Frequently Asked Questions
- General Questions
What is the SAA?
The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) is a non-profit professional organization for the advanced academic study of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems, his cultural and theatrical contexts, and the many roles these have played in world culture. The SAA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. Click to find out more about the Purpose of the SAA .
How long has the SAA been around?
The SAA currently has over two thousand members. Its Annual Meetings typically have around a thousand registrants each year.
Who are the SAA members?
Members of the SAA come from North America and other parts of the world. The majority of SAA members are faculty in higher education and graduate students. In addition, there are professionals from research institutes, libraries, theatres, films, secondary education, and more.
What does the SAA do?
The SAA holds annual conferences, at which SAA members meet to exchange ideas and strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about topics of shared interest. Click the tab Annual Meetings below to find out more.
Who runs the SAA?
The SAA is governed by a Board, consisting of nine Trustees elected by the general membership, including a President and Vice-President. The Trustees appoint the organization’s Executive Director, who works with other staff members. Click to learn more about the elections and the current SAA officers.
Where is the SAA located?
The SAA office is located in the Department of English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
What are the SAA’s policies?
Click to consult the SAA’s Constitution and additional policies. No person who has been found to be in violation of SAA policies will be admitted to a seminar or workshop.
How do I find out about SAA events?
The SAA issues two bulletins a year, in January and June, with information about upcoming events. Click to read the current bulletin and past bulletins, or follow us using the hashtag #shakeass17.
How do I get involved and participate in SAA events?
Sign up as a member to be part of the SAA. Click the tab Membership below to find out more.
Can I send the SAA information about my events?
The SAA welcomes contributions to our Announcements Page, which gives information about relevant faculty position openings, fellowship programs, calls for papers, conference notices, performances, and general news that interest Shakespeareans.
How do I contact the SAA office?
The best way to contact the SAA office is by e-mail.
How do I give to the SAA?
Click to donate to the SAA to support our members through new initiatives and ongoing programs such as conference travel grants for graduate students and contingent faculty.
Who can join the SAA?
SAA Membership is open to all Shakespeare scholars and to any other persons to whom the study of Shakespeare is important.
Why do I want to join the SAA?
Click to become a member.
How much does it cost to join the SAA?
SAA membership dues are charged on an academic-year basis and are graduated according to annual income. Click to see the dues rates and methods of payment.
Can I get a receipt for my dues payment?
Absolutely. Please contact the SAA office.
What can I do at the Members-Only Section?
You can update your profile, renew your membership, register for Annual Meetings, enroll for seminars and workshops, browse or search the membership directory, and access member discounts.
How do I get to the Members-Only Section?
Click to log in to the Members-Only Section.
How do I submit information about my publications?
Instead of creating a new and duplicate account, please reset your password. The SAA website will send a password link to your e-mail address if you click on the Forgot Password button. The link will include instructions to establish a new password. You may also contact the SAA office to reset your password.
How do I know if I am a member in good standing?
You may log in on the SAA website to confirm your membership status online.
How do I get to know other SAA members?
You may log into browse and search the SAA Membership Directory. You can also check our publications archive for information about their research.
I paid my membership dues in February, why do they expire in June?
SAA membership runs on an academic calendar, with each new membership year commencing in June. Those who pay dues in February in order to attend an Annual Meeting in March or April will need to renew their membership in June if they wish to enroll in the next year’s seminars or workshops.
How do I renew my SAA membership?
Please click to renew your membership.
- Annual Meetings
What are the SAA Annual Meetings?
Once a year, SAA members gather for a four-day conference. The conference program includes plenary sessions, panel sessions, seminars, workshops, performances, film screenings, digital exhibits, and other special events.
When do the SAA Annual Meetings take place?
The SAA Annual Meetings take place in mid-to-late March or early-to-mid April. The next meeting will open on Wednesday 5 April 2017 and close on Saturday 8 April 2017.
Where do the SAA Annual Meetings take place?
Every year a hotel in a North American city is chosen as the conference hotel. Hotel capacity and facilities, room rates, transportation, and local attractions and support are important factors for the choice of hotels. SAA officers always welcome suggestions from the membership about meeting places. Click to find out more on the planning process.
