World Shakespeare Congress: Shakespeare in\and Education

deadline for submissions: 
April 17, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Nordic Shakespeare Society and Shakespeare in Education Research Group
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CFP: Shakespeare in\and Education

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

This panel seeks papers that investigate the innovative ways educators encourage students to learn from Shakespeare and his language, and to interrogate how Shakespeare remains a resource for language learning across the world. William Shakespeare’s works represent an unequalled teaching resource for English language and culture, but his influence on world literatures, theatre, and film studies is unparalleled. Across languages and forms of media, students easily recognize cultural references, images, and quotations from Shakespeare and this generates a valuable touchstone for teaching literature and theatre, and from there to developing critical thinking, artistic expression, language, and communication.

We seek papers from an intersection of educators, performers, and researchers collaborating in an active forum to integrate practice, method, and literary research generating dialogues about resources, experiences, challenges, using translations and adaptations, and teaching through performance in order to investigate ways of encouraging a wider use of Shakespeare at all education-, skill-, language-, and age-levels.

Possible areas of investigation may include:

  • Fear Factor: Resistance to Shakespeare’s language.
  • Shakespeare in Adaptation and Translation: Film, graphic novels, animation.
  • Shakespeare through Performance: Live Theatre, Student Performance, Digital Theatre (i.e. The Globe Theatre’s “Globe on Screen” program broadcasting The Shakespeare’s Globe (London, UK) performances in world-wide cinemas.
  • Shakespeare in the Multicultural and Multilingual classroom.
  • Shakespeare Modernized or Simplified: Shakespeare picture books, adaptations for younger, or less-skilled, readers (i.e. No-Fear Shakespeare, Simply Shakespeare, The Orchard Books of Shakespeare Stories, or Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)
  • Shakespearean Influences: Shakespeare and his writings through references in contemporary popular culture.
  • Digital Shakespeare
  • Unspoken Shakespeare: Silent Film, Music, Dance

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 in\and Education held at the ESSE, European Society for the Study of English and is hosted by the Nordic Shakespeare Society (NorSS) and the Shakespeare in Education Research Project, hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology which seeks to develop international interdisciplinary educational collaboration. For more information on the World Shakespeare Congress and its themes: