European Shakespeare Research Association 2017- final call

ESRA2017: Preliminary congress announcement

Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage
27 – 30 July 2017 at the University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland

This conference will convene Shakespeare scholars at a theatre that proudly stands in the place where English players regularly performed 400 years ago. This makes us ponder with renewed interest the relation between theatre and Shakespeare. The urge to do so may sound like a commonplace, but it comes to us enhanced by the fact that in the popular and learned imagination alike Shakespeare is inseparable from theatre while the theatre, for four centuries now, first in England, then on the continent (Europe) and eventually in the world, has been more and more strongly defined and shaped by Shakespeare. Shakespeare has become the theatrical icon, a constant point of reference, the litmus paper for the formal, technological and ideological development of the theatre, and for the impact of adaptation and appropriation on theatrical cultures. Shakespeare has served as one of the major sources for the development of European culture, both high and low. His presence permeates the fine shades and fissures of a multifarious European identity. His work has informed educational traditions, and, through forms of textual transmit such as translation and appropriation, has actively contributed to the process of building national distinctiveness. Shakespeare has been one of the master keys and, at the same time, a picklock granting easier access to the complex and challenging space of European and universal values.

We are happy to announce the conference fee and conference package:

Standard rate: Eur 150

Discount rate (Professors Emeriti, students, Polish Shakespeare Research Association): Eur 120

Conference package includes:

 – a congress goody bag

– opening reception on the roof tarrace at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre

– inauguration performance at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre

– conference dinner

– catering during coffee breaks

– guided sightseeing tours

Registration dates and opening of the registration will be announced in March. All information will be published on our website so please check it regularly.

Deadline to submit proposals is 31st January 2017, see all seminars here

Please send your abstracts and biographies to seminar organisers (and cc conference organisers at not later than 31 January 2017.

Organising committee, ESRA 2017:
Prof. Jerzy Limon, convenor | University of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre
Prof. Jacek Fabiszak, co-convenor | Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Shakespeare Society
Prof. Olga Kubińska | University of Gdańsk and the Polish Shakespeare Society
Dr. Aleksandra Sakowska | The Shakespeare Institute (UK)

Marta Nowicka | Conference Coordinator for the University of Gdansk
Anna Ratkiewicz-Syrek | Conference Coordinator for the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre


Professor Małgorzata Grzegorzewska, University of Warsaw
Professor Diana Henderson, MIT
Professor Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame
Luc Perceval, the Hamburg Thalia Theatre

Confirmed PANELS and roundtables:

The conference takes place partly during the 21st International Shakespeare Festival at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre