Information about the 17th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference will be posted as it becomes available

Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

Announcing the 16th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

Date: Saturday, April, 29, 2017
Host: UMass Boston
Theme: Recreating Shakespeare: New Contexts, New Interpretations, New Performances

Please contact Prof. Scott Maisano Scott.Maisano@umb.edu for more information or visit UMass Boston's event page.

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 Poster
2012News release
2012 Poster
2011News release
2011 Poster
2010 Poster
2009 Poster
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