Shakespeare Association of America

Recent Calls for Papers

  • Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics: 3rd Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association (Manila, 28-30 May 2018) is now accepting paper abstracts for four seminars on translation, transformation, transactions, and education. Click here for conference and submission detail. Visit the ASA website for updates. (Deadline: 20 December 2017)

  • South-Central Renaissance Conference: (Atlanta, 12-14 April 2018) is now accepting abstracts. The SCRC is an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with membership drawn primarily from North America and Europe. SCRC welcomes 15- to 20-minute papers on any aspect of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al.) and especially welcomes interdisciplinary papers. Submit abstracts only (400-500 words, plus a 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program) via the SCRC website’s abstract submission form at Click here for details. (Deadline: 15 December 2017)

  • 2018 British Shakespeare Association Conference: Shakespeare Studies Today (Belfast, 14-17 June 2018) is now accepting abstracts, panel proposals, workshop proposals, and seminar abstracts. In addition to plenary speeches and other academic sessions, there are screenings of international films and optional tours around Belfast. A number of bursaries are available. Send inquiry and submissions to Click here for details. (Deadline: 1 November 2017)

  • The Journal of the Wooden O: Published annually by Southern Utah University in conjunction with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, this peer-reviewed, cross-disciplinary publication is seeking articles on all things Shakespeare. Editors welcome submissions on all aspects of Shakespeare Studies including text, performance, history, design, adaptation (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Information about publication guidelines can be found here. For information specifically about the 2017 Call for Papers, please see the linked PDF. (Deadline: 16 October 2017)

  • Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics: 3rd Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association (Manila, 28-30 May 2018) is now accepting paper abstracts and seminar proposals. In addition to keynote speeches, panel sessions, and seminars, the conference also features three live local and international performances, and an exhibit of graphic Shakespeare. Click here for conference and submission detail. Visit the ASA website for updates. (Deadline: 15 September 2017)

  • 2017 National Humanities Conference is now calling for proposals. The conference, to be held November 2-5, 2017 in Boston, will explore how we can deepen, expand, and re-envision the public role of the humanities. The National Humanities Conference, co-sponsored by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, brings together higher education-based scholars, state humanities councils, and other public facing humanities organizations on a national level. More details and the call for proposals can be found here. Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz with any questions or for support in building sessions. (Deadline: 15 March 2017)

  • Shakespeare Unbound: 2018 Conference of the French Shakespeare Society (Paris, Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 January 2018) welcomes proposals (in English or in French). The topic addresses Shakespeare’s propensity to negotiate with dominant ideologies, his ability to break and renew formal and cultural rules and his long-lasting influence in creating innovative dramatic and poetic forms, new words and thoughts. The conference topic also points to the ways in which Shakespeare’s work has come down to us: through bound Quartos and Folios, emended, truncated, annotated, as well as through unbound scripts and performances, “faithful” or “adapted”, many of which exceed the place of the stage, flowing down into the audience, out onto the streets, showing up on screens, in anime, graphic novels and narrative recreations and appropriations — contributing to the aesthetic liberation of drama, poetry, the visual arts, music, etc. This conference will provide an occasion for academics, theatre, performance and arts practitioners to discuss Shakespeare and his contemporaries’ abilities to question and renew the boundaries of art. Click for more information. (Deadline: 25 April 2017)

  • Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir (Numéro Anniversaire 2017), Shakespeare and Africa would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors. Click here for a full description of the call. Completed papers, in English or in French, should be sent by late April 2017 along with an abstract, a contributor’s bio and a list of keywords, to Yan Brailowsky and Pascale Drouet. (Deadline: April 2017)

  • 5th International Conference on American Drama and Theater “Migrations in American Drama and Theater” (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, 4–6 June 2018) invites proposals. Working in partnership with the American Theater and Drama Society (ATDS) and the Spanish universities of Cádiz, Sevilla, and Madrid Autónoma, the research group I.D.E.A. (“Théories et pratiques de l’interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones”) and the Université de Lorraine are announcing a call for papers. This conference will be dedicated to the study of migrations, understood in a broad sense. The four previous conferences were held in Málaga, 2000; Málaga, 2004; Cádiz, 2009; and Sevilla, 2012; topics included violence, plays and players, politics, and the romance of the theater. For more information click here. (Deadline: 15 September 2017)

  • Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched. Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found here.