My attempt at keeping the diary clear of talks between January and September this year is just about holding. The last seminar I gave was on Foucault and health research and activism in January, and with the exception of three small events in April and May – a roundtable contribution on representation at the UCL IAS, an internal seminar there, and a panel discussion of Sur les toits at Warwick – the next major talk is in September.
This will be to speak at the Spindel Conference at University of Memphis. I will be giving a much-developed version of a talk that had a trial run last year: “Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre, Politics”. Papers from this event will be published in the Southern Journal of Philosophy.
In October, I’ll again be speaking on Shakespeare at a conference on Early Modern Literary Geographies, held at the Huntington Library in California. The draft title is “Denmark, Norway, Poland: Regional Geopolitics in Hamlet” – part of a chapter of the Shakespearean Territories project.
In December I’ll be taking a trip to Gießen, Germany, to give a keynote lecture to the International Research Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus-Liebig-Universität. There will be a workshop on my work the next day.
In February 2017, it will be back up to Durham to give a public lecture at the Institute of Advanced Study. This will be under the ‘scale’ annual theme, but I expect that both in Durham and in Gießen my main focus will be terrain and territory.
I will likely attend the AAG meeting in Boston in March 2017, perhaps combining it with a couple of other events in the USA. In April, there will be the London Review of International Law annual lecture; and on 27 April I will be at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Again, I expect most of these talks will relate to terrain in some way.
My attempt with these talks has been to get them to coincide with the larger writing projects. On this plan I get the chance to talk about Shakespeare a couple more times while that is my major writing focus, and don’t have to break from that work until December. Then, towards the end of the year and at the beginning of 2017, when I expect my research and writing will shift to the terrain work, I have some clear deadlines for when I need to have parts of the writing ready.
In the past few years, I’ve ended up giving 20-25 talks per year. I might keep 2016 to below 10. As ever, all the details for forthcoming talks are here.