INTRODUCTION William Shakespeare has remained one of the most popularly performed and adapted writers of all time. Be it theatre, film, opera, ballet or other modes of artistic representation, he has consistently fascinated students and performers including actors, musicians, directors, artists and dancers. People from all over the world have accepted Shakespearean literature as their mode of expression. The Department of English, The Bhawanipur Education Society College takes immense delight in acquainting its students with Shakespeare through the regular university curriculum but also feels it necessary to help them understand that Shakespeare is not simply meant to be read, but to be performed. With this in mind, the department feels that restricting Shakespeare studies to the classroom would essentially neglect a significant proportion of material necessary for the proper understanding of how to appreciate staging and performance of Shakespearean plays. The college is going to host an International Shakespeare Festival 2016. A three day long Shakespeare seminar and workshop has been planned in the college premises. The Festival invites Shakespeare scholars, researchers and performers to share their understanding of the dramatist through audio- visual and paper presentations. The festival will also include a three day theatre workshop where students of The Bhawanipur Education Society College will be trained by internationally acclaimed Shakespeare actor, director and scholar Professor Ronan Paterson, (Head of Performing Arts, School of Arts and Media, Teesside University, U.K) and Professor Amitava Roy (President, Shakespeare Society of Eastern India) on “Performing Shakespeare.” VENUE The Bhawanipur Education Society College 5 Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Bhawanipur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India. DATE & TIME 25th, 26th and 27th February 2016 Seminar: 10am- 2 pm Workshop: 2pm-6pm The workshop is exclusively for students of The Bhawanipur Education Society College CALL FOR PAPERS The Festival invites academic papers from scholars, performers and researchers to share their understanding of the dramatist with intellectuals, teachers, professors, students, Shakespeare fans, and budding artists through audio-visual lectures and paper presentations. This would also enable them to have a one to one discussion with the experts, exchanging their views and ideas. Presentations focusing on performance will be given preference. The seminar will accommodate not more than 9 papers Key Areas: Shakespeare Performance/Theatre Studies, Stage History and Shakespeare Shakespeare and Criticism, Shakespeare and Music Shakespeare Translation Studies Shakespeare and Adaptations Shakespeare and Fashion Modern Reception of Shakespeare Shakespeare and Classroom Teaching SUBMISSION INFORMATION & GUIDELINES Deadline for submission of abstract: 8th February 2016 All abstracts will go through a review process and will be notified by 10th February 2016. Submission of Final papers of the notified abstracts: On the day of the presentation Time Limit: 10 minutes (presentation) + 5 minutes (discussion.) Authors are kindly requested to adhere to the time limit PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE: Name of the author Institution Contact details including email id Title of the paper Theme 300-word abstract A brief bio data of 100 words describing the author, affiliation, background, accomplishments and research interests Proposals should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Emails should have the subject heading I.S.F 2016 REGISTRATION FORMALITIES: Participants will have to register to: Ms. Saheli Sarkar Mob No – +919674726301 Arts Staff Room, 1st Floor The Bhawanipur Education Society College Registration Fee: Rs. 600/- (Inclusive of Lunch for 3 days) Registration Date: 28th January, 2016 to 20th February, 2016 Registration Timing: 11 am – 4 pm (Except Saturdays & Sundays) All students will be exempted from paying the Registration Fee. They must carry their college Identity Card.