The project aims at creating an intercultural milieu for the study of Shakespeare with projects focused on source, translation and performance studies. Special attention will be paid to Italy as a particularly rich locus of cultural ferment in the Renaissance, heavily impacting on early modern England, and currently at the cross-roads of different cultural and political trajectories as well as migration phenomena. A core area of research is on 'Shakespeare and the Mediterranean'' and favours study of the Classical heritage in relation to Shakespeare. The project is closely connected with the Skenè group’s research project entitled 'Classical and Early Modern English Drama: Reception and Source Study' (http://www.dlls.univr.it/?ent=progetto&id=5266), with SCS (http://www.dlls.univr.it/?ent=progetto&id=5374) and SENS (http://www.dlls.univr.it/?ent=progetto&id=4766), and with Shakespeare and Crisis: Italian Narratives (http://www.dlls.univr.it/?ent=progetto&id=4647). The project is led by Silvia Bigliazzi in collaboration with the Centre for Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London, directed by David Schalkwyk.