Shakespeare: Politics, Power, and the Public

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Proposals on any topic related to Shakespeare are welcome, though we specifically seek proposals that engage with the 2023 MMLA [Midwest Modern Language Association] theme of “Going Public.” What might Shakespeare have to say about democracy, power, and our current political moment? What were Shakespeare’s “publics” and how might they help us think about our current moment? How “democratic” are performances of Shakespeare today and are there models for how to make it more relevant and accessible? 

Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio (or brief CV) to Jeanette Goddard at by May 1, 2023. The MMLA conference will be held in Cincinnati, OH November 2-5, 2023. More information can be found here: