Keynote speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Apostolos Lampropoulos, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Carl Lavery  in dialogue with Simon Murray, University of Glasgow
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University


Apostolos Lampropoulos is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University Bordeaux Montaigne. He taught for several years at the University of Cyprus (2002-2013), as well as at the Free University of Berlin as Visiting Professor (2010). He has also been Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2003-3004) and Marie Curie Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2014). He has published a monograph entitled Le Pari de la description (L’Harmattan, 2002). He has coedited the volumes States of Theory (with Antonis Balasopoulos, Metaichmio, 2010), AutoBioPhagies (with May Chehab, Peter Lang, 2011) and Textual Layering: (with Maria Margaroni and Christos Hadjichristos, Lexington Books, 2017), as well as the special issue “Configurations of Cultural Amnesia” of the journal Synthesis ( (with Vassiliki Markidou, 2011). He is interested in deconstruction and poststructuralism; body and visual studies; the reception of French thought in the Anglo-American and Greek academia. Current projects include: an edited volume on the relationship between the intimate and the political in the thought of Jean-Luc Nancy; a monograph on the intimate dimension of deconstructive writing; collaborative projects bringing together contemporary art, anthropology, and cultural criticism; a number of artistic performances.


Carl Lavery is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Glasgow. His recent publications include Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (2015), a special edition of Performance Research on “Ruins and Ruination” (2015), and a special edition of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, “What Can Theatre Do?” (2016). In addition to these, he has published numerous other books and articles on contemporary theatre and performance, and works creatively as an artistic researcher and writer. His performance piece and film “Return to Battleship Island” (made with the artist Lee Hassall) about the ruins of Hashima in Japan has been shown in Buenos Aires, Japan, London, Paris, and in numerous arts centres in the UK.


Simon Murray teaches contemporary theatre and performance at the University of Glasgow. A Sociologist ‘by trade’ he has also been a professional actor and theatre maker and before coming to Glasgow in 2008 he was Director of Theatre at Dartington College of Arts. Simon has published widely across the span of theatre and performance studies and his works include the only full-length monograph on Jacques Lecoq (2003) and Physical Theatres: a Critical Introduction (2007 & 2016) and Physical Theatres: a Critical Reader (2007) (both with John Keefe). He has also written essays on lightness as a cultural and performative disposition, and on WG (Max) Sebald and contemporary performance. With cultural geographer, Hayden Lorimer he contributed ‘The Ruin in Question’ to the Performance Research issue on Ruins and Ruination, edited by Carl Lavery (June 2015). Simon is currently writing a book entitled ‘Performing Ruins’ for the series, Performing Landscapes, edited by Dee Heddon and Sally Mackay. With Jonathan Pitches (Leeds University) he co-founded (2010) and co-edited the journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. Since 2016 he has become consultant editor for this journal.


Jyotsna G. Singh is Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Her published work includes the following: The Postcolonial World Co-ed. (2016); A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion: A Companion, Ed. (2009 and 2013); Travel Knowledge: European “Discoveries” in the Early Modern Period (co-editor Ivo Kamps, 2001); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: “Discoveries” of India in the Language of Colonialism, Monograph (1996); and The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (co-authors Dympna Callaghan and Lorraine Helms, 1994). She has published numerous articles and book chapters.  Her articles have appeared in journals such as Renaissance Drama and Theater Journal. She has received several fellowships, among others, at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Queen Mary, University of London, UK (Distinguished Visiting Faculty), and most recently an NEH (National Endowment of the Humanities) Summer Research Fellowship. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled, Transcultural Islam: Muslim and Christian Identities in the Early Modern World. She is also writing Shakespeare and the Postcolonial World (under contract with Bloomsbury Arden, 2017). Also forthcoming in 2017 is a contextual study of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (with Daniel Vitkus).