Every five years, the World Shakespeare Congress regenerates understandings of Shakespeare across the world, bringing together scholars whose geo-cultural vantage points for working with Shakespeare both overlap and differ. A historical nodal point in global economies for Shakespeare, Singapore will now form a digital meeting point for the international aims of the first online Congress.
The 11th World Shakespeare Congress will be held online from the National University of Singapore on July 18–24, 2021. The Congress theme of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. The theme is particularly suited to the online medium of the Congress, that gathers together such passages of Shakespeare’s work not by the movements of persons between places, but by creatively connecting and expanding our circuits in multimedia and live conversations.
Registration for the Congress is now open. Applications for financial grants can be made during the registration process. Enrolment in seminars and workshops is now extended till 1 April at the ‘Seminars and Workshops’ tab. Watch this space for updates on the Digital Asian Shakespeare Festival, including performance screenings, curated watch parties, dialogue sessions with practitioners and video presentations.
A message from Peter Holland, the ISA Chair on 4 January 2021