Shakespeare Association of America
 

48th Annual Meeting in Denver, 15-18 April 2020

  • Full Program

    Wednesday, 15 April

    Wednesday

    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Wednesday

    5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    TOWN HALL BUSINESS MEETING

    Open to all registrants.

    Wednesday

    7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    PLAY READING

    Moon-Crossed Reading with Kendra Leonard




    Why does Bertram dislike Helena so? Because she’s a werewolf, of course! Moon-Crossed, a response to and parody of All’s Well That Ends Well, examines the concept of the monstrous woman, women’s power and influence in early modern drama, and the ways women in Shakespeare’s plays use their wealth, bodies, and minds to survive hostile situations. Drawing from Shakespeare’s plays, the Malleus Maleficarum, Marie de France’s “Bisclavret,” Shakira, Charles Addams, and more, Moon-Crossed is a fun and fast- moving play for all theater and pop culture aficionados.

    Wednesday

    7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

    FILM

    All Is True


    Q&A with director Casey Wilder Mott to follow screening.



    All Is True is a portrait of William Shakespeare during the last three years of his life, as he leaves London and returns to his family in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The film follows Shakespeare as he strives to bridge the distance between himself and his wife and two daughters, recover from the loss of his son, and come to terms with his legacy as an artist. Starring Kenneth Branagh (William Shakespeare), Judi Dench (Anne Hathaway), and Ian McKellen (Henry Wriothesley), All Is True is an uplifting tale of a man who journeys from darkness and loss to a renewed appreciation of the richness and value of life, allowing him to play out his final act in peace.

    Thursday, 16 April

    Thursday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Thursday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Thursday

    8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

    OMBUDS TRAINING

    Led by Israela Brill-Cass.
    Open to all registrants.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Bad Philology


    Jenny C. Mann (Cornell University)
    Brian Pietras (Princeton University)
    Early moderns could be very bad philologists, mis-translating classical works, creating false etymologies, and constructing improbable cultural histories. This seminar explores “bad philology” as an object of study and a fruitful methodology for early modern studies now. How might bad philology spur us to be more global in our scholarship and foster more imaginative connections among the classical, medieval, and modern? Can bad philology explode dominant paradigms of race, class, and gender?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Breathing in/with Shakespeare


    Kathryn Prince (University of Western Australia)
    Naya Tsentourou (University of Exeter)
    “How can we start to think about something we cannot see?” (Quinlivan 2014, 1). This seminar focuses on the circulation of breath in Shakespeare’s texts and their performance. How does breath open up physical, spiritual, and emotional worlds? How is breath work part of the Shakespearean actor’s training and practice? Can spectatorial breathing offer insights into emotional communities and emotional contagion? The seminar offers the first sustained engagement with Shakespeare’s pneumatic economy.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    “But is it any good?”: Evaluating Shakespeare Adaptation, Part One


    Douglas M. Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
    Scholarly study of Shakespeare adaptation has largely neglected the question of principles by which we assign value to Shakespeare adaptations, in themselves and relative to one other. How to evaluate adaptation–for its fidelity to or deviation from Shakespeare, its political or ethical orientation, its aesthetics, its novelty, its capacity to please or shock, its popularity or relevance, the different audiences it serves, or other principles? Or should we suspend the question of value?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Chaucerian Resonances in Tudor and Stuart Performance Contexts


    Lindsay Ann Reid (National University of Ireland, Galway)
    This seminar considers Chaucer’s reception in Tudor and Stuart performance contexts. New readings of Shakespeare’s most overtly Chaucerian plays (The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida) are welcome, as are analyses of previously unidentified/understudied Chaucerian resonances within and beyond the Shakespeare canon. Papers might treat balladry, masques, entertainments, or stage plays such as Women Pleased, Four Plays in One, Patient Grissil, or Sir Giles Goosecap.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Conspiracy


    Lisa M. Barksdale-Shaw (Michigan State University)
    As evidenced in the trials of Nicholas Throckmorton or Walter Raleigh, fears about conspiracy abound in Shakespeare’s world. How does the representation of criminal collaboration differ from one trial to another and one literary text to another? Might disparate judgments occur if we control for race, gender, class, or nationality? What happens when we consider the results of such judgments alongside dramatic depictions of trials? How might the requirement for proofs and judgment provide insights into the presentation of conspiracy?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Critical Methodologies in Early Modern Studies, Post-Historicism


    Rebecca Bushnell (University of Pennsylvania)
    Alice A. Dailey (Villanova University)
    This seminar explores the methodological possibilities emerging in historicism’s wake. Aiming to move beyond presentism and periodization, we investigate new methods for approaching early modern literature, including modes of inquiry adapted from other disciplines and those some see as anachronistic, such as methods that engage with media and technology. The seminar invites literary analysis papers that experiment with method as well as metacritical reflections and methodological manifestos.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Digital Approaches to Book History


    Andie Silva (York College, CUNY)
    Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania)
    Digital platforms expand opportunities for scholars to study rare books; to trace early modern textual production and circulation; and to remediate texts using OCR, 3D modelling, multispectral imaging, text encoding, and social network analysis. We invite papers that engage with or produce new resources, including upcoming or in-progress tools, electronic editions, digitization, digital bibliography. We especially encourage papers working at the intersection of digital pedagogy and book history.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Disability in the Global Renaissance


    Elizabeth B. Bearden (University of Wisconsin)
    Katherine Schaap Williams (University of Toronto)
    How might attention to concepts of early modern disability productively “crip” critical constructions of the global Renaissance? In Crip Times, Robert McRuer suggests that to crip scholarly discourse is to recenter disabled bodies and minds and expose how demands for ability become naturalized within cultural norms. This seminar invites papers that consider the forms of physical and intellectual difference that Renaissance texts engage as they take stock of an emerging global imagination.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Dramatic Verse


    Andrew Mattison (University of Toledo)
    Why did dramatic verse continue to exist once plays in prose were common and blank verse made line breaks harder to hear? In other words, what difference do the distinctions between verse and prose make? This seminar will explore treatments of verse by playwrights, scribes, compositors, readers, and actors to explore the importance of verse to genre and theater. Both small- and largescale approaches are welcome, from analyses of individual passages to treatments of historical trends in dramatic writing.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Drama and Performance: Contexts and Challenges


