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International Symposium: Adapting, Performing and Reviewing Shakespearean Comedy in a European Context

Senate House, University of London, 12-13 June, 2014.

Keynote speakers: Tom Bishop (University of Auckland), Niels Brunse (Copenhagen), Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford), Mark Fisher and Andrew Dickson (The Guardian), Michael Saenger (Southwestern University, Texas).

12 June 2014, 09:15 - 13 June 2014 18:00
Venue: Room 349 (3rd floor)
Senate House, South Block
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU.

Please see the programme here:
Please register here:


Shakespeare and Bollywood  

Royal Holloway, University of London, 27 June, 2014.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi

Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception – the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s;  vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood. Topics could include:


         Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films

         Economics – global and local

         Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood

         Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films

         Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music

         Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers

         ‘Academic’ Shakespeare vs. ‘Popular’ Shakespeare

         Translation theory and practice

         Adaptation theory

         Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories

         Art work and promotional material – posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books

 Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to by 3 March, 2014.

We will contact all those who send abstracts by 24 March, 2014. 


The British Shakespeare Association is delighted to announce its Sixth Biennial Conference: 

Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority

University of Stirling
3-6 July, 2014

Abstracts (250 words or less) should be sent to Visit the conference website at

Shakespeare Readings 2014: Mirrored Shakespeare: A Look at Russian-English Literary, Cultural and Social Relationships

Moscow: Institute of Art Studies (5 Kozickiy pereulok) and the Moscow University for the Humanities (5 Ulitsa Yunosti)
14 - 18 September 2014

The Shakespeare Readings have been held in Russia for more than half a century, bringing together scholars from throughout the country and their colleagues from both Europe and America. The conference is meant as a gathering of professional scholars with shared interests in literary and cultural studies.

The 2014 conference will concentrate on Shakespeare in Intercultural Exchange, including theatre, translation, literary criticism and studies, artistic perceptions, teaching, etc. It is expected that the Shakespeare Readings 2014 will produce a significant body of publication in the form of individual articles for the volume of “The Shakespeare Readings 2014”. The events and materials of the conference will also be covered on the Shakespearian sites maintained by the organizers (



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