The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World III

Owing to the escalation of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the conference has been deferred and will now take place on 15-17 April 2021.


Call for Papers

The third London Stage in the 19th-century World conference will be held at New College, Oxford, 16-18 April 2020, and 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. 

We welcome contributions on all aspects and forms of theatrical practice in nineteenth-century London, from plays and operas to pantomime and puppetry. The ‘London stage’ should be 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 are also sought.

For the 2020 conference, we are particularly interested in how metropolitan performance engaged with global trends, including (though not limited to) trade, conflict, climate, and migration. Proposals might address 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.

The Call for Papers has now closed. The panel for paper selection will be Michael Burden (Oxford), Jim Davis (Warwick), Jonathan Hicks (Aberdeen), Kate Newey (Exeter), and David Francis Taylor (Oxford).

London Stage 2020
Image: Set design by the Grieve family, showing a cloister in a wooded setting (Victoria and Albert Museum s.1028-1984)