Dr Johann Gregory

Dr Johann Gregory

Teacher (part time)

+44(0)29 208 75415
1.11, John Percival Building

Since November 2015 I've had two roles at Cardiff University: I teach English literature in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy and I work as a Research Associate in the Creative Economy team, where I am the co-ordinator for the Creative Cardiff Research Network. Except for 2014-15 when I was a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow at the University of East Anglia, I have been at Cardiff University as a student, teacher or researcher since 2003.

Honours and awards

In 2011 I was awarded the Edward Rhys-Price Studentship (£1000), a Cardiff University part-time PhD student-wide endowment with the decision 'based on the candidates’ relative merits and research potential'. I have also received travel awards for a number of workshops and conferences.

Training programme bursaries

In 2015 I received bursaries to attend the AHRC-sponsored workshop ‘WISE: What is Scholarly Editing? – A Collaborative Skills Development Training Programme’ at Cardiff University, April, 2015, and the follow on peer seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London. As part of this training, I experimenting with some digital editing using the work of John Taylor the Water Poet (1578-1653): Early Modern Editing Experiments.

Conference travel awards

  • Accommodation funds granted from the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft to speak at the conference 'Money and Power: Shakespeare’s Accounts' in Munich, April 2013
  • Travel grant awarded from Freie Universität Berlin for my attendance at their international workshop entitled 'Performing the Poetics of Passion: Troilus & Cressida / Troilus & Criseyde' in May 2010

As a PhD student, I received travel grants from Cardiff University to support costs of participation at:

  • Transmission and Transgression conference, Aix-en-Provence (2012)
  • Société Française Shakespeare conference, Paris (2011)
  • Medieval and Early-Modern Authorship conference, Geneva (2010)
  • Derrida Today conference, London (2010)
  • BritGrad conference, Stratford-upon-Avon (2008 and 2009)
  • Assuming Gender conference, Mid-Wales (2008)

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011
  • Member of the British Shakespeare Association since 2009

Speaking engagements


  • 2016: Co-presented on the work of Creative Cardiff at the research seminar of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
  • 2015: Led a workshop on ‘Shakespeare, Animals and the Human’ – responding to the work of Laurie Shannon and Andy Mousley – for the School’s ‘Medieval and Early Modern Research Seminar’ at UEA
  • 2014: Presented a paper on John Taylor the Water Poet, School’s Research Seminar at UEA
  • 2013: Presented a paper at the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft conference Money and Power: Shakespeare’s Accounts in Munich: ‘“[Theatre], thy name is woman”: Theatrical Value and Power in Shakespeare’
  • 2012: Invited to present a paper for the international conference Transmission and Transgression in Early Modern England at Université de Provence: ‘Transgression through Punishment: John Taylor and “willfull women”’
  • 2011: Co-presented a paper, with Alun Thomas, at Cambridge University’s Shakespeare Sources & Adaptation conference: ‘Playing with Precedents in Shakespeare: Expectations in Richard III and Troilus and Cressida
  • 2011: Presented a paper at the Société Française Shakespeare conference ‘Shakespeare et les arts de la table’ in Paris: ‘Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: Visualising Expectations as a Matter of Taste’
  • 2011: Presented a research paper at Cardiff Metropolitan University on ‘Being and Performing in Troilus and Cressida: “In faith, I lie”’
  • 2010: Presented a paper at the Derrida Today conference at Goodenough College, London, organised by Kingston University, London and Macquarie University, Sydney: ‘Shakespeare and Derrida’s “thought of the promise”’
  • 2010: Presented a paper at the Medieval and Early-Modern Authorship conference, Université de Genève: ‘The “author’s drift” in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection’
  • Presented papers at BritGrad, at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon (2008 and 2009), and Cardiff University’s Assuming Gender conference (2008)

Conference and event organisation

  • 2016: Supported with the organisation of Creative Cardiff’s Pop-up Hub at the Wales Millennium Centre for 25 creative professionals
  • 2016: Co-organised a ‘Creative Citizens’ seminar and book launch for the Creative Cardiff Research Network with the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • 2016: Organised a ‘Visual Research Methods – Working with Creatives’ seminar and book launch for the Creative Cardiff Research Network with the School of Social Sciences; this event also engaged with stakeholders outside the university, with 80 people in attendance:   
  • 2015: Supported with the organisation of the Creative Cardiff ‘Christmas Party’ held at Chapter Arts Centre, 2015 for creative freelancers in the city
  • 2015: Organising committee member for the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory Conference ‘Shakespeare and Waste’, where I also chaired a session
  • 2011: Chaired the session on ‘Shakespeare and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld’ at the Shakespeare Sources & Adaptation conference hosted by Cambridge University
  • 2008: Organised, with a colleague, the one-day conference Islands of Thought: Early-Modern Mentalities and Politics which I opened on 10th October 2008: the conference was the finale to the Graduate School’s funded interdisciplinary      Renaissance Seminar
  • 2007: Co-organised, with Joseph Sterrett, Sacred Text-Sacred Space, a postgraduate-led interdisciplinary research series consisting of 15 speakers, including a conference at St Fagans: National Museum Wales (2007), where I also chaired a session



  • 2014: PhD English Literature, Cardiff University
  • 2007: MA (Distinction) English Literature, Cardiff University
  • 2006: BA (First Class Honours) English Literature, Cardiff University

Career overview

  • 2015 - present: Teacher, School of English, Communication and Philosophy
  • 2015 - present: Research Associate, Creative Economy Project, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2015: Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • 2008 - 2014: Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University
  • 2011 - 2012: Part-time Lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

I currently teach in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. I am a module leader, giving a weekly lecture and leading three two-hour seminars per week:

  • Shakespeare's Late Plays, 2nd year undergraduate module (2016-17)
  • Shakespeare's Late Plays, 3rd year undergraduate module (2015-16)

In 2010 I set up the blog Cardiff Shakespeare to provide news and research tools. Postgraduate students regulalry review Shakespearean theatre productions for the blog. Cardiff Shakespeare is on twitter @CardiffShakes.

More information about my teaching experience is available from my website.

I have a number of publications covering early modern literature, travel writing and literary theory, while I am also undertaking research relating to the creative economy in my role as a research associate.

My research expertise lies in the Renaissance, specifically early modern English literature, drama and cultural history. In in this field, my next research project investigates attitudes to fragility in English literature and contemporary culture: I'm exploring ways of collaborating with others in this area - please get in touch! I am also writing an essay on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida for the Arden Early Modern Guides series.

I am a member of Cardiff University's Digital Cultures Network.

For information about all my publications, please visit my website.