Shakespeare + Canada was a bilingual symposium held at the University of Ottawa, from 21 to 23 April, 2016. Uniquely bringing together Shakespeareans and Canadianists, Shakespeare + Canada is also part of the longest running series dedicated to Canadian literary culture, an annual tradition at the University of Ottawa which began in 1973.

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s “afterlife” offers the opportunity for us to take stock: both to look back — to examine what functions and roles Shakespeare’s works have played in Canada, a country which has given him a home for nearly 200 years – and to contemplate the future.  Among the questions we will be posing are What function does Shakespeare serve in Canada today?  How might we historicize Shakespeare’s influence in Canada?  How has Shakespeare been reconfigured in different ways for particular Canadian contexts?   How have his role and functions changed over the years?  What have Canadians – scholars, writers, artists, actors, others – contributed to an understanding and/or dissemination of Shakespeare and his works?  What is the future of Shakespeare and Shakespeare studies in Canada?

For the occasion, we set up a special Shakespearian photo-booth with props and accessories in the Arts Building. To view the rest of the images, click here! 

Thank you to the PhotoSmith Booth Co.! Follow the global celebration through #ShakespeareLives!