Conference program now available

Registration is open for Digitizing the Stage until 2 June.

The conference program is now available. We’re delighted to hear from researchers and practitioners investigating the challenges and opportunities inherent in digital explorations of the stage archive, and from those working on initiatives such as the Rose Revealed project, Digital Blackfriars, the AusStage database, the NUI-Galway and Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, the Early Modern English Drama project, the Database of Early Modern Extracts (DEx), the Collection of Theatre Architecture, the Reception & Circulation of Early Modern Women Writers project (RECIRC), to name but a few.

Please note that like all digital projects, the program is subject to iterative adjustment and some timings may change prior to 10 July. We expect to add several talks and abstracts as speakers finalize titles and confirm their availability. Most sessions include time for questions and discussion. All events will take place in the Weston Library unless otherwise noted. If you’d like to learn more about the talks, consult the current list of abstracts. Any questions or comments may be directed to Gabrielle Linnell at

Monday, July 10

9AM Registration opens

10AM Welcome and conference information | Eric Johnson and Pip Willcox

10:20AM Opening Keynote | Tiffany Stern

11:20AM Coffee and tea break

11:40AM Staging unknown quantities: explorations in the digital archive

Bed, blood and beyond: A quantitative analysis of early modern stage props | Brett Greatley-Hirsch

Women and the early modern stage: Reception, circulation, performance | Erin McCarthy

Shakespeare’s purchase of Blackfriars Gatehouse 1613: A digital analysis | Alan H. Nelson

1PM Lunch break

2PM Flash of genius: lightning talks from the digital archive

The “Rose Revealed” project | Johanna Schmitz

The Folger’s digital asset platform | Stacey Redick

Modeling Early Modern Textual Environments: Digital Archives and the Bookshops in Paul’s Cross Churchyard Mary Erica Zimmer

“Give me ocular proof”: Digital theatre archives and the early modern at NUI Galway| Barry Houlihan

3PM Coffee and tea break

3:20PM Reimagining the stage: audiovisual experiments

Upon the platform(s) where we watch: Digital multimedia Shakespeare editions| Noam Lior

A Midsummer’s Night’s sonification: Sonic analysis of a community using A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Iain Emsley

Digital Blackfriars: A multimedia experiment | Kirk Quinsland and Rebecca Rouse

4:55PM Adjournment

6PM Opening reception at the Old Divinity School, with tours of the Old Bodleian Library available

Tuesday, July 11

9AM Coffee and tea available

9:30AM Exit, pursued by a database: developing the archive

Opening the Archives: DEx, a Database of Dramatic Extracts | Beatrice Montedoro

The digital theatre archive: Making the most of material for research and teaching | Claudine Nightingale

Collection of Theatre Architecture, TU Berlin | Franziska Ritter

Seeing is Believing: The AusStage Database and the development of visualisation tools | Julian Meyrick

11:10 Coffee, tea

11:30AM Reimagining Performance 

Performance as research: Research as performance | Christie Carson

Reimagining performance | Sarah Ellis

12:30PM Lunch break

1:45PM Strange capers: experiments with the archive

200 Years of the Russian Stage: Establishing a TEI-encoded corpus to gain insights into the structural evolution of drama | Irina Pavlova

What we digitize when we digitize the stage | Ivan Lupić

“Not just a pretty picture”: Digitization as a catalytic instrument in the research of early modern theatre and performance | Ildiko Solti

3:15PM Coffee and tea break

3:30PM Tracing the stage: between text and tech

Genealogies of the text: digital provenance and early modern drama | Meaghan Brown

Early modern dramatic paratexts in print and digital archives | Sonia Massai and Heidi Craig

4.30PM Adjournment

7PM Conference dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse (Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST)

Wednesday, July 12

9AM Coffee and tea available

9:30AM Digitizing the Bard: Reimagining the Shakespeare Archive with talks by Pip Willcox, Victoria Lane, and Eric Johnson

11AM Coffee and tea break

11:15AM The Screen’s the thing: performance multimedia and pedagogy

The MIT Global Shakespeares Merchant module, in 2017 | Diana E. Henderson

Teaching the digitized stage: pedagogy in the archives | Erin Sullivan

12:05PM Break

12:10PM Closing keynote | Michael Dobson

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