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2021 Call for Papers


The Twenty-Third Annual

British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 

23rd-27th August, 2021

The BritGrad 2021 Call For Papers is now closed.

Thank you for submitting your abstracts to BritGrad 2021!


BritGrad is an interdisciplinary conference which provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students can present their research, hear plenaries from world-renowned academics and interact with each other. From 1999-2019, the conference took place in an active hub for early modern research: The Shakespeare Institute, part of the University of Birmingham, based in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2020, BritGrad took place online in an equally as dynamic virtual space, which allowed the conference to include more participants than ever before.


We are delighted to announce that this year’s BritGrad Conference will take the form of an online conference with potential for hybrid elements, celebrating the diverse range of scholarship, creativity and pedagogy that contributes to our understanding of early modern drama, performance, culture and more. Graduate students from across the world are welcomed to present on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, theatre history, performance studies, textual studies, pedagogy, theatre technology, and early modern culture. Over the course of the week, we will also be offering a series of events involving plenary speakers who are world experts in these fields. We will be announcing our plenary speaker programme in the coming weeks.


The BritGrad committee are dedicated to holding a truly international and diverse conference for students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. Following the success of BritGrad’s 2020 virtual conference, we are determined to create a conference format that is flexible to these unpredictable times and ensures the safety of all delegates and attendees. This year’s conference will be held primarily online. With the continued monitoring of Covid health and safety guidelines, we hope to welcome an in-person element to BritGrad 2021. A final decision regarding any in-person elements will be announced in early May.



For more information you can find us online here:


Proposals can take the following forms:


  • We welcome abstracts of 200 words proposing research papers that are up to 20 minutes in length.


  • We accept proposals for panels made up of three papers, each 20 minutes in length. An abstract of 200 words for each paper is required, along with a title and rationale of 100 words for the panel. 


  • We accept proposals for seminars, which will be given a one-hour time slot. The seminar leader will be responsible for recruiting participants and will submit an abstract of 200 words, along with a list of participants, a seminar title and a rationale of 100 words for the seminar. For more information on seminars, please see our FAQ page.


If you feel you have something suitable that doesn’t fit into the above categories, please get in touch with us. We are always keen to welcome a variety of perspectives. 


Undergraduate students are very welcome to attend the online conference as auditors (non-speakers).


The deadline is 13:00 GMT on Monday 26th April 2021

For BritGrad 2021, you will need to submit:

1) An availability form which can be found here, and

2) An abstract or proposal to

Abstract Prize:

Every year BritGrad awards a prize for the best abstract, with the winner being awarded £100. We are delighted to confirm that this will continue for BritGrad 2021 and accepted abstracts will be put forward for the award.



Presenters and event organisers will be notified of acceptance in time to register. Ticket sales for auditors will remain open on eventbrite until Monday 23th August. We strongly encourage early registration for auditors to secure a place.


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