    Thomas Betteridge (Brunel University London)
    Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol)
    Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)
    This seminar will focus on the secular and religious drama of the early sixteenth century. It invites papers that explore or exemplify approaches informed by practice-based research, exploration of space through performance, and/or historical contextualisation. It will examine the challenges of using practice to illuminate often partial traces of ephemeral performances, and how they might be addressed, and/or the benefits of exploring later playhouse drama in the context of earlier traditions.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Mod Cons


    Rob Carson (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
    Eric Francis Langley (University College London)
    This seminar invites papers about topics beginning with the prefix “con-” and its variant forms—and thus topics such as conspiracy, contagion, conscience, consent, commodity, constancy, commonwealth, correspondence, collaboration, confession, and conversion—in order to open up a conversation about early modern collectivity. How did shared experience shape early modern conceptions of community and of the self? Approaches via queer philology and historical phenomenology are particularly welcome.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Modern Women’s Anger, Part One


    Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University)
    Laura E. Kolb (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The Renaissance inherited a strong tradition of delegitimizing women’s anger. Yet early modern women and female characters experienced and expressed anger: in letters and diaries, plays and poems, prose and verse. This seminar explores representations of women’s anger alongside the structures that both motivated and suppressed it. Collectively, we will consider anger’s sources, its forms, and the kinds of knowledge and action it makes possible.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Ecologies and/of Resistance


    Jennifer A. Munroe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    Amy L. Tigner (University of Texas, Arlington)
    “Ecologies and/of Resistance” aims to consider questions of the “ecological” with those related to gender, race, and/or class both to identify alternative modes of resistance in the early modern period and to rectify what are and will continue to be their complex intersections. We look to foster conversation about how the various strands within early modern ecostudies might redress these crises by accounting for both for “nature” and “culture” as we posit alternative pathways of resistance.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Edition/Copy: New Approaches to Reading and Editing Early Modern Books


    Sponsored by SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship. Reading, and Publishing.

    Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State University)
    Andrew S. Keener (Santa Clara University)
    This seminar invites participants to reflect on the treatment of early modern printed texts as exceptional (i.e., as unique copies) rather than exemplary (i.e., as representatives of larger editions) in the way we have come to practice book history, theater and performance studies, and textual editing. We welcome papers that explore the history, historiography, uses, methods, readings, and dramaturgical implications of “edition vs. copy,” in addition to any potential pitfalls of either approach.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Experiential/Experimental Knowledge in Shakespeare


    Pavneet Singh Aulakh (Vanderbilt University)
    James Kearney (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    This seminar invites papers that reflect on experiential or experimental knowledge in early modern drama. We encourage contributors to cast a wide net in exploring how new or old forms of knowing intersect with the art of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Papers might address these issues from historical, phenomenological, political, or ethical perspectives or in terms of cognitive studies, histories of science, histories of the emotions, or discourses of the body.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    The Favorite


    Julie A. Crawford (Columbia University)
    The favorite benefited from some of the privileges enjoyed by the friend, but also much of the opprobrium heaped on the flatterer. This seminar is interested in the philosophies that subtended the favorite’s position and ethics; the categories of social difference that rendered them legible; their key postures and other bodily practices; the challenges they pose for editors; and their renascence in current popular takes on the Renaissance.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Civil Unrest


    Mark Bayer (University of Texas, San Antonio)
    Joseph Navitsky (West Chester University)
    What happens when both parties to a dispute enlist Shakespeare to support their cause? We welcome papers that examine any aspect of how Shakespeare has been implicated in civil conflict, rivalry, resistance, competition, or polemic. Participants might examine how Shakespeare has been appropriated in armed conflicts like the English Civil War or the American Civil War, but also in less familiar civil contests, or even the wars of words that abound during these critical historical junctures.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s Divination


    Aaron Wells Kitch (Bowdoin College)
    Peter Struck defines divination as an “ontology of universalist materialism” that uncovers secret bonds between things in the cosmos. This seminar considers divination in its broadest sense as any conjunction of human and divine forces, including modes of belief and practice that resist both Protestant and Catholic orthodoxies. Participants may wish to explore augury, oracles, miracles, or prophecies in Shakespeare’s works. Classical, philosophical, and non-Western approaches are also welcome.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s “Other Race Plays,” Part One


    David Sterling Brown (SUNY Binghamton)
    What are Shakespeare’s “other race plays?” Why have they been marginalized in critical race discourse? How can reading those 33 plays through a racial lens enhance our scholarship? This seminar moves the issue of Shakespeare and Race forward by sidelining the five “race plays” and asserting that Shakespearean dramas containing all-white characters also permit generative discussions about race. We invite both play-centric and theoretically-oriented papers that mine these alternative literary sites in search of new racial knowledge.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Common Readers: A Database of Annotations in Early Modern Playbooks


    Rebecca Munson (Princeton University)
    Common Readers is a digital initiative dedicated to analyzing annotations in early modern printed plays. Phase 1 consists of designing and implementing a custom relational database as a Django admin site. Phase 2 will be a public frontend. This exhibit showcases a preliminary backend and provides researchers with a toolkit to contribute remotely to an existing dataset.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Digital Restoration Drama


    Lauren Liebe (Texas A&M University)
    Digital Restoration Drama is an open-access database of TEI-encoded play texts from the English Restoration, supported by robust metadata about the publication and performance histories of each play. By making these plays available in multiple user-friendly formats, this project expands access to Restoration drama for scholars and students alike.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Early Modern Songscapes


    Katherine R. Larson (University of Toronto)
    Scott A. Trudell (University of Maryland)
    Sarah F. Williams (University of South Carolina)
    Early Modern Songscapes is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project focusing on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English song. Our beta website, launched in February2019, offers users a chance to see, hear, and explore early modern English “ayres,” or songs with a primary vocal line.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Hare: An Online Journal of Untimely Reviews in Early Modern Theater


    William Casey Caldwell (Northwestern University)
    Amy Kenny (University of California, Riverside)
    This digital exhibit showcases The Hare, an online, peer-reviewed journal, publishing untimely reviews of books, articles, and performances in early modern theater. The journal provides a venue for the reevaluation and revivification of old scholarly work in contemporary scholarly debate in order to open up new possibilities for past scholarship in modern contexts.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Shakespeare-VR


    Stephen Wittek (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Shakespeare-VR is a virtual reality education project that transports students to the Blackfriars Playhouse and enables them to perform scenes alongside professional actors from the American Shakespeare Center (imagine karaoke, but with Shakespeare, and in virtual reality). The virtual reality media and related teaching materials are available at no cost to users.

