Workshop on digital Shakespeare at the WSC in Prague

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International Shakespeare Association
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Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, Prague 2011

Call for Participants

Workshop: Global Shakespeares in the Digital Archive

Deadline: November 30, 2010

Conveners: Peter Donaldson, Ford Foundation Professor of Humanities, MIT, and Alexander Huang, Associate Professor at Penn State and Research Affiliate at MIT

Workshop description:

The age of global Shakespeares and digital video archive is upon us, and online video research tools have become indispensable when we research and teach worldwide performances of Shakespeare. It is an age when Shakespeare and world cultures foster symbiotic and antithetical relationships with equal force. This workshop serves two purposes:

(1) to introduce participants to the resources, research tools and new pedagogical possibilities afforded by the MIT Global Shakespeares digital performance archive and research space located at The project provides global, regional, and national portals to Shakespeare productions within a federated archive. There are portals to Shakespeare performances in the UK and North America, the Arab World, India, Asia, and Brazil, containing full videos and video highlights.

and (2) to work with practitioners, users of digital archives, and any one curious about new pedagogical possibilities; to brainstorm about the practical and theoretical implications of a broad range of digital Shakespeare projects including video and textual archives. What can one do with these digital tools that has not been possible until now? Are there any limitations or drawbacks? What critical resources might we bring to thinking about the place of the archive in Shakespeare studies today?

Participants without any experience with digital archives are welcome!

Register online:

Please return Registration form (see website above) to
Dr Nick Walton,
by e-mail to
or to International Shakespeare Association, The Shakespeare
Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW, UK