World Shakespeare Congress: Shakespeare and Utopia

deadline for submissions: 
June 17, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Shakespeare in Education Research Group
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CFP: Shakespeare and Utopia

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

This panel seeks papers that investigate the role of utopia in Shakespeare’s works and its relation to the Congress theme of Shakespearean Circuits, which considers “the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums.” Whether that presence of utopia and utopian thought emerges as the influence of classical ideal spaces, the bourgeoning potential of the new world as a utopia, or the political ideologies inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) at the start of the Renaissance in England, visions of utopia appear throughout in his plays and poems. Papers can discuss any aspect of utopia in Shakespeare’s texts, but should consider how Shakespeare’s texts contributed to the development of the Renaissance Utopia, or how Shakespeare’s idealized presence as international social and cultural icon influence our contemporary understanding of utopian literature in adaptations or appropriations of Shakespeare and his works. Possible areas of interrogation may include the intersections of Shakespeare and Utopia and

  • Geographies
  • Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Hybridity and the Post-Human, Ideal Bodies: Queer\Trans Bodies
  • Mythologies and Classical Ideals
  • Transformation and Metamorphosis
  • Performance and Utopian Performatives
  • Politics and Conflicts, Authority and Ideal Knowledge
  • Digital re-visioning (i.e. video games, social media, fan fiction, online forums, adaptation)

Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers and a brief bio by June 17 to be considered for inclusion to Delilah Bermudez Brataas, and Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik

The panel is hosted by Delilah Bermudez Brataas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) and Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik, Tischner European University (Krakow, Poland) and is part of an ongoing seminar series on Shakespeare and Utopia held at the ESRA, European Shakespeare Research Association. For more information on the World Shakespeare Congress and its themes: