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Shakespeare Experts from Across the World Come Together in Worcester

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Hundreds of Shakespeare experts from across the globe will descend on Worcester next week for the start of a prestigious congress.

The European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Congress kicks off on Monday, June 29 with a plenary lecture at Worcester Cathedral.

The lecture is entitled ‘Lands, Realms, Women, and Texts: Possession, Entitlement, and Occupation’ and will be given by Michael Hattaway, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. This will be followed by a Question and Answers session chaired by ESRA board member and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Professor Michael Dobson.

The biennial ESRA congress, hosted by the University of Worcester, runs until Thursday, July 2, and will also feature a number of panel debates, seminars, and exhibitions at locations around the City. For the month either side of the Congress - June 24 – July 22 - Illustration students from the University will be displaying ‘Shakespeare and Europe’ inspired work at The Hive, plus Shakespeare’s marriage bond, held by Worcestershire’s Records Office, will also be on display in the building for all to see.

The ESRA Congress, titled Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s), brings together hundreds of international Shakespeare scholars, critics, practitioners, dramaturges, biographers, translators, editors and reviewers. Worcester follows Montpellier, Weimar, Pisa, Iasi, Krakow, and Utrecht in hosting the event. The University’s successful bid to host the Congress was led by Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes, Principal Lecturer in English and Co-director of the University of Worcester’s Early Modern Research Group.

This year the ESRA Congress will continue the long-standing dialogue between Shakespeare’s Europe and Europe’s ‘Shakespeare(s)’. It asks scholars to take a look at the wider playwriting context of the early modern period and the European reception of Shakespeare as a subject that has been continuously developing, not least due to Europe’s several recent remappings.