Can I see programs of past SAA Annual Meetings?
Click to see past meeting programs.
How do I find out about the next SAA Annual Meeting?
Program schedules are posted on 1 January each year, with the publication of the January Bulletin. Click to see the Program for the 2017 SAA Annual Meeting.
Who organizes the SAA Annual Meeting?
Each SAA Annual Meeting represents the collaborative efforts of a number of people across several years. After consulting with the Board of Trustees about meeting locations, the SAA’s Executive Director contracts with a host hotel. In each area there is a Local Arrangements Committee that raises funds to underwrite the year’s Opening Reception, arranges special events, and advises on other conference activities. The year’s panel sessions, seminars, and workshops are developed by a Program Committee, whose work is reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
Do I have to be a member to attend the SAA Annual Meetings?
SAA Annual Meetings are for registered members only.
Do I have to write a paper to come to the conference?
Many of our attendees choose to audit sessions. Newcomers to the SAA and students in the earlier stages of graduate work may wish to familiarize themselves with the Association’s proceedings by attending a meeting’s panel sessions and auditing seminars and workshops (when workshops are closed to auditors at the request of their leaders, this information is included in the conference program).
Can I bring a guest?
Guests of registered members are welcome at all panel sessions, film screenings, and coffee breaks with the purchase of a guest pass. Guest tickets for the Annual Luncheon may also be purchased during the conference registration process. Registered guests receive official name tags.
How much does it cost to attend the SAA Annual Meetings?
The SAA works hard to make the Annual Meetings affordable. For the 2017 Annual Meeting, the conference registration fee is $150 for faculty and postdoctoral scholars. The conference registration fee is $90 for graduate students. After 1 March, late registration fees apply: $180 for faculty and postdoctoral scholars and $125 for graduate students. Registration fees are not refundable after 1 March.
Is there a reduced fee if I can attend only part of the Meeting?
No, not at this time.
Does the SAA offer any travel grants?
Graduate students and contingent faculty can apply for travel grants, which include travel support and registration fee waivers. Click for more information about Guaduate-Student Travel Grants and Travel Grants for Contingent Faculty and Independent Scholars.
How much do hotel rooms cost?
The SAA has successfully maintained a record of low hotel rates. For 2017, the SAA’s discounted rates are $140 per night for single and double occupancy, $160 per night for triple and quadruple occupancy, and $195 per night for club-level rooms. Applicable state and local taxes are an additional 16%.
How do I book a hotel room?
Please use the conference hotel’s web-based reservation system to book your room with SAA discount rates. Hotel registration opens on 1 January.
How do I get on the program?
In the spring of 2017, you may propose a panel session, seminar, or workshop for the 2018 meeting. In the summer of 2017, you may enroll in a seminar or workshop or submit a proposal to exhibit a digital humanities project. Open the tabs Seminars and Workshops, Panel Sessions, and Digital Exhibits below to find out more.
Can graduate students participate?
Only dissertation candidates are eligible to enroll in seminars and workshops. Graduate students who have not reached the dissertation stage are welcome to audit seminars and workshops. Open the tab Seminars and Workshops below to find out how to get your student status verified.
- Seminars and Workshops
What are SAA seminars and workshops?
SAA seminars and workshops serve as forums for fresh research, mutual criticism, and pedagogical experimentation. The seminar or workshop leaders determine the extent and nature of work to be done, and papers are circulated in advance. Seminar and workshop meetings are devoted to a discussion. The sessions are not to involve either reading or summarizing papers. Click to see Descriptions of Seminars and Workshops of the 2017 Annual Meeting.
How do the SAA seminars and workshops work?
Seminar and workshop descriptions are posted online and in the June Bulletin. Enrollment opens on 1 June and closes on 15 September. When enrolling, you are required to enter four choices, and placement is on a first-come, first-served basis. Placement notifications are issued in early October, and by late October you will receive guidelines, directions, and deadlines for work to be completed in advance of the conference. No person who has been found to be in violation of SAA policies will be admitted to a seminar or workshop. Click to read the Guidelines for SAA Seminars and Workshops.
How big is a seminar or workshop?
