Alexa Alice Joubin

Alexa Alice Joubin
George Washington University | GW · Department of English

https://ajoubin.org/

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Introduction
Professor of English, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs at George Washington University /// Founding Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute, GWU /// John M. Kirk, Jr. Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English /// Research Affiliate in Literature, MIT; Global Shakespeare http://globalshakespeares.org ::::::: Website: https://ajoubin.org/
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June 2017 - present
Middlebury College
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  • Chair
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  • Founded in 1920, the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of Engilsh is a summer MA program in English with campuses at Middlebury, Vermont, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Lincoln College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
August 2014 - June 2015
Queen Mary, University of London
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  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair
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  • The Fulbright is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
September 2012 - present
George Washington University
Position
  • Co-director
Description
  • The GW Digital Humanities Institute is a hub of research, teaching, and outreach activities around digital and new media. It is founded upon the core belief that the arts and humanities actively transform and are transformed by digital cultures.

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"Race" offers a compelling study of ideas related to race throughout history. Its breadth of coverage, both geographically and temporally, provides readers with an expansive, global understanding of the term from the classical period onwards: Intersections of Race and Gender // Race and Social Theory Identity // Ethnicity, and Immigration // Whiten...
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Many screen and stage adaptations of the classics are informed by a philosophical investment in literature's reparative merit, a preconceived notion that performing the canon can make one a better person. Inspirational narratives, in particular, have instrumentalized the canon to serve socially reparative purposes. Social recuperation of disabled f...
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Four themes distinguish post-1950s East Asian cinemas and theaters from works in other parts of the world: Japanese innovations in sound and spectacle; Sinophone uses of Shakespeare for social reparation; the reception of South Korean presentations of gender identities in film and touring productions; and multilingual, disability, and racial discou...
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Analyzing trans narratives about the early moderns through the lenses of affective labor and social reparation, this chapter reclaims as trans the Shakespeare films that have been misinterpreted as homosexual. In doing so, this chapter builds a longer, more intersectional history of gendered embodiment. Reparative trans performances—works in which...
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Co-authored by Alexa Alice Joubin and Lisa S. Starks, this article examines new theories and praxis of listening for silenced voices and of telling compelling stories that make us human. Elucidation of our Levinas-inspired theories of the Other is followed by a discussion of classroom practices for in-person and remote instruction that foster colla...
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The screen as an interface immerses audiences in an alternate universe. As a result, that interface seems transparent. Through analyses of performances that call attention to filmic genres, such as Edgar Wright’s parody film, Hot Fuzz (2007), and the Wooster Group’s multimedia production, Hamlet (2007), as well as (meta)theatrical operations on sma...
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There are multiple ways to facilitate inclusion regardless of whether it’s online or in person. Alexa Alice Joubin will discuss her usage of contract grading, collaborative annotation using the Perusall social learning platform, and her open-access online textbook, Screening Shakespeare, an open educational resource (OER), in her classes. :::: http...
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The depiction of Asian women in science fiction films reveals how racial hierarchies are mapped onto, and used as justification for, mistreatment of women—and misogynistic prejudices inform racism. Contributing to the patterns that dehumanize Asian women are multiple sci-fi films that feature cyborgs and androids in Asian female bodies. ::::: The r...
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The WoW Talks at George Washington University are 10-minute TED style presentations that offer snapshots of faculty’s latest research. In her talk, Professor Joubin will examine why gender has become the latest battle ground for culture wars. Anti-feminist, white nationalist, (trans)misogynist, anti-immigrant, and homophobic movements use “genderis...
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“In the morning, Deng Xiaoping rules; in the evening, Teresa Teng (Deng Lijun) rules,” went a popular saying in China during the 1980s. The late Chinese leader and Taiwanese singer are ideologically opposed and have nothing in common except for their investment in social change through (pop) culture. Analyzing the stark contrast between the two Den...
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The global pandemic of COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian racism— the demonization of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as viral origins— in the United States. :::: Working from an archive of recent North American screen works that implicitly and explicitly dramatize, or critique, misogynist racism, this illustrated, interactiv...
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This NEH summer institute is designed to help high school teachers integrate adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays into their curricula, with an emphasis on Hamlet and Othello. Participants will study a variety of adaptations, including films, video games, graphic novels, stage performances, music, and young adult novels. We will emphasize diversity t...
