Teaching Shakespeare In and Beyond the Classroom [Deadline Extended!]

deadline for submissions: 
November 13, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama
contact email: 


February 23rd and 24th, 2018
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

This conference invites papers that address teaching Shakespeare to non-English majors, whether those non-majors are students or member of local communities. We encourage papers from both academic and non-academic settings, including papers that consider dominant teaching philosophies and praxes currently in use in the university classroom and presentations considering various outreach programs. Papers may address any of the following:

  • Shakespeare and/or early modern drama in the general education college curriculum (literature, composition, theatre, education, etc.) and service classroom.
  • Shakespeare and/or early modern drama in detention and/or prison systems.
  • Shakespeare and/or early modern drama and adult community theatre and/or reading groups.
  • Shakespeare and/or early modern drama and children’s theatre and/or reading groups.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 November 2017

Since the primary goal of the conference is to foster a pragmatic learning experience, we are interested in receiving abstracts for traditional, individual papers (15-20 minutes) as well as complete panels, digital humanities projects, and workshops. Advanced graduate students and early career faculty are encouraged to participate.

All papers must contribute to our understanding how better to introduce Shakespeare to first-time readers and/or viewers. Submit a 300-350 word abstract and 2-page cv to strodecfp@ua.edu with the subject line “Abstract for Strode Conference” on or before 13 November 2017.

As part of the conference, all participants will be invited to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa on the evening of February 23rd to screen the multi-award winning Still Dreaming, a recent documentary “about the powers of creativity, and how engaging in art-making can deeply enrich our lives at any age” that follows the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a retirement home. The filmmakers will be introducing their documentary and taking questions after the screening.

This conference is hosted by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and cosponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama.

Questions should be directed via email to M. Tyler Sasser (mtsasser@ua.edu) & Nicholas Helms (nrhelms@ua.edu).