The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0179 Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Date: April 15, 2013 8:36:09 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Symposium in Sydney
Shakespeare, 1916 and Antipodal Memory
Monday 22, Tuesday 23 April 2013
Dixon Room, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Co-hosted by King’s College London, the University of Western Australia, and the State Library of NSW
With the planning already underway for the commemorations that will inevitably mark the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, now is the time to look back to the Tercentenary of 1916, and to reflect on the roles both of Shakespeare and of commemorative practice in global culture over a century. This symposium addresses critical questions that arise from reflection on the Tercentenary: how was Shakespeare ‘remembered’ in opposite hemispheres in 1916? What were the irreversible effects of war on Shakespeare commemoration? How was heritage constructed, fabricated or supplanted by acts and objects of memorialisation or commemoration of Shakespeare, in the wake of the Tercentenary? What is the politics of such ‘remembering’?
Focussing on comparing events, debates, outcomes and contexts of Shakespeare’s Tercentenary in Great Britain and Ireland with those of Australia and New Zealand, this symposium will provide antipodal readings of the need in people to commemorate Shakespeare, as a means to establishing their own sense of identity.
Tickets are available for the full symposium, or for the opening lecture by Prof. Gordon McMullan, “Shakespeare for a Digital World”.
Please see the library website for details: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/events_talks/events/shakespeare_symposium.html