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Even though Shakespeare’s plays were initially performed by all-male casts, they were designed to appeal to diverse audiences. Many modern adaptations reimagine those plays as expressions of gender nonconformity. Over the past decades, prominent films and theater works have fostered new public conversations about the politics of appropriating gende...
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Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear, three of the most frequently adapted tragedies, have inspired incredible work in the Sinophone theatres of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China for over two centuries as political theatre, comedic parody, Chinese opera, and avant-garde theatre. Gender roles in the plays take on new meanings when they are embodi...
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Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear stand out as the most frequently and creatively adapted tragedies in more than two centuries of Sinophone performances of Western classics. Between 1987 (when Deng Xiaoping reaffirmed “socialist market economy” as the guiding principle of China’s development and when Taiwan’s martial law was lifted) and 2007 (when the...
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Shakespeare adaptations share an intimate relation with global studies, because Shakespeare – as a cultural institution – registers a broad spectrum of practices that generate productive dialogues with world cultures. Global studies enables us to examine deceivingly harmonious images of Shakespeare’s works. This paper examines culturally fluid, con...
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This chapter features a world-renowned solo jingju performance by Taiwanese actor Wu Hsing-kuo with Buddhist inflections. The first innovation is Wu’s tour-de-force performance of ten characters: Li Er in the first act, the Fool, a Dog, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Earl of Gloucester, Edmund, and Edgar in the second act, and himself (Wu Hsing-kuo the...
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The Taiwanese Hamlet featured in this chapter provides meaningful contrasts to Lin’s Hamlet in the previous chapter. Whereas Lin’s adaptation suggests that in his postsocialist society, everyone is a morally coward Hamlet, Taiwanese playwright Lee Kuo-hsiu uses Shakespeare’s tragedy as a pretext in his metatheatrical play, Shamlet (1992). Set in po...
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With few subplots, Macbeth lends itself to adaptations in musical genres that prioritize singing and dancing over speeches. Even though most Sinophone theatre practitioners and critics believed that only huaju in Mandarin—a form with closer affinity to the Western naturalistic theater—was a more effective medium for performing Shakespeare, the well...
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King Lear has held a special place in Sinophone theatre partly because of its compelling themes of generational gap and filial piety. Shanghai Beijing Opera Company’s 1995 King Qi’s Dream presents the tragedy as a moralizing story from a fictional pre-modern China. Opening with King Qi’s birthday celebration and closing with a scene of “rebirth” of...
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The global pandemic of COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian racism—the demonization of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as viral origins—in the United States. Offering strategies for inclusion and for identifying tacit forms of misogynistic racism, this article analyzes the manifestation of the ideas of yellow peril and yellow fev...
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“Live” performances used to be distinguished from multiplex film—a more editorialized medium—by their cachet of being “ephemeral” and irrecoverable. These distinctions are going away, because more and more theatrical and filmic performances are mediated by the screen interfaces, especially since the onset of the global pandemic of COVID-19. Interfa...
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The social justice turn in the arts may have become more visible during the pandemic, but it has been a key ingredient in world cinema and theatre. Even before these global crises, anti-feminist, white nationalist, transmisogynist, and anti-immigrant movements have used the ideas of otherness to evoke a range of disruptive identities and to attack...
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Shakespeare’s plays and motifs have been appropriated in fragmentary forms on screen since motion pictures were invented in 1893. Allusions to Shakespeare haunt our contemporary culture in a myriad of ways, whether through brief references or sustained intertextual engagements. ::::: This collection of essays extends beyond a US-UK axis to bring to...
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Shakespeare’s plays and motifs have been appropriated in fragmentary forms on screen since motion pictures were invented in 1893. Allusions to Shakespeare haunt our contemporary culture in a myriad of ways, whether through brief references or sustained intertextual engagements. ::::: This collection of essays extends beyond a US-UK axis to bring...
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Join us to explore Fulbright opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. The event features Alexa Alice Joubin and Lisa Pinley Covert, and is hosted by Jaclyn Assarian. Register at https://apply.iie.org/portal/scholar_webinars :::: Topics covered: Overview of the Fulbright US Scholar program; Fulbright alumni experiences; how Fulbright sch...
