Shakespeare Loves Paris in the Springtime

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Shakespeare450 in ParisIn an anniversary spring which marks 450 years of Shakespeare’s birth, there’s always the possibility of Paris…

The following is from Yan Brailowsky who teaches at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X):

‘The Société Française Shakespeare is preparing to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with an international conference, “Shakespeare 450”, on April 21-27, 2014, in Paris. Would you like to share in the celebration?

Many international cultural institutions and organizations (Théâtre de l’Odéon, Opéra de Paris, Comédie-française, musée Delacroix, musée Victor Hugo, Bibliothèque nationale…) have joined the effort to make the week-long event an unforgettable experience. The programme of the conference (plenary lectures, roundtables, workshops, seminars, panels), will be illustrated by performances at various venues, theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, artists’ studios and bookshops.

Over 60 seminars, workshops or panels will discuss all aspects of Shakespeare’s works, their reflections in painting, sculpture, opera, on radio and screen, as well as issues of performance, critical theory, poetics, commemorations, textual and scenic rewritings, translation, and biography.

The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the aesthetics and politics of previous celebrations, for example in 1864, 1916, and 1964, when national or regional homages were organized in many countries. Echoes of past and future celebrations around the world are accessible on the Anniversaries website,

Some seminars and panels are fully booked, but others are still accepting proposals for papers, such as:

Biology through Shakespeare (did you know there were genes named after Hamlet, Malvolio or Prospero?)
The Celebrated Shakespeare: public commemoration and biography (a key topic to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary)
Shakespeare in French Film/France in Shakespearean Film (a conference set in Paris could not avoid discussing Marcel Carné’s masterpiece, Les Enfants du paradis, and its Shakespearean sources)

Visit the conference website for more information and to find other Calls for papers.

And there’ll be plenty of spaces for General Registration which opens in late September.’

Many thanks to Yan for this post. So, watch this space – and I hope to see some of you in Paris for Shakespeare 450!

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson

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