Dr. Stephen Wittek is a scholar of early modern theatre and early modern news culture. He holds a PhD in literature from McGill and a Master’s degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. In addition to his administrational responsibilities as project manager, his work for the Early Modern Conversions project entails digital humanities research and research focusing on the relationship of conversion to cities, media, and the early modern stage.
Dr. Wittek is the author of The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News. With the goal of establishging a more thorough understanding of the central, formative function of Shakespeare’s theatre in the news culture of early modern England, the book combines historical research with recent developments in public sphere theory, and argues that the unique discursive space created by commercial theatre helped to foster the conceptual framework that made news possible. In 2014, the CBC Radio One program Ideas showcased Dr. Wittek’s research as part of the ‘Ideas from the Trenches’ series (available for streaming or download here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/
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