The Shakespeare Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences will be hosting an International Conference on Shakespeare in National Cultures 9–13 July 2012.
Russia is mentioned in Love's Labour’s Lost as a distant and preposterous country and Moscovites as wild and vulgar people. In Macbeth and Henry IV they speak of fierce Russian bears, in Measure for Measure — of a long Russian night, in the melancholy Winter’s Tale spectators encounter a daughter of a Russian Emperor. Thanks to Shakespeare the image of Russia as it was formed in the XVI-th century stuck in the West-European consciousness.
Shakespeare could never imagine that it might become the country which would not only appreciate the genius of the world-renowned dramatist but also consider Shakespeare its own treasure and develop a deeply rooted tradition of literary influence, criticism, research, translation and performance. No wonder that Shakespeare Readings have been held in Russia for more than half a century.
The 2012 Shakespeare conference in Moscow offers the following aspects for papers and discussions in the realm of National Cultures:
Shakespeare in theatre;
literary criticism and scholarly studies;
artistic perception by poets and writers;
music and arts;
publishing and editorial history;
Proposals are invited for papers of up to 20 minutes. These may be made by e-mail and should include a 200-word abstract. The deadline for submission is 15 May, 2012.
Proposals should be addressed to:
Nikolay Zakharov, the Institute of Fundamental and Applied Studies, Moscow University for the Humanities
Office: 5/1 Ulitsa Yunosti, 111395 Moscow, Russia
Home: apt. 47, 3/6 Krasny Kazanets, 111395 Moscow, Russia
Tel./fax:: +7 (499) 374-75-95