The 18th Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 29, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Clark University

Eligibility: currently enrolled undergraduate students are welcome

Distinguished Keynote SpeakerDr. David Sterling Brown (Associate Professor of English, Trinity College, Hartford, CT)

Submission Details:

The theme of this year’s conference is “Shakespeare and Play,” broadly defined. We invite short essays that engage (playfully) with the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and his modern adaptors using a variety of topics and critical approaches. These might include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports, games, and pastimes
  • Children and childhood
  • Disguises; false or assumed identities
  • Plays-within-plays
  • Stage and film productions
  • Performance practices (historical or modern)
  • Costuming and representation
  • Metatheatrical language
  • Adaptation/appropriation
  • Fan fiction
  • Video games
  • Graphic novels
  • Race and Race-making
  • Queer and Trans identity
  • Disability, bodies, & neurodivergence
  • Gender and genre
  • Religious practice

We will inform you of your acceptance status within 2-3 weeks of the deadline. At that point, we will supply further details about registration and travel, and offer some general suggestions for drafting or revising essays for your conference presentation. In the registration process, we will also ask for any access and dietary needs you require.

We welcome proposals from undergraduate students at colleges and universities across New England and beyond! Families and friends of participants are welcome to come and watch as well.