NeMLA 2022: Seminar After the Plague Year: Caring for/with Shakespeare in Text and in Performance

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2022
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We envision this seminar as an opportunity to further reflect on the changes in pedagogy and performance praxis that have germinated from the changes brought about by the global health crisis and social justice movements. As Shakespeareans working across the disciplinary lines of literary and theatre pedagogy and performance, we invite colleagues to present papers critically discussing the experience of reading, teaching, performing, and appreciating Shakespeare in text and in performance.

We ask: How will a more caring approach to Shakespeare help design a more engaging experience for all? The pandemic and the reckoning with systemic racism have emphasized the need to rethink how we read, perform, and teach the Shakespearean canon while creating more inclusive learning and performance environments. Scholars and practitioners have quickly developed new ways to teach and perform outside the confines of the traditional classroom and the stage. As we adjust to new teaching modes (virtual, hybrid, blended, in person) as well as virtual and socially distanced performances, and as we build on that momentum, we invite a conversation on lessons learned and how to evolve old practices for the world we live in now. What are the many facets of teaching and performing Shakespeare for the future? How do we best foster inclusive pedagogy and performance space? How are artists, scholars, and practitioners rethinking Shakespeare and nurturing a culture of innovation? 

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted directly on the NeMLA website by September 30, 2021:  (direct link to this panel).

Submission Requirements

The submission deadline is September 30, 2021. All abstracts must be submitted through the NeMLA CFP web site at Search for ID #19263, "After the Plague Year: Caring for/with Shakespeare in Text and in Performance.”

General guidelines for abstracts can be found at View the conference web site at

Contact Information--Please send queries to both emails:

Barbara Bono, Associate Professor Emerita, Department of English, University at Buffalo. Contact email:

Maria S. Horne, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University at Buffalo. Contact email: