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2013 Conference

Action, Language, Text: Crossing Translational and Transnational Boundaries in Early Modern Theater and Performance Culture
June 3-6, 2013



Speakers Include:
Tom Bishop (Univ. Auckland, NZ), Pamela Brown (U Conn), Bianca Calabresi (Fairleigh Dickinson), Pavel Drábek (Univ. of Hull, UK), Melinda Gough (McMaster Univ., Canada), Nicole T. Hughes (Columbia), M.A. Katritzky (Open Univ., UK), Natasha Korda (Wesleyan), Jacques Lezra (NYU), Clare McManus (Roehampton, London), Eric Nicholson (NYU-Florence), Shormishtha Panja (Univ. of Delhi), David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library and Univ. of Cape Town), Jane Tylus (NYU), Melissa Walter (Univ. of the Fraser Valley, Canada), Will West (Northwestern), Anna Wainwright (NYU), Susanne Wofford (NYU).
With Performances by Mace Perlman, Eric Nicholson, and Rob Henke

Download/view 2013 Conference Program

B. Buontalenti, costume designs for intermezzo to La Pellegrina, Medici Wedding, 1589

B. Buontalenti, costume designs for intermezzo to La Pellegrina, Medici Wedding, 1589

Past Conferences

2011 Conference

Mobility, Hybridity and Reciprocal Exchange in the Theatres of Early Modern Europe
NYU Madrid Villa, Madrid, Spain
May 25th to May 30th, 2011


Sponsored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University (NYU), NYU's Department of Comparative Literature, NYU-Madrid, and the Office of Global Programs at NYU

Download/view 2011 Conference Program

Corral de Comedias at Almagro

Corral de Comedias at Almagro, Photo Credit: pablo.sanchez

2009 Conference

Theater Without Borders Conference - TransEuropa III '09
NYU Villa - Villa La Pietra
May 23rd to May 27th, 2009


Conference hosted by:
The Gallatin School, New York University and
New York University's 'Villa La Pietra'
Florence, Italy

Download/view 2009 Conference Program

2008 Conference

Theater Without Borders Conference - TransEuropa II '08
University Centre
Masaryk University in Telc,
Czech Republic
June 21-26 2008

2007 Conference

Masaryk University Centre Telc

TransEuropa I '07: Early Modern Drama between East and West
Theater Without Borders Conference
May 2007, Prague

Charles University, Prague


Istanbul 2006

"Transnational and Transcultural Exchange in Early Modern Drama," Kadir Has University, Istanbul, May 15-19, 2006

Istanbul 2005

"Theatre without Borders," Istanbul, May 14-19, 2005 kadir has university, istanbul cibali merkez campüsü


Download/view 2008 Conference Program


Masaryk University Centre Telc
Námestí Zachariáse z Hradce 2, 588 56 Telc
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 549 49 1140, 1141
Fax: +420 567 213 014




Past Conference Papers:

Download/view Final Prague Conference Program
Download/view TransEuropa Poster
Download/view TransEuropa Schedule

Conference Statement

This conference will focus on the transnational and intercultural aspects of Early Modern drama with a special interest in the theatrical relations between Eastern and Western Europe, and the role of the Venetian (and Italian) dramatic diaspora in shaping trans-European drama. A decade and a half after the ending of political divisions between Eastern and Western Europe, scholars of Early Modern drama have still not advanced very far in the serious work of representing the full picture of how early modern theater--plays, playwrights, players, theatergrams, genres and theories--travelled and reshaped the theatrical culture of Europe into a complex transcultural form. Nor have scholars developed sufficient theoretical and historical frameworks to discuss the differing kinds of influences, intertextualities, intercultural dialogues and transcultural performance practices created by the international character of early modern drama. Our conference aims to undertake both these tasks.

