Shakespearean Journeys
The Inaugural Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association

Taipei, 15-18 May 2014



By land or sea, across city and country, journeys comprise an important motif in Shakespeare’s works, be they smooth or perilous, round trip or to an undiscovered country from whose bourne no travelers return. The journeys undertaken can be physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination. Though not in person, Shakespeare also journeys extensively, crossing not only time and space but also language, culture, and media. A most versatile and protean voyager, Shakespeare sometimes travels light and does as the locals do, yet sometimes carries heavy baggage and remains a stranger in a foreign land. “Shakespearean Journeys” aims to explore all aspects of this theme.

Taipei, home of the conference, is a charming Asian city fusing modernity and traditional flair, with a global vision and distinct local flavor. All conference events take place on the main campuses of National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University, which are centrally located in downtown, adjacent to public transportation, restaurants, stores, and services. Join the pre-conference excursions to discover more of Taipei and its vicinity—museums, temples, mountains, ocean, and gourmet food.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Peter Holbrook, University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Kawachi Yoshiko, Kyorin University (Japan)
  • Dennis Kennedy, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University (USA)
  • Perng Ching-Hsi, National Taiwan University and Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan)
  • Shen Lin, Central Academy of Drama (China)

Special Guests:

  • Rustom Bharucha, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • Ing K(anjanavanit), filmmaker, journalist, painter, writer (Thailand)
  • Nehad Selaiha, Higher Institute of Artistic Criticism, the Academy of Arts (Egypt)

Live Performances:

  • Betrayal (an adaptation of Cardenio by Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe from Taiwan, dir. Chen Le)
  • King Lear (a modern rock adaptation by Nomad Theatre from Korea, dir. Son Jeung-Woo)
  • Sintang Dalisay (an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in traditional music and dance by Tanghalang Ateneo from the Philippines, dir. Ricardo Abad)

Film Screening:

  • Shakespeare Must Die (an adaptation of Macbeth from Thailand, dir. Ing K)
  • Censor Must Die (documentary, dir. Ing K)


  • “Traditional Igal Dance Movement Vocabulary” (led by Matthew Santamaria, University of the Philippines)
  • “Hakka Opera” (led by actors of Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe)
  • "Worshop in the Sonnets" (led by Dennis Kennedy, Trinity College Dublin)


  • Asian Shakespeare Association
  • Taiwan Shakespeare Association
  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taiwan Normal University


  • British Council
  • Fu Jen Catholic University
  • National Chengchi University
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • National Chiao Tung University
  • National Chi Nan University
  • National Hsinchu University of Education
  • National Musuem of Taiwan Literature
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • National Taitung University


  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Culture
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Hakka Affairs Council
  • Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government

Conference Schedule

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