Shakespeare 401: What's Next?

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Shakespearean Theatre Conference
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2nd Call for Papers
2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference:
“Shakespeare 401: What’s Next?”


We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2017, in Stratford, Ontario. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. In the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, we especially encourage papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remain indispensable? What – or who – is due for a revival?


Plenary speakers:

Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)

Martha Henry (Stratford Festival)

Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The conference schedule will include free time to attend evening performances of Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, and The Changeling. By arriving a day early or leaving a day late, conference goers will also be able to see the Stratford productions of Romeo and Juliet, The School for Scandal, and Bakkhai, among others. Additional conference information will be posted at as it becomes available. Full details of the Festival’s schedule are available at   

By January 31, 2017, please send proposals to

Andrea Gammon                   Kenneth J.E. Graham          Alysia Kolentsis  

Director of Education            Department of English        Department of English   

Stratford Festival                   University of Waterloo        St. Jerome’s University