We welcome papers from scholars in comparative literature as well as from scholars in specific language traditions, for we assume that true interdisciplinary work will emerge best from collaboration among scholars who are deeply rooted in national literary traditions. All papers, however, should address the questions of the conference and consider how plays and players crossed borders, why and with what effects, whether aesthetic, dramatic, political or social. Papers may take up theoretical topics of relevance or consider such diverse subjects as translation, the role of audiences, the symbolic and real role of geography, the significance of utopian or aesthetic spaces in differing contexts, historical phenomenology, the authority of performance, or the links between drama and ideology.

As a research collaborative especially interested in performance practices, we also welcome papers and presentations from theatre professionals, dramaturgs and scholars on the performance of early modern plays, including contemporary (20th-21st century) stagings of those plays; or on early modern performance of scripted or unscripted drama.

We will welcome papers on the performance in Eastern Europe of early modern drama, including the work of comic performers like traveling commedia troupes in the 16th-17th centuries, but also the reception and interpretation of canonical dramatic figures like Shakespeare, Moličre, or Lope. In addition, papers on the influence of Eastern European theatre on Western theatrical traditions both in the early modern period, and in the present, with a focus on the work of modern directors and actors whose interpretations of early modern plays have helped shaped the modernist and postmodern theatre, will form a relevant part of our inquiry.

List of Confirmed Speakers
  1. Richard Andrews, Professor of Italian (Emeritus), Leeds University
  2. Christian M Billing, Senior Lecturer, Department of Drama, University of Hull
  3. Pamela Brown, Assoc. Prof. of English, University of Connecticut
  4. Bianca F.-C. Calabresi, Haarlow-Cotsen Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University
  5. Petr Christov, Charles University and Masaryk University, Prague
  6. Pavel Drabek, Masaryk University, Prague
  7. Donald Hedrick, Professor of English, Kansas State University
  8. Robert Henke, Prof. of Comparative Literature and Drama, Washington University in St Louis
  9. Jean Howard, Professor of English, Columbia University (as respondent)
  10. Magdalena Jackova, Charles University
  11. M. A. (Peg) Katritzky, Wilkes Research Fellow in Theatre Studies, Department of Literature, The Open University (U.K.)
  12. Jacques Lezra, Professor of English and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  13. Eric Nicholson, Italian and Comparative Drama, University of Syracuse abroad, Florence, Italy
  14. Shormishtha Panja, Professor and Chair of English, University of Delhi
  15. Martin Prochazka, Professor of English, Charles University
  16. Alena Sarkissian, Prof. of English, Charles University
  17. David Schalkwyk, Prof of English and Dean, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  18. Jane Tylus, Professor of Italian, New York University
  19. Melissa Walter, Visiting Assistant Prof. in English, University of Oregon
  20. Susanne Wofford, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  21. Ema Vyroubalova, PhD Student, Stanford University
  22. Clare McManus, Roehampton University, London, as respondent

Directions and Travel Information

Airport Shuttles (CEDAZ) and Airport Taxis operate at fixed rates.

Rates for Airport Taxis: 590 CZK (29.50, USD, 21 EUR, 13.90 GBP), for Mercedes cars 20 percent surcharge (total 708 CZK, 35.40 USD, 24.90 EUR, 16.70 GBP).

Rates for CEDAZ Airport Shuttles: 480 CZK (24 USD, 17 EUR, 11.40 GBP) for one to four persons going to one hotel or boarding house in the city centre; 960 CZK (48 USD, 34 EUR, 22.80 GBP) for five to eight persons going to one destination in the city centre.

Scheduled Shuttle Bus (CEDAZ) service operating between 6:00 and 21:00 every thirty minutes connects the airport with the city centre (V Celnici street) and stops at the Subway/Underground (Metro) A line station Dejvicka. The fare is 90 CZK (4.50 USD, 3.20 EUR, 2.15 GBP), or 60 CZK (3 USD, 2.20 EUR, 1.45 GBP) to the Dejvicka Metro station.

Note: all participants planning to use Airport Shuttles and Scheduled Shuttle Bus should proceed to the CEDAZ ticket counter in the Arrival Lounges of both Terminals of the Prague Airport. The counter is open from 7:00 to 22:00.