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How do actors reposition their racialized and gendered bodies? Why is Asianness invisible in global film culture? Join us for this illustrated presentation on representations of race, gender, and East Asia on film and television. ::::: The global pandemic of COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian racism, but we can enhance our strategies for inclusi...
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Join us for a session on the Fulbright Scholar Program. Fulbright awards are available for teaching and research and can serve as a wonderful faculty development opportunity. There are over 400 unique opportunities available in over 135 countries awarded to over 800 scholars annually. The competition for 2023-24 awards is now open, so this is an id...
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Transgender performances of Shakespeare on film raise new questions about the long history of associating trans bodies with flawed bodies in distress, such as: Why were marginalized social practices (such as gender expression) used as metaphors for illness? This paper uses what I call the trans lens to analyze Richard Eyre's Othello-inspired film S...
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Recently, anti-feminist, white nationalist, (trans)misogynist, anti-immigrant, and homophobic movements have used “genderism” to evoke a range of disruptive identities and to attack legal and social human rights. This conversation, featuring Alexa Alice Joubin (https://ajoubin.org/), will explore how transgender studies can combat intersectional fo...
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Discussant: Alexa Alice Joubin ::::: Critical race, feminist and queer scholars have long been working to lay bare the violence embedded in the field of early modern studies. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and the acute rupture in the summer of the long-festering chronic health crisis of racial violence against Black Americans and systemic xenophob...
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Much of the public discourse on China relates largely to the country's expanding economic and military power. The result can be that regular Americans and policymakers alike ignore the diverse arts that flourish in or come from China. :::: In this roundtable discussion, scholars Alexa Alice Joubin, professor at the George Washington University and...
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TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program was launched in 2013 in partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative and MetLife Japan. It aims to develop the next generation of globally active women leaders. :::: Over a ten-month period, the program provides highly motivated Japanese female university students with training sessions to hone their leade...
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A regional methodology with a transnational framework can identify shared and conflicting patterns of cultural dissemination. Regional data is widely available but difficult to classify, and this book has organized and synthesized important sectors of Nordic histories to serve as a key method ‘for disrupting nationalist and globalist paradigms’, ac...
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How do actors reposition their racialized bodies on stage and on screen? How do Sinophone cinema and feminism transform gender identities in Shakespeare? Bringing film and theatre studies together, this illustrated presentation sheds new light on the two major genres in a comparative context in the Sinophone world. Shakespeare’s tragedies have insp...
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This new adaptation, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, of the late medieval morality play Everyman, one of the first recorded plays in the English language, explores the meaning of life and the roles we play along the way. The performers randomly draw lots live on stage each night to determine which actor will play which part in that evening’s performance...
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Alexa Alice Joubin is a professor of English, women's, gender and sexuality studies, theatre, international affairs, and East Asian languages and literatures. She co-founded and currently co-directs the GW Digital Humanities Institute. An award-winning researcher and writer, she is an expert on race and gender in film and theatre, particularly glob...
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Shakespeare’s plays enjoy a great deal of popularity across the world, yet most of us study Shakespeare’s local productions. Alexa Alice Joubin‘s Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford 2021) addresses this gap through a wide-ranging analysis of stage and film adaptations related to Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US a...
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Friday January 28, 2022 at 5 pm Central European time on Zoom. Asian performance aesthetics have a symbiotic but uncomfortable relationship to Western epistemologies. This paper addresses the role of the Western canon, represented by Shakespeare, in East Asian cinema. Drawing on case studies of Japanese, Korean, and Hong Kong adaptations of Shakesp...
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Alexa Alice Joubin is the author of the recently published book Shakespeare in East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021), which raises such intriguing questions as: How did Kurosawa influence George Lucas’ Star Wars? Why do critics repeatedly use the adjective Shakespearean to describe Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019)? How do East Asian cinema and th...
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Panelists discuss how they “own” the global cultural artifact we call Shakespeare from different interdisciplinary perspectives—and from different positions within the profession (contingent faculty members, librarians and digital curators, tenured distinguished chairs, tenured instructional faculty members, minoritized faculty members). ::: https:...