    Thursday

    12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

    PRACTICUM

    Articles in Progress


    Louise Geddes (Adelphi University)

    Thursday

    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare and Intellectual History


    Session Organizer: Patrick Gray (Durham University)

    Chair: Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland)
    Shakespeare after Positivism
    Patrick Gray (Durham University)
    The Materiality of Ideas in Shakespeare’s Theater
    Lauren Robertson (Columbia University)
    Montaigne’s Modernized Shakespeare
    Lars Engle (University of Tulsa)

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Keeping Care in Early Modern England


    Rebecca Totaro (Florida Gulf Coast University)
    This seminar will examine “keeping care” for others in post-Reformation England, especially as represented by Spenser, Shakespeare, and women writers. Natural disasters and the halt of Catholic relief efforts renewed questions of who needed, provided, and paid for this care. Papers might consider caregiving and characters (e.g., Spenser’s Belphoebe, Shakespeare’s Ariel, Wroth’s Denia) and/or in A View; associated affective dimensions; care networks; archival finds; and/or uncompensated labor.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Locating Lucrece in the Twenty-First Century


    Miriam E. Jacobson (University of Georgia)
    Shakespeare’s second narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, was hugely popular in its time, enjoying multiple publications, citations, and even a poetic sequel by Middleton. What accounted for this popularity then, and how can we read Shakespeare’s Lucrece (the character, the poem) today, in light of current cultural and political conversations? This seminar invites papers that examine Lucrece from multiple perspectives.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    London’s Indoor Playhouses


    Christopher Highley (Ohio State University)
    This seminar invites participants to explore the identities of, and relationships among, London’s indoor playhouses in the early modern period. Why did these “private” houses open when and where they did? Were they in a competitive or codependent relationship with each other and with the public ampitheaters? Did each indoor venue develop a distinct house style and repertory and were these different repertories in conversation with one another? And what do we know about actual playgoers?

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Marlowe and Early Shakespeare


    Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent)
    Andrew J. Power (University of Sharjah)
    What does it mean to say a work is early? This seminar invites papers on Marlowe and Shakespeare that address “earliness” in relation to the length of both authors’ careers, to the arc of their lives, to the educational and developmental factors that influenced their work, or to other literary and theatrical aspects of authorship, performance, and criticism. Papers that address new discoveries and new developments that contextualize Marlowe and Shakespeare scholarship and/or early modern theater are particularly welcome.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream: New Perspectives


    Sarah Lewis (King’s College London)
    Gillian Woods (Birkbeck University of London)
    This seminar invites fresh investigations of all aspects of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Possible themes include: New Formalist explorations of its linguistic, spatial and ideological structures; eco-critical and animal studies approaches to its climatic concerns and metamorphic action; analysis of desire through queer theory; work on embodiment, phenomenology and the senses; investigations of the comedy’s music and dance; and studies of its global performance history and multi-media adaptations.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Money and Magic on the Renaissance Stage


    David Hawkes (Arizona State University)
    In early modern England, the legitimization of usury allowed financial signs to reproduce, while the fetishistic adoration of liturgical icons gave rise to Reformation iconoclasm, and widespread anxiety about the magical deployment of performative symbols produced the pan-European witch-hunts. The theater provided an apt medium in which such developments could be debated and displayed. This seminar will study treatments of performative representation on the early modern English stage.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Multiple Worlds: Early Modern Theater and Reformation Cosmology


    James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago)
    The early modern period witnessed important debates over the existence and nature of multiple worlds. This seminar invites papers that explore the intersections of these debates and the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. All approaches are welcome. Topics may include: analogies between actual and imagined worlds, world making, Leibnitzian compossibility, the Americas as a “new world,” human and non-human worlds, among other cosmological subjects.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    New Philologies


    Marjorie Rubright (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    Stephen Spiess (Babson College)
    This seminar will examine the (re)turn to philology and explore new avenues for thinking philologically in our early modern engagements. We invite methodologically self-conscious papers that address the recent scholarship of new, queer, feminist, trans*, transnational, race, and/or eco- philologies. Participants might: introduce a new method for reading early modern words; explore the benefits and limitations of related hermeneutics; and/or attend to broader aspects of English lexical culture.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “New Worlds,” New Approaches


    Olga L. Valbuena (Wake Forest University)
    Who noticed “the augmentation of the Indies”? This seminar addresses England’s global aspirations and permeable borders in light of colonial bodies, territory, objects, and privateering in Mexico and the Indies. Did the theater naturalize, commoditize, or further estrange new “wonders”? Did audiences gain perspectives different from official state discourses? Topics might include religion, trade, invasion, and trans/nationalism in plays, polemic, and narrative in well- and lesser-known texts.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Performing Digital Shakespeare


    Aneta Mancewicz (University of Birmingham)
    Recent applications of motion capture and virtual reality in Shakespeare productions (e.g. the RSC’s The Tempest, 2016) suggest that as digital tools are becoming more interactive and immersive, they offer new opportunities for performing Shakespeare. The seminar proposes to evaluate digital productions in a global context, examine how Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to such practice, and explore the cultural implications of digital Shakespeare performance on stage, film, online, and beyond.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre


    Tom Bishop (University of Auckland)
    Deanne Williams (York University)
    Review and discussion of recent approaches and new concerns in the evaluation of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. One of the most popular Globe hits, the play later fell into contempt and obscurity. In the midtwentieth century, it was an object of more favorable critical scrutiny, and has recently had widespread and repeated success in performance, and been a key work in arguments about attribution. What ways of thinking through this history and its implications are of current critical interest?

