Shakespeare Association of America

Digital Exhibits

At each annual meeting, the SAA hosts an exhibit space for the demonstration of projects that draw on digital resources or that integrate digital technology into scholarship, teaching, or public work on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Applications to exhibit are reviewed by the members of the SAA’s Digital Strategies Committee, which judges the applications based on merit and then curates an exhibit that demonstrates the range of digital work in the field. The committee considers the strength of each project as well as the balance of the overall exhibition.

Proposing a Digital Project

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from members in good standing of the SAA. Past exhibitors are welcome to reapply; priority, however, will be given to first-time exhibitors. Only current SAA members registered for the Annual Meeting are eligible to present the project on site. Undergraduates who have been actively involved in member digital projects can provide assistance to digital exhibitors at the conference.

Guidelines: Projects should be 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. Examples of digital projects exhibited in previous years are archived below. The SAA will supply each exhibit with power, Internet access, and a large video monitor; any additional equipment will be the responsibility of the exhibitor.

Required Information:

  1. The name of the proposed exhibitor(s), with university affiliation as applicable, and e-mail address(es).
  2. The title of the proposed project.
  3. An abstract of the proposed project and the stakes involved (maximum 375 characters, including spaces).
  4. A fuller description of the proposed project (maximum 2,300 characters, including spaces), addressing the following evaluation criteria:
    a) Potential impact of the project on research, teaching, and/or public outreach relating to Shakespeare and early modern studies.
    b) Extent to which the project develops innovative digital tools and/or methods, or uses existing tools and methods in groundbreaking ways.
    c) If the project has been displayed at a prior digital exhibit: ways in which the project has developed since its last exhibit and persuasiveness of the case for why it should be exhibited again.

Optional Information:

  1. The website address of the proposed project (if available).
  2. A link to a YouTube video demonstrating or explaining the proposed project.

Exhibitors for our past conferences are listed below.

The application deadline for the 2019 Digital Exhibits has passed. We will start accepting applications for the 2020 Digital Exhibits in fall 2019. 

  • Exhibitors in Los Angeles, 2018

    Exhibitors in Los Angeles, 2018

    Jonathan Burton (Whittier College)
    Social Media as Tools for Teaching Close Reading

    This project models ways in which Shakespeare professors can harness simple digital tools to encourage lateral learning and deeper, more nuanced close readings by students. Sequenced modules involving Twitter, Storify and VideoAnt help students viewing a filmed performance or adaptation of a play to consider a range of readings for single moments before making connections between scenes and measuring the consequent development of characters and themes.

    Daniel Allen Shore (Georgetown University)
    Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

    Six Degrees of Francis Bacon is a digital reconstruction of the early modern British social network that people from all over the world can collaboratively expand and revise.  It harnesses digitized texts, natural language processing, network inference methods, and distributed historical expertise to create the broadest, most accessible source of who knew whom in early modern Britain.

    Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    Carl Stahmer (University of California, Davis)
    Machine Learning Image Association Tool (Arch-V): English Broadside Ballad Archive

    Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University)
    Cristiane Busato Smith (Arizona State University)
    MIT Global Shakespeares: A New Interface

    The MIT Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Open-Access Archive is a collaborative project providing free online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as peer-reviewed essays and vetted metadata. In 2018 we will release a new user interface that supports the creation of clips and streamlining of aggregated searches. Additionally, we will demo new educational modules and share pedagogical tips at the SAA.

    Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania)
    Visualizing Used Books

    Early modern studies has seen a surge of interest in unique manuscripts (recipe books, miscellanies) and “used books” – books cut, Grangerized, annotated, or otherwise manipulated by readers. How can digital methods help us better analyze these objects comparatively? This project is 1) devising a data model for visualizing the structure of material texts and 2) building a simple interface for touring their unique features. Our goal is to design web-based tools for telling nuanced, non-reductive “data stories” about how readers of all types have engaged with literary culture.

    John Charles Estabillo (University of Toronto)
    The Records of Early English Drama: Launching REED Online and the Globe for Early Modern London Theatres

    As the Records of Early English Drama (REED) looks towards the launch of cross-collection searching for its digital collections in April 2018, Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) is releasing its survey of pre-1642 source transcriptions pertaining to the Globe theatre. Through records of the Globe’s construction, ownership contexts before and after the fire of 1613, and noted performances by the King’s Men, users experience the special place of the Globe in the history of early modern drama.

    Devori Kimbro (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
    Geoff Way (Washburn University)
    Michael Noschka (Paradise Valley Community College)
    Remixing the Humanities: A Podcast

    Remixing the Humanities is a podcast discussing the state of the humanities and higher education. We’re interested in making strong connections between research and teaching, and what it means to be a teacher today. Episodes have addressed topics such as the state of the humanities and Shakespeare and relevance. Our live #bardcast will be from 10:30-11 am, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, and 12:30-1 pm in the Digital Exhibit. Join the conversation and tweet us @humanitiesremix with the hashtag #bardcast.

    Kristen Abbott Bennett (Stonehill College)
    The Kit Marlowe Project

    The Kit Marlowe Project offers a “Mini-Archive” of digitally transcribed and encoded early modern works that are intertextually related to those attributed to Marlowe, a curated collection of Marlowe’s works, web exhibits exploring Marlowe’s life and times, an encyclopedia, and bibliographies featuring both general resources and conspiracy theories about his death.  Since 2017, all site content has been generated by Stonehill College undergraduates .

  • Exhibitors in Atlanta, 2017

    Exhibitors in Atlanta, 2017

    Vimala Pasupathi (Hofstra University)
    Emily Sherwood (Bucknell University)
    Heather Froehlich (University of Strathclyde)
    DH Shax: An Open-Source Textbook for Digital Methods in Shakespeare Studies

    Hillary Nunn (University of Akron)
    Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
    Amy Tigner (University of Texas, Arlington)
    Digital Recipes and EMROC
    Project Description: The Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) is an international group of scholars and enthusiasts who are committed to improving free online access to historical archives and quality contextual information. This long-term project looks to include scholars, students and the general public in the preservation, transcription and analysis of recipes written in English from circa 1550-1800.

    Brett Greatley-Hirsch (University of Leeds)
    Sarah Neville (Ohio State University)
    Aaron T. Pratt (Trinity University)
    Digital Renaissance Editions: Critical Companion and Performance Database
    Project Description: Digital Renaissance Editions publishes electronic scholarly editions of early English drama and texts of related interest, from late medieval moralities and Tudor interludes, occasional entertainments and civic pageants, academic and closet drama, and the plays of the commercial London theaters, through to the drama of the Civil War and Interregnum.

    Tanya Hagen (University of Toronto)
    John Estabillo (University of Toronto)
    Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT)
    Project Description: Early Modern London Theatres surveys, digests and abstracts published transcriptions of original documents relating to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and inns in the London area before 1642. EMLoT identifies all published sources in which they appear, assesses the bibliographic conventions according to which they have been transcribed and edited, and furnishes encyclopædic abstracts of each record.

    Anupam Basu (Washington University)
    Martin Mueller (Northwestern University)
    Joseph Loewenstein (Washington University)
    “EarlyPrint: Curating and Text Mining Early Printed English”

    Gina Bloom (University of California, Davis)
    Play the Knave: Shakespeare Performance Videogame
    Project Description: Play the Knave is a Kinect-enabled game for Windows that offers users an immersive, embodied experience of staging Shakespeare. Users craft their own production of a scene from a Shakespeare play of their choice, customizing music, costumes, and theater space. They then perform the scene, karaoke-style, using their own bodily gestures and voices to animate their on-screen avatars.

    Justin Shaw (Emory University)
    Sheila Cavanagh (Emory University)
    Shakespeare and the Players: Digital Postcard Exhibit
    Project Description: Shakespeare and the Players is an online exhibition of nearly 1,000 postcards featuring many famous English and American actors who performed Shakespeare’s plays for late Victorian and Edwardian audiences.

    Jonathan Hope (University of Strathclyde)
    Visualizing English Print, 1450-1700
    Project Description: Visualizing English Print is a Mellon-funded project which seeks to make digital resources, tools, and methods available to literary scholars.