To ensure quality discussion, the enrollment of a seminar or workshop caps at sixteen. For the most popular seminars and workshops, the leaders may run two sessions of sixteen participants each.
Can graduate students participate in a seminar or workshop?
Pre-dissertation graduate students are welcome to audit, but only graduate students working on their dissertations are eligible to enroll. When enrolling, you will need to provide your advisor’s name and e-mail. The SAA office will contact your advisor to verify your status.
I am presenting a paper in a panel session; can I also enroll in a seminar or workshop?
Session presenters are not eligible to enroll in seminars or workshops in addition.
I am leading a seminar/workshop; can I enroll in a different seminar or workshop?
Seminar and workshop leaders are not permitted to enroll in other seminars or workshops.
I am leading a seminar/workshop; do I need to enroll in my own seminar/workshop?
If you are leading a seminar/workshop, you do not need to enroll.
I am invited to join a seminar/workshop; do I need to enroll?
Each seminar or workshop leader can invite up to four persons to take part. If you are an invitee, you do not need to submit the online enrollment form. If you have already made different choices before you receive an invitation, the SAA will contact you for your preference.
Can I change my mind after enrollment?
The online enrollment form can be submitted only once. If you change your mind before 15 September, you should contact the SAA office. Please note that, because placement is on a first-come, first-served basis, any modification of your choices will entail the loss of your original place in the queue.
What if I miss the enrollment deadline?
Most seminars and workshops fill up before 15 September. If you miss the deadline, you may contact the SAA office to see if any seminar or workshop openings remain.
Can I switch after I receive my seminar/workshop placement?
After 15 September, the SAA has a no-switch policy.
When I receive my letter of invitation should I contact my leader?
In addition to sending out individual letters of invitation to each seminar or workshop participant, we also send enrollment lists to seminar and workshop leaders. Your leader(s) will contact you and your fellow participants by the end of October.
What do I do when circumstances prevent me from completing assigned work?
Only those who have completed their work in a timely manner will be listed in the printed program. If you cannot meet the deadlines established by the seminar or workshop leader(s), you should notify them of your withdrawal. You are welcome to audit the seminar or workshop.
Can I propose a seminar or workshop?
Postdoctoral members can propose to lead seminars and workshops. Required information includes the name, affiliation, a short bio, and the e-mail address of each applicant, and the title and a description of the proposed seminar or workshop. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Annual Meeting is 15 February 2017. Click for more details about proposing a seminar or workshop. For assistance in crafting a competitive proposal, consult any member of the Program Committee.
How can I lead a successful seminar or workshop?
Seminars and workshops should open a number of pathways into a subject, recognizing that the seminar and workshop meeting is an occasion for focused but open discussion of written work completed in advance. Advance work may involve readings, online discussions, shared syllabi, performances, and pedagogical exercises, as well as research papers. For descriptions of seminars and workshops from previous years, consult any June Bulletin. Click to consult advice from the SAA office and from previous seminar and workshop leaders.
- Panel Sessions
Who can propose a session?
Proposals are accepted from postdoctoral SAA members in good standing.
What types of sessions will be considered?
While the traditional format has been three twenty-minute papers per session, the SAA invites proposals for other formats for engaging important ideas and issues. Paper panels, roundtables, and other formats for public discussion should address topics of current interest and general appeal for the SAA membership. For assistance in crafting a competitive proposal, consult any member of the Program Committee. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Annual Meeting is 15 February 2017.
Can I include graduate students and speakers from previous meetings in my session?
Dissertation candidates are eligible to speak on SAA panels. No one may speak on an SAA panel more than once in any three-year period.
What information should I include in my proposal?
You should include a title and a description of the proposed session, a description of the objectives, a description of each presentation, and the name, affiliation, a short bio, and the e-mail of each presenter. Click to consult the proposal guidelines.
Will individual papers be considered?
The SAA is not currently accepting individual papers except for those applying for the NextGenPlen. See the NextGenPlen question below.
What is the NextGenPlen?
Each SAA meeting features a plenary session of short papers by early-career presenters. NextGenPlen papers are selected via a blind screening process, with precedence given to those introducing new topics, displaying fresh thinking about traditional issues, and demonstrating diverse approaches. Click to see more details about applying for the NextGenPlen.
