Each year’s program originates in proposals submitted by individual members of the SAA and approved by the SAA’s Board of Trustees. Proposals are accepted only from current SAA members.
The deadline for proposals for the 2018 meeting in Los Angeles is now past. The SAA is now accepting proposals for the 2019 meeting in Washington, DC.
Proposals are accepted only from postdoctoral scholars who are members in good standing of the SAA. No SAA member should submit more than one program proposal in any given year or be part of more than one proposal in a year.
To be considered, completed proposals must be submitted on the SAA’s online forms, via links given below. If you have any difficulties with the forms themselves, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Program Committee are happy to consult on the crafting of competitive proposals. Please consider contacting them (via links given below) before clicking on the links to the SAA’s proposal submissions forms.
Proposing a Seminar or Workshop
Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from postdoctoral scholars who are members in good standing of the SAA. A previous policy prohibiting seminar or workshop leadership in successive years has been lifted. SAA members may propose to lead a seminar or workshop in the year immediately following one in which they have spoken on an SAA panel or led an SAA seminar or workshop.
Guidelines: SAA seminars should open a number of pathways into a subject, recognizing that the seminar meeting is an occasion for focused but open discussion of written work completed in advance. Advance work in SAA programs 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 of the June Bulletins uploaded to the SAA Archives page.
- The name of the proposed seminar or workshop leader(s), with university affiliation as applicable, and e-mail address(es).
- The title of the proposed seminar or workshop.
- A description of the objectives of the proposed seminar or workshop, including potential issues to be raised or practices to be modeled (maximum 2,300 characters, including spaces).
- A short biographical statement or statements for the proposed seminar or workshop leader(s), including a description of previous experience with the SAA (maximum 750 characters per person, including spaces).
- Audio-visual equipment, data projectors, and internet access are not generally provided for seminars and workshops. If the proposed program relies upon equipment and services, these should be requested and described in the proposal.
Proposing a Panel Session
Eligibility: Proposals are accepted from postdoctoral SAA members in good standing. 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.
Guidelines: Paper panels, roundtables, and other formats for public discussion should address topics of current interest and general appeal for the SAA membership. While the traditional format has been three 20-minute papers per session, the SAA invites proposals for other formats for engaging important ideas and issues.
- The name of the session organizer, with university affiliation as applicable and e-mail address.
- The title of the proposed session.
- A description of the objectives of the proposed session (maximum 2,300 characters, including spaces).
- The names of each presenter or participant, with university affiliation as applicable and e-mail address.
- The title for and a brief description of each presentation or paper (maximum 1,400 characters each, including spaces).
- A short biographical statement for the session organizer and each presenter or participant (maximum 750 characters per person, including spaces).
Suggesting a “Futures” Panel
In a new three-year initiative, the SAA will dedicate one panel session each year to exploring institutional conditions that affect our intellectual and professional lives, strategic challenges, and opportunities for disciplinary transformation. At the 2017 conference in Atlanta, the “Shakespearean Futures” topic was “The Color of Membership.” The “Shakespearean Futures” panel theme for the Los Angeles conference in 2018 is “Shakespeare beyond the Research University.” For the 2019 conference in DC, ideas and suggestions are welcome. To propose topics for development, contact members of the Program Committee (below).
The deadline for all Proposals is 1 February 2018.
2019 Program Committee
Erika T. Lin (Graduate Center, CUNY) (Chair)
Ruben Espinosa (University of Texas, El Paso)
Heather Hirschfeld (University of Tennessee)
Jonathan Hope (University of Strathclyde)
Tiffany Werth (Simon Fraser University)
William West (Northwestern University)