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.

Purchasing a ticket will provide full access to the schedule, giving attendees the flexibility to attend as many (or as few) lectures as they would like.



Saturday 12 October

Morning Sessions
9am – 9:30am
Angela Schumann
The Making of a Prom King: How Shakespeare Won the Popularity Contest 400 Years in a Row

9:30am – 10am
Gary Furnell
Chesterton on Mysticism: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10am – 10:30am
Kishore Saval
Learning to Hate

[Break for refreshments]

Mid-Morning Session
11am – 12:30pm
Penny Gay
Shakespeare, Popular Culture, and Me
Plenary Lecture


Afternoon Session
1:30pm – 3pm
Will Christie
‘These our actors’: Histrionics in Shakespeare’s Richard III and Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard

[Break for refreshments]

Late-Afternoon Sessions
3:30pm – 4pm
Ballet Liu
Sinicizing Shakespeare: The Kunqu Elements in Cymbeline

4pm – 4:30pm
Qian Chen
Adaptations of Shakespeare in Chinese Traditional Opera

4:30pm – 5pm
Jiangyue Chen
Shakespeare’s Lines in a Dai Zu Context: Ballet Liu’s Shakespeare Adaptations

[End of Day]


Sunday 13 October

Morning Sessions
9am – 9:30am
Yvette Debergue
Richard III on Film: A Knight at the Movies

9:30am – 10am
Colin Dray
Macbeth to the Future: Shakespeare’s Proto-Time Travel Tale

10am – 10:30am
Jeremy Bell
Shylock in the Age of Woke: the Politics of Contemporary Shakespeare Performance

[Refreshment Break]

Mid-Morning Session
11:00am – 11.45am
Shelley Casey
The Role of Gender of the Actor vs the Character in contemporary and traditional theatre settings

11:45am – 12:30pm
Daniel Johnston
Hamlet and Philosophy at the Pop-Up Globe: Pushing Back Against the Popular


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



Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and tea and coffee will be available throughout the conference
$50 for adults, $25 for concessions