The 8th Annual Conference 2020

We regret this year's event has been cancelled due to the corona virus outbreak

Our confirmed keynote speakers for 2020:

Dr Steven Donnachie (University of Swansea, UK) Provisional topic: “Aimery de Lusignan: The First King of Cyprus, 1197-1205”

Professor Sarah Ross (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Provisional topic: The Renaissance Complaint

Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota, USA). Provisional topic: Dynastic Marriages in the Mediterranean during the mediaeval and early modern periods.


Held annually since 2012, Othello's Island is a multi-disciplinary conference that looks at Medieval, Renaissance and early modern history, literature, art and other culture, held in Nicosia, Cyprus. It brings together a wide range of academics and research students, from all over the world, to discuss their work in what we describe as a multi-disciplinary event.

Sometimes the themes of different papers can seem very diverse, but a multi-disciplinary approach means that we encourage participants to listen to a wide range of papers, in different discipline areas, in the belief that this can lead to new, sometimes remarkable, insights.

Old Town Nicosia is a city of narrow medieval streets, surrounded by the huge Venetian walls, where you will find lovely museums, shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as medieval and renaissance buildings, harking back to the medieval and renaissance period, when Cyprus was ruled by the French Lusignan royal family. Perhaps most notable of the house was the last Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, whose portrait was painted by Giorgione, Titian and other Renaissance artists.

The Call for Papers for the 8th instalment of the conference is now open and can be found here.

We are particularly keen on papers relating to:

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and the Mediterranean

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Material History

• The Joy of Text? Teaching Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Today

• All aspects of Early Modern Women Writers (c.1400 to c.1700)

• Medieval Travel and Tales of Travel

• The Byzantine Image in the West

• The Medieval World

• Renaissance Culture and Society.

However, we are a multi-disciplinary conference and so all aspects of the medieval (c. AD 500 to c. 1500) and early modern (c.1400 to c.1700) worlds are of interest to us, including non-Western subjects.

Please send proposals for papers (no more than 300 words) together with a CV or resume detailing your institutional affiliation, to Dr Michael Paraskos at m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk with the subject line Conference 2020.

All details are currently provisional and are subject to possible significant change. Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2020


We are pleased to announce that a generous offer from an anonymous benefactor means that we are able to offer a small number of free accommodation places (6 places) for doctoral graduate students accepted to give papers at this conference.


The accommodation is in single sex dormitory accommodation (3 people to a room), and is aimed only at those undertaking research at PhD / Doctoral level.

To be eligible to apply for the accommodation, you must be either currently enrolled at a university or other higher educational institution on a PhD programme with a specialism in an area relevant to the conference theme, or have submitted your final PhD thesis within 12 months of the end date of the conference. Free accommodation is not available to those delivering papers on topics other than medieval literature or for those who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria.

The accommodation is basic youth hostel in style and is only available from 5 April to 12 April 2020. No other dates or changes of dates are possible. You will still have to pay the conference registration fee and for other expenses, such as travel and food. No alternative accommodation is available.

Only a small number of places are available (maximum 6) and so an early request for the accommodation is recommended. If you would like to apply for this accommodation please indicate this on your email when you submit your proposal to deliver a paper at the conference.

The accommodation is only available for accepted speakers at the conference, and is not available to friends, colleagues or family who might be travelling to the conference with speakers.

NEW BOOK: Othello's Island 1: Selected Proceedings from the Othello's Island Conferences 2012-2019 is available from booksellers now.

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Diagram showing the three main themes of the conference working together.


If your proposed paper does not fit into any of these themes we might still be interested in hearing it. See information on this web page for details on how to submit.

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