English

Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

Announcing the 17th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Host: Fitchburg State University
Theme:  Shakespeare For "All Time"

Plenary Speaker: Helen Whall, Professor Emerita, Holy Cross

This year’s conference takes as its theme Shakespeare through the ages. Time and culture have always influenced interpretations of Shakespeare’s works, their forms, performance, presentation, educational and cultural use.

We welcome undergraduate submissions of 300-word proposals for 15 -minute conference papers on topics including but not limited to:
o Shakespearean Adaptations on Film or Stage
o Sc-Fi Shakespeare o Ecological Shakespeare
o Shakespeare Sequels and Rewritings
o Queer Shakespeare
o Hypertext Shakespeare
o Classical Shakespeare
o Shakespeare Before Shakespeare
o Shakespeare Mashups
o Teaching Shakespeare 
o Shakespeare in Other Times, Cultures, and Art Forms

Deadline for 300-word proposals to be submitted online:  March 28, 2018. A $20.00 conference fee covers registration and lunch.

Please contact Prof. Lisa Gim: lgim@fitchburgstate.edu for more information.

Conference history

In 2001, Professor Virginia Vaughan called together her colleagues from Worcester's Consortium Colleges to discuss the possibility of organizing an undergraduate Shakespeare conference that would be open to students from all the colleges in the area. The goal was to offer undergraduate students a pre-professional experience that would showcase the important research they were doing in their Shakespeare classes. The Committee also hoped students would find the experience of delivering a paper about their own work and meeting other students with similar interests to be empowering. The Committee picked a theme, identified a guest speaker for a plenary luncheon, and solicited proposals. Students were notified, and on April 12, 2002, the first Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference was held at Clark University.

Conferences have been held annually since then, and the number of proposals has grown so that the Steering Committee can be more selective. Now that the conference announcement is posted on the Web, we receive proposals from schools as far away as Kentucky, Ohio, and Ontario.

Previous conferences

2013
2013 Poster
2012News release
2012 Poster
2011News release
2011 Poster
2010
2010 Poster
2009
2009 Poster
2008
2008 Poster
Year Theme Host
2007 Sexy Shakespeare: Representations of Gender, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality in the Works of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries Nichols College
2006 Shakespeare and the Popular Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2005 Shakespeare: The Art of Human Kindness Holy Cross College
2004 Shakespeare, Then and Now Clark University
2003 Shakespeare and Violence Assumption College
2002 Realizing Shakespeare Clark University