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Public Shakespeares and New Media: Critical Approaches


    Devori Kimbro (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)
    Michael Noschka (Paradise Valley Community College)
    Geoffrey Way (Arizona State University)
    This seminar explores how new media foster engagement between Shakespeareans, institutions, and public audiences through evolving frameworks and methodologies. What are the benefits and pitfalls of such new media engagement? How can fostering such engagement offer new ways of reaching the public with our work in Shakespeare and humanities education in general? We encourage critical and creative work around inventive approaches of all types that connect public audiences with Shakespeare.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Reviving Philip Massinger


    Gina M. Di Salvo (University of Tennessee)
    John M. Kuhn (SUNY Binghamton)
    This seminar invites papers that address any aspect of the work of the Caroline playwright Philip Massinger (1583-1640). Papers might address Massinger’s work in relation to: religion, meta-theater and ritual, history, geography, questions of genre, economic ideas, or representations of gender, race, or nation. Papers are also welcome on Massinger as a theater professional, his lost plays, his biography, his poetry, his place in the canon, his afterlives, or his work as a collaborator.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s “Other Race Plays,” Part Two


    David Sterling Brown (SUNY Binghamton)
    What are Shakespeare’s “other race plays?” Why have they been marginalized in critical race discourse? How can reading those 33 plays through a racial lens enhance our scholarship? This seminar moves the issue of Shakespeare and Race forward by sidelining the five “race plays” and asserting that Shakespearean dramas containing all-white characters also permit generative discussions about race. We invite both play-centric and theoretically-oriented papers that mine these alternative literary sites in search of new racial knowledge.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Supernatural and Transcendent in Shakespeare on Screen


    Melissa Croteau (California Baptist University)
    Lisa S. Starks (University of South Florida, St. Petersburg)
    Shakespeare’s plays are replete with supernatural and transcendent moments; however, when his plays are adapted for the screen, the spiritual material poses particular problems for artists. This seminar invites essays from various critical perspectives that explore supernatural and transcendent elements in Shakespearean audio-visual media (adaptations and offshoots) in relation to technological, cultural, historical, political, and theoretical contexts.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM

    Early Modern European Dance for Terrified Beginners: A Practicum


    Seth S. Williams (Barnard College)
    All members of any ability level are welcome to come learn several easy dances from the early modern period, accompanied by live music. We’ll discuss period dance conventions while encouraging their subversion, especially those relating to gender.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM

    Pop-up Richard III


    Pamela Allen Brown (University of Connecticut, Stamford)
    Peter A. Parolin (University of Wyoming)
    We invite participation in a performance workshop that will adapt short scenes from Richard III as pop-up-theater. Our aim is to satirize our present moment and explore the potential in Shakespearean theatre to push back on contemporary manifestations of tyranny, authoritarianism, and the cult of personality. After workshopping the scenes, we will perform them, pop-up style, at the conference. Participants will gain hands-on experience in political performance outside the traditional theater or classroom. No advance rehearsal is necessary, but leaders will send information to participants to help seed the workshop ground. Please let us know of your interest in participating by emailing Peter Parolin by 1 March 2020.

    Thursday

    6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

    ANNUAL RECEPTION

    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting and their guests. Each guest must have an SAA name tag in order to attend; guest tags may be requested and purchased on the conference registration form.

    Friday, 17 April

    Friday

    7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

    SHAKESPEARE YOGA

    Katherine Moncrief, RYT-200 (WorcesterPolytechnic Institute)
    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting and registered guests.

    Friday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Friday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    GRADUATE STUDENT BREAKFAST

    Hosted by the Trustees of the Association

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    First Book: Logistics of Publishing


    A discussion guided by representatives of academic presses and experienced SAA members covering the steps involved in getting a book published, ranging from early conversations with editors to making an index and promoting your published work.

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Forum on Administration


    Why take on an administrative role? What skills are required? What are the benefits?A group of experienced administrators will lead a discussion of these and related questions.

    Friday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare in the North American West


    Session Organizer: Gretchen E. Minton(Montana State University)

    Chair: Barbara Sebek (Colorado State University)
    The Shakespearean Material on Montana’s Frontier
    Gretchen E. Minton (Montana StateUniversity)
    Hamlet among the Buffaloes: TheGraveyard and the Frontier
    Heather James (University of Southern California)
    Shakespeare in the Park
    Patricia Badir (University of British Columbia)

    Friday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare, Race, and Adaptation


    Session Organizers: Vanessa I. Corredera (Andrews University) and L. Monique Pittman (Andrews University)

    Chair: Arthur L. Little, Jr. (University of California, Los Angeles)
    “No tools with which to hear”: American Moor and the Confrontation of Racist Shakespearean Pedagogies
    Vanessa I. Corredera (Andrews University)
    The Trouble with History: Intersections of Nation, Race, and Gender in King Charles III
    L. Monique Pittman (Andrews University)
    Adaptations of Will in Get Out
    Carol Mejia LaPerle (Wright State University)
    “His Mistress’ Eyes”: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary Romance Fiction
    Margo Hendricks (University of California, Santa Cruz)

    Friday

    10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

    COFFEE BREAK

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Academy and Practice: A Mutual Exchange of Research andDiscovery


    Ralph Alan Cohen (American Shakespeare Center)
    Sarah E. Enloe (American Shakespeare Center)
    Amanda Giguere (Colorado Shakespeare Festival)
    Kevin Rich (University of Colorado, Boulder)
    How can the Academy and theater practitioners work together to engage communities? How can scholarship inform the practice of Shakespeare? And how can performance approaches inform research? This session explores case studies of theater companies partnered with academic institutions. Through the examination of successful partnerships including Colorado Shakespeare Festival and American Shakespeare Center, participants in this workshop will identify opportunities for further collaborations.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Atrocity and Early Modern Drama


    Sarah E. Johnson (Royal Military College of Canada)
    Georgina M. Lucas (Queen’s University Belfast)
    This seminar invites papers that consider how early modern drama handles, and is used to handle, atrocities. What constitutes an atrocity? How might atrocities be staged? Are there distinctions within this category, dependent on actor, time, or victim? Who decides? Who leverages early modern drama and dramatists in post-atrocity societies? The seminar welcomes a variety of approaches to these questions, including text, television, film, performance history, and cultural studies.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “But is it any good?”: Evaluating Shakespeare Adaptation, Part Two


    Douglas M. Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
    Scholarly study of Shakespeare adaptation has largely neglected the question of principles by which we assign value to Shakespeare adaptations, in themselves and relative to one other. How to evaluate adaptation–for its fidelity to or deviation from Shakespeare, its political or ethical orientation, its aesthetics, its novelty, its capacity to please or shock, its popularity or relevance, the different audiences it serves, or other principles? Or should we suspend the question of value?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Early Modern Women’s Anger, Part Two


    Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University)
    Laura E. Kolb (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The Renaissance inherited a strong tradition of delegitimizing women’s anger. Yet early modern women and female characters experienced and expressed anger: in letters and diaries, plays and poems, prose and verse. This seminar explores representations of women’s anger alongside the structures that both motivated and suppressed it. Collectively, we will consider anger’s sources, its forms, and the kinds of knowledge and action it makes possible.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Global Performance and Adaptations of Macbeth


