The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1730  Tuesday, 12 October 1999.

From:           Stanley Wells <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 11 Oct 1999 18:47:48 +0100
Subject: 10.1697 Seventh World Shakespeare Congress
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1697 Seventh World Shakespeare Congress

As Chairman of the International Shakespeare Association, which
organizes the World Shakespeare Congresses, perhaps I might supplement
the recent message from the Executive Secretary, Dr Susan Brock.

We're very pleased to be holding the next Congress in Valencia, a
beautiful and historic city which has already been highly supportive of
our efforts. The building in which the main sessions will take place is
a fine, modern complex of halls used mainly for symphony concerts and
similar events at the highest international standard. Its spacious
terrace overlooks charming gardens which will be available to
participants, and there are excellent hotels and restaurants in the

The International Committee is working with Spanish colleagues on a
programme of papers, seminars, and workshops which will of course centre
on the Congress theme of Shakespeare and the Mediterranean but will also
take note of the Golden Age of Spanish drama. The Shakespeare
Association of America, with which we work in particularly close
partnership, is organizing its annual conference in Miami immediately
preceding the Valencia event so that participants can move from one lot
of sunshine to another.

In Spain recently, as well as taking part in discussions about practical
arrangements for the Congress in Madrid with colleagues from Valencia, I
took the chair for Kenneth Rothwell's excellent plenary lecture to the
Shakespeare on Screen conference. The lecture will shortly appear as the
next Occasional Paper of the ISA, following on Hugh Quarshie's 'Second
Thoughts About Othello' which was distributed to members of the
Association in January of this year.

As Susan Brock has noted, membership of the Congress is open to all
members of the ISA and affiliated societies. The ISA, which is supported
by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, depends for its existence on annual
subscriptions from members. Members are welcome to suggest topics for
discussion and may submit papers which will be read by an international
selection committee. Though of course we hope to welcome many delegates
from Britain and America, we also  very much hope to attract scholars
from other parts of the world, and to this end we are trying to ensure
that each seminar has joint leaders, at least one of them not
Anglo-American. A limited amount of funding will be available to help
with travel expenses for those in need. As Susan Brock notes, more
information will be sent to members of the ISA and affiliated socieities
early next year.

Stanley Wells
The Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street

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