Shakespeare, Eastern Europe, and Cultural Influence

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Natalia Khomenko / York University
contact email: 

This seminar is part of the World Shakespeare Congress, planned as a fully virtual event for July 18-24, 2021. We invite investigations of Eastern Europe as a node in global engagements with the Shakespearean canon and with Shakespeare as cultural capital, ranging from the early modern English playing companies’ presence in Eastern Europe and early Eastern European adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, to the global influence of twentieth-century Eastern European studies and productions. 

Topics may include: Eastern European encounters with Western traditions of both Shakespeare scholarship and Shakespeare performance (visits by individual actors, such as Ira Aldridge, or touring productions, such as Peter Brook’s Hamlet); forms of cultural collaborations and exchanges among Eastern European states; Eastern European approaches to Shakespearean drama in the context of local and international political tensions, including the influence of and resistance to Soviet cultural ideologies; export of ideological approaches to Shakespeare outside of Eastern Europe; encounters with and responses to Eastern European treatments of Shakespeare on stage, in film, or in text around the world. We are particularly interested in cultural conversations that extend beyond Eastern Europe to Central, South, and East Asia, the Arab World, the Baltic states, the UK, North America, and Western Europe.

The deadline to enrol in the WSC seminars is March 15, 2021. You will be asked to rank four seminars or workshops, and then enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Before submitting the form, you must become a member of the International Shakespeare Association. The list of the seminars, the enrollment form, and the membership form can be found here:

If you would like to run your project by the seminar organizers first and ensure that there is still space in the seminar, please email Natalia Khomenko at and Vladimir Makarov at