World Shakespeare Congress: Shakespeare and the North\Northern Shakepeares

deadline for submissions: 
June 17, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Nordic Shakespeare Society
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CFP: Shakespeare and the North\Northern Shakepeares

The 11th Annual World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore: Shakespeare Circuits 19-23 July 2021

We seek papers that investigate Shakespeare and the North in study and stage across the Nordic nations. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the plays were widely acted and adapted in the North, and Shakespeare translations of national significance appeared in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Many of Scandinavia’s greatest modern cultural figures, such as Kierkegaard, Ibsen and Sibelius, took inspiration from Shakespeare. In the twenty-first century Nordic Shakespeare combines tradition and appropriation in highly distinctive ways. The panel seeks to draw its inspiration from the rich history of contributions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, that reconsider the many Shakespearean connections between the Nordic countries, from the commissioning of Hamlet up to the present day.

We seek papers that approach the topic from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multilingual perspective. These may include art history, literary criticism, performance studies, drama, film, music, philosophy; and translation and reception studies; as well as within wider discourses concerning constitutional history and national identity. We aim to reinforce the current standing and development of Nordic Shakespearean and early modern studies.

All proposals are welcomed, but we are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Historicizing Shakespeare in the Nordic countries
  • Cultural go-betweens in early modern England, Scotland, and the Baltic Countries
  • The courts of James VI & I, Queen Anne of Denmark, and King Christian IV
  • Hamlet and its Nordic contexts and connections
  • Shakespeare and northern national and cultural identities
  • Shakespeare and Northern Romanticism
  • Shakespearean influences in the work of Nordic artists, writers, composers, thinkers and critics, such as Hans Christian Andersen, Ingmar Bergman, Karen Blixen, Georg Brandes, Henrik Ibsen, Søren Kierkegaard, Aleksis Kivi, Rued Langaard, Asta Nielsen, Fredrik Schyberg, Jean Sibelius, Kristian Smidt, August Strindberg.
  • Historical and Contemporary Nordic translations, adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare
  • Nordic Shakespeare film, theatre and performance history, and current creative interpretation
  • Nordic contributions to Shakespeare criticism
  • Nordic Shakespeare Studies today
  • Teaching Shakespeare in Nordic countries
  • Shakespeare and Nordic politics


Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers and a brief bio by 17 June 2019 to be considered for inclusion to

The panel is hosted by the Nordic Shakespeare Society (NorSS), whose international representatives include Delilah Bermudez Brataas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Per Sivefors, Linnæus University (Sweden), Nely Keinänen, University of Helsinki (Finland), Jo Sterrett, Aarhus University (Denmark). For more information on the World Shakespeare Congress and its themes: