Professors Kathryn Prince and Irena Makaryk have received a SSHRC Connection grant for their project Shakespeare400.
Shakespeare400 commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the beginning of his remarkable afterlife. The semester of events from January to April 2016 includes research-creation (Shakespeare in Ottawa, an exhibit of Shakespeare-inspired art by local artists and Visual Arts students), knowledge mobilization (the exhibits Shakespeare in Canada in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and Shakespeare@uOttawa in partnership with uOttawa's Archives and Special Collections), a series of academic / public activities that seek to engage with the wider communities across the university and in the national capital region (a lunchtime lectures series featuring professors from across campus, a Shakespeare film festival at the ByTowne Cinema, Hamlet performed in all the languages of the university community) and contests for students (including a sonnet-writing competition, Shakespeare on the Platform, and a pub quiz / insult-a-thon).
The Shakespeare + Canada symposium will take place over the anniversary weekend of 21-23 April 2016, bringing together over 40 presenters from across Canada, the USA, and the UK, and will include scholars, theatre practitioners, professional theatre reviewers, writers, and representatives of large and small community theatres and festivals. Selected papers from the symposium will be published by uOttawa Press later in this anniversary year.
Shakespeare400 will make a major contribution to the discipline of Shakespeare studies in Canada and represents a unique opportunity to participate in the international commemorative activities of 2016. It has been generously supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the University of Ottawa, the Faculty of Arts, the British High Commission, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the ByTowne Cinema, and Shakespeare Bulletin. Please join us in 2016! You’ll find an evolving list of activities on our project website: www.artsites.uottawa.ca/shakespeare-celebrations