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2022 Call for Papers


The Twenty-Fourth Annual
British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 
23-25 June 2022

The BritGrad 2022 Call For Papers is now closed!

Thank you for submitting your abstracts to BritGrad 2022!


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 network 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 dynamic virtual space, which allowed the conference to include more participants than ever before. This continued with the 2021 conference, which initiated a hybrid format offering three days of online panels and events, as well as two days in-person at the Shakespeare Institute.


We are delighted to announce that this year’s BritGrad Conference will take the form of a fully hybrid conference, with three days of panels featuring both online and in-person presentations. These panels will celebrate the diverse range of scholarship, creativity and pedagogy that contributes to our understanding of early modern drama, performance, culture and more. Graduate students from around the world are welcome 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 conference, 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 successes of BritGrad’s 2020 virtual conference and 2021 hybrid format, we are determined to continue to offer a conference that is flexible to these unpredictable times and ensures the safety of all delegates and attendees. With the continued monitoring of Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, we aim to offer a fully hybrid format, with panels live-streamed from the Shakespeare Institute. In the event that health and safety guidelines prevent in-person panels, we will resume a fully online format. 


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. Please also include a list of up to five keywords summarising your abstract.


  • 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 does not 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).


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 the 2022 BritGrad Conference and accepted abstracts will be put forward for the award.



Presenters and event organisers will be notified of their acceptance before registration opens on Thursday 7th April 2022. To allow the committee time to organise panels, registration for delegates will close on Thursday 28th April 2022.


Registration for auditors will open on Thursday 5th May and close on Tuesday 31st May 2022. We strongly encourage early registration for in-person auditors to secure a place.


Contact details:



The deadline is 5pm GMT on Thursday 31st March 2022

For BritGrad 2022, you will need to submit:

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

2) An abstract or proposal to