    Sponsored by the European Shakespeare Research Association

    Maurizio Calbi (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
    Juan F. Cerdá (Universidad de Murcia)
    Paul Prescott (University of Warwick)
    We invite papers that chart Macbeth’s non-Anglophone reception from the seventeenth century to the present in any media or form; we particularly welcome papers that address the relocation of the play’s ideological or identity boundaries within specific historical and theoretical contexts, connecting local interventions and reception to the play’s history and their role in broader regional, national, or transnational contexts.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    #MeToo: Staging Sexual Violence in Early Modern Drama


    Erin Julian (University of Western Ontario)
    Nora J. Williams (Independent Scholar)
    The acute visibility of the #MeToo movement has spurred reflection about how we “do” early modern plays in ways that are ethical and intersectional, while acknowledging them as culturally valuable texts. This workshop will explore the limits of current approaches and of what a scholar/practitioner can or should represent, as well as models of successful praxis. We encourage work on dramatists beyond Shakespeare, and we particularly welcome participants identifying as LGBTQI, disabled, and POC.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    On Difficulty


    Eric S. Mallin (University of Texas, Austin)
    This workshop is about interpretation and diplomacy, which is to say, pedagogical problems. Specifically: how can we cope with verbal and ideological difficulty in the classroom? As teachers, how much attention should we pay to the wholly unattractive or utterly obscure moments in Shakespeare plays? We will try to frame some practical solutions for defining and confronting “difficulty”—verbal and cultural entanglement that has become opaque to modern sensibilities—without erasing it.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare after Queer Theory


    Anthony Guy Patricia (Concord University)
    This seminar invites papers that engage with queer theory and the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Topics participants may explore include: critiques of extant queer readings; the crafting of new queer interpretations; the role of queer theory in textual editing; the possibilities for queer theory in performance studies and histories; the queer pleasure(s) the study of early modern literature engenders; and the debate between historicism and unhistoricism.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Class


    Chris Fitter (Rutgers University, Camden)
    The New Social History has revealed not only plebeian anger and resistance to elite rule, but Shakespeare’s familiarity with underclass protest. We ask: Can we speak of class-consciousness in Shakespeare’s England? Should we reassess class conflict in Shakespeare’s, or others’, plays? Are they consistent towards poverty? What reflections are there of social policy (bastardy, drunkenness, vagrancy, curfew, dancing, Poor Law)? Did performances manipulate class divisions within the theaters?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Linguistic Creativity


    Daniel Allen Shore (Georgetown University)
    How should we theorize the linguistic creativity of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? Can we extract the concept of creativity from the ideological matrix of bourgeois individualism? How might we move beyond debates over whether Shakespeare possessed or coined the most words? This seminar welcomes papers that draw on recent developments in linguistics, quantitative and qualitative corpus methods, and advances in Natural Language Processing, as well as those that practice close reading.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Sanctuary


    Urvashi Chakravarty (George MasonUniversity)
    Ross Knecht (Emory University)
    This seminar explores the relationship between early modern literature and legal and social concepts of sanctuary. In light of the current sanctuary city movement, papers might attend to representations of official and informal sanctuary in Shakespeare’s plays and contemporary texts; the role of immigrants and “strangers”; sanctuary as a “state of exception”; and the stage as a space of refuge. We welcome work which intersects with race and diaspora studies and with queer and disability studies.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and the Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Affect


    Bradley J. Irish (Arizona State University)
    What does it mean to think about Shakespeare and his contemporaries in terms of the “mind”? This seminar will consider early modern literature through all manners of psychology, both historical and modern. Approaches might include cognition, emotion, affect, theory of mind, historical psychology, Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, etc.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtual Reality


    David McInnis (University of Melbourne)
    Stephen Wittek (Carnegie Mellon University)
    This seminar will consider representations of Shakespearean drama in virtual reality and speculate as to how the medium might impact the production, teaching, and meaning of Shakespeare in years to come. Projects that intersect with performance studies, film studies, and media studies are particularly welcome. Potential areas of focus include: soliloquies and interiority; documentation of theatrical experience; pedagogy; spatiality; embodiment; production; affect; interactivity; and adaptation.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtue, Part One


    Julia Reinhard Lupton (University ofCalifornia, Irvine)
    Donovan H. Sherman (Seton Hall University)
    In antiquity, virtue was in no way simply synonymous with morality or a code of behavior but instead concerned the powers, capacities, and ends of human and nonhuman actors. Shakespeare’s plays stage both virtue (the capacity of ensouled beings for action) and virtues (the palette of attributes and skills that shape conduct in the world). We invite approaches to the virtues that cut across philosophy, performance and pedagogy and contribute to environmental and medical humanities.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare in/on the Borderlands


    Elizabeth V. Acosta (El Paso Community College)
    Victoria Muñoz (Hostos Community College,CUNY)
    In light of the current political climate around immigration and borders, this seminar considers the teaching of Shakespeare and/on the borderlands. We are especially interested in papers from scholars living in borderland communities. How does teaching on the borderlands shape your pedagogy or scholarship? How does Shakespeare factor into the everyday lives of those living on the border? We also welcome papers that consider how a methodological focus on the borderland contributes to teaching about power, identity, struggle, and agency, and related issues in Shakespeare.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare Studies and the Idea of the Interface


    Lauren Shohet (Villanova University)
    What Shakespeare scholarship might emerge from considering the “interface”: the liminal space where deeply different entities must somehow be functionally mediated? How could ideas of interface help us think about intersections of past and present, actor and character, stage and page, figurative and real? How might the simultaneous transparency and undeniable fictiveness of computer interfaces like “windows” and “desktops” and “trashcans” illuminate parallel problems in Shakespeare studies?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare, Music, and Dance


    Lynsey McCulloch (Coventry University)
    Amy Rodgers (Mount Holyoke College)
    This seminar brings together specialists in literature, music, and dance to discuss Shakespeare’s use of sound and movement as features of his staged output. Shakespeare’s employment, and enjoyment, of music and dance has since been matched by the frequent adaptation of his works by composers and choreographers. But, despite the co-dependant nature of music and dance, Shakespeareans have been slow to examine this intermedial relationship. This seminar will provide a forum for such discussion.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Shakespearean Death Arts


    William E. Engel (Sewanee: The University ofthe South)
    Grant Williams (Carleton University)
    This seminar invites a range of historical and comparative investigations of how Shakespeare and his contemporaries mobilized the death arts—the period’s plurality of memento mori allusions and artifacts, meditative exercises, commemorative practices, and funereal rituals. Which plays from the period engage most pointedly and extensively with these arts; what about the theatrical, philosophical, and sociological rationale behind staging them; how did these plays differ in their staging?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s Shameful Histories


