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Territory, Politics and Performance in Tudor England Conference


Northumbria University

Plenary Speakers:

Jessica Winston (Idaho State)
Andrew Hadfield (Sussex)

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union constitutes the most momentous separation of British-European political culture since the Protestant Reformation. As scholarly and public interest in ideas of British political identity continues to sharpen, this conference explores themes of division and devolution in drama written at the dawn of the British Empire. Looking to Britain’s uncertain future by learning about its past can tell us much about how literature responds to drastic political change, not least in terms of the territories (real and imagined) with which it is invested.  

This conference seeks to address questions relating to territory and politics in the embryonic years of British empire, and to explore how questions relating to political locality were being unpacked through the medium of dramatic performance. 

The tumultuous reigns of the Tudors saw English dramaturgy assume a heightened political focus, and notions of local, territorial identity were brought into dialogue with perspectives on the nation’s place within an emerging imperial framework. From Norton and Sackville’s Gorboduc to Shakespeare’s history plays, internal ‘British’ tensions were repeatedly interrogated against the international political autonomies of England, Britain, and Europe. During this time of unprecedented political change, models of regional authority were invoked and critiqued through the discourse of the body politic, and nuances of territorial allegiance and political performance were being explored on the increasingly popular stage.  

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The delegate rate for this conference is £60 with a student rate of £30. This rate includes the full two day conference with hospitality and payment is made online via the book now button. Please note, we will not be able to accept payment in person on arrival.


Delegates are advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements and recommendations are below:

Premier Inn, New Bridge Street - This is approx a 5 minute walk from Northumbria University, City Campus East

Grey Street Hotel - Located in Newcastle City Centre and an approx 10 minute walk from Northumbria University, City Campus East and 10 minute walk from Newcastle Railway Station.

County Hotel, Newcastle City Centre - Located opposite Newcastle Railway Staton and a 15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi journey to Northumbria University, City Campus East


For more information on The Gorboduc Project, please click here


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