Municipal Transport Bus 119, running approximately every fifteen minutes, connects the airport with the station Dejvicka of the Underground (Metro), line A.

Transferrable Municipal Transport tickets (valid for 60 minutes on all routes operated by Prague Municipal Trasport) are available for 20 Czech crowns (1 USD, 0.75 EUR, 0.50 GBP) at tobacconists, street kiosks and from the vending machines at the Prague Airport and at all stations of the Subway/Underground (Metro).

ATM machines providing local currency (koruna, CZK) are located in the Airport Arrival Lounges and in the vicinity of the conference venue and of both Guest Houses. They accept all major credit cards.

Directions and Options
Airport Shuttles and Taxis are convenient for the participants staying at both Guest Houses.

Guest House A
Charles University Guest House
(Rektoratni hotel UK)
Celetna 14
110 00 Prague 1
phone: (+420) 224491256
Caution: Since the Guest House is located in a pedestrian precinct, taxis and shuttles cannot stop in front of the house. They will take you to the end of Tynska ulicka and you will have to walk about 150-200 yards. The access to the house is through a hallway in which a tourist information centre is located. At night the guests are requested to ring the bell on the main door. [Detailed internet map of the area]

Guest House B
The School of Music and Performing Arts (AMU) Guest House (Ubytovaci zarizeni AMU)
Trziste 18
118 00 Prague 1
phone: (+420) 257530404
Caution: Since the AMU Guest House is located opposite the U.S. Embassy in a special security zone, taxis and shuttles cannot drive beyond the police checkpoint located approximately 100 meters from the Guest House. Pedestrians have a free admittance beyond this point and are never stopped by the police. [Detailed internet map of the area]

Municipal Transport
Participants staying at Guest House A (Charles University Guest House)
take bus 119 from the airport to Dejvicka (terminus), then the Underground (Metro A) to Staromestska (3 stops), and then walk along the Kaprova street, cross the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and follow the Celetna Street. The Guest House will be on their right. The access is through a hallway in which a tourist information centre is located. At night the guests are requested to ring the bell on the main door. Walking distance approximately 500 yards. [Detailed internet map of the area]
Participants staying at Guest House B (AMU Guest House)
Take bus 119 from the Airport to Dejvicka (terminus), then the Underground (Metro A) to Malostranska (two stops) and then trams 22, 23, 12 or 20 to Malostranske namesti (one stop). (After getting off follow the tramlines in the same direction and then take the first street turning to the right. The Guest House is on the right-hand side of the street. Walking distance 200 metres. [Detailed internet map of the area]

The conference venue (Charles University, Faculty of Arts / Filozoficka fakulta, Jana Palacha 2, 116 38 Prague 1, Rooms No. 104 and 111, first floor) is located within a walking distance from both Guest Houses.

From Guest House A (Charles University Guest House)
Follow the Celetna Street to the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti), cross it to the Kaprova Street. The Faculty of Arts building is at the end of the Kaprova, to the right from the entrance to Metro A station Staromestska. Walking time 10 minutes. [Detailed internet map of the area]

From Guest House B (AMU Guest House)
You can either walk, turning left to the Malostranske square, then right to the Mostecka street, crossing Charles Bridge (Karluv most), and then turning to the left to Krizovnicka street and follow the tramlines to Jana Palacha Square. The Faculty of Arts building will be on your right. Walking time 15 min (a major tourist route).
Or you can take trams 22, 23, 12 or 20 from Malostranske namesti to Malostranska Metro A station and from there go by tram 18 or Metro A (one stop) to Staromestska, or walk across Manesuv Bridge (10 minutes). [Detailed internet map of the area]

The access to Rooms 104 and 111 will be marked by arrows. On May 16, Room 104 will be open for conference registration from 5 PM.

Internet maps of other locations in Prague can be downloaded from

Caution: Beware of pickpockets on all services of Prague Municipal Transport and all public places frequented by tourists. Never carry all your money, cards and documents in one place.

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