    John S. Garrison (Grinnell College)
    Kyle A. Pivetti (Norwich University)
    Across Shakespeare’s work, the word “shame” appears with striking frequency in the history plays, behind only The Rape of Lucrece. What in this genre inspires consideration of shame? How is shame contained in the past or shared with present audiences and readers? The seminar encourages essays that combine various theories—queer theory, affect studies, or memory studies—with a number of potential sources, such as diaries, conduct manuals, or sermons.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “Tread the Ooze”: Early Modern Slime


    Brent Dawson (University of Oregon)
    Lynn M. Maxwell (Spelman College)
    This seminar is interested in how Shakespeare and his contemporaries use slime, muck, and other viscous materials. How do early modern authors figure differently “the common muck of the world”? What is the value of these less than savory materials and how are they used to explore issues of gender, procreation, and otherness? To what extent does their status as semisolids matter, and what is their relation to other semi-solids like clay and wax that are attached to more positive possibilities?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Elsinore


    Connor Fallon (Golden Glitch Studios)
    Kristin Siu (Golden Glitch Studios)
    Elsinore is a video game that adapts Hamlet into a time-looping story in the vein of Groundhog Day. The player takes on the role of Ophelia and lives through the classic tragedy over and over, trying to alter the fates of her friends and family. The game is a deep dive into the pathos of these classic characters, and the nature of tragedy itself.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Project Quintessence: A DynamicExplorer for the EEBO-TCP


    Arthur Koehl (University of California, Davis)
    Samuel Pizelo (University of California,Davis)
    Carl G. Stahmer (University of California,Davis)
    Project Quintessence is an open access tool for exploring the EEBO-TCP corpus. While the EEBO corpus is an integral component of most Early Modern research, its accessibility is limited to basic search functions. Quintessence applies several state-of-the-art computational techniques to allow for multiple, integrated methods of analyzing EEBO at a variety of scales.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Pulter Project: Poet in theMaking


    Leah Knight (Brock University)
    Wendy Wall (Northwestern University)
    This international collaboration, launched as a work-in-progress in 2018, presents the striking verse of Hester Pulter in variant forms. By endorsing divergent, equally-authorized versions of an emerging 17th century female writer, The Pulter Project models a radical editorial practice and new mode of humanist research in the digital age.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Richard III Digital Text Research Toolset


    Amelia Dahmer (University of Michigan)
    Charles Adams Kelly (University of Michigan)
    Juliet Mandell (University of Michigan)
    Liliana Talwatte (University of Michigan)
    The Richard III Digital Text Research Toolset utilizes text scrolling or indexing to access Quarto vs. Folio textual variants with the choices of respected editors (Text Mode), or to access plot elements vs. actual history (History Mode) with bibliographical references to the authorities for each element of the plot vs. its relationship to historical events.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Something Wicked: The Macbeth Video Game


    Elizabeth B. Hunter (San Francisco State University)
    Something Wicked is a combat video game adaptation of the battle described in Macbeth’s Act 1, Scene 2. We know the scale and pace at which digital tools perform quantitative tasks is reshaping humanities inquiry. Something Wicked demonstrates how digital tools can also enable qualitative work that savors the nuances of a single object of study.

    Friday

    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    ANNUAL LUNCHEON

    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting. Additional guest tickets may be purchased in advance. Member tickets are included in registration envelopes (but may not be available to onsite registrants).

    Friday

    3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

    PLENARY SESSION

    Walking the Talk: Embodied Pedagogies of Social Justice


    Session Organizer: Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico)

    Chair: Katherine Rowe (College of William &Mary)
    The Politics of Being Earnest: Teaching Shakespeare for Social Justice
    Kirsten N. Mendoza (University of Dayton)
    Teaching Shakespeare for Social Changein and beyond the College Classroom
    Mary Janell Metzger (Western Washington University)
    Who Shot Romeo? And How Can We Stop the Bleeding?: Shakespeare for Social Justice in Urban America
    Eric L. De Barros (University of the WestIndies, St. Augustine)
    Of Alliances and Pluralities
    Elizabeth Anne Williamson (Evergreen State College)
    Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico)

    Friday

    7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE

    Cry Havoc!



    Sponsored by the Shakespeare Bulletin
    Written and performed by United States Army veteran Stephan Wolfert, Cry Havoc! is a critically acclaimed one-person play that seamlessly interweaves Shakespeare’s most famous speeches with personal experience to help us understand the national crises we face when we fail in reintegrating ourveterans. It shows us that the military men and women of Shakespeare’s time wrestled with the same hopes and worries that occupy our modern lives and explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Stephan Wolfert.

    Saturday, 18 April

    Saturday

    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    INFORMATION

    Saturday

    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Surviving and Thriving at Teaching-Intensive Institutions


    Leaders will discuss how to manage high teaching loads and large numbers of students; how to develop creative ideas for composition classes; and how to balance teaching demands with research and writing, along with other issues related to the specific needs of those in teaching-oriented positions.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Being an Effective Ally


    This discussion will address best strategies and practices for how members can advocatefor diversity and inclusion in all their roles,as well as the issues related to participating in institutional initiatives, and how anyone can provide support to those dealing with problems of marginalization and exclusion.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Meet-and-Greet Breakfast with Journal Editors


    Join the editors of several peer-reviewed journals—including Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Studies, ELR, Shakespeare Bulletin, SEL, and Modern Philology—for informal conversation about submitting work for publication: what to submit, where to submit, and what to expect after you’ve submitted it. Brief presentations by the editors will be followed by a breakfastr eception. All are welcome, and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to attend.

    Saturday

    8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Workshop for Teachers


    Led by Sarah Enloe (American Shakespeare Center)

    Saturday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Complain! Advocate! Revenge!


