The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World II, 2018

The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World, II
5-7 April 2018, New College, Oxford

Call for Papers

Following the success of the 2016 London Stage conference, we welcome contributions on all aspects and forms of drama and theatrical practice in nineteenth-century London, from plays and operas to pantomime and puppetry. Subjects might include: theatrical resources, including collections; the constitution and history of theatrical genres; publishing and print circulation; stage biography; music and musicians; scenography and spectacle; and theatrical spaces beyond the theatre. The ‘London stage’ should be interpreted as inclusively as possible, and we particularly seek papers on such topics as criticism, dance, the staging of the natural environment, theatrical technology, colonial politics, and international influences on London theatre. The meeting will provide another opportunity 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.

All sessions will be held at New College, Oxford, with a keynote address by Tracy C. Davis.

Those wishing to give formal 20-minute papers should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a biography of 100 words. However, we also encourage submissions for discussion panels, and are keen to receive proposals for other formats. The panel for paper selection will be Michael Burden, Jim Davis, Jonathan Hicks, David Francis Taylor, and Susan Valladares.

All proposal are due by midnight on 11 December 2017, and should be submitted to Jacqui Julier at:

Inquiries to the organisers, Michael Burden ( or Jonathan Hicks (

Painting of pretty dancer
April 2018
08:00 - 22:00
New College
Eligible audience