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Péter Dávidházi is Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of Academia Europaea, and Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Author of numerous books including The Romantic Cult of Shakespeare: Literary Reception in Anthropological Perspective, Macmillan, 1998. He edited New Publication Cultures in the Humanities: Exploring the Paradigm Shift, Amsterdam University Press, 2014. His latest book is “Vagy jőni fog”: Bibliai minták nemzetiesítése a magyar költészetben [“Or it will come”: The Appropriation of Biblical Patterns in Hungarian Poetry], Ráció, 2017. His current research focuses on biblical allusions in Shakespeare, the prophetic tradition in Hungarian poetry, and the methodological changes of recent literary scholarship. 

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Francesca Rayner

Francesca Rayner is Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Theatre and Performance. Her research centres on the cultural politics of performance, with a particular interest in questions of gender and sexuality in the performance of Shakespeare in Portugal. She has published widely on Shakespeare and performance in national and international journals, including Cahiers Elisabethains, SEDERI Yearbook, Multicultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin and Luso-Brazilian Review and contributed chapters to several international volumes. She has been a member of the research project “The presence of Shakespeare in Spain and the mark of his European reception”, coordinated by the University of Murcia, since 2008 and was an evaluator and researcher for the European Union performance project “P-STAGE”, which produced a Portuguese-language version of Macbeth between 2013 and 2014. She contributed a chapter on the performance history of Troilus and Cressida to the 2019 Arden Critical Editions and published the bilingual Contemporary Portuguese Theatre: Performance and Criticism 2010-2015 (2017) and Shakespeare and the Challenge of the Contemporary (2021) for Arden Shakespeare. She co-edited the volume Othello in European Culture (2022) with Elena Bandín and Laura Campillo Arnaiz for John Benjamins and contributed a chapter to Boika Sokolova and Janice Valls-Russell’s Shakespeare’s Others in 21st –Century Performance (2021), also for Arden Shakespeare. She is currently editing a book on the early modern and contemporary resonances of Troy with Janice Valls-Russell for Legenda. 

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Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan is Reader in Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. She is the author of Shakespeare and Digital Performance in Practice (Palgrave, forthcoming 2022), which explores the transformations that the theatrical performance of Shakespeare has undergone with the rise of live broadcasting, intermedial dramaturgy, and born-digital experiments with social media, VR, and video-conferencing technologies. With Gemma Allred and Ben Broadribb she is the co-editor of Lockdown Shakespeare: New Evolutions in Performance and Adaptation (Bloomsbury, 2022), and with Deborah Cartmell she is the co-founder of the Remixing the Classics research network, which is exploring the intersection of classic literature and digital technologies.