List of participants


Keynote Speakers

David M. Bergeron is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas. As a researcher and scholar, he has written or edited 15 books, focused primarily on Shakespeare, English civic pageantry, the Stuart royal family, and patronage. His books include, for example, the path-breaking English Civic Pageantry 1558-1642Shakespeare’s Romances and the Royal Family; Royal Family, Royal Lovers: King James of England and Scotland; King James and Letters of Homoerotic Desire; Practicing Renaissance Scholarship; Reading and Writing in Shakespeare; Textual Patronage in English Drama, 1570-1642; and, most recently, Shakespeare’s London 1613. He has authored over 100 scholarly articles, and has lectured and presented over 95 papers at conferences in the United States and several European countries. In 2012, he was inducted as a “Fellow” of the Mediterranean Studies Association, an international organization. Bergeron has edited the pageants of Anthony Munday, Thomas Heywood, and Thomas Middleton. He was Editor of Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama for 28 years, and he served on the Editorial Board of Shakespeare Quarterly for 32 years.

Todd Andrew Borlik is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature, Literature and Nature in the English Renaissance: An Ecocritical Anthology, and over a dozen articles in academic journals such as Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey and English Literary Renaissance, on topics ranging from fairy-lore as enchanted entomology, to Renaissance aviation disasters, to android Hamlets. His research interests include the environmental humanities, Renaissance posthumanism, and Global Shakespeare (with a particular focus on Japan). He is currently writing a book entitled Shakespeare Beyond the Green World, which investigates the ecopolitics of the late plays at the Jacobean court.

Geraldo U. de Sousa is Professor of English at the University of Kansas.  His research focuses on Shakespeare, early modern British Studies, gender and race, social justice, environmental studies, the Mediterranean region, Luso-Brazilian studies, and the transcultural experience. His extensive record of publications includes At Home in Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Shakespeare’s Cross-Cultural Encounters, and numerous articles.  He served as editor of the journal Mediterranean Studies for ten years and has published on Luso-Brazilian, Mediterranean, and Global Studies.  He has served as Acting Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.  Previously, he worked for the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Brazil.  For many years, he helped organize the international congresses of the Mediterranean Studies Association, all over the Mediterranean region. 

John Gillies is Professor in Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Shakespeare and the geography of difference (Cambridge, 1994), and co-editor of Performing Shakespeare in Japan (Cambridge, 2001) and Playing the Globe : genre and geography in early modern drama (AUP, 1998). He has written numerous pieces on early modern literature and drama. He is currently working towards two books : Complicity, a cultural and intellectual history, and The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare.


Danièle Berton-Charrière is Professor Emerita and a member of IHRIM-Clermont-Fd (UMR 5317) at Université Clermont Auvergne. Her research fields are drama and theatre (Elizabethan, Jacobean, and contemporary Scottish drama); intertextuality, intersemioticity; authorship, computer-assisted analysis; translation of play-texts for the stage. She has written more than fifty articles. She defended her French « Thèse d’État » in 2002: «  Cyril Tourneur: vie et œuvre d’un dramaturge jacobéen ».

A graduate from Oxford University in Romantic Studies and a Fulbright scholar, Caroline Bertonèche is Professor of English Literature at the University Grenoble Alpes, president of the SERA (Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais) and member of the steering committee of ERA (European Romanticisms in Association). She holds a doctoral degree from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, a post-doctoral fellowship from Harvard and Yale University and was awarded, in 2001, the Keats-Shelley Second Essay Prize Award. She has published, since then, several articles on British Romanticism and literary criticism, on the modes of influence in poetic and medical discourse, on poetry and astronomy and on the rewriting of scientific myths in the nineteenth century. She is the author of two books on John Keats: Keats et l’Italie. L’incitation au voyage (Paris : Houdiard, 2011) and John Keats. Le poète et le mythe (Lyon: PUL, 2011). She also edited a selection of essays, dedicated to Susan Sontag, on Bacilles, phobies et contagions. Les métaphores de la pathologie (Paris : Houdiard, 2012) and, more recently, co-edited a book on Romantic madness, ‘Is that Madness?’ : Les organes de la folie romantique (Paris: Houdiard, 2016). She is now working on a new book on Antique and Romantic skies in Europe.

