It is only five years since the Shakespeare Institute co-hosted the last World Shakespeare Congress, but how the world has changed. From July 18th through 24th the 2021 Congress took place entirely online, hosted from the National University of Singapore.
Shakespeare Institute faculty and PhD students were extensively involved throughout: among them, Ewan Fernie spoke on a panel on 'Ecologies of Media and History'; Jessica Chiba not only presented the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive but provided simultaneous translation from Japanese to English during an interview with the director Satoshi Miyagi; and Michael Dobson compered the opening plenary session, interviewed RSC director Owen Horsley, chaired his own panel on 'Stratford in Asia, Asia in Stratford,' and served on the organizing committee.
RSC Director Owen Horsley's Shanghai-set Henry V
This conference not only foregrounded the exciting scholarly and theatrical work now taking place in Asia (with delegates able to watch recordings of outstanding Shakespearean productions from China, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, India, and Taiwan, and a Singaporean animated film of As You Like It), but highlighted the Institute's collaborations in Japan (with Waseda University), China (the Shakespeare Centre, China, at Nanjing), and Singapore: in spring 2022 the Institute will for the first time co-teach an online MA module on 'Shakespearean performance in Asia' in partnership with the National University of Singapore.