Shakespeare and Education symposium, 3 July

The Shakespeare Institute will hold a free to attend symposium titled ‘Shakespeare in Education: Current Trends and New Directions’, organised exclusively by students of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

The symposium is designed for those interested in Shakespeare and education including students, alumni, and any Shakespeare educators, and will be held at the Shakespeare Institute campus over one day from 10am-4pm, bringing together both new and expert researchers at an emerging hub of scholarship in Shakespeare and education. 

Together with disseminating, sharing, and discussing a range of teaching methods and approaches, we have visiting speakers and experts to discuss topics at the forefront of the field, ranging from using digital Shakespeare resources to getting published. 

James Stredder will be running a session on ‘Active Shakespeare in the Cyberage: can collective theatre-making survive in today’s classroom?’ Until very recently James was the Chair of the British Shakespeare Association Education Committee and is still working with them in the field of Shakespeare and education. He has previously taught the Shakespeare and Pedagogy module at the Shakespeare Institute, holds a PhD and MA in Shakespeare studies, and is the esteemed author of the fantastic teaching resource The North Face of Shakespeare. He will be running a dialogue/workshop with you all discussing where current trends in teaching Shakespeare have come from, and the new directions that they are taking now.

Andrew Kennedy is a pioneer in software for education and is the managing director of software company Movie Storm. He is coming to share and develop with the delegates of the conference his new engagement with Shakespeare and educational software, in the hope to gain useful feedback to ensure that the product developed is something that will be of optimum usefulness in educational settings.

Our student-led symposium also aims to build on this knowledge base of current approaches to teaching Shakespeare, by situating it in the latest scholarly conversation through sharing insights gained through the organisers’ wider experience in participating at recent international level Shakespeare conferences. These include most importantly the ‘Worlds Together’ conference on Shakespeare in education in London late last year, sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the recent Folger Shakespeare Library educational workshop on ‘Setting Shakespeare Free’ and active approaches at the 2013 Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) conference, Toronto. 

Lunch will be provided for all attending. We are also a short walk from the nearby railway station. There is parking, however it is very limited on site. Wherever possible, delegates are advised to use public transport or seek alternative parking in Stratford.

If you wish to attend please e-mail Laura Nicklin or Thea Buckley at with your name or click attending on the Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you at the event.


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