Traffic is both a product of robust movements but can also refer to points of entanglements, both flows and disruptions that arise from global exchanges in goods, people, and even, Shakespeare. The Conference welcomes papers that use the idea of traffic whether construed as mobility, immobility, trade, enterprise, translation, exchange — licit or illicit — as a key concept to contemporize Shakespeare and his place in today’s world. It seeks to explore Shakespeare as both purveyor and product, as either agent or victim of commodification, as subject and object of a wide array of linguistic, theatrical, economic, political, and social transactions. Papers may also take off from the prologue in Romeo and Juliet-“the two-hours traffic of the stage” – and revolve around performance and intercultural movements implied in Asian Shakespearean performances.
A secondary theme, Shakespearean Tropics, is not only a nod to the conference location but also seeks to explore tropical Asian Shakespeare as a potentially distinct body of work with unique connections to tropical worlds elsewhere.
Topics may include but are not limited to —
- The Shakespearean Trade
- Shakespearean Entrepreneurs
- Shakespeare and Cultural Exchange
- Shakespeare and the Global Popular
- Shakespeare and/as Commodity
- Transactional Shakespeare
- Archives and Inventories
- Shakespearean stocks in global markets
- Shakespeare and Exploitation
- Theatrical Trades, Human Trafficking, and Migration
- Materialist Approaches to Shakespeare
- Shakespearean Performance Economies in Asia
- Shakespeare and the Book Trade
- The Travelling Theatre
- Shakespeare in the Tropics
- Hot Shakespeare
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 conference includes both paper sessions and seminars.
Graduate students are welcome.
(1) Paper: please submit a 250-word abstract, plus a short, 100-word bio.
(2) Seminar: please submit a 250-word description of the seminar, plus a short bio including a summary of your previous seminar experience.
Deadline for submission is 15 September 2017.
Submissions and queries should be sent to email@example.com or admin@AsianShakespeare.org.
Results will be announced in October 2017. A second call for seminar papers will also be released.