Shakespeare's Globe

World Shakespeare Congress

31 July - 6 August 2016 

London & Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Education/WSC


International Shakespeare Association: 10th World Shakespeare Congress 

In 2016 we will co-host the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, along with King’s College London, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. 

The year marks 400 years of popular, artistic, and scholarly enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s life and works. We justly celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds. But so too, in the centuries since the playwright’s death in 1616, have scholars and thinkers, writers, artists, and performers—of all kinds and from around the globe—re-created him.

The tenth World Shakespeare Congress of the International Shakespeare Association will honour Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy and celebrate the continuing global resonance of his work.

The Congress’s rich programme of plenary lectures, seminars, panels, workshops, events, and performances will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon, among the key sites of Shakespeare’s personal life; and in London, his workplace. WSC 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with current Shakespeare performance, criticism, and pedagogy, and to connect with fellow Shakespeareans from around the world.

Participation in the World Shakespeare Congress is open to anyone with a genuine interest in Shakespeare who is a member of the ISA. For more information click here.



The Congress organisers welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other events (including performances and other creative responses) relating to any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, life, and continuing legacy.

Proposals of 500 words for seminars, panels, and workshops may be submitted to

Workshops and seminars should be co-hosted with at least one other delegate. The Congress is an international event, and, as such, potential co-hosts are strongly encouraged to collaborate with delegates from other countries or geographical regions. Proposers will understand that there will be more space for seminars than panels on the conference programme.

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2014

Those submitting proposals should ensure that their membership of the ISA is current.