11 April 2021 / Conferences

The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World III: 15 – 17 April

We are pleased to announce that The London Stage in the 19th Century World conference III (deferred from 2020) will be held online using Zoom live and will take place over 3 days in the coming week.

If you would like to join – the timetable, abstracts and registration links are now all available here:

The registration fee is £25 and the booking deadline is 12th April; please note we are unable to offer a daily rate. The full programme – which will include embedded links to join the sessions – will be sent out to those who have registered just before the start of the conference.

The third London Stage in the 19th-century World conference will feature keynote addresses by Catherine Hindson (Bristol) and Susan Valladares (Durham). There will also be a launch event for Part I of the digital calendar of performances on the nineteenth-century London Stage.

There will be contributions on all aspects and forms of theatrical practice in nineteenth-century London, from plays and operas to pantomime and puppetry. The ‘London Stage’ is interpreted as inclusively as possible, including such topics as criticism, dance, scenography, genre, theatrical technology, colonial politics, and the staging of the natural environment. Papers on sources, collections, and theatrical materials have also been sought.

For the 2021 conference, we are particularly interested in how metropolitan performance engaged with global trends, including (though not limited to) trade, conflict, climate, and migration. We would like to know how acting bodies gave shape to a changing world and how audiences responded. We are similarly concerned with the rise of transnationalism as a scholarly framework for addressing the dynamics of cultural exchange in the nineteenth century. What polities or territories were enacted on the London Stage and what particular forms of group identities were made possible by theatrical venues? As in previous years, this meeting will provide opportunities to take stock of the range of research currently being undertaken in the field as well as a chance to consider the place of London in the broader theatrical and political world.

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