Hot on the heels of our roundtable celebration of Elizabeth Inchbald (a recording of which is available on our YouTube channel), we're delighted to announce details of the conference we'll be holding at St. Hugh's College, Oxford on 8-9 September 2022 to mark the bicentenary of her death (in 1821). As the most prolific and successful playwright of late 18th-century Britain, as well as an actress, novelist, and drama critic, Inchbald deserves the discussion, debate, and celebration that our conference will involve. It will also provide a forum in which we can think about what Inchbald's works mean for us today - and how we might engage with and stage her work in the future.
We're especially excited to reveal that the conference will include a professional, script-in-hand performance of her 1788 farce Animal Magnetism, to be directed by Colin Blumenau, who's productions of Inchbald's plays at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds were met with critical acclaim.
We welcome proposals on topics related to all aspects of Inchbald’s work and career, as well as on approaches to staging and reading Inchbald in the 21st century. Proposals can be for 20-minute papers or alternative presentation formats.
Please send abstracts to David Taylor (University of Oxford) at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 March 2022.
Please do share our CFP poster on social media!