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There is no Shakespeare without text. Yet readers often do not realize that the words in the book they hold, like the dialogue they hear from the stage, has been revised, augmented and emended since Shakespeare's lifetime. An essential resource for the history of Shakespeare on the page, Shakespeare and Textual Theory traces the explanatory underpi...
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What will the next 75 years of the Fulbright Association bring? We asked Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors to respond to several Big Talk questions about Fulbright and its future. We asked Alexa Alice Joubin: Tell us about the one thing that you shared about yourself or your community during your Fulbright experience that added to the host community’s u...
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How do actors reposition their racialized bodies on stage and on screen? How do Sinophone cinema and theatre interact with Shakespeare’s plays? How do directors transform gender roles? Bringing film and theatre studies together, this presentation sheds new light on the two major genres in a comparative context, reveals deep connections among Sinoph...
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The MIT Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive was created by the tireless work and personal collection of the Archive’s co-founder and co-director, Alexa Alice Joubin. It is a collaborative project that presents information about more than three hundred productions, shorter or longer videos (e.g., trailers) of over two hundred productio...
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Analyzing trans narratives about the early moderns through the lenses of affective labor and social reparation, this chapter reclaims as trans the Shakespeare films that have been misinterpreted as homosexual. In doing so, this chapter builds a longer, more intersectional history of gendered embodiment. ::: Reparative trans performances—works in...
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This chapter explains the concept of reparative trans performances. These performances have two strands: open-ended self-realization and restoration to perceived norms of binary gender and heterosexuality. The call for social justice may seem universal, but the exact elements requiring reparation are malleable. Additionally, literature has been use...
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Voices carry weight in the embodiment of characters on stage, because accents are a strong marker of a character’s and actor’s identity. Orlando praises Rosalind’s courtly accent in As You Like It by saying “your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling” (3.2.334–35), for example. :::: Sonia Massai’s new book exp...
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How do actors reposition their racialized bodies on stage and on screen? How did Akira Kurosawa influence George Lucas’ Star Wars? Why do critics repeatedly use the adjective Shakespearean to describe Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019)? How do East Asian cinema and theatre portray vocal disability? How do Korean transgender cinema and East Asian femini...
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This illustrated presentation advocates for an embrace of multidisciplinary work in scholarship and in the classroom. This work counters discrimination and hatred in the time we live in. I will share how I have evolved as an educator and scholar, how I learned not to turn foreign shores into home turf and lose my edge, and how I sustained transitor...
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During the 2021 SCREENSHOT: Asia Film Festival, the As We Like It, directed by Muni Wei and Chen Hung-i, was screened. The Taiwanese film is a youthful and modern taken on Shakespeare’s play that critiques exclusion of women from Shakespearian classics. ::: Charles Exley of the University of Pittsburgh interviewed Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of...
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Literary translation is a love affair, says Alexa Alice Joubin, the author of Shakespeare in East Asia. A translator has to reach beyond the words to access the ideas and emotions contained in a text, and try to reconfigure them in a new language. ::::: CBC Radio-Canada interviewed Alexa Alice Joubin in this episode. “Through a translation, we ca...
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Due to their British and Portuguese legacies, Hong Kong and Macao are unique locations where multilingual and multifaceted performances of Shakespeare take place. The handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China in 1997 and Macao in 1999 marked the end of European colonialism and ushered in a new era of artistic creativity at the crossro...
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How might we de-colonize hegemonic knowledge production about East Asia and its relationship with the West? This interview with Alexa Alice Joubin draws on new perspectives on cultural exchange in her book, Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021), which promotes treatment of Asian performing arts as original epistemologies rather...
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Register here https://kinetic.fis.pitt.edu/conferenceregistration/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=030710E11F0BA5F71CBB6D1BF50BB5BD :::::: Film screening at 8:30 pm, Thursday October 7, 2021 ::::: Talkback at 10:30 pm, Thursday October 7, 2021, featuring Alexa Alice Joubin and Charles Exley ::::: Set in an internet-free neighborhood in the bustling me...
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As a familiar and canonical playwright, Shakespeare has often offered orientation and even emotional refuge both to people in crisis and to those contemplating it. Shakespeare has also been performed by and for refugees. The Western canon has been given various forms of moral authority, including the authority to address crisis. Shakespeare in part...
