Shakespeare in/through the 21st Century, RSA Dublin 2022

deadline for submissions: 
August 5, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Renaissance Society of America
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Recent work on Shakespeare has shown the myriad ways in which the plays can be used productively to think through contemporary cultural and political issues. Books like Shakespeare and Latinidad (Trevor Boffone and Carla Della Gatta, eds.), Shakespeare and the Shades of Racism (Ruben Espinosa), Shakespeare and the 99% (Sharon O’Dair and Timothy Francisco, eds.), and Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare (Hilary Eklund and Wendy Beth Hyman, eds.) have demonstrated the relevance of Shakespeare to modern discourses of race, ethnicity, sexuality, colonialism, bilingualism, economic justice, social justice, education, and politics. These works have particularly stressed the efficacy of Shakespeare in the classroom, and they suggest innovative approaches for teaching Shakespeare that promote equity and diversity in modern society.

This panel seeks papers that build upon this important trend in Shakespeare and early modern studies. Papers can suggest how the study and/or teaching of Shakespeare can be used to think through other recent conflicts and developments in the 21st century, from the global pandemic to political insurrections to climate change—and so on. This is a guaranteed session (sponsored by an English Literature Discipline Representative) and paper proposals from early career scholars are especially welcome.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract (150 words maximum) and short CV to Joe Ortiz ( by August 5, 2021.