  • Exhibitors in New Orleans, 2016

    Exhibitors in New Orleans, 2016

    Jen E. Boyle (Coastal Carolina University)
    “Observations Upon a Blazing World: Cavendish and Mediated Form”

    Hank Dobin (Washington and Lee University)
    “‘A Thousand Times Worse than Death’: A Thanatography of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex”

    Danielle Farrar (University of South Florida)
    “The Corpus of Revenge Tragedy (CoRT): Toward Interdisciplining Early Modern Genre Analysis”

    Brett D. Hirsch (University of Western Australia)
    Sarah Neville (Ohio State University)
    Aaron T. Pratt (Yale University)
    “Digital Renaissance Editions”

    Alan Hogarth (Strathclyde University)
    Deidre Stuffer (University of Wisconsin)
    Eric Alexander (University of Wisconsin)
    “Visualising English Print”

    Noam Lior (University of Toronto)
    “Shakespeare at Play”

    Hillary Nunn (Akron University)
    Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    “The Early Modern Recipes Online Collective: Transcribing and Teaching in the Digital Age”

    Don Rodrigues (Vanderbilt University)
    “Shakespeare, Editor: Visualizing Shakespeare’s ‘Hand’ in Collaborative Works”

    Daniel Shore (Georgetown University)
    “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon”

    Kyle Stooshnov (University of British Columbia)
    “Digital Reality on the Virtual Stage”

    Stephen Wittek (McGill University)
    “Distant Reading Early Modernity (DREaM)”

    Nikolay V. Zakharov (Moscow University for the Humanities)
    Vladimir S. Makarov (St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities)
    Boris N. Gaydin (Moscow University for the Humanities)
    “Russian Shakespeare Expands into Global Shakespeares: Collaborative Visualization Projects”

  • Exhibitors in Vancouver, 2015

    Exhibitors in Vancouver, 2015 

    Mark Bayer (University of Texas at San Antonio)
    “Data Mining Early Modern Drama”

    Gina Bloom (University of California, Davis)
    Sawyer Kemp (University of California, Davis)
    “Play the Knave: A Shakespeare Performance Videogame”

    Jen E. Boyle (Coastal Carolina University)
    “My Hermaphrodite Text: Mediated Form and Sexual Exception in Margaret Cavendish”

    Kurt Daw (San Francisco, CA)
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream Webapp

    Tanya Hagen (Records of Early English Drama)
    Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT)

    Brett D Hirsch (University of Western Australia)
    “Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama (BEEED)”

    Brett D Hirsch (University of Western Australia)
    Sarah Neville (
    Ohio State University)
    Digital Renaissance Editions

    Peter Latka (University of Toronto)
    “#shakespeare2020: An Online Tutorial Suite for Undergraduates”

    Sally-Beth MacLean (University of Toronto)
    Digital Bankside and Southwark

    Jami Rogers (University of Warwick)
    Multicultural Shakespeare British Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance Database

    Kyle Stooshnov (University of British Columbia)
    “Virtual Roaming onto an Early Modern Stage”

    Christopher Warren (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Daniel Shore (Georgetown University)
    Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: Reassembling the Early Modern Social Network

  • Exhibitors in St. Louis, 2014

    Exhibitors in St. Louis, 2014 

    Alan Nelson
    The Token Books of St. Saviour, Southwark

    Linda McJannet, Amy Rodgers, Emily Winerock
    The Shakespeare and Dance Project

    Noam Lior
    Shakespeare at Play

    Michael Best
    Internet Shakespeare Editions

    Janelle Jenstad, Kim McLean-Fiander
    The Map of Early Modern London

    Roslyn Knutson, David McInnis
    Lost Plays Database

    Beatrice Lei
    Taiwan Shakespeare Database

    Pete Donaldson, Diana Henderson, Shankar Raman, Emily Griffiths Jones
    MIT Global Shakespeares

    Katherine Rowe, Elliott Visconsi
    Folger Luminary Apps

    Jonathan Hope
    Visualising English Print 1450-1700
    Translation Arrays

    Gina Hausknecht
    All The World’s A Stage Direction