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2023 Call for Papers


The Twenty-Fifth Annual
British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 
14-16 September

The BritGrad 2023 Call For Papers



Full details about the conference, including plenary speakers, events, conference pricing and registration will be updated on the website and our socials in the coming weeks!  


We accept proposals on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance Studies. Proposals can cover any discipline which intersects with the above fields (including, but not limited to: literature, history, drama and performance, film, television, art, music, politics, and cultural studies).


Proposals can take three forms: 


  • Firstly, we welcome abstracts of 200 words proposing research papers up to 20 minutes in length. 


  • Secondly, we accept proposals for practical or creative forms of criticism, such as original writing or performance, that last no more than 20 minutes in length. Again, the proposal for these contributions should take the form of an abstract of 200 words. 

  • We will also 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.

  • Finally, 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. 

The deadline for abstracts is 13:00 GMT on Monday, 5 June 2023

Please submit all abstracts to

A bit about us:

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. In 2022, we further integrated the hybrid format by combining online and in-person papers in all of our panels over the course of three days.


We are delighted to announce that this year’s BritGrad Conference will continue to use the format 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 and early career researchers from around the world are welcome to present at our 25th annual conference. We look forward to seeing you there!


For more information you can find us online here:


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. 


Registration for auditors will open after delegate registration has closed. We strongly encourage early registration for in-person auditors to secure a place.


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