Shakespeare and Popular Culture Conference

9 May, 2019

12-13 October 2019


William Shakespeare remains arguably the most popular and enduring writer in English history. Although enormously successful in his own time, his influence has only continued to strengthen, with both his work and the playwright himself being continuously adapted and reconceptualised to reflect the concerns of subsequent generations.  This symposium will explore the way in which Shakespeare remains a cultural touchstone, a writer whose art and legacy continue to evolve, responding to and commenting upon contemporary society.

Professor Emerita Penny Gay – Plenary Lecture: Shakespeare, Pop Culture, and Me

Professor Will Christie – Al Pacino and Richard III

Gary Furnell – Chesterton, Mysticism and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Associate Professor Ballet Liu – Cymbeline and Chinese Opera

Jiangyue Chen – on Ballet Liu’s adaptations of Shakespeare’s work

Dr Yvette Debergue – Richard III and Depictions of Disability

Angela Schumann – The Making of a Prom King: How Shakespeare Won the Popularity Contest 400 Years in a Row

*Not all speakers and topics are listed here. More will be added once confirmed.

WHEN: Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October
WHERE: Campion College Australia, 8-14 Austin Woodbury Place, Toongabbie, NSW

IS IT CATERED?: Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and tea and coffee will be available throughout the conference
HOW MUCH: $50 for adults, $25 for concessions 
CAN I SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE? We are inviting people to send in abstracts for papers they would like to present at the conference on aspects of Shakespeare and popular culture.
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