Paris

Conference: “Brave New World? Shakespeare 400 years on”
MONDAY 21 MARCH 2016, 6.30PM
BRITISH COUNCIl, 9 RUE DE CONSTANTINE, 75007 Paris
Registration required at programmes@britishcouncil.fr

In the last act of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda who has lived her whole life in island exile, first meets a group of real, live, new people: ‘O brave new world,/ That has such people in’t!’, she says; ‘ ‘Tis new to thee.’ sighs her world-weary father, Prospero, who has seen a bit too much plotting in his life.
Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, someone, somewhere in the world is always encountering his words for the first time. This panel explores some ways in which Shakespeare continues to live and to be reinvented; it also examines the joys — and the frustrations — of living with Shakespeare 400 years on.
Deana Rankin will consider the complex ways in which Shakespeare’s words are woven through contemporary British culture and politics, from Irish–English relations to current debates around EU membership.
Preti Taneja will consider the troubled but vibrant legacy of Shakespeare in India and reads from her acclaimed new novel We that are Young, a contemporary retelling of King Lear set against the incendiary anti-corruption protests that swept across the world’s youngest and fastest growing democracy in 2012.
Wes Williams, after his recent theatre project with a youth theatre, academics and film and music makers based in Oxford, asks what Shakespeare might bring to the debates about communities, islands and border-crossings which engage so much of the world today.

Practical information
21 March, from 6.30pm to 8pm at the British Council in Paris.
Free entrance. Registration required at programmes@britishcouncil.fr . Places will be attributed on a first come first served basis.

Speakers
Dr Deana Rankin
Deana Rankin is Senior Lecturer at the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research is principally concerned with English and Irish literature of the early modern period, particularly drama. Read more anout Dr Deana Rankin.

Dr Preti Taneja
Preti is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary, University of London and Warwick University, where she works on Shakespeare performances in relation to human rights abuses and in humanitarian situations. Current projects are in Serbia, Kosovo, Syria, Jordan and Kashmir. Read More about Dr Preti Taneja.

Professor Wes Williams
Wes Williams is University Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford. His main research interests are in the field of Renaissance and/or early modern literature. Read more about Wes Williams.