Calls for papers for conferences taking place in July 2023

“Then fate o’erruled”: Change in Shakespeare – biennial conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA), 2023
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest – 6-9 July 2023
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2022

The Call for Seminars is now open for the next biennial conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA), to be held on 6‒9 July 2023 in Budapest, Hungary, at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. 

The main theme of the conference will be “change”. Our present and recent past have been characterised by all kinds of unexpected change: from Brexit to the global pandemic that forced theatres and cinemas, even research institutions to close, and education to move online. In this shockingly virtual world, global inequalities have been brought to the surface, our lives as researchers, educators, and Shakespeare scholars have been affected in various and significant ways. At the same time, our forced immobility also allowed us to reflect on what change means to us and how we can make sense of it with the help of Shakespeare. 

We are now inviting members of ESRA to propose seminars that they would be interested in convening. Seminar proposals should be appr. 250‒300 words, submitted by 2 or 3 potential convenors from different countries for each seminar that reflect the topic of change, and its possible interpretations in terms of Shakespeare scholarship. Discussion forums or open workshops that include educators, researchers, and theatre practitioners are also encouraged. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Change as a topic or a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s work
  • Change of genres and topics within Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic genres and modes of theatricality
  • Change as political, social and mental transformation 
  • Changes in the media of the reception and presentation of the Shakespearean oeuvre
  • Change in concepts of nationality and internationality, solidarity and compassion – either as manifested within the Shakespearean oeuvre, or in its afterlife, looking at the ways Shakespeare has been employed to express local and regional, social and humanitarian concerns over time and in a variety of locations
  • Change in performance trends – then and now 
  • Change in research – what has happened, what is coming in terms of research questions, directions, or methodology
  • Change in our understanding where European Shakespeare research is at and where it is going

Please send your proposals until 1 June 2022 to the following email address: 

To encourage and allow for a broader selection of seminars at the conference, we will accept only one proposal by each ESRA member. 

The conference organisers and the Board of ESRA will confirm their final choice of seminars by 1 July 2022. All convenors will be personally informed of the choices made and the list of seminars will be made available on the ESRA and the Conference websites.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the organising team at the above email address (

Conference convenors: 

  • Zsolt Almási
  • Kinga Földváry
  • Gabriella Reuss
  • Veronika Schandl

Advisory committee: 

  • Prof. Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (University of Montpellier III Paul Valéry)
  • Prof. Efterpi Mitsi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 

Important dates: 

  • Call for Seminar proposals: January 2022
  • Seminar Proposal deadline 1 June 2022
  • Proposal acceptance notification 1 July 2022 
  • Call for Papers opening 6 July 2022 
  • Early Bird Fee Opening October 2022 
  • Call for Papers Deadline 1 December 2022 
  • Call for Papers Acceptance Notification 15 December 2022 
  • Early Bird Fee Expiration 15 March 2023

We are looking forward to your proposals, and even more to meeting you in Budapest in 2023, 

The Board of ESRA and the ESRA2023 Budapest Conference Team:
Zsolt Almási, Kinga Földváry, Gabriella Reuss and Veronika Schandl


(Posted 4 March 2022)

“And this gives life to thee”: Textual Reasons for Canonicity – 17th International Connotations Symposium
Kloster Schönenberg (Ellwangen, Germany), July 30 – August 3, 2023
Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2022

“And this gives life to thee”: Textual Reasons for Canonicity 

Recent debates on canonicity have focused on how canons are a product of social and  historical conditions as well as of reception. Texts become canonical when they are felt  to embody the spirit of an age or to voice concerns considered universal at a particular  moment. But what about the texts themselves? Can any text become canonical in any  way? Or are there any specific textual reasons for such an elevated status? This latter  question is what our symposium wishes to address.  

Textual strategies of self-authorization may well be one of those reasons. When Shake speare ends his Sonnet 18 on the notion of its ongoing life – “So long as eyes can see  and men can breathe / So long lives this, and this gives life to thee” – he anticipates  that neither his (ironically unnamed) addressee nor his own work will ever be forgot ten. This is one example of how a speaker – and, by implication, an author – may pro mote the canonicity of a text.  

A second group of reasons may have to do with the choice of subject matter. Do texts  just recycle well-known material or are they innovative? Is there a balance to be struck  between repetition and innovation as a textual recipe for canonization? Subject matter  also comes in with the ways in which texts make offers to identify their relevance. This may have to do with the way in which a text combines the particular and the general. Furthermore, textual reasons of canonicity may be sought in formal, rhetorical, and  aesthetic features of a work. What is the energy of a story, play, or poem that “keeps children from play and old men from the chimney corner” (Sidney) and therefore makes it likely that it will be considered meaningful beyond its own time and place? We invite contributions that address these and further dimensions and combine the  detailed study of individual texts written in English with wider theoretical perspec tives regarding the textual reasons of canonicity. They may include questions of meth odology: how is it possible to arrive at such reasons by analyzing texts that have been  assigned a canonical status? Do we need to compare texts, and/or does it make sense  to work with larger corpora to come up with plausible results? 

Please send an abstract (300 words max.) to the editors of Connotations by November 30, 2022:


(Reposted 18 August 2022)