The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.231  Friday, 8 July 2016


From:        Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 9, 2016 at 12:24:49 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: Refusal


Many thanks to Hardy for unflagging enthusiasm for what will eternally need to be supported with enthusiasm. 


Stuart Manger




Actors From The London Stage

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.230  Thursday, 7 July 2016


From:        Actors From The London Stage <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 21, 2016 at 6:29:50 PM EDT

Subject:    5 British actors walk into a Bard...


Now in our 41st year, Actors From The London Stage inspires with the power of Shakespeare. Each weeklong residency brings the Bard to life on the stage and in the classroom. Our British casts – veterans of the most respected theatre companies in the world – tour campuses from Maine to Hawaii with their innovative five-hand staging of Shakespeare’s most beloved works.


NOW BOOKING 2017 & 2018




Fall 2016 - Richard III

Spring 2017 - Romeo and Juliet 

Fall 2017 - Measure for Measure

Spring 2018 - The Taming of the Shrew


Visiting colleges and universities sized 400 to 40,000, we work with you to create a residency customized to your unique needs and venues. Our team can help you develop a funding strategy, assist in the coordination of on- and off-campus partnerships, and design a residency that perfectly supports your personal, departmental, and institutional priorities.


Explore our tour history, marketing resources, and residency guides at the AFTLS WEBSITE.


Availability is limited; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request dates, rates, and details.


Founded in 1975 by Homer “Murph” Swander and world-renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, AFTLS is “an actor-driven tour de force.” Our actors hail from such prestigious UK companies as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, and the RSC. Uniquely, AFTLS actors not only perform a full-length Shakespearean play, but also visit dozens of classrooms during their weeklong residency.


In addition to enlivening theatre and English departments, the AFTLS experience can be tailored to enrich coursework across the academic spectrum. Our dynamic, hands-on approach will heighten each student's intellectual curiosity regardless of discipline. Whether coaching accounting students on successful presentation skills, or instructing law students in the art of persuasion, these workshops promote a campus-wide dialogue inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.



Early Bird Registration for the British Shakespeare Association Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.229  Thursday, 7 July 2016


From:        BSA <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 17, 2016 at 11:02:27 AM EDT

Subject:    Early Bird Registration for the British Shakespeare Association Conference closes soon


Dear all,


This is a reminder that Early Bird registration for the BSA biennial conference in Hull closes at the end of this month. After July 1st, registration prices will increase from £180 to £200 for full price registration (£90 to £100 for concessions). All speakers must be registered in advance. If you have questions, please email the conference team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can access registration at the conference website.


Please note that all registrants must be members of the British Shakespeare Association in good standing. If you need to renew your membership, please do so first on the BSA website. If you think you have already paid for this year but need to check your membership number or status, please get in touch with the membership officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Please remember to leave sufficient time between renewing your membership and registering for the conference. The membership officer will endeavour to respond to all messages as quickly as possible, but membership renewal is not instantaneous.


Kind regards,

Peter Kirwan

BSA Membership Officer



Speaking of Shakespeare with Peter Holland

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.228  Thursday, 7 July 2016


From:        John Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 14, 2016 at 2:46:29 PM EDT

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with Peter Holland


Speaking of Shakespeare  

With Peter Holland of the

University of Notre Dame 


Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, but Reservations Requested


As Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, Peter Holland oversees a highly regarded Shakespeare festival and helps administer Actors From The London Stage, a touring educational program that has helped transform the teaching of dramatic literature in the United States. Professor Holland is admired around the globe for his work as editor of Shakespeare Survey. He also edits Great Shakespeareans, an eighteen-volume set from Bloomsbury, and co-edits Oxford Shakespeare Topics, an indispensable reference collection with twenty volumes now in print. For years Dr. Holland directed the Shakespeare Institute, a Stratford-based academy under the auspices of the University of Birmingham, and in that capacity he presided over the biennial International Shakespeare Conference. 


Dr. Holland's acclaimed scholarly editions of the plays include A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series and Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare's third series. His many book-length titles include The Ornament of ActionRethinking British Theatre History, and English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s. He has written extensively about Shakespeare in performance, and audiences at London's National Theatre have long enjoyed his lucid program notes for productions under the aegis of artistic director Nicholas Hytner, who studied under Dr. Holland at the University of Cambridge.


See for detail about this and other Shakespeare Guild offerings. And please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to take part in Dr. Holland's wide-ranging conversation with the Guild's john Andrews.   





Call for Seminar Papers and Call for Workshop Participation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.227  Thursday, 7 July 2016


From:        Yukari Yoshihara <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 13, 2016 at 12:26:49 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Seminar Papers and Call for Workshop Participation


Dear Shakespearean friends,


Greetings from Yukari, secretary of Asian Shakespeare Association !


Apologies for cross-posting, please find attached call for Seminar Papers at Asian Shakespeare Association Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi.


