The new international academic programme NEW FACES (Facing Europe in Crisis: Shakespeare’s World and Present Challenges) aims to promote historical understanding of the complexities of crises (cultural, linguistic, political, social, religious, economic), to help face a complex contemporary European context. Utrecht University will cooperate with eight other European Universities, those of Montpellier, Oporto, Berlin, Ferrara, Prague, Murcia, Szeged and Krakow. The programme will start on 17 February 2017. The Erasmus+ programme is funded by the European Union.
The multidisciplinary approach will trace similarities of the present developments to, and their differences from, the dynamics of the early modern period (16th-17th centuries). Hence the focus of the NEW FACES Strategic Partnership on the cultural, political and economic functions of early modern theatre and its wider historical and literary context as global values and principal agents of cultural communication in relation to Europe in Crisis. The salient feature of this perspective is the interaction of Shakespeare’s theatre with local and global contexts which has been significantly influencing popular and mass culture.