I am enrolled in a seminar/workshop, can I still apply for the NextGenPlen?
Yes, but you will need to withdraw from your seminar or wokshop if you are selected for the NextGenPlen.
What is a Futures Panel?
In a new three-year initiative, the SAA will dedicate one panel session each year to exploring institutional conditions affecting our intellectual and professional lives, strategic challenges, and opportunities for disciplinary transformation. At the 2017 conference in Atlanta, the “Shakespearean Futures” topic will be “The Color of Membership.” For the 2018 conference in Los Angeles, ideas and suggestions are welcome. To propose topics for development, contact Heidi Brayman. The deadline is 15 February 2017.
Will the SAA provide audio-visual equipment for my presentation?
The SAA will provide a projector if necessary, but not a computer. You will need to bring your own laptop and will be asked to specify whether you need a Mac or PC connector. For specific requests, please contact the SAA office.
- Digital Exhibits
What are the Digital Exhibits?
At the Annual Meeting, the SAA hosts an exhibit space for the demonstration of projects that draw on digital resources or integrate digital technology into scholarship, teaching, or public work on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Projects are scholar-generated and address aspects of Shakespeare’s era, Shakespeare in performance, Shakespeare in print, and Shakespeare in translation, including work with text analytics, smartphone and tablet apps, digital archives, aids to performance, games and gamification, e-books, and website development.
What digital projects have been exhibited?
Click to see the titles of past Digital Exhibits.
How do I apply for Digital Exhibits?
Current SAA members are welcome to apply online to exhibit. Applications are accepted in the fall for exhibits at the next year’s Annual Meeting and will be reviewed by the SAA’s Digital Strategies Committee.
I have a collaborative project. Who should I include in the proposal?
You may include all those who take part in the digital project. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to confirm who will attend the Annual Meeting. Only SAA members in good standing can be part of the program.
What technical support will I get for Digital Exhibits?
The SAA will provide power supply, a large monitor, and Wi-Fi connection. You will need to bring your own laptop. For specfic requests, please contact the SAA office.
Can I apply more than once with the same project?
If there is a major breakthrough in your digital project, you are welcome to apply again.
- For Graduate Students
What are the membership dues for graduate students?
Dues are graduated according to annual income. Click to see the rates of membership dues.
Do graduate students pay a lower registration fee for the Annual Meetings?
Yes, the registration fee for graduate students is $90 for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The fee for faculty and postdoctoral scholars is $150.
Can graduate students speak at a panel session?
Graduate students working on a dissertation can present a paper at a panel session.
Can graduate student propose a panel session?
Can graduate students enroll in a seminar or workshop?
Graduate students working on their dissertations can enroll in seminars and workshops. Please provide the name and e-mail of your dissertation advisor when enrolling, and the SAA office will contact your advisor for verification of your status.
Can graduate students propose a seminar or workshop?
Can graduate students participate at the Digital Exhibits?
What is the Graduate-Student Breakfast?
At each Annual Meeting, the SAA’s Board of Trustees hosts a breakfast for graduate students. This is a superb opportunity for you to meet SAA officers and your fellow graduate students.
How do I apply for the Graduate-Student Travel Grants?
Each year, the SAA awards travel grants to dissertation-candidate members. Awardees receive $400 in travel support and remission of the conference registration fee. Applicants must be SAA members in good standing, must take part in the meeting program (by speaking in a panel or enrolling in a seminar or workshop), and must attend the full conference. Students may not receive a travel award more than twice. Click for application details.
What is the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize?
The J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize recognizes doctoral work with a significant Shakespeare component. Dissertations submitted for the 2017 prize must have been approved between 1 September 2015 and 1 September 2016. Applicants must be SAA members in good standing. Applications are comprised of three parts: an online application form, an anonymous cover letter, and twenty pages (maximum) from the introduction to the dissertation or from any chapter of the applicant’s choice. Click for application details.
Does the SAA have a list of relevant fellowships and faculty job openings?
Consult the Announcements for relevant fellowships and faculty job openings.