Shakespeare Reformed – Shakespearean Reformations

Event Date: 
21 Apr 2017 to 23 Apr 2017

Part of the German Shakespeare Association conference, Weimar, Germany


In the year of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s theses, the Shakespeare- Seminar 2017 calls for papers that address ideas of reform and reformation in Shakespeare's works. We invite papers on the literary and cultural repercussions of the two major early modern reformations – the one prompted by Martin Luther and the one initiated by Henry VIII. Taking our cue from Hamlet's famous charge to the players to “reform it altogether” (Hamlet 3.2.36), the seminar seeks to address both questions of religious reformation and of more widely conceived notions of personal, political, cultural, or literary reform in Shakespeare's poems and plays. As critical input for the discussion and provocation for debate, we invite papers of no more than 15 minutes that present concrete case studies, concise examples and strong views on the topic. The seminar provides a forum for established as well as young scholars to discuss texts and contexts. Please send your proposals (abstracts of 300 words) to the seminar convenors Lukas Lammers, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg: Kirsten Sandrock, University of Göttingen: We hope to be able to publish extended versions of the papers in Shakespeare Seminar Online (SSO). While we cannot offer travel bursaries, the association will be able to assist with accommodation. For more information, please contact Kirsten Sandrock and Lukas Lammers. More information about the event and publication can also be found on:

Submission date for papers: 
30 Nov 2016