The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.089  Friday, 21 February 2014


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

Date:         February 20, 2014 at 9:05:35 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference


On 27 June 2014, Royal Holloway will host a one-day graduate conference on Shakespeare in Bollywood with the renowned critic Dr. Poonam Trivedi of Delhi University as keynote speaker. The day aims to bring together academics and practitioners in the field to gain a better understanding of the current state of research in this vibrant field. Organised by Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja in the English Department with the support of Dr Deana Rankin,Deputy Director of the MA in Shakespeare, with funding from the RHUL Research Fund and the English Department, this conference will, we hope, be the first of a series of events on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema culminating on a larger-scale conference and film festival in 2016.


Please find attached the CFP for the 2014 conference. 


The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 3rd March, 2014.



Koel Chatterjee

PhD Candidate

Royal Holloway, University of London 


Call for Papers

Shakespeare and Bollywood

27 June, 2014

Royal Holloway, University of London


Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi


Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception – the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s; vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.


We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood. Topics could include:

  • Prehistories
  • Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films
  • Economics – global and local
  • Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood
  • Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films
  • Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music
  • Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers
  • ‘Academic’ Shakespeare vs. ‘Popular’ Shakespeare
  • Translation theory and practice
  • Adaptation theory
  • Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories
  •  Art work and promotional material – posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books


Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 March, 2014.


We will contact all those who send abstracts by 24 March, 2014.  


The conference fee is £25 (to include light refreshments).


This conference is planned as the first of a series of events culminating in an international conference and film festival on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema in 2016.


The organisers, Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja, wish to thank the Royal Holloway Research Fund and the English Department for funding the event. 


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