What is Shakespeare in Asia

The First University of the Philippines International Shakespeare Conference is a two-day conference on Shakespeare in Asia that engages several aspects of Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation, and theatrical histories in various Asian locations. It features leading Shakespearean scholars from Taiwan, Japan, India, Korea, the United States, and the Philippines, and Filipino directors and playwrights who have produced and written adaptations of Shakespearean texts. The conference will be held on December 5&6, 2013 at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Who is Shakespeare in Asia For

The event shall be open to academics, teachers, researchers, students, theater practitioners who have an expressed interest in Shakespeare and a curiosity about Asian Shakespeare. It especially welcomes teachers who teach Shakespeare and/or English literature and the Humanities to allow them to witness an array of possibilities for the teaching and study of Shakespeare outside the norms of the Anglo-American traditions. The conference also welcomes researchers and cultural practitioners interested in forging academic and artistic ties across the region and could serve as the site for initiating research projects and cultural exchanges with other Asian Universities in the future.

Why Shakespeare in Asia

Over the past couple of decades, the world of Shakespeare scholarship and performance has opened up to Asia. Asian dramatic forms and theatrical traditions have been employed in the performance of Shakespearean texts by theaters East and West to great critical acclaim. Asian films from China and Bollywood have also adapted Shakespearean texts in significant ways. Shakespeare has also invaded Asian popular forms like anime and manga. Consequently, there has been a rise in academic interest in Shakespearean forms in Asian locations or Asian forms in Shakespearean locations.

Despite over a century-long history of translation, adaptation, pedagogy and performance of Shakespeare in the Philippines, Shakespeare here is still commonly conceived of as a Western and colonial icon – difficult for the typical Filipino academic or student to even imagine without English or performed without Elizabethan ruffs and tights. The exposure to a variety of Asian traditions of engaging with Shakespeare and his texts – in performance or pedagogy – affords the Filipino audience with new approaches to the teaching and staging of Shakespeare. The conference will hopefully provide models and inspirations for a more relevant encounter with Shakespeare and Asian traditions.


The registration fee for the two-day conference is at PHP3000.00. This is inclusive of morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks for both days of the conference, conference materials, and a ticket to the Conference Performance. An early bird rate of PHP2700.00 is offered to participants who will pre-register on or before 22 November 2013.

Early Bird Online Registration

1. Download registration form HERE and fill it up.
2. Pay early bird registration fee of PHP2700 through Landbank Current Account Number 3071-0012-79 under Current Account Name DECL Foundation Inc..
3. Email confirmation of attendance, registration form, and scanned copy or photo of deposit slip toshakespearephilippines2013@up.edu.ph on or before 22 November 2013.
4. Collect conference materials on the first day of the conference.

Regular Online Registration

1. Download registration form HERE and fill it up.
2. Email confirmation of attendance and registration form to shakespearephilippines2013@up.edu.ph on or before 22 November 2013.
3. Pay registration fee of PHP3000 and collect conference materials on the first day of the conference.

Onsite Registration

Approach the registration table on the first day of the conference.

For other registration concerns and inquiries, please email shakespearephilippines2013@up.edu.ph. For more details, visit: http://conference.up.edu.ph/shakespeareinasia2013/