Shakespeare Association of America

Program Proposals

Each year’s program originates in proposals submitted by individual members of the SAA and approved by the Trustees. Proposals are accepted only from SAA members in good standing. No one may take a major role as panelist, seminar leader, or workshop leader at two consecutive conferences. Dissertation candidates are eligible to speak in panel sessions but not to lead seminars or workshops.

The program proposal process for the 2016 meeting in New Orleans is now closed.  Proposals are being accepted for the 2017 meeting in Atlanta.

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 link to the SAA’s proposal submissions form. If you have any difficulties with the forms themselves, contact

Proposing a Seminar or Workshop

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 workshops may involve readings, online discussions, shared syllabi, performances and pedagogical exercises, or other assignments. For descriptions of seminars and workshops from previous years, consult any June Bulletin.

The required information for a seminar or workshop proposal includes:

  1. The name of the seminar or workshop leader(s), with university affiliation(s) as applicable and e-mail address(es).
  2. The title of the proposed seminar or workshop.
  3. A description of the objectives of the seminar or workshop, including potential issues to be raised or practices to be modeled (maximum 2,300 characters).
  4. A short biographical statement or statements concerning the seminar or workshop leader(s), including a description of previous experience with the SAA (maximum 750 characters per person).


Proposing a Panel Session

Paper panels, roundtables, and other formats for public discussion should engage 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 required information for a panel proposal includes:

  1. The name of the session organizer, with university affiliation as applicable and e-mail address.
  2. The title of the proposed session.
  3. A description of the objectives of the session (maximum 2,300 characters).
  4. The names of each presenter or participant, with university affiliations as applicable and e-mail addresses.
  5. The title for and a brief description of each presentation or paper (maximum 1,400 characters each).
  6. Short biographical statements for the organizer and each presenter or participant (maximum 750 characters per person).


Issuing a Call for Papers
At the 2016 Meeting, some panel sessions will be constituted via an open call for papers. Any SAA member interested in issuing such a call should send an e-mail to the SAA office (at with the subject line “CFP Proposal.”

The required information for a CFP includes:

  1. The name and preferred e-mail address of the caller.
  2. The title of the proposed session.
  3. A paragraph describing the themes and interests of the session (maximum 2,300 characters).

The call will be made on the SAA website, but with responses directed to the caller. The caller will make a selection from among the respondents in order to create a panel and submit it for consideration. The process for submission is given above (“Proposing a Panel Session).


For more ways to get on the 2015 program, go to Digital Salon and NextGenPlen.

2017 Program Committee

Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University), Chair
Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University)
Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles)
Erika T. Lin (George Mason University)
Lucy Munro (King’s College London)