Shakespeare Scholars' Summer Symposium in Stratford

Posted on Saturday 2nd August 2008

Scholars from all over the world will attend the 33rd  International Shakespeare Conference at the University of Birmingham’s base in Stratford-upon-Avon 3 – 8 August. 

The Shakespeare Institute, the University of Birmingham’s unique centre for postgraduate study of Shakespeare’s works, times and impact will welcome over 240 leading researchers from over 30 different countries. 

Held at the Institute since its establishment in 1951 the conference is an international gathering of the world’s most respected experts in Shakespeare and provides a regular stimulus to the development of Shakespeare study globally. 

The speakers will be discussing the huge variety of ways that scholars from all over the world have responded to Shakespeare’s text by translating it, adapting it to different national performance styles and by using it as inspiration for paintings, art works and film.

Professor Kate McLuskie, Director of the Institute says, ‘We are delighted to host this important conference and welcome Shakespeare experts from all over the world to the town of his birth.’

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Notes to Editors

1. Photocall

There will be an opportunity to photograph delegates from the conference on Sunday 3rd August at the Shakespeare Institute at 8pm, when the conference will be officially opened.

2. Based in Mason Croft, an elegant eighteenth-century house with beautiful gardens and grounds in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare Institute provides a close-knit academic community while offering the academic resources needed for specialist postgraduate work on the drama of the English Renaissance.  The Institute is part of the University of Birmingham’s School of Humanities.

For further information

Kate Chapple, Press Office, University of Birmingham, 0121 414 2772 or 07789 921164.