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Co-authored by Alexa Alice Joubin and Lisa S. Starks, this article examines new theories and praxis of listening for silenced voices and of telling compelling stories that make us human. Elucidation of our Levinas-inspired theories of the Other is followed by a discussion of classroom practices for in-person and remote instruction that foster colla...
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Hosted by the Fulbright US-UK Commission, this panel explores race and identity, with reflections on navigating racial relations in the US and UK and advice for allies. The session is held on Zoom at 5:30 pm UK time ::: Chair: Ronda Železny-Green ::: Panelists: Alexa Alice Joubin ::: Andrea A. Joseph ::: Daisha Brabham ::: Joti Desour
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You are cordially invited to visit https://ajoubin.org/ where you can find the publications of Alexa Alice Joubin. She writes about race, gender, cultural globalization, Shakespeare, disability, and film and theatre. She teaches in the Departments of English, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, International Affairs, and East Asian Lang...
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The annual Asian Theatre Journal Lecture (co-hosted by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Association for Asian Performance) offers a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading scholars in the field. This year we are excited to welcome Alexa Alice Joubin ::::: Is the scholarly "home turf" overrated? For all my life, I have...
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Sign up at http://wsc2021.org/Roundtables.html :::: Organized by Valerie TRAUB (University of Michigan). Speakers: Alexa Alice Joubin, Kumiko HILBERDINK-SAKAMOTO, Judy Celine ICK, Madhavi MENON, Marjorie RUBRIGHT =============== Every five years, the World Shakespeare Congress regenerates understandings of Shakespeare across the world, bringing t...
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Full video: https://vimeo.com/575343910 Join us for this interactive session on new ways to fight anti-Asian racism and misogyny through film and television. Professor Joubin will be sharing short clips from different films in an effort to show us our habits and thoughts. Teachers will learn strategies they can take back to their classrooms. Cas...
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Gender roles in Shakespeare’s plays take on new meanings when they are embodied by Asian actors. Learning more about Asian approaches to performance not only enriches our worldview but also makes Asian cultures less abstract and Asian people more relatable as fellow human beings. Reflecting the idea that strength and empowerment can take many forms...
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Sign up at https://apply.iie.org/portal/scholar_webinars?id=8e82932b-bedf-412f-8e44-f2873f85d8c1 ::::: Join us for an interactive session to meet the new Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador cohort. Learn about their path to Fulbright and the outcomes and impact on their teaching and research. We will conclude with a Q&A session. ::: As an Asia...
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During the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) heritage month, let us explore the fascinating works by East Asian directors and actors. The AAPI month honors the living, hybrid Asian and Western cultures. Since the nineteenth century, there have been hundreds of adaptations of Shakespeare drawn on East Asian motifs. Gender roles in the pla...
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http://www.wsc2021.org/Panels.html ::: This panel focuses on how global appropriations of Shakespeare access and cultivate new publics, from late nineteenth-century reading programs aimed at the American middle classes, to World War II-era cultural appropriations in London and Berlin, to recent ground-breaking films in India :::: We have pre-record...
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https://thetheatretimes.com/performing-shakespeare-in-the-era-of-covid-19/ :::: Long before the global pandemic of COVID-19, digital videos have helped Shakespeare gone viral around the world. The outbreak of the global pandemic of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in early 2020 closed live theatre events worldwide, but the crisis – during...
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Shakespeare has played a less visible but nonetheless important role in the performance cultures of Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Prolific playwright and internationally renowned director Ong Keng Sen has toured his multilingual adaptations of Shakespeare from Singapore to many parts of the world, while the documentary A Dr...
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Alexa Alice Joubin will be speaking to us in an interactive session about how to fight anti-Asian racism through film and TV. Obviously, this is timely with the recent Oscar wins by Asian filmmakers and actors drawing attention to Asian (American) film as a genre. She’ll be sharing short clips from different films in an effort to show us our habits...
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Full video recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_oC7KUXtvI&t=665s :::: Register at https://uchicagogroup.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jyEzkIZYQZ6bKzjjr3faZg :::: The University of Chicago East Asia by the Book! Author Talks is proud to present a book launch of Alexa Alice Joubin's Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press). Chair...
