Call for Papers: Heroes and Heroines

Do you consider yourself a hero? Well, it doesn’t matter as long as you can write about them. Shakespeare Jahrbuch, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society, is calling for papers on Heroes and Heroines. Send them your work by March 31.

The 2016 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue devoted to “Heroes and Heroines”.
The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites essays on the following topics:

  • Shakespeare as a cultural/national hero
  • Heroes and heroines in Shakespeare’s plays
  • Heroism in Shakespeare’s plays
  • Shakespearean anti-heroes
  • Tragic and comic heroes/heroines
  • Heroism and genre
  • Shakespeare and the heroes of early modern England
  • Shakespeare and (early modern, Romantic, Victorian, modern …) hero-worship
  • Actors and actresses as heroes/heroines
  • Heroes /heroines in Shakespeare adaptations

Papers to be published in the Shakespeare Jahrbuch should be formatted according to our style sheet.
Please send your manuscripts (of not more than 6,000 words) to the editor of the Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schülting (email: sabine.schuelting(at), by 31 March 2015.

(Link to call for papers.)


2 conferences, 1 journal, 3 August deadlines

1. ‘Shakespearean Journeys’, Asian Shakespeare Association, 15-17 May 2014

Download the CFP for the inaugural conference of the ASA

Deadline 15 August 2013

2. ‘Shakespeare and his Contemporaries’, The British Institute of Florence, 10 April 2014

Download the 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference CFP

Deadline 30 October 2013

3. Shakespeare Institute Review

Issue 2  now available

CFP announced for Issue 3: ‘Love and Lust in Shakespeare’, submission deadline 31 August

CFPs: SI Review; ESRA summer conference; Bangor/BSA conference


Shakespeare Institute Review, Issue 2: ‘Shakespeare and the superhuman’

The journal’s second issue has pushed back the submission deadline to 31 October 2012. Head on over to the website here, to see how high the bar was set in the first issue, and to answer any style questions you may have. Full CFP can be found here.


2. SUMMER CONFERENCE – 26-29 June 2013

European Shakespeare Research Association: ‘Shakespeare and Myth’

The conference convenes in Montpellier, France. For more general information check the website.

[From the site:]

List of Seminars (download pdf for details):

  1. Early Modern Nature: Shakespeare, Science and Myth
  2. The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript: The Rise of Shakespearean Cultural Capital?
  3. Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance
  4. Myth in Relation to Truth, fable, history, legend, folklore
  5. Myth, Romance and Historiography
  6. Mythical Performance and its Afterlife
  7. Mythologies of Childhood
  8. Protean Shakespeare: Adapting, Tradapting, Performing Early Modern Plays
  9. Shakespeare and Classical Mythology: European Perspectives
  10. Shakespeare, Myth and Asia
  11. Shakespeare and the Myth of the Feminine
  12. The Shakespeare Myth Reloaded: Demythologizing and Re-mythologizing Shakespeare Today
  13. Staging the Shakespeare Myths, 2000-2012
  14. Translating Myths and Mythologizing Translations

Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief bio (150 words) by 1 October 2012 to the convenors of the seminar you choose.

All participants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 1 November 2012.


3. ONE-DAY CONFERENCE – 8 December 2012

Bangor University and the BSA: ‘On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890’

(The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Bangor-Aberystwyth, the British Shakespeare Association and the School of English, Bangor University)

Abstracts due: 12 October 2012

University Conference Organisers: Stephen Colclough & Andrew Hiscock

Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Gurr (Reading University)
Shakespeare editor and author of ‘Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London’

This one-day conference focuses upon performances, interpretations and publications of Shakespeare in the pre-modern period in the UK and beyond. It is envisaged that delegates will be addressing this subject from a number of disciplinary perspectives and presentations on the following subjects would be particularly welcome:

Shakespearean Performances 1590-1890s and Performance Reportage

Shakespearean Theatre History 1590-1890

World Shakespeares 1590-1890

Critical Responses to Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. journalism, diaries, correspondence

Reading Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. criticism, education, annotated editions

Material Shakespeare 1590-1890: mise-en-scène and mise-en-page

Shakespeare as Political Icon 1590-1890

These and other related subjects will be considered for presentation at this conference. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference organising committee at no later than Friday 12th October 2012. All abstracts should include the proposer’s name, title, mailing address, email address, institutional affiliation, student/employed status.

Two New CFPs

It’s the last week to register for BritGrad, so once that abstract is in, have a think about responding to one of these fine CFPs – one a conference in Spring 2013, the other a new journal from the Shakespeare Institute.

1. The School of English, University of St Andrews will host Bonds, Lies, and Circumstances: Discourses of Truth-Telling in the Renaissance: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, 21st – 23rd March, 2013.

  • Keynote speakers include John Kerrigan (Cambridge), Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), and Lorna Hutson (St Andrews).
  • Abstracts for 20-minute paper proposals are due 31 July 2012.
  • This conference is presented in conjunction with the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL), with generous support from the Society for Renaissance Studies.  
  • Full CFP available for download here: St Andrews CFP.

2. The Shakespeare Institute and the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law are pleased to announce the launch of the Shakespeare Institute Review, a new, professional, online academic journal. Students are encouraged to submit papers, between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on topics relating to each issue’s theme. 

  • Issue 1 theme: death, mortality and religion
  • Submissions deadline for the inaugural issue is 20 May 2012
  • For further information, please contact Dave Paxton, Giulia Sandelewski, Paul Hamilton or Thea Buckley at
  • Full CFP available for download here: Shakespeare Institute Review CFP.