27-29 October 2016 Iasi, Romania, Shakespeare Lives: RE-READING, RE-WRITING, RE-CONTEXTUALIZING SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare Lives:




Iasi, Romania,

27-29 October 2016


Organizers Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Department of English& LINGUACULTURE Research Centre

British Council


Dear colleagues,


Re-Reading, Re-Writing, Re-Contextualizing Shakespeare is one of the many international conferences that celebrates Shakespeare’s 400-year afterlife. However, we would also like to regard it as a unique academic event, and the city of Iaşi, together with its old university, as privileged places to host it. The reasons for this could be manifold, but two of them stand out as particularly relevant in this respect: firstly, it was in Iaşi that the first Romanian translation of a Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice, was staged in 1851; secondly, it was at the University of Iaşi that, more than a century and a half later, in 2007, the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) was founded.

The title of this conference refers to the very diverse ways in which Shakespeare’s works and reputation have travelled cross-culturally, being transposed into different cultures, geographical locations and historical moments; it encourages further research on how the Bard has been appropriated throughout the centuries so as to strengthen different cultural and political agendas; it invites participants to continue investigations of all those mechanisms which have ultimately made Shakespeare a unique cultural phenomenon as well as an “institution”.

It is our great pleasure to inform you that Professor David Crystal and Dr. Siobhan Keenan will be among the keynote speakers for this outstanding event.


Shakespeare’s afterlife has been ensured through the continuous examination and interpretation of his work in different contexts, at different times, spanning over such diverse disciplinary fields as

  • critical studies
  • performance
  • linguistics and stylistics
  • translation studies
  • film and the new media
  • the visual arts and music
  • education


Participants are invited to present papers focusing on Shakespeare’s re-contextualisation from the perspective of the (inter)disciplines suggested above, to which others could also be added. Interested participants are invited to send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio-biblio note to the following address: shakespeare400iasi@gmail.com.


Deadline for proposal submission: May 15, 2016


Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2016


The Conference registration fee is EUR 50 and covers the conference folder, refreshments, lunches and welcome reception.


We look forward to welcoming you to this important academic event.


The Conference Organizers





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