Shakespeare Association of America

Seminars and Workshops   

SAA seminars and workshops promote Shakespeare scholarship and pedagogy. All entail significant work completed and circulated in advance of the SAA conference, where enrolled participants share and discuss research papers, common readings, performance exercises, digital projects, and other academic undertakings. SAA seminars and workshops have proved to be uniquely effective forums in which to develop material for scholarly publication. They offer opportunities to try out ideas and receive useful responses. Many seminar papers subsequently appear in print, and seminar groups have often produced volumes of collected essays.

Seminar and workshop registration is open only to SAA members who are college and university faculty, independent postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students at the dissertation stage. (Each student’s standing must be verified by his or her thesis supervisor.) All registrants are required to submit four choices from the year’s program. Spaces are filled on a first-received, first-registered basis, as first-choice placements cannot be guaranteed. Enrollment is delayed for those making fewer choices than four. A member who revises his choices loses his initial place in the registration queue, the date and time of revision serving as the date and time of registration. No member may take more than one seminar or workshop place, nor may panel presenters register for places. The closing deadline for seminar and workshop registration is 15 September.

Enrollments are announced by 1 October. Accepting a place in a seminar or workshop, each SAA member agrees to produce original work, to engage directly with the topic and scholarly objectives announced by the seminar or workshop leader, to observe the leader’s directions and deadlines, and to attend the seminar or workshop meeting at the annual conference.

At the conference, all seminars and most workshops are open to auditors. M.A. students and those who are new to the SAA may sit in. They need not reserve places in the seminars and workshops but must register to attend the conference. Attendance and auditing privileges are not extended to undergraduate students.