    Session Organizer: Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)

    Chair: Emily Shortslef (University ofKentucky)
    A futuro
    Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)
    ‘“Will not the ladies be afeard?”: Conjectural Rape in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Lorna M. Hutson (University of Oxford)
    On Revenge and Refusal
    Emily King (Louisiana State University)

    Saturday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    ROUNDTABLE

    Shakespeare Futures Roundtable: Accessing Shakespeare


    Session Organizers: Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University) and Rebecca Olson (Oregon State University)

    Chair: Eric M. Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    Affordability: Open Sources and “the” First Generation Student
    Rebecca Olson (Oregon State University)
    Who Can Know Shakespeare?: Toward a More Accessible Academy
    Justin P. Shaw (Emory University)
    Shakespeare at San Quentin: Drama Therapy in Prison
    Perry D. Guevara (Dominican University of California)
    Crip Temporality and the Archive
    Jennifer Row (University of Minnesota)
    “O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more”: Decentering Shakespeare by Accessing Copernicus, Early Modern Poets and Playwrights, and New Pedagogy
    Brandi Kristine Adams (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Moving from Access to Inclusion in Shakespeare Performance
    Jill Bradbury (Gallaudet University)

    Saturday

    10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

    COFFEE BREAK

    Saturday

    11:00 to 12:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    The 2020 NextGenPlen


    Session Organizers: Members of the NextGenPlen Committee for 2020

    Chair: Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University)
    Mary Sidney’s Postmortem Poetics
    Whitney Sperrazza (Rochester Institute of Technology)
    Sexual Healing: Medical Pandering in Mountebank Representations
    Sarah Mayo (University of Georgia)
    Abject Black Flesh and the Manufacture of White Fear in Early Modern Anatomical Illustrations
    Averyl Dietering (University of California, Davis)
    Climate Leviathan and Ecological Accumulation in The Tempest
    Natalie Suzelis (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Sanctuary Children: Family Separation and International Law in More’s History and Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Richard III
    Emily Glider (Yale University)

    Saturday

    2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Early Modern Audience and Audients


    Session Organizers: Ellen MacKay (University of Chicago) and William N. West (Northwestern University)

    Chair: Katherine Eggert (University ofColorado, Boulder)
    Score
    Ellen MacKay (University of Chicago)
    Inconvenience
    William N. West (Northwestern University)
    Again
    Richard Preiss (University of Utah)
    Reverberation
    Penelope S. Woods (Queen Mary University of London)

    Saturday

    2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare’s Witness to Catastrophe: Reparative Reading in an Age of Collapse


    Session Organizer: Erin K. Kelly (California State University, Chico)

    Chair: Hillary Eklund (Loyola University New Orleans)
    The Shakespeare Ark
    Julian Yates (University of Delaware)
    Paleo Hamlet: Ecological Uncanny as Reparative
    Craig Dionne (Eastern Michigan University)
    Holiday Sex
    Sharon O’Dair (University of Alabama)

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Good Governance


    Mark Netzloff (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
    This seminar examines early modern governance and the relation of literary production to practices of political life. It also explores literary, historical, and theoretical models of good governance: civic virtue; advice and counsel; diplomacy and other forms of governmental service; the political and/as the happy or good life. Papers dealing with non-Shakespearean literary texts, political writings, historical case-studies, and theoretical or transhistorical approaches are encouraged.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Playing in Rep


    Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland)
    Elizabeth E. Tavares (Pacific University)
    Early English professional players relied on the repertory system—performing a different play every day of the week rather than runs of a single play—for financial success. This seminar invites archival, practitioner, and theoretical explorations of the ways in which performing “in rep” conditioned the early modern performance event. How did the rep system influence enskillment in players? The playgoer experience? What is its role in Shakespeare festivals today? Or in video-on-demand services?

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Queer/Race/Global: Early Modern Crossings


    Bernadette Andrea (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    Abdulhamit Arvas (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    This seminar aims to bring together scholars of race, sexuality, and transcultural studies to explore early modern intersections of sexuality, gender, and race from a global critical lens. We welcome diverse methodologies and approaches that deploy “race” and “queer” as analytical tools, that advance comparative or contrapuntal perspectives, and that engage noneurocentric texts and contexts to complicate gender binaries, racialized hierarchies, and sexualized identities on the stage and page.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Shakespeare and Graduate Education


    Michelle M. Dowd (University of Alabama)
    What is the place of Shakespeare studies in graduate education today? This workshop seeks to foster discussion of curricular structures, practical considerations, and scholarly developments relevant to graduate study and training. Materials produced for the session may include assignments, program requirements, best practices, exam reading lists, analyses of historical trends, or ideas for future directions. Participants at all levels, including current graduate students, are welcome.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtue, Part Two


    Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)
    Donovan H. Sherman (Seton Hall University)
    In antiquity, virtue was in no way simply synonymous with morality or a code of behavior but instead concerned the powers, capacities, and ends of human and nonhuman actors. Shakespeare’s plays stage both virtue (the capacity of ensouled beings for action) and virtues (the palette of attributes and skills that shape conduct in the world). We invite approaches to the virtues that cut across philosophy, performance and pedagogy and contribute to environmental and medical humanities.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Short Scenes in Shakespeare


    William Germano (Cooper Union)
    Do not blink or you may miss them: this seminar invites work on the shortest scenes in Shakespeare’s plays. Why are they there? What thematic, psychological, or dramatic function can such brief scenes provide? Our purpose will be to examine the theatrical function of “unnecessary” scenes in Shakespeare, not only to consider their thematic and dramatic purpose within the playtext as a literary construct but to encourage fresh directorial perspectives on the plays in performance.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Short Script: Forms of and Formulas for Action


    Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth College)
    Seth S. Williams (Barnard College)
    This seminar explores relationships between literature and the wide range of “short scripts,” or formulae, that structured everyday embodied actions: receipts, mnemonics, music and dance notations, books on prayer or penmanship, and more. We welcome submissions involving both recognizable and unexpected kinds of formulaic doing. How do short scripts render daily life performative, or turn making into a form of knowing? Explorations of form, relationality, materiality, and more are encouraged.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Teaching Identity, Inclusion, and Exclusion through Early Modern Drama


    Brinda Charry (Keene State College)
    Matteo Pangallo (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    This seminar invites papers on teaching Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists through explorations of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. Contributions might focus on pedagogical theory, class activities, course design, resources, assignments, or similar topics. The seminar’s goal is to share effective methodologies for helping students connect the study of Shakespeare and early modern drama with the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Theatrical City: Performanceand Ceremony in Early Modern London


    Sponsored by Records of Early English Drama

    Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University)
    The early modern City of London was a community with rich and enduring dramatic traditions which have been largely overlooked. However, writers including Dekker, Heywood, Jonson, Middleton, Munday, Peele and Webster, actors like Burbage and Alleyn, and impresarios such as Heminges were employed both in the City and on the professional stage. This seminar will explore the manifold connections between civic and non-civic theatrical repertoires, performers, and audiences.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Villains and Villainy in Renaissance Drama


