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Shakespeare and the Great War

The War and Representation Network (WAR-Net) invites paper proposals for a conference on Shakespeare and the Great War to be held at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, on Friday 8 April 2016.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.  This one-day conference will explore intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and the Great War and reflect on anniversary culture more generally.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Gordon McMullan, King’s College, London
  • Professor Emma Smith, University of Oxford

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Kate McLoughlin ( by 31 January 2016.  Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  •  Wartime performances of Shakespeare
  •  Shakespeare in the Trenches
  •  Shakespeare on the Home Front
  •  Global Wartime Shakespeare
  •  Shakespeare / Nation / Empire
  •  Ireland, Shakespeare and the Uprising
  •  Shakespeare and Anzac
  •  Shakespeare in Translation
  •  Shakespeare and Propaganda
  •  Shakespeare and Memorialisation
  •  Shakespeare and ‘The Enemy’
  •  Shakespeare and Morale
  •  Wartime dramaturgy
  •  Wartime publications relating to Shakespeare
  •  Anniversary Culture (including commemorations of the 350th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and 300th anniversary of his death)

Please send proposals of up to 350 words and include your academic affiliation and a brief (100-word) biography.  Please use ‘Shakespeare and the Great War’ as a subject-line.