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https://mit.zoom.us/j/95178752533 :::: Performing Shakespeare is an act of mediation between characters and actors, creating channels between geocultural spaces and time periods. Adaptations accrue nuanced meanings as they move through physical and digital spaces, gaining cultural significance by paying homage to or remediating previous interpretat...
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Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9EipMJAIsQ&ab_channel=FulbrightLotus :::::::: Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NETYyN-ZHtOhMMhWWWLNRCExNk777IvSZFiDuAJuWlE/ ::::: To mark the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Heritage Month, Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Alexa Alice Joubin will be speaking to us in an interactive s...
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https://www.tsikinya-chaka.org/people ::::: The Tsikinya-Chaka Centre supports researchers, teachers and arts practitioners whose work is informed by historical and/or contemporary translation, adaptation and appropriation beyond the narrow national and linguistic confines of ‘English’ Shakespeare.
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https://shakespeareargentina.org/en/congratulations-message-from-alexa-alice-joubin/ ::::: "We share and appreciate the warm message of greeting and congratulations to the directors of the Fundación Shakespeare Argentina for the tenth anniversary of our institution sent by Alexa Alice Joubin, member of our International Advisory Council."
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https://mit.zoom.us/j/97110151831 :::::: Identify stereotypes in popular media and films ::: Learn about the history of yellow peril and yellow fever ::: Unlearn the harmful association of Asian communities with diseases
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https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcasts/shakespeare-alive/ :::: "Alexa talks to Anjna about her fascinating research and new book, Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford, 2021). Covering everything from Romeo and Juliet in Singlish, to Japanese productions of King Lear, Alexa offers a crucial and much-needed insight into the politi...
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http://www.thegranitetower.com/ :::: Ji Su Oh interviewed Alexa Alice Joubin on strategies to fight anti-Asian racism and misogyny in the United States. The interview appeared in the Granite, published by Korea University, Seoul, South Korea :::::: Race, like many identity markers, is social shorthand for articulating differences. Re-thinking racia...
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Congratulations, 2021 graduates! Poems and videos by the faculty, https://padlet.com/oherrera4/urw30x9dcb1ot3a0
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Since the nineteenth century, stage and film directors have mounted hundreds of adaptations of Shakespeare drawn on East Asian motifs, and by the late twentieth century, Shakespeare had become one of the most frequently performed playwrights in East Asia. Gender roles in the play take on new meanings in translation, and familiar and unfamiliar acce...
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Performing Shakespeare in modern times is an act of mediation between characters and actors, creating channels between geocultural spaces and time periods. The multiplicity of the plural term global Shakespeares helps us push back against deceivingly harmonious images of Shakespeare’s ubiquitous presence. Adaptations accrue nuanced meanings as they...
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Academic disciplines come with their own methodologies, assumptions, canons, and lineages of received wisdom. Thinking across disciplines requires deep listening, some relinquishment of expertise, and an openness to ways of thinking otherwise. How does the concept of Global Asias encourage you to navigate the epistemic expectations of, and generate...
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Why have Americans only begun to speak up against anti-Asian racism after the tragedy in Atlanta? How has portrayals of the Asian community on media affect all of us? What can we do to fight racist misogyny? Drawing on Alexa Alice Joubin’s book Race, this presentation examines the history of Asian Americans as an invisible minority; stereotypes tha...
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Speakers: Alexa Alice Joubin (GWU), Samuel Yates (Millikin University), Vyta Pivo (University of Michigan Society of Fellows). Professional Development Workshop Organized by the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA)
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The field of public interest technology is working to shape the way we think about technology to solve public problems in an inclusive and impactful manner. This cross-cutting field of research brings together disciplines such as arts, data science, humanities, public policy and law. Moderated by Susan Aaronson, Director of the Digital Trade and Da...
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While learning about Shakespearean drama in a classroom or on a stage is challenging enough, the necessity for remote learning has posed new challenges for instructors and students. While the digital era has introduced us to tools which can be useful for the study of Renaissance drama, the COVID19 pandemic has forced us to become creative and utili...
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Join us in April as we toast the Bard and chat with creatives about the ways in which Shakespeare has inspired our stories, passion projects, and careers. :::: Hosted by the HARK Journal
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Who produces knowledge about race? In what context? Race as a concept intersects with other social factors such as class, gender, and cultural citizenship to form narratives to contribute to how we think about otherness. Drawing on her co-authored book, Race, Alexa Alice Joubin examines narratives that reflect the impact of epistemologies of othern...
