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The ISS was founded in the U.S.A. in 2004 to give Shaw Studies more of an international reach and perspective. The acronym “ISS” emphasizes Bernard Shaw’s continuing presence as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, often of the hyperbolic, satiric, paradoxical, and ironic sort.  “Smiling comedy,” he called it.


ISS Conferences and Symposia,

have occurred in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and the UK.


Alas, due to the Pandemic, the conference scheduled for May 2020 in Cáceres, Spain, with “Shaw and Europe" as its theme, had to be canceled but is rescheduled for 2022 at the end of May. Send paper proposals to Gustavo A. Rodriguez Martin 


The annual Summer Shaw Symposium at the internationally renowned Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, scheduled for July of 2021, was canceled, but a Zoom Symposium replaced it.  See for an example of an ISS Zoomed Symposium. The Shaw Festival Theatre has announced a full season of plays for 2022, which encourages the ISS to plan for an actual Symposium, probably in July.  When the play calendar is firmly established, dates and a CFP will be announced. For information on The Shaw Festival Theatre, see 


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