Call for papers

The Shakespeare FuturEd Conference invites proposals for papers, panels and workshops that interrogate and experiment with new directions  in Shakespeare pedagogy in theory and practice.

We warmly invite teachers from primary and secondary schools, as well as academics, researchers and practitioners, to submit a proposal. 

Potential themes and topics:

Shakespeare: text, performance, adaptation; cultural capital, tradition, innovation; global, local, contested

Education: primary, secondary, tertiary, community; English, Literary Studies, Drama, interdisciplinary, active approaches, collaboration; flipped classrooms, blended and online learning, virtual and augmented reality, gamification; open access, corporatisation, the future of education

Theory: purpose of education, philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, creativity; socialisation, democracy, freedom; historicism, formalism, presentism

Teacher: expert, professional, innovator; facilitator, curator, collaborator; instrument, practitioner, researcher

Student: learner, collaborator, player; consumer, client, authority

Questions to ask:

What does Shakespeare education look like now? Where is it headed? What are its accepted norms and critical problems? How is it theorised? How does Shakespeare education manifest in institutions such as schools and universities? How is it performed by theatre companies and community organisations? How is it affected and transformed by digital, virtual and blended learning initiatives and contexts? What is the role played by collaborative educational projects and informal learning environments? How does present Shakespeare education—its theory, practice and needs—relate to imagined or experimental futures for education?

To submit a proposal:

To submit your proposal for a paper, panel or workshop, please send a 200-word outline and a short biography of each presenter to: Dr Claire Hansen (

CFP deadline: 31 October 2018