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Video recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTH2VPbHscA&ab_channel=ElliottSchoolofInternationalAffairs::: Why have Americans only begun to speak up against anti-Asian racism after the tragedy in Atlanta? How has portrayals of the Asian community on media affect all of us? What can we do to fight racist misogyny? Drawing on Alexa Alice Joubin’s...
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Friday April 2 from 1-3 pm US Eastern Time :::::: Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98500029449 :::::: (meeting ID 985 0002 9449) :::::: Event page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embodying-differences-in-global-shakespeare-tickets-148657565781 :::::: Over the past two decades, prominent films and performances have fostered new public conversati...
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Three things to know about global Shakespeare ::: In recent years, many English-speaking film studios, theatre companies and festivals have amplified and taken advantage of the theme of Shakespeare as something that is both familiar and exotic – and by implication worth seeing again. ::: To translate, appropriate, and interpret drama and literature...
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"This #WomensHistoryMonth we’re highlighting some of the impressive women we have in our Elliott School community! Today, we’re celebrating Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English, Theatre, International Affairs, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and affiliated faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies."
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COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian racism—the demonization of a group of people based on their perceived social value—in the United States in the cultural and political life. This article that analyzes the language of racism and misogyny. It also offers strategies for inclusion during and after the pandemic. Racialized thinking is institutionali...
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https://fulbrighternetwork.com/news/407305 :::: Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford, 2021) explores distinctive themes in post-1950s Asian-themed performances and adaptations of Shakespeare. In this Snapshot, Alexa Alice Joubin discusses the book and the importance of wider research into Global Shakespeares.
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In a conversation with playwright and actor Kate Hennig, scholar Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University) offers ways of looking at The Taming of the Shrew and female characters in Shakespeare's plays from our 21st-century perspective.
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Register by emailing: contact@societefrancaiseshakespeare.org ::::::: Shakespeare adaptations share an intimate relation with global studies, because Shakespeare—as a cultural institution—registers a broad spectrum of values and practices that generate productive dialogues with humanistic disciplines. Global studies enables us to examine deceiving...
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Western observers often attribute Chinese suppression of undesirable information to state crackdowns on dissidents, pervasive censorship apparatus, and even self-censorship. For contemporary Chinese citizens under a certain age, Tiananmen Square protests allegedly did not happen. The PRC leadership’s private lives are shrouded in secrecies, mytholo...
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The world needs good question askers as much as it needs good problem solvers. Before solving problems, we need to first identify the problems. Great stories are often strangers at home. The best of them defamiliarize banal experiences and everyday utterances while offering something recognizable through a new language and form. ::: https://www.sig...
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Join us at 3 pm EST, Friday February 19, 2021, for a book launch on how Shakespeare is connected to theater, film, and literature in East Asia. There will be a book giveaway sponsored by Oxford University Press. :::: About the Book :::: How did Kurosawa influence George Lucas' Star Wars? Why do critics repeatedly use the adjective Shakespearean t...
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Since the nineteenth century, stage and film directors have mounted hundreds of adaptations of Shakespeare drawn on East Asian motifs, and by the late twentieth century, Shakespeare had become one of the most frequently performed playwrights in East Asia. There are five striking themes surrounding cultural, racial, and gender dynamics. Gender roles...
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As a familiar and canonical playwright, Shakespeare has often offered orientation and even emotional refuge both to people in crisis and to those contemplating it. Shakespeare has also been performed by and for refugees. The Western canon has been given various forms of moral authority, including the authority to address crisis. Shakespeare in part...

