Shakespeare and Society

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Shakespeare and Society

Deadline: May 30th, 2018

Full name/ Name of Organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Contact Email:

Drama and Society 3 Panel: Shakespeare and Society

Chair: Amanda L. Riggle

At the 116th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

In Bellingham, Washington Friday November 9th through Sunday November 11th, 2018

This panel will explore ways in which Shakespeare’s works have both reflected and influenced the societies in which they’ve been performed. In which ways can performance be seen as political and influential? How can characters over 400 years old be enacted to fit within varying societies, including our own? This panel invites panelists to not just explore the relationship between Shakespeare and the societies in which his plays are performed, but to do so though the acting within the plays, the roles and how they change over time, and the performance and staging of his works, fitting within PAMLA’s 2018 theme of “Acting, Roles, Stages.” Additional topics for this panel include (but are not limited to):

● Original stagings and subsequent restagings of Shakespearean drama

● Contemporary stagings of Shakespeare’s work - both in America and abroad

● Poststructural, Postmodern, Materialist, Feminist, and Marxist interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays

● Gender play, gender identity, gender bending, costuming, and crossdressing within staged Shakespearean works

● Technological advances that change the way Shakespeare is enacted, arranged, or viewed

Applicants may submit a 250 word abstract by May 30th, 2018 to both the email address above and through the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association website ( For more information on rules and procedures, check: