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Czech Mates

Czech MatesDr Christian M. Billing (left, Department of Drama and Music, University of Hull) with Professor Pavel Dràbek (right, Head of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University, Brno) and their recent volume: 'Czech Stage Art and Stage Design', which was published last month by Masaryk University Press.

Dr Christian M. Billing was this week in the Czech Republic to deliver a lecture on 'Classical Intertexts in Shakespeare in Performance' to staff and students from a number of Central and Eastern European Universities. Dr Billings lecture kicked off an international conference on: 'Early Modern Theatre in Europe', organised by the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University, Brno. Whilst at Masaryk, Dr Billing also delivered a seminar to graduate research students, in which he outlined the processes of managing, funding and conducting academic research projects in the Arts and Humanities. Dr Billing was also able to celebrate formally the book launch of his recent volume: 'Czech Stage Art and Stage Design' when he visited the Baroque Court Theatre of the adjacent castle-town of Mikulov. This unique volume on the history of Czech Scenography was co-edited with Professor Pavel Dràbek (Head of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University).

These prestigious research and publication events enabled further strengthening of the on-going research partnership between Hull and Masaryk Universities, and feed directly into the international research strategies of the Historiography Research Grouping of the Department of Drama and Music (a research grouping that is led by Dr Billing).

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