Sophie Chiari is Professor of early modern studies at Université Clermont Auvergne. She has published several books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Wit, and As You Like It: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Liberty (Presses Universitaires de France, 2014 and 2016). She has edited several collections of essays such as The Circulation of Ideas in Early Modern English Literature (Ashgate, 2015; Routledge, 2016); Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare coedited with Mickaël Popelard (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); Freedom and Censorship in Early Modern English Literature (Routledge, 2019); and Performances at Court in the Age of Shakespeare coedited with John Mucciolo (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Her latest monograph is entitled Shakespeare’s Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). She is currently working on an Arden Dictionary entitled Shakespeare’s Environment: A Dictionary (Bloomsbury). 

Meriel Cordier is a PhD candidate in English literature at Université Clermont Auvergne and a member of the IHRIM laboratory. Her dissertation, written under the supervision of Pr. Sophie Chiari, examines the literary and cultural roles assigned to nature, species and gender in early modern literature, by developing an ecofeminist approach to pastoral works from the turn of the seventeenth century. Her first article, “Queer”, published in Abécédaire de la rupture (Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal) is forthcoming.

Anna Demoux holds a PhD in English Literature from Université Clermont Auvergne, France, and is a secondary school teacher. Her research interests include Early modern drama, early modern Anglo-Iberian relations and their broader European context, theories and practices of transtextuality, dramatic adaptation, sources in context(s) and circulation of texts, and contemporary staging and translations of early modern plays. She has written several articles on Shakespeare and Webster. Between 2012 and 2016, she worked as a desktop publisher for Coup de Théâtre, the peer-reviewed journal published by RADAC. In 2017, she was awarded the “Bill S. Goldman for Best Student Paper” prize at the AIR2017 international conference in Zafra (Spain). She is currently Chair of the Anglo-Iberian Relations (AIR) network, and a member of the organising committee of the AIR2019 Conference (Anglo-Iberian Relations Conference, Oviedo, Spain, 14-16 November).

Alix Desnain is a doctoral fellow at Université Clermont Auvergne, where she also teaches. A specialist of English literature, she wrote a master’s thesis on the transformation of the Arthurian legend throughout the Middle Ages. Her dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Sophie Chiari, now focuses on its resurgence in the literature and the culture of Early Modern England. 

Anne-Valérie Dulac is a Senior Lecturer in early modern literature at Sorbonne Université. Her research interests include Sir Philip Sidney’s works and correspondence, visual culture, limning, watercolours and the description and/or use of visual arts and artefacts in travel narratives and diplomacy.

Isabelle Fernandes is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British Civilization at the English Department at Université Clermont Auvergne, France. She belongs to the IHRIM research group (Institut d’Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités, UMR 5317). Her research focuses on political and religious thought in the 16th and 17th centuries (martyrdom and gynaecocracy in particular). She is the author of works on Mary Tudor (Marie Tudor, Tallandier, 2012), John Foxe (Le Sang et l’encre. John Foxe et l’écriture du martyre protestant anglais, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2012), co-edited a sermon (A Godly and Fruitfull Sermon preached at Grantham by Francis Trigge, 1595, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2013) and is currently working on a biography of Mary Stuart, as well as on a collection of essays on martyrdom in early modern Europe.

Anne Geoffroy is Senior Lecturer at Université Versailles Saint Quentin and specializes in sixteenth-century literature. She works on the English representations of Venice in the early modern period.

Laurence Gourievidis is Senior Lecturer in British History at Université Clermont Auvergne. She is particularly interested in memory, museum and heritage studies. In 2010, she published an edited collection entitled The Dynamics of Heritage: History, Memory and the Highland Clearances (Ashgate).

Katie Halsey is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling, and the Director of its Centre for Eighteenth- Century Studies. She is the author of Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945 (2012), and recent publications include a special issue of Textus, entitled Subversive Jane Austen: From the Critic to the Reader (2017), and, with Angus Vine, the co-edited Shakespeare and Authority: Citations, Conceptions and Constructions (2018). She is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers.