I will appreciate if you can circulate CFP among those who might be interested in participating.  Thank you in advance.


The deadline for abstract submission is 15 July 2016.



Yukari Yoshihara (Secretary), ASA


Call for Seminar papers ASA:   pdf Call for Seminar papers ASA final (1.13 MB)

Call for workshop participation:   pdf Call for workshop participation revised (1.10 MB)



Call for Seminar Papers 


Seminars are always exciting and enlightening academic occasions. They give participants opportunities for close analysis and profitable discussion of their papers.


Seminar papers, which need to be focused but not too long (3000 words approx.), will be circulated in advance and commented upon among all seminar members. Each participant will have 10 minutes to summarize and expound their papers so as to open up a fruitful discussion among seminar members, initiated by the proposer of the seminar.


Now we would like to invite you to join the Seminars given below. Even if you have already had your paper proposal accepted, you can still join the seminar instead by withdrawing the proposal. If you are interested in one of the seminars below, please submit a new abstract for the seminar of your choice by 15 July 2016.


Please send a 250-word abstract and brief bio-data to the seminar leader and the administration office at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. The deadline for abstracts is 15 July 2016.


Seminars Proposed for ASA New Delhi


1. Shakespeare and Today’s Technology


In today’s world, technology affects every single aspect of our lives, including the teaching, studying, performing, and enjoying of Shakespeare. Searchable and downloadable online texts, images, and videos have made Shakespeare more accessible and affordable. In the democratic world of the Internet, everyone is free to contribute, to create and to comment, to interpret and to parody. New methodologies have also been proposed. Other than small conveniences (such as YouTube videos) and small annoyances (such as student plagiarism), is technology changing, improving, or endangering the Shakespeare as we have always known it in any fundamental ways? Are there any measures that we should take? You are invited to share your experience, analyze its pros and cons, and theorize the phenomenon. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


--performances involving cutting-edge technology

--study tools

--research tools

--teaching tools and platforms

--digital theatre archives

--e-publishing, blogging, online forums

--data science


--social media

--authenticity, aura, ownership



--legal issues


Proposer / Leader Bi-qi Beatrice Lei This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bi-qi Beatrice Lei is Founder of the Asian Shakespeare Association. She is currently a researcher at the Research Center for Digital Humanities, National Taiwan University. She is a co-editor of Shakespeare in Culture (with Perng Ching-Hsi) and Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys (with Judy Celine Ick and Poonam Trivedi) 


2. Shakespeare is pop ---is he? 


We have a large variety of pop adaptations / rip-offs / second order re-creations of Shakespear: some faithful transmedial translation, others outrageous pirating, still others that have almost nothing to do with Shakespeare (e.g. David Bowie’s Thin White Duke, King Stefan of Maleficent, possibly a caricature of Macbeth), and the ultimate, ‘Shakespeare’ rubber ducks. Analysis of such Shakespeare-made-pop has gained a certain academic respectability, now that adaptation studies are one of the hip fields in the age of the decline of humanities and English studies.


This seminar aims to contextualize the complex negotiations, struggles and challenges between high culture and pop culture, between authoritative cultural products and consumer products for dummies on global scale. Are pop Shakespeares simply sycophantic to the Bard’s authority? Or are they butchering the immortal swan of Avon? Or, would it be more profitable to think of the power game between Shakespeare the original and the Shakespop as having “reciprocal legitimation” (Lanier)?


Let us investigate the cultural politics of making Shakespeare pop. After sharing our geeky knowledge about pop Shakespeares, let us work together to think whether it is possible (or desirable) to theorize this phenomenon within the framework of the glocalization of Shakespeare’s works. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


- Shakespeare as a popular writer /icon

- Pop Stage performance (including opera and musicals)

- Fashion

- Memes

- Computer games

- Comics/ anime/ manga

- Films


Proposer / Leader Yukari Yoshihara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Yukari Yoshihara is an associate professor at the University of Tsukuba. Her publications include ‘Tacky Shakespeare in Japan,’ in Multicultural Shakespeare vol.10, no. 25(2013), ‘The First Japanese Adaptation of Othello (1903) and Japanese Colonialism,’ in Bi-Qi Beatrice Lei and Ching-Hsi Perng (eds.), Shakespeare in Culture (2012), ‘Is This Shakespeare?: Inoue Hidenori’s Adaptations of Shakespeare,’ in Poonam Trivedi and Minami Ryuta (eds.), Re-Playing Shakespeare in Asia (2010) and ‘ Popular Shakespeare in Japan, ’ Shakespeare Survey vol.60, (2007).


