CFP: Representations of Home and Space in Shakespeare (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Film & History
contact email: 




CFP: Representations of Home and Space in Shakespeare

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference:

Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging

November 1-November 5, 2017

The Milwaukee Hilton

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


Since the dawn of film, directors and producers have been setting Shakespeare’s plays in strange spaces, unusual locales, and alternative historical sites. From Nazi Germany to sparse, apocalyptic landscapes, and from mythical islands to the depths of outer space, Shakespearean drama is remarkably “at home” anywhere cinematic imagination decides to situate it. This area explores home and living space in Shakespeare’s plays, and how these sites are actualized in film. How do modern film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays provide a local habitation and a name for the drama’s imaginary locales? What changes when Shakespeare’s homes and living spaces are transferred to film? How do modern film versions of the plays create alternative understandings by resetting the plays in times and locales other than those established by Shakespeare? 


Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:


Renaissance Shakespeare in Post-Apocalyptic Settings (Macbeth, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus)

Caves, Forests, and Nature Retreats (Timon of Athens, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Castles, cottages, and Keeps (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, the History Plays)

Domestic Spaces, Bedrooms, Closets (Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet)

Graveyards, Charnel Houses, and Crypts (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet)

Imagining Space (The Prologue to Henry V, The Tempest)

Inns, Taverns, and Brothels (Henry IV, Pericles, Measure for Measure)

Battlefields, Camps, and Citadels (Othello, Richard III, Henry V)


Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information, see the Film & History website (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:


James Pesta

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh