Shakespeare and Race: Teaching and Performance

A two-day free online event exploring the performance
of race on the Shakespearean stage

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Shakespeare’s Globe and the University of Sussex invite you to join a free two-day online symposium on Shakespeare, race and the university classroom. Over three events we will focus on the teaching of race on the Shakespearean stage, as well as our approaches to the racial dynamics in play when Renaissance dramas are staged and taught today.

In particular, we want to reinvigorate the teaching of Othello by situating Shakespeare’s play in the context of other early modern dramas that staged inter-racial and inter-cultural relationships.

The event will be of particular interest to school and university students, academics, teachers, and theatre audiences and theatre practitioners

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The symposium builds on the success of the Globe’s Shakespeare and Race festivals and events that we have been running since 2018, and expands the range and diversity of our understanding of the early modern dramatic canon.

The symposium is generously funded by the University of Sussex Higher Education Innovation Fund.


All the symposium sessions will take place on Zoom. Registration covers one device joining.

Once you have registered your place, you will be emailed the day before the event with the links to join the sessions.

You will need access to a reliable internet connection and be able to join a Zoom meeting.

Please ensure you are in the Zoom waiting room five minutes prior to the event start time. The event takes place in real time only with no ‘catch up’ options.

No recording or photography of any kind is permitted during the symposium.

Our staff retain the right to terminate any participant’s connection to the Zoom meeting if our Terms and Conditions and Community guidelines are not followed.



Tickets are free but you must register in order to watch live and participate. Please register once per household.

As a charity that receives no regular government funding, any donations are welcome and are vital to us.

Friday 20 November, 5.00pm – 6.30pm GMT: Lecture and Q&A
Saturday 21 November, 2.00pm – 3.30pm GMT: Roundtable
Saturday 21 November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm GMT: Research in Action


Friday 20 November, 5.00pm – 6.30pm GMT
Lecture and Q&A with Noémie Ndiaye (University of Chicago), introduced by Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London).

Professor Ndiaye will explore the concept of ‘racecraft’, the staging practices used in early modern theatre to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants.

Saturday 21 November, 2.00pm – 3.30pm GMT
Roundtable with Lynette Goddard (Royal Holloway University of London), Nandini Das (University of Oxford), Joyce Macdonald (University of Kentucky) and Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London).

In this panel, Professors Goddard, Das, Macdonald and Karim-Cooper will share guidance for teaching race and early modern drama in the university classroom, and suggest strategies for faculty who are less familiar with the scholarship or the issues.

Saturday 21 November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm GMT
Research in Action: Othello in context and in a new light, co-ordinated by Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Using extracts specially staged and filmed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this workshop asks us to consider Othello in the light of Soliman and Perseda (probably by Thomas Kyd) and Lust’s Dominion (Thomas Dekker and others). We will put Shakespeare’s play in dialogue with these other early modern ‘race plays’ and suggest ways to enhance our teaching and understanding of this most canonical text.

Discussion will be led by Dennis Britton (University of New Hampshire), Delia Jarrett-Macauley (writer and academic) and Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex).

Symposium text