Shanghai International Shakespeare Forum (3rd)
Theme: Shakespeare and Intercultural Engagement
Time: October 15-17, 2021
Host: Shakespeare Institute at Donghua University in association with the Shakespeare Association of China
Contact: Conference Secretary by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or by phone: 001-86-21-67792446
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“Every engagement with a Shakespearean text is necessarily intercultural” –Antony Tatlow
While participants are not restrained to this theme for presenting at the forum, they are encouraged to think what cues may be drawn from this turn of the century aphorism. Whether we deem Shakespeare’s early modern past as another culture or our present as yet an other culture of the future, we have witnessed, with or without Tatlow, distinct forms of interculturalism and various levels of interculturalness in the creation as well as performances and readings of the Bard’s text. We may wonder how his text can be an intercultural artifact or what is intercultural Shakespeare, and in what ways an intercultural perspective enriches our understanding of such text in the process of globalization around the turn of the millennium and perhaps, in its challenge or even subversion by unilateralism and the current pandemic of COVID 19. We might well consider, in addition, a sort of interculture as a state of Shakespearean existence or perhaps an arguable site of deviation from his “original” entity, in the history of his reception in specifically local as well as global context such as, in his home country and other English-speaking countries, and in any land where his text is “appropriated.”
This forum thus takes interculture as a point of departure and invites papers to reflect on what intercultural Shakespeare means and what has happened to Shakespeare around the globe during the last two decades and beyond. Papers may explore various levels of intercultural engagement--as may be across language, ethnicity, gender, class, or age--in the production and dissemination of the Shakespearean text. Such categorization can even go further as qualifies the crossing of any observable “cultural” boundary, e.g., between textual and theatrical constructions or reconstructions, or between stage and movie or any other modern medium.
Please submit paper proposals or abstracts for consideration, along with brief academic bios, by September 1, 2021. Complete drafts are due a week before the conference or the latest as the organization committee permits. Finally, in a non-academic note, we hope such an intercultural theme about Shakespeare provides interested scholars some relief from the tension of the global fight against the virus.