There will be four invited speakers, who will deliver special lectures on various themes related to Shakespeare in Asia throughout the conference period.
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
WooSoo Park is Professor of English at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. He is the president of the Korean Association for Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, and honorary president of the Rhetoric Society of Korea. Among his books on Shakespeare are Shakespeare’s History Plays: Language, Drama and Irony (2013), and Shakespeare and the Sea (2016). He has translated into Korean major plays and poems of Shakespeare, the latest of which is A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019). He has published “Shakespeare Studies in North Korea” in the Shakespeare Newsletter.
University of Calgary
Susan Bennett is Professor of English in the Faculty of Humanities at University of Calgary. Her research interests are primarily in the area of performance and critical theory. She has studied contemporary cultural and literary practice, and also researched texts of the Early Modern period, particularly Shakespeare. She has published books and journal articles in theatre and Shakespeare performances. She is the author of Theatre Audiences: A Theory of Production and Reception (1997) and Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past (1996).
Queen’s University Belfast
Mark Thornton Burnett, FEA, MRIA, is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast and PI of the ‘Indian Shakespeares’ project. He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience (1997), Constructing ‘Monsters’ in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture (2002), Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (2007; 2012), Shakespeare and World Cinema (2013) and ‘Hamlet’ and World Cinema (2019).
King’s College, University of London
Sonia Massai is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at King's College London. Her publications include her books on Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance (2020) and Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor (2007), collections of essays on Ivo van Hove: from Shakespeare to David Bowie (2018), Shakespeare and Textual Studies (2015) and World-Wide Shakespeares (2005), and critical editions of The Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (2014) and John Ford's ’Tis Pity She's a Whore for Arden Early Modern Drama (2011).