Posted on 20 April 2016
Judith Buchanan, Professor of Film and Literature in York’s Department of English and Related Literature, will travel to Helsingør, Denmark to speak at the Elsinore International Conference on 23 April.
Exploring why we engage with Shakespeare’s works 400 years after his death and how this will continue in the future, the conference will bring together international scholars, critics, actors, directors, artists and designers from education, technology, film, theatre and digital media.
Professor Buchanan’s keynote speech, ‘The future in the instant’: Shakespeare’s Janus gaze and ours, will address how Shakespeare’s thinking about the future relates to the past, and will explore the role of the archive in rethinking theatrical performance.
Professor Buchanan said: “It’s an honour to give the keynote address for this major Shakespeare anniversary on 23rd April 2016 in a beautiful location with such powerful Shakespearean associations. I’m fully expecting we’ll be joined by a collection of interesting and interested ghosts.”
An expert in Shakespeare and silent film, Professor Buchanan is also Director of Silents Now, a project that works with cinemas, festivals, film-makers, musicians, actors and broadcasters to bring little-known films from the silent era back into circulation. Her other upcoming Shakespeare events include:
Professor Buchanan continued: “This anniversary year gives us the opportunity to consider Shakespeare’s remarkable contribution to our social, cultural and political life across the past four centuries and consider creative new ways of engaging with his work for the future. It’s a privilege to be contributing to some of the celebratory and exploratory events marking the anniversary moment.”
Professor Buchanan is also the Shakespeare Consultant and Co-Screenwriter for a new adaptation of Macbeth produced by GSP Studios, currently in post-production.