Shakespeare FuturEd Conference

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Shakespeare FuturEd is an international conference exploring the nexus of Shakespeare Studies and Education to be held at the University of Sydney on Friday 1 - Saturday 2 February 2019. 


Check out some of our accepted papers and workshops:
  • Talking about my Country – Connecting Shakespeare’s Tempest to questions of land, place, culture and identity in the middle school English classroom (Sarah Coleman, Trinity Anglican School, Cairns)
  • Slow Shakespeare (Rob Conkie, La Trobe University)
  • Shakespeare 4.0: Exploring the Bard in New Digital Media (Hannes Rall, Nanyang Technological University Singapore)
  • The Shakespeare Project - Be Fearless (Monique Johnson, Keebra Park State High School)
  • Bard 101X Reloaded: Student Driven Shakespeare (Lucy Potter and Dalestair Kidd, University of Adelaide)
  • Workshops by Tim Fitzpatrick, the Australian Shakespeare Company, Charlie Thomson (All Souls St Gabriels School), Gillian Neumann and Natalie Scott (Melbourne Girls' Grammar), Bell Shakespeare - with workshop topics including historical theatrical space, hip hop, grammar, Macbeth as a mean girl, and more!

Shakespeare FuturEd CFP deadline extended to Friday 7 December 2018. We are still inviting submissions of 20 minute papers or 5 minute 'lightning talks'. 

Find out more about the CFP here.

We are seeking proposals for papers, panels and workshops that interrogate and experiment with new directions in Shakespeare pedagogy in theory and practice. We welcome proposals from primary and secondary teachers, tertiary educators, researchers, theatre practitioners, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare and education.

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?

Ready to register? Registration is free and available via this link.


Catherine Beavis, Professor, Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment and Digital Learning, and Deputy Director, REDI: Research for Educational Impact, Deakin University

Joanna Erskine, Head of Education, Bell Shakespeare

Laura Turchi, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Houston

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