This panel is presented in two parts. Part 1 begins with an introduction followed by 6 papers focusing on Korean demonstratives. We hope this will inspire similar broad-range investigations in other languages. Part 2 comprises another 6 papers on a variety of languages, including Thai, Korean, English, Cebuano, and Kerinci Malay for a crosslinguistic perspective, and it concludes with an epilogue that opens the space for researchers to compare their findings.


  1. Associate Professor Dr Foong Ha Yap, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.

Foong Ha Yap (ORCID 0000-0002-7831-0522) is an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. She received her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from UCLA. The areas of her research interest include grammaticalization and pragmatic studies from crosslinguistic, typological and discursive perspectives. 

2. Professor Emeritus Seongha Rhee, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea and Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand.

Seongha Rhee is Global Talent Initiative Professor at Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand and Professor Emeritus of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin. The area of his primary research interest is grammaticalization from crosslinguistic, typological perspectives. 


1Introduction: Attitudinal drifts and the rise of non-referential demonstratives as speaker stance markers (Winnie Chor, František Kratochvíl & Foong Ha Yap)  
2“I am not pleased with that”: the grammaticalization of ce-derivatives as pejorative markers in Korean (Kyou-Dong Ahn) 
3On the pragmatics of demonstrative-based nouns (In Young Choi) 
4Evaluative modifiers from demonstratives: Some consequences of mixed distances in Korean (Sujin Eom) 
5Lexicalization and grammaticalization of Korean kuman(Yeonseob Lee) 
6Distance contrast of demonstrative-based discourse markers and speaker’s stance in Korean (Seongha Rhee) 
7On the development of discourse marker from the interrogative ‘why’ in Korean (Keun Hee Ryu)


1“I love this but I hate that”: This vs. that in lexicalization and grammaticalization (Kornsiri Boonyaprakob & Seongha Rhee) 
2Demonstratives and speaker stance in Thai (Kultida Khammee, Aphiwit Liang-Itsara & Seongha Rhee) 
3Functional extension of demonstratives: The case of person reference in Thai and Korean (Teeranoot Siriwitayakorn & Seongha Rhee) 
4Demonstrative kanang as a weak stance marker in Cebuano (Michael Tanangkingsing) 
5Referential and non-referential demonstratives in Kerinci Malay (Ernanda & Foong Ha Yap) 
6From the objective to subjective to interactional world: The case of the English so(Khomkrit Tachom & Seongha Rhee) 
7Epilogue: Interpersonal demonstratives as stance markers: From joint attention to speaker-hearer engagement (František Kratochvíl, Foong Ha Yap & Winnie Chor) 



This session brings together scholars and researchers in Shakespeare Studies to explore the future of this field. The objectives of the discussion are to identify the most promising avenues for future research, to discuss current challenges and limitations, and to identify new and innovative approaches to the study of Shakespeare’s works. The panel will be structured as a series of presentations, followed by a lively and inclusive debate. The expected outcome of the discussion is a set of recommendations for the future of Shakespeare Studies, which will be compiled in a research report. The participants will include experts in Shakespearean literature, performance studies, cultural studies, and interdisciplinary approaches to Shakespeare Studies. This session promises to be an exciting and productive forum for exploring the future directions of this dynamic field.

Keywords: Shakespeare, performance, culture, adaptation, production


Arbaayah Ali Termizi (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)


This paper aims to highlight the performance trend of Shakespeare’s works in millennial Malaysia. It explores the extent to which Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted, interpreted, and staged in Malaysia and analyses the factors that contribute to the popularity or otherwise of his works in the Malaysian theatre scene. The paper found that Shakespeare’s works continue to be popular in Malaysia, with regular performances staged by various theatre companies and institutions. Moreover, his plays have been adapted and interpreted to suit the Malaysian context, incorporating local culture, tradition, and values, which have contributed to their relevance and appeal. The finding concludes that Shakespeare’s works have endured in Malaysia, reflecting their enduring global appeal. Furthermore, more research into the use of Shakespeare’s works in Malaysia will be recommended as a means of exploring the country’s cultural identity and examining the impact of these productions on contemporary society.

Arbaayah Ali Termizi is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM. Her interest is mainly on adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in Malaysia.  She has authored 2 academic books on Shakespeare and co-edited another 2 on theatre-related subject matters. At present, her main interest is to investigate interculturalism in Malaysia’s theatre movement.


  1. Claude Fretz (Sun Yat-sen University, China)


This contribution to this panel on ‘Future Directions in Shakespeare Studies’ will draw on the speaker’s work on the international and interdisciplinary research project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (2017-2020), to explore how scholar-artist collaborations can articulate a new model for the study of drama and performance. By sharing insights gained from practice-based research and performance events at Shakespeare’s Globe and at the Folger Theatre, it will invite scholars to reconsider methodological debates in theatre studies, literary criticism, and practice-based performance research. It will put the case that the emerging field of rehearsal studies can be brought into useful dialogue with Shakespeare criticism as well as performance studies, adaptation studies, and creative practice, thereby facilitating a dialectical process whereby historicist and presentist perspectives can inform one another and yield fresh insights. In addition, the paper will reflect on how these research methods may enrich, and may be enriched by, work on Asian Shakespeares, and on how they may even help to tackle creative, critical, social, or political challenges.

Claude Fretz is Associate Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature at Sun Yat-sen University. He is the author of Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres (Palgrave, 2020) and co-editor of Performing Restoration Shakespeare (Cambridge UP, 2023). He has published various journal articles and book chapters on Shakespeare, early modern literature, and performance practices.

2. Xenia Georgopoulou (University of Athens, Greece)


This overview will first attempt to explain how Shakespeare became common knowledge in Greece through theatre, radio, television, and cinema, but also through his introduction to the Greeks’ lives from an early age. Secondly, it will explore a selection from a plethora of references to Shakespeare and his works in modern Greek popular culture. Although the latter also consists of foreign products (such as popular series of various genres, mostly American or English, regularly shown on the Greek television), this presentation for the panel will focus on local production, mainly consisting of what is seen or read in contemporary Greece, chiefly on television, but also online, or in the press. This includes films, series, various tv shows, games, advertisements, YouTube channels, including online articles or in the press. This is by no means a full account, but it will serve to give a general idea of Shakespeare’s presence in modern Greek popular culture and define his relevance to modern Greek reality. At the same time, this study case may serve as a model of exploring Shakespeare’s presence in popular culture elsewhere in the globe.

Xenia Georgopoulou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her publications include three books and numerous articles; her work deals mostly with Shakespeare, and more particularly issues of gender and otherness, as well as Shakespearean adaptations and references in modern popular culture.

Moderator of the session:

Dong Qingchen (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)

Dong Qingchen is currently pursuing his PhD. in English Literature at Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests include Shakespeare studies and Asian intercultural Shakespeare adaptations.

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