The Department of English at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) organized a Shakespeare Symposium on 7 April 2014, on the occasion of his 450th birthday, and held it in memory of Prof S. Nagarajan, former Head of English, UoH and distinguished Shakespeare scholar.
The aim of this symposium was to bring together scholars to examine various aspects of Shakespeare’s continuing relevance today.
Dr. K Narayana Chandran, faculty of English at the University offered 13 ways of looking at Shakespeare as a ‘black’ bard, while emphasizing how Shakespeare gets translated locally. Dr. T Sriraman (formerly of EFLU) studied Julius Caesar as a contemporary political text. Dr. Samson Thomas (EFLU) read Shakespeare’s major tragedies in the light of Nietzschean theories of tragedy. Dr. Tutun Mukherjee (UoH) surveyed the many versions of Shakespeare around the world, where the dramatist functions as a mode of capital. Dr. Pramod K. Nayar examined Shakespeare as a brand in a world of Shakespeare consumerism.
Dr Anna Kurian of the Department of English coordinated the Symposium.