The 46th Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
Shakespeare, Social Justice, & Human Rights
The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
October 26-28, 2023
The OVSC welcomes papers and roundtables that address this year’s theme of Social Justice and Human Rights. How do Shakespeare’s works engage with human rights discourses? How might drama and poetry from the sixteenth and seventeenth century reveal the limitations of human rights discourses? The OVSC is also interested in Shakespeare in adaptation. How do contemporary writers, directors, actors, and filmmakers across the globe use Shakespeare to address human rights violations and to activate readers, audiences, and viewers to pursue a more just world? Alternatively, how were Shakespeare’s works used (or continue to be used) to justify the oppression and vilification of targeted populations? Since this year’s OVSC will be held at the University of Dayton, a university that embraces the mission of education for the common good, social justice, and anti-racism, it is only fitting that this year’s conference consider how teachers and scholars have used Shakespeare’s works to inspire students and audiences toward liberatory action and social change to recognize and defend the rights of all human beings.