The Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa


The Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa traditionally holds a triennial congress. The previous congress took place in Cape Town in May 2019, and comprised three events: the academic conference, “Shakespeare and Social Justice: Scholarship and Performance in an Unequal World”; a two-day workshop for teachers, titled “my shakespeare”; and “Making Shakespeare”, a platform for theatre makers. The next conference will take place in 2022.

Whether you’re a high school teacher, a theatre-maker, a university-based academic or an independent scholar, meeting with peers and colleagues to discuss the whys and wherefores of “doing Shakespeare” is always helpful. If you would like to let people know about conferences, workshops, seminars or public events in and around South Africa, contact us.

Details of previous SSOSA conferences are available here, and reports on other Shakespeare conferences held in recent years are archived below. A number of papers first presented at these conferences have been published as articles in Shakespeare in Southern Africa


Conference Reports - Shakespeare conferences in South Africa
(other than the Shakespeare Society’s triennial congresses)

Moving Shakespeare. Market Theatre Foundation / University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 19-20 October 2017. Report by Chris Thurman. The conference programme can be dowloaded here.

“Decolonising Shakespeare?” Contestations and re-imaginings for a post-liberation South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College Campus), 30 September and 1 October 2016. Report by Lliane Loots. The conference programme can be dowloaded here.