the Italian Minerva of France;
  • Erith Jaffe-Berg (California at Riverside), Ebrei and Turchi performing in early modern Venice and Mantua;
  • Jacques Lezra (NYU), Ragozine’s beheading: Dramatic and civil logics of the European state-form; Afterword: Robert Henke (Washington, St Louis).

14:45 - 15:45

Some of the volume’s contributing authors will introduce their work in individual presentations.

15:45 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 18:00


Chaired by Gemma Allen & Shafquat Towheed

16:30 - 16:35

Chairs’ Introduction to this panel, bringing together speakers with expertise in women’s writing and book history from the Early Modern period up to the present day, to interrogate the productive relationship between women’s writing as a burgeoning area of research, and the history of the book as a methodological mode of enquiry.

16:35 - 17:00

Prof Marie-Louise Coolahan (NUI-Galway): Recovery, Reception, and Reading: Early Modern Women’s Writing and Book History

17:00 - 17:25

Prof Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex): The business of feminist creativity: Perspectives on women’s movement publishing enterprises in the UK, 1970s-today

17:25 - 17:50

Dr Cassandra Ulph (University of Manchester) Intimacy, creativity and networks: reading practices in the Mary Hamilton Papers

17:50 - 18:00


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Friday 21 May

11:00 - 12:00

Postgraduate Panel

Chaired by Christine Plastow

11:00 - 11:10

Chairs’ Introduction to this panel, in which the convenors of the OU’s monthly GOTH Postgraduate Forum will report on the Forum’s activities and their doctoral research.

11:10 - 11:20

Report on the GOTH Postgraduate Forum

11:20 - 11:25

Chris Dobson, The performance of femininity in the plays of Christopher Marlowe

11:25 - 11:30

Kim Pratt, Fictional Monsters as cultural metaphor for the Other: antiquity’s Polyphemos and the Creature from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

11:30 - 11:35

Sharon Wiseman, Restoration Drama and Performance

11:35 - 11:40

Melissa Bailey, Is there a need for the responsible depiction of sexual violence in fiction?

11:40 - 11:45

Rochelle Mallet, Gender and Otherness in Early Childhood Education and Care

11:50 - 12:00


12:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

KEYNOTE, Chair: M A Katritzky

Noémie Ndiaye (University of Chicago)

Noémie Ndiaye is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. She works on representations of race and gender in early modern English, French, and Spanish theatre and performance culture.

She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including Renaissance Drama, Early Theatre, English Literary Renaissance, Literature Compass, and various edited collections including The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race, The Cultural History of Race in the Reformation and Enlightenment, 1550-1760 (Vol. 4), the Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography, and Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre, edited by M.A. Katritzky and Pavel Drábek.

Her first monograph, tentatively entitled Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race, is forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Please note, the keynote session will not be recorded.

16:00 - 16:10

Closing Remarks

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