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Global Hamlet in Performance https://studyhamlet.mit.edu login: guest Sp222Elboellen Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1CbSV7O-twQqXqCxnAUksf7Y8bdnoAiHlPokPe4MwAnw/ Useful links -- "If virtue no delighted beauty lack": Othello in translations https://sites.google.com/site/delightedbeautyws/ -- MIT Global Shakespeares globalshakespeares.mit.edu ============ The assassination scene of Caesar: Julius Caesar, dir. Nicholas Hytner, Bridge theatre, London, 2018 https://www.dropbox.com/s/u95g4vr1zpltpem/Julius%20Caesar%20NicholasHytner%20assasination.mp4?dl=0 Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), dir. Sandro Bolchi, TV, 1965 (based on his production in Verona's Roman theatre, 1959) https://www.dropbox.com/s/d4yey20ao5t0vv5/Julius%20Caesar%20Bolchi%201965%20assasination.mp4?dl=0 Julius Caesar, dir. Shinji Kimura, Takarazuka Revue, 2006 --> Portia goes insane and tells her husband Brutus that Caesar's blood will stain his clothes, which he cannot wash off. Caesar's ghost appears to Brutus. https://www.dropbox.com/s/p6b2d393d2s0sbb/Julius%20Caesar%20Takarazuka%20Portia%20Brutus.mp4?dl=0 ============ The rape of Lavinia scene : :::: Titus 2.0, dir. Tang Shu-wing, London Globe, 2012 ::::: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t7457swxj88xas3/Titus%20Globe%20TangShuwing%20rape.mp4?dl=0 ::::: Titus Andronicus, dir. Yukio Ninagawa, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2006 ::::: https://www.dropbox.com/s/df6smioqgcgq5hg/Titus%20Ninagawa%20rape%20Lavinia.mp4?dl=0 ============ The banishment scene Coriolanus (Coriolon), dir. Robert Lepage, Stratford Festival, 2018 https://www.dropbox.com/s/334hvx8jlfja237/Coriolanus%20Lepage%20Stratford%20Fest%202018%20banish.mp4?dl=0 Coriolanus, dir. Hyon-u Lee, Hwadong Theater Company, South Korea, 2005 https://www.dropbox.com/s/v6ujyiblykcsoz7/Coriolanus%20Hyon-u%20Lee%20opening.mov?dl=0 Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes, film, 2011 https://www.dropbox.com/s/h3gl0iqru3d2k0c/012%20CoriolanusFiennes%20TV%20banished.mp4?dl=0 ==================== Macbeth, dir. Yukio Ninagawa, Japan, 1985 -- opening scene https://www.dropbox.com/s/f1w4iypnzx0xzou/Macbeth%20Ninagawa%20opening.mov?dl=0 Macbeth, dir. Rupert Goolde, starring Patrick Stewart, film, 2010 -- opening scene https://www.dropbox.com/s/w6637uovq9b5z12/Macbeth_PatrickStewart_Goold_3sisters.mov?dl=0 Throne of Blood, dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1957 -- the witch scene https://www.dropbox.com/s/la9q78w22krsen6/Macbeth%20ThroneBlood%20witch.mp4?dl=0 Scotland PA, dir. Billy Morrissette, film, 2001 -- the witch scene https://www.dropbox.com/s/968wsdg1w7p877h/Macbeth%20ScotlandPA%20witches.mp4?dl=0 ============ Romeo + Juliet, dir. Baz Luhrmann, film, 1996: Prologue https://www.dropbox.com/s/2vidvtie83phq3y/R%26J%20Luhrmann%20prologue%203%20rounds.mp4?dl=0 Parody of Luhrmann -- Chicken Rice War, dir. Cheah Chee Kong, Singapore, 2000: Prologue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS0c0JIs7L4 Parody of Luhrmann -- Hot Fuzz, dir. Edgar Wright, play-within-a-film (2007) https://www.dropbox.com/s/30yvpficqyh563q/R%26J%20Hot%20Fuzz%20Wright%20stage.mp4?dl=0 Romeu e Julieta, dir. Gabriel Villela, Grupo Galpão, Brazil + London Globe, 2000: Prologue https://www.dropbox.com/s/lw7niqfh3utbjas/R%26J%20GrupoGalpon%20Globe%20opening.mp4?dl=0 ============ -- Global Shakespeares learning modules shakespeareproject.mit.edu/explore/ -- Lear Is Here Study Module globalshakespeares.mit.edu/modules/lear-is-here/ -- Global King Lear in Performance studyshax.mit.edu/kinglear -- Global Tempest in Performance studytempest.mit.edu -- Global Hamlet in Performance studyhamlet.mit.edu -- Global Merchant of Venice in Performance studyshax.mit.edu/merchantofvenice