The Conference

Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics is the 3rd biennial conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association jointly hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman. It features leading Shakespearean scholars and theatre practitioners from around the globe with a keen interest in Shakespeare as produced in and by Asia and a mini-festival of Shakespearean performances from Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The conference is scheduled on May 28-30, 2018 at the Areté, the new creative hub of the Ateneo de Manila University and at the College of Arts and Letters of UP Diliman.

The conference will include plenary, panel, and seminar sessions on several aspects of Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation, and theatrical histories in various Asian locations.

Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of Kritika Kultura, a Thomson-Reuters-indexed and Scopus-listed internationally refereed online journal on literary, language and cultural studies published by the Ateneo de Manila University.


The Keynote Speaker

Professor Peter Holland is Chairman of the International Shakespeare Association and one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism.

Currently teaching at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and is Associate Dean for the Arts, Peter Holland has also served as the Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Cambridge, as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon, and as Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham. He was elected an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, and served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America from 2007-2008.

His first book, The Ornament of Action, was a study of Restoration comedy in performance. Subsequent work has concentrated on Shakespeare in performance and on editing Shakespeare’s plays, including a five-volume series of essays, Rethinking British Theatre History (2007). He is also editor of Shakespeare Survey, general editor with Stanley Wells of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, and, with Adrian Poole, of the 18-volume series Great Shakespeareans.

Apart from publishing work on a wide range of topics in Shakespeare studies, Holland has also written on David Garrick, English pantomime, Chekhov, farce, Peter Brook, and many other aspects of drama and performance.