Shakespeare at 400: Present and Future (51st Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016)

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Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016). Our panels this year are partly designed around a program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616.

The first panel is "Shakespeare at 400: Present and Future." We are looking for papers that explore what Shakespeare means today and potential future meanings. This can include pedagogical approaches, popular culture, adaptations, scholarly and biographical debates, and so on. As part of our anniversary programming, we look forward to a broad-based set of panels and discussion.

Please send abstracts of 300 words or less in either Word or pdf format to Lea Lueking Frost ( The title of the file should contain your last name and either "Shakespeare400" or "Othello." In addition, your name and contact information should be included in the document (but not necessarily as part of the 300 words of your abstract). You must also submit the conference's Participant Information Form:

The firm deadline for submissions is September 15. You will be notified by October 1 of the committee's decision.

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In addition to the panels, for our evening program, we will be welcoming Professor David Bevington from the University of Chicago for a special lecture. The exact topic will be announced in the program.

Thank you for your interest. You may contact Lea Frost at with any questions. The selection committee looks forward to reading your abstracts.