Call for Papers

Submit a paper on Shakespeare and early modern drama.


The 2015 Wooden O Symposium will be held on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 10-12. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southern Utah University and the Gerald R. Sherratt Library is a cross- disciplinary peer-reviewed conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare's plays. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S.

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect and intersect with early modern life and culture. This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two and King Lear.

Selected papers from the symposium are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Wooden O.

Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Panel chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15.

How to Submit

Abstracts of approximately 250-words or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should include the following:

  • Author's name
  • Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, aficionado)
  • Mailing address
  • College/university affiliation (if any)
  • E-mail address
  • Daytime telephone number.


Submit the abstract or proposal
via post or e-mail to:
Wooden O Symposium
c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival
351 W. Center St.
Cedar City, UT 84720

Telephone: 435-865-8333
Fax: 435-865-8003

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