Call for Papers – 2023

Announcing the 46th Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

Shakespeare, Social Justice, & Human Rights

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.

The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

October 26-28, 2023

Please submit 200-300-word abstracts by Tuesday, September 12, 2023 to

OVSC Website:

Call for Papers PDF available HERE.