Sophie Lemercier-Goddard is Associate Professor of English at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a member of IHRIM research unit (UMR 5317). She has published several articles on Shakespeare and English narratives of exploration. In her more recent articles, she examines English voyages in search of the Northwest passage (Gilbert, Frobisher, Hudson), focusing on rhetoric, identity, knowledge exchange, nationalist discourse, the forming of self and nation in the English Atlantic World, showing how voyages to the Arctic initiated the grand narrative of the British empire and also created an imagined community. She has recently co-edited with Sophie Chiari John WebsterDismal tragedy: The Duchess of Malfi Reconsidered (PUBP, 2019). Her current project involves the cultural and political aspects of translation and the general economy of travel.

Pierre Lurbe is Professor of English Studies at Sorbonne Université. He specializes in the history of ideas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with particular emphasis on the interconnection between political thought and religious ideas. He has published numerous books and articles on John Toland and his age. He is also the author, with Peter John, of Civilisation britannique (updated edition, 2017) and Le Royaume-Uni Aujourd’hui (8th edition, 2017). With Glen Burgess and Frank Lessay, he has coedited Le joug normand: la conquête normande et son interprétation dans l’historiographie et la pensée politique anglais (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles) (2004). He has been President of SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur) from 2012 to 2016. 

Vincent Martins is doctoral student at Université Clermont Auvergne. His thesis focuses on the influence of Shakespeare’s plays on George R. R. Martin’s saga A Song of Ice and Fire.  

Sandhya Patel is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the Université Clermont Auvergne, France. Her PhD (Université Française du Pacifique, Tahiti) was on eighteenth-century shipboard logs and journals. She works on French and British  voyages of exploration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Jonathan Pollock is Professor of English and related literature at the University of Perpignan-Via Domitia, France. He is the author of Qu’est-ce que l’humour ?  (Klincksieck, 2001), Le Moine (de Lewis) d’Antonin Artaud (Gallimard, 2002), Le Rire du Mômo : Antonin Artaud et la littérature anglo-américaine (Kimé, 2002), Déclinaisons. Le naturalisme poétique de Lucrèce à Lacan (Hermann, 2010) and Lire Les Cantos d’Ezra Pound (Hermann, 2014).

Mickaël Popelard is Professor of early modern literature at the University of Caen Normandie. His research focuses on Bacon’s philosophy, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and early modern travel narratives with a special interest in the two-way interaction between science and literature in the early modern period. He is the author of two books on Shakespeare and Bacon and the co-editor, with Sophie Chiari, of Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare (Edinburgh, EUP, 2017). He is currently putting the finishing touches to a translation of the New Atlantis and other literary pieces by Francis Bacon, which is due to appear in 2020.

Anne Rouhette is a Senior Lecturer in 18th  and 19th Century British Literature at the University of Clermont-Auvergne, France. Her main field of interest is women’s fiction from the late 18th and the early 19th centuries and she has published in particular on Mary Shelley, Frances Burney and Jane Austen. She is currently working on a critical edition of an 18th-century translation of Evelina.

Chantal Schütz is Associate Professor of English at École Polytechnique, Paris. She holds a Ph.D. on Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, my Masters and published a bilingual edition of the play in 2013 (Classiques Garnier, Paris). Her recent work includes papers on music in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Middleton’s Black Book, A Mad World, my Masters, Microcynicon, Shakespeare and opera, and the Globe theatre.

Julie Van Parys-Rotondi holds a PhD in Early Modern History from Université Clermont Auvergne and is a member of the IHRIM research center. Her dissertation focused on Queen Katherine Parr and female members of her household’s influence in the establishment of the Reformation in England. Her research interests center around religious issues in England during the early modern period and she is particularly interested in the study of devotional manuals written by Tudor women. She is currently working on a French translation of Elizabeth Tyrwhit’s devotional manual Morning and Evening Prayers (1574).

Angus Vine has been Senior Lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Stirling since 2011, after two years as a lecturer in early modern literature at Sussex. He holds a MA, a MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a PGCertHE from the University of Sussex. He was Research Associate on The Oxford Francis Bacon project at the University of Cambridge from 2005 to 2008, and Senior Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online project at the Faculty of English in Cambridge (2008-2009). His research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and culture, with particular interests in antiquarianism, the works of Francis Bacon, manuscript and textual studies, and history of the book. His first book, In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He is also on the editorial board and one of the volume editors of The Oxford Francis Bacon. Other recent publications include articles on Bacon’s notebooks, on manuscript and commonplace culture, and on etymology.