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ISS Membership 2021


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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. 


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 tentatively rescheduled for 2022.


The annual Summer Shaw Symposium at the internationally renowned Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, scheduled for July 16-18 of 2021, was canceled, but a Zoom Symposium replaced it.  See for an example of a Zoomed Symposium. For information on The Shaw Festival Theatre, see 


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