Romancing Shakespeare: The Bard in the Imagination of the Romance Cultures
– an international conference
5-7 December 2016

Venue: Faculdade de Letras | Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Porto – Portugal

A joint initiative of

Universidade do Porto (UP)
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (UPVM)
Universidad de Murcia (UM)

Confirmed Guest Speakers:

Douglas Lanier | Jean-Michel Déprats | José Carlos Somoza | Ana Luísa Amaral

This conference, jointly proposed by three universities from southern Europe, aims to prompt a renewed discussion of the imaginative consequence of Shakespeare’s work in the cultures of the Romance languages. Starting off from contributions by guest writers and academics, the conference will have literary texts (in any genre) for its main focus, but will also be considering instances of imaginative production in non-verbal media, emerging from cultural frameworks whose dominant expression is a Romance language. 

The organisers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers in English responding to the above. Suggested topics include (in every case, involving the Romance cultures):

* dramatic / narrative / lyrical rewritings of Shakespeare
* Shakespearean characters / Shakespeare as character: literary afterlives
* biography and / as fiction: testing the boundaries
* staging him: Shakespeare in the performing arts
* screening him: Shakespeare’s work on film, television, or digital media
* setting him: Shakespeare in/and music
* sending him up: burlesques of the Bard

Submissions should be sent by email to

Please include the following information with your proposal:

• the full title of your paper;
• a 250-300-word abstract;
• name, postal address and e-mail address;
• institutional affiliation and position;
• a short bionote;
• AV requirements (if any)

Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2016

Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2016

Registration: 1 September to 31 October 2016

Organising committee:

UP: Rui Carvalho Homem (convenor) | Gualter Cunha | Fátima Vieira
UPVM: Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin | Florence March | Jean-Christophe Mayer
UM: Ángel-Luis Pujante | Clara Calvo | Keith Gregor

Local executive committee: Rui Carvalho Homem | Fátima Vieira | Miguel Ramalhete Gomes
Conference hosted by the research group: Shakespeare and the English Canon
Delegates will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. Relevant information will be provided in July 2016 on the conference website: