CFP: 6th ASA Conference (Iloilo, 4-6 December 2024; Deadline: 31 August 2024)

Shoreline Shakespeares: 6th Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association

A shoreline is a dynamic border, being created, erased, and reshaped by the eternal dance of tide and time. It separates yet connects ecosystems, identities, and civilizations. Shorelines set boundaries but also open gateways to different experiences and perspectives. The shoreline serves as a focal point for exploration, transition, and adaptation. “Shoreline Shakespeares” welcomes papers that examine the literal and metaphorical meanings of the shoreline in Shakespeare and his afterlife. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

• blue humanities; ecocriticism; nature
• geography; cartography; milestone
• navigation; discovery; wandering; shipwreck
• contact; interaction; connection; xenophobia
• erosion; conservation; preservationism
• commerce; exchange; colonization; exploitation
• migration; settlement; diaspora; exile
• displacement; human trafficking; refugees
• traveling actors; dissemination; intervention
• limit; boundary; threshold; trespassing; transgression
• shift; fluctuation; advancement; recession; evolution
• liminality; intersection; integration; interdisciplinarity
• translation; pidgin; hybridization
• adaptation; transplantation; localization

About the ASA

The Asian Shakespeare Association (ASA), a non-profit, non-government organization founded in 2013 with its headquarters in the Philippines, is dedicated to researching, producing, teaching, translating, and promoting Shakespeare from Asian perspectives. Its hundreds of members come from more than forty countries. The ASA holds biennial conferences in Asian locations and have been to Taipei (2014), New Delhi (2016), Manila (2018), Seoul (2020), and online (2022). Papers originated from the ASA conferences have been published as two books, Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (Routledge, 2017), Asian Interventions in Global Shakespeare (Routledge, 2020), a special issue “Intersections in Shakespeare” of Shakespeare Review (2022), and a special issue “Shakespeare in Asian Currents” of Shakespeare (forthcoming).

About the Conference

The three-day conference consists of academic, theatrical, and social events.

Keynote Speakers

• Ted Motohashi (Tokyo University of Economics, President of the AICT-IATC Japan Center)
• Karen Raber (University of Mississippi, Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America)

Theatrical Presentations

• Selected scenes from Caesar’s Maze (dir. Wu Hsing-kuo, Contemporary Legend Theatre)
• Work by Anton Juan (University of Notre Dame)

About the Location

The conference will be hosted by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) on its Iloilo City campus, adjacent to hotels, restaurants, and shopping. Iloilo City is the regional center of Western Visayas. The area features immense natural beauty with pristine beaches and lush forests as well as vibrant history and architectural landmarks. Iloilo was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2023.

Submission Guidelines

The conference calls for proposals in two categories.

1. Panel Presentation: 20-minute delivery time

2. Symposium Presentation: 6-minute delivery time, in one of the following areas:
(1) Shakespeare and the Natural World
(2) Early Modern Navigation, Exploration, and Discovery
(3) Intercultural, Interdisciplinary, Intersectional Shakespeare
(4) (Post)Colonial, Indigenous, and Diaspora Shakespeare
(5) Translation, Adaptation, and Hybrid Shakespeare
(6) Experimental, Multimedia, and Digital Shakespeare

Please submit a 250‐word abstract and a 100‐word bio, and specify which category and area you intend to join. Graduate students are welcome.

Deadline for submission is 31 August 2024. Results will be announced in September 2024.


Submissions and queries should be sent to [email protected]. For conference updates, please visit