FuturEd Conference 2019 Announcement

Pop-up Globe’s Founding Research Fellow Associate Prof. Tim Fitzpatrick to Lead Workshop at Shakespeare FuturEd Conference

Have you been to the amazing Pop-up Globe in Sydney yet? Don’t miss it as a rare opportunity to see brilliant performances on a reconstructed Renaissance stage. We are excited to announce the first of our confirmed workshops for Shakespeare FuturEd will be ‘Workshopping Shakespeare in (approximately) historical spaces’ led by the Pop-up founding research fellow Tim Fitzpatrick. This 45 minute workshop and demonstration session will cover a number of topics that arise from the notion of workshopping Shakespearean texts in something that approximates the original spaces for which they were written. It rides on the assumption that the playwrights were writing specifically for the performance spaces and preparation processes they were familiar with. This means consideration of the constraints and characteristics of those spaces and processes should cast light on the texts. Tim will focus especially on the sleepwalking scene in Macbeth and the ‘I will have my bond’ scene in Merchant of Venice. If you’ve seen the plays performed on the Pop-up Globe stage, don’t miss being in the workshop on teaching them in similar spaces.

The Shakespeare Reloaded/Better Strangers team is proud to announce the Shakespeare FuturEd conference!


The conference will take place at The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

From: Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd February, 2019.

The call for papers is currently open and closes on the 31st of October, 2018

Spaces are filling up fast so get your proposals in fast, or register (free) now!

About the Shakespeare FuturEd Conference

The conference is focused on presenting fresh ideas and inquiries in the field of teaching and learning Shakespeare.

We are interested in how teachers of English, academics, and students think about the ways in which we teach and learn Shakespeare in the classroom.

Anything related to the ways of learning, teaching, or performing Shakespeare in the classroom is of interest!

Here are a few topics to consider, but they are not at all exclusive:

  • 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

The conference will feature a variety of paper styles, including:

A traditional ‘conference paper’ (20 minutes long).

  • Conference papers can be proposed as stand-alone presentations, or may be presented in a cluster with other proposals to make a panel. Otherwise, the conference organisers will group papers into panels.

45 minute workshop

  • This entails active participation from conference attendees!
  • If you have a particular skill and want to share it with other teachers and learners then this might be the proposal type for you.

5 minute Lightning Talk

  • ‘Lightning Talks’ are 5 minute presentations on a new idea or a provocative problem.
  • This format is great for presenters who have an idea or a theory that they would like feedback on, as the talk will then fold into a lively discussion about the topic at hand.
  • Lightning Talks will be clustered in groups of 4-6
  • You should also include up to 5 PowerPoint or Prezi slides to accompany your ideas so your audience can follow along.

Proposals of any kind should include a 200 word outline and a short biography of each presenter.


The Shakespeare FuturEd Conference will feature a diverse set of Keynote speakers who are experts in the field of Shakespeare and education.

These include:


We encourage all who are interested in the area of teaching, learning, and performing Shakespeare at school to send proposals to: Dr Claire Hansen at claire.hansen3@jcu.edu.au

Click this link to register, it’s free!

We look forward to seeing you there!