The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.419 Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Date: September 17, 2015 at 1:23:00 PM EDT
Subject: Elsinore Conference 2016 - Shakespeare The Next 400 Years
Elsinore Conference 2016
Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years
22-24 April, 2016
Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark
During his lifetime William Shakespeare was already being hailed as the greatest writer of his day, and the intervening 400 years have only increased his reputation. No other literary figure has affected world culture so profoundly, or has had such a widespread influence on other thinkers and artists. William Shakespeare is the most universally recognised, culturally iconic figure in the world. But why?
For three days in April 2016, on the 400th anniversary of his death, actors and academics, scholars and writers, historians, comic artists, game designers and film makers will be coming together from all over the world, meeting at Elsinore – ‘Hamlet’s castle’ – to discuss and debate the legacy, and the future, of Shakespeare’s work.
This conference/festival will explore two great questions: why, after 400 years, do we continue to read, study, perform, and enjoy the work of this playwright and poet, and how, in the next 400 years, will we continue to do so? Will we present Shakespeare in new ways? Will we use new technologies? New media? Will Shakespeare become a basis for further new works which use him as a launch pad, or even as raw material, or will we go back to the simplicity of his words themselves?
This historic conference truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, offering a chance to be part of a worldwide commemoration of the death of the writer who, ironically, more than any other, deserves the title of immortal. Participants and contributors from every corner of the globe have already signed up.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Professor Richard Burt (USA)
Professor Burt is Professor of Loser Theory at the University of Florida. He is the author of countless articles and book chapters, and the author of Unspeakable ShaxXxpeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture, Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media and Licensed By Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship, the co-author (with Julian Yates) of What's the Worst Thing You can Do To Shakespeare, and the editor or co-editor of Shakespeares After Shakespeare, Shakespeare After Mass Media, two volumes of Shakespeare the Movie and Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property and Culture in Early Modern England.
Professor Judith Buchanan (UK)
Professor Buchanan is an academic and film maker, and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She is the author of Shakespeare on Film and the definitive Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse as well as many articles and book chapters, and is the editor of The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship. She is the screenwriter of a film version of Macbeth shot in the North of England.
Professor Alexa Huang (Taiwan)
Professor Huang is the founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute at George Washington University, where she is Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures and International Affairs. Co-founder of MIT's Global Shakespeare’s performance archive, Professor Huang is a prolific author and editor, with Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange, Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, and Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance among others. She is co-general editor of the Shakespeare International Yearbook, performance editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and edits the Palgrave-Macmillan series on Global Shakespeares.
Professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (Iran)
An experienced director in both film and theatre, Professor Karimi-Hakak has directed productions both in Iran and America, where he is now Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in New York State. He has authored seven plays, two volumes of poetry and many translations into Persian or from Persian into English. He has battled censorship over his Shakespeare productions in Iran, and won awards for his performances in Iran, Europe and America. He is currently director of Festival Cinema Invisible.
- Global Shakespeare
- Shakespearean Rediscoveries
- Shakespeare, Saxo and Elsinore
- Shakespeare in Translation
- Shakespeare and the Internet
- Shakespeare in Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
- Shakespeare in Animation and Game Design
- Shakespeare and Technology
- Shakespeare Director’s Forum
- Twenty Minute Shakespeares
- Shakespeare in the World’s Classrooms
In addition there will be two seminars aimed specifically at postgraduate students:
- Shakespeare and Gender
- Shakespeare’s Villains