3. ‘Documents in Madness’: Representing Shakespearean Madness in Asia


Scholars have commented on the Renaissance preoccupation with unusual, heightened and aberrant mental states of different kinds and also on their varied representations and interpretations. Expressions of madness, folly, delusions, possession and melancholy proliferate in early modern literature, particularly in drama. Madmen, witches, melancholics and fools crowd Shakespeare’s stage too and bring in different registers of language and performance. The representation and enactment of madness becomes a site for philosophical, moral, religious, mystical and political debates as in the case of Lady Macbeth, Lear, Ophelia, Hamlet as well as the wise fools in the comedies and tragedy. There is also a particular interest in examining the interface between forms of insanity and the theatre—madness is seen as a performed and performable state, making it difficult to understand the difference between authentic and pretended madness as in Hamlet.


This seminar will focus on Asian recreations (and others as comparative contrasts) of Shakespearean madness in translations, adaptations, stage and screen versions with a specific focus on exploring the cultural codes through which madness is understood, represented and interpreted in different Asian cultures. The contributions should attempt to discuss how these representations initiate conversations between early modern and Asian modes of understanding and reading madness, and underline the importance of culture in constructing the discursive context of madness which is so much more than a medical or psychiatric condition.


Proposer / Leader Paromita Chakravarti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Paromita Chakravarti is a professor in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has been the Director of the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University. Her doctoral work at the University of Oxford has been on early modern discourses of madness and folly and she has written extensively on the historiography of folly, mad women on the Elizabethan stage and the medical discourses of madness. She teaches in the areas of early modern drama, Shakespearean adaptations on stage and screen, Women's writing, Queer studies, Film and literature and education and sexuality. She has been a visiting fellow at the universities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Oxford, Liverpool and Birmingham. Her book, Women Contesting Culture, co-edited with Kavita Panjabi was published in 2012. She is currently co-editing a volume on Shakespeare and Indian cinemas with Poonam Trivedi for Routledge.


4. ‘For they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time’: Negotiating Shakespearean Characters in Performance from Past to Present


In criticism, relying on character study or treating Shakespearean characters as real people, has often been censured. But, in performance, where actors especially need to get under the skin of the characters they portray, Shakespearean personae do exhibit some kind of biographical reality. 


Representations of the Shakespearean characters in performance in the last 400 years, both globally and locally, have been various and multiple, not only influenced by the actor’s and director’s interpretations but also by the geographical location of where the performance is taking place and its historical specificity, socio-political climate and unique and often indigenous performative traditions. That is why although the lines that characters speak in Shakespeare’s play-texts are the same (even if translated in another language), in performance over the times, the ‘idea’ of the character changes, so much so that for example, today, the three witches of Macbeth have been transformed to a spirit in the guise of an old woman in Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and to two policemen in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool, all influenced by the above-mentioned conditions.


This seminar proposes to look at the characters in Shakespeare’s plays that have in the world of performance, be it theatre, cinema, and mass media, evolved with time and exhibited a life of their own especially in Asia and the implications this has on the metaphorics of the world and stage in Shakespeare’s time and now. Their stories reveal the interpretative and performative trends which have led to the popularization of Shakespeare in Asia.


Papers may include, but are not limited to, how Shakespeare’s characters have been used to generate meaning in Asian culture at different points of time, and whether or not the various spin-offs tell us something new both about Shakespeare’s characters and plays as well as the culture which is performing it.


Proposer / Leader Paramita Dutta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Paramita Dutta, M Phil, Ph D, is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Rammohan College, Kolkata. She has also taught English literature at the post graduate level in Lady Brabourne College and Maulana Azad College, Kolkata. A student of Jadavpur University she received her doctorate from the same on ‘Marriage and its Portrayal in the Drama of Early Modern England’ in 2013.


She has presented papers nationally and internationally and her recent publications include an article on Tagore’s Bidaay Abhishaap and a short story ‘The First Time.’ An article on Shakespeare Wallah is forthcoming in collection of essays by SAGE. She is a member of The Shakespeare Society of India.




Call for Workshop Participation

Asian Shakespeare

Association Biennial Conference,

1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi, India.

Call for Workshop Participation


Manga Shakespeare: __Why Not Create Your Own Manga Shakespeare with a Professional Artist?


The ASA is pleased to announce that we are going to have Harumo Sanazaki, professional Japanese manga artist to conduct a workshop for young people. If you are interested in re-creating Shakespeare’s plays, manga-style, this will be an ideal occasion for you to learn how to draw manga.


In this session, you will have a chance to see how a manga artist gets an idea of manga Shakespeare or how you can interpret and create Shakespearean characters and scenes in a manga style visualisation.


Harumo Sanazaki, a professional manga creator with more than 300 works and 30 years of experience. She adapted Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Venus and Adonis, all told from female characters’ point of view in manga. She was also a judge at the first Graphic Shakespeare Competition, held in association with  he international conference ‘Shakespeare -- Next 400 years’ at Elsinore, April 2016.


The workshop will take 25 participants out of which half will be

students. Book your place immediately, no later than 15 July



Please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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