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. 

You can submit a proposal for a paper (20 minutes), workshop (up to 45 minutes), or lightning talk (5 minutes). See below for more info on these options!

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?

Proposal types:

The Shakespeare FuturEd Conference encourages diverse approaches to the presentation format in order to encourage fresh modes of collaboration on new ideas. There are three kinds of proposals we encourage you to consider submitting: 
  • 20 minute papers - A traditional conference paper format. These will be arranged by organisers in panels of three papers or can be proposed by their speakers as a set of three. 
  • 45 minute workshops - Workshops are practice-oriented sessions involving active participation from delegates. 
  • 5 minute lightning talks - A five minute presentation that puts forward an exciting and provocative idea or problem. This is a good form in which to present an early stage concept or share an educational insight or conundrum. Lightning talks are best thought of as conversation-starters and openings to dialogue about any aspect of Shakespeare education. They will be clustered in bunches of 4-6 and followed by lively discussion amongst attendees. Your lightning talk should also include up to 5 PowerPoint slides to accompany your ideas. 

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 (

Submissions are now closed.