    David Hershinow (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The 16th and 17th centuries witnessed a change in dramatic tastes from the allegorical Vice of an earlier era to a new breed of cunning, psychologically complex stage villain. This seminar invites papers that reflect on the period’s appetite for new kinds of villains and new forms of villainy. Papers across a range of approaches are welcome, including those that focus on gender and sexuality, critical race studies, theodicy, political theory, performance studies, and the new economic criticism.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Watery Thinking: Cognitive and Ecocritical Perspectives on Water in Early Modern Literature


    Nicholas Ryan Helms (University of Alabama)
    Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)
    This seminar will blend cognitive and ecocritical approaches to early modern literature, questioning what role the watery environment plays in how authors think, and how they think about thinking. In particular, we’re interested in how water, as metaphor and feature of the environment, creates affordances and constraints for early modern thought. We would like the seminar to explore how both early modern ecocriticism and contemporary cognitive sciences draw upon water and watery environs.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Women Writers and Political Frameworks


    Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

    Mihoko Suzuki (University of Miami)
    Joanne Wright (University of New Brunswick)
    This seminar explores how early modern women writers challenged, subverted, or revised prevailing political frameworks, and attendant philosophical, scientific, and economic categories. Topics can include the disruption of the division between royalist/parliamentarian; understandings of citizenship, family, the church and the rise of capitalism; the hierarchy between human/non-human; literary-historical periodization; and, in light of #MeToo, women’s experiences of violence and abuse.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Writing “Shakespearean” Fiction


    Andrew James Hartley (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    Many Shakespearean academics are—or aspire to be—literary artists, whether they think of themselves as novelists, short story writers, playwrights or screenwriters. How does our status as professors of the world’s most renowned writer affect the stories we write? What might we pursue in our own literary craft which is in some way “Shakespearean” in scope, genre, political representation etc., and how do such things make our fiction similar to or different from our research and teaching?

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Young Adult Shakespeare


    Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College)
    Deborah Uman (St. John Fisher College)
    Starting as early as Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare, the impulse to make Shakespeare accessible to young people has inspired adaptations across all forms of media. For this seminar we will consider a range of contributions to YA and children’s Shakespeare, including novels, films, comic books, plays, music, television, games, and web series. We will encourage a variety of approaches, considering the implications of this pop culture phenomenon for our students, our classrooms, and our scholarship.

    Saturday

    6:15 to 8:00 p.m.

    CASH BAR

    Scholars of Color Social and Cash Bar


    Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library
    Open to registrants and their guests.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    FILM

    Hamlet


    Q&A with director Bruce Ramsay to follow screening.


    Treachery, sex, and revenge take centerstage for Prince Hamlet and his eventual descent into madness in director Bruce Ramsay’s Hamlet. Starring Bruce Ramsay (Hamlet), Laura Gilchrist (Ophelia), and Peter Wingfield (Claudius), this retelling ofShakespeare’s longest play shot on a micro budget in only three days premiered in competition at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2011.

    Saturday

    10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    DANCE

    The Malone Society Dance

    Sponsored by the SAA and the Malone Society
    This year, the dance is free to all registrants and their guests thanks to the generosity of theMalone Society.
  • Wednesday, 15 April

    Wednesday, 15 April

    Wednesday

    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Wednesday

    5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    TOWN HALL BUSINESS MEETING

    Open to all registrants.

    Wednesday

    6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    CASH BAR

    Open to all registrants.

    Wednesday

    7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    PLAY READING

    Moon-Crossed Reading with Kendra Leonard




    Why does Bertram dislike Helena so? Because she’s a werewolf, of course! Moon-Crossed, a response to and parody of All’s Well That Ends Well, examines the concept of the monstrous woman, women’s power and influence in early modern drama, and the ways women in Shakespeare’s plays use their wealth, bodies, and minds to survive hostile situations. Drawing from Shakespeare’s plays, the Malleus Maleficarum, Marie de France’s “Bisclavret,” Shakira, Charles Addams, and more, Moon-Crossed is a fun and fast- moving play for all theater and pop culture aficionados.

    Wednesday

    7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

    FILM

    All Is True


    Q&A with director Casey Wilder Mott to follow screening.



    All Is True is a portrait of William Shakespeare during the last three years of his life, as he leaves London and returns to his family in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The film follows Shakespeare as he strives to bridge the distance between himself and his wife and two daughters, recover from the loss of his son, and come to terms with his legacy as an artist. Starring Kenneth Branagh (William Shakespeare), Judi Dench (Anne Hathaway), and Ian McKellen (Henry Wriothesley), All Is True is an uplifting tale of a man who journeys from darkness and loss to a renewed appreciation of the richness and value of life, allowing him to play out his final act in peace.
  • Thursday, 16 April

    Thursday, 16 April

    Thursday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Thursday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Thursday

    8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

    OMBUDS TRAINING

    Led by Israela Brill-Cass.
    Open to all registrants.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Bad Philology


    Jenny C. Mann (Cornell University)
    Brian Pietras (Princeton University)
    Early moderns could be very bad philologists, mis-translating classical works, creating false etymologies, and constructing improbable cultural histories. This seminar explores “bad philology” as an object of study and a fruitful methodology for early modern studies now. How might bad philology spur us to be more global in our scholarship and foster more imaginative connections among the classical, medieval, and modern? Can bad philology explode dominant paradigms of race, class, and gender?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Breathing in/with Shakespeare


    Kathryn Prince (University of Western Australia)
    Naya Tsentourou (University of Exeter)
    “How can we start to think about something we cannot see?” (Quinlivan 2014, 1). This seminar focuses on the circulation of breath in Shakespeare’s texts and their performance. How does breath open up physical, spiritual, and emotional worlds? How is breath work part of the Shakespearean actor’s training and practice? Can spectatorial breathing offer insights into emotional communities and emotional contagion? The seminar offers the first sustained engagement with Shakespeare’s pneumatic economy.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    “But is it any good?”: Evaluating Shakespeare Adaptation, Part One


    Douglas M. Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
    Scholarly study of Shakespeare adaptation has largely neglected the question of principles by which we assign value to Shakespeare adaptations, in themselves and relative to one other. How to evaluate adaptation–for its fidelity to or deviation from Shakespeare, its political or ethical orientation, its aesthetics, its novelty, its capacity to please or shock, its popularity or relevance, the different audiences it serves, or other principles? Or should we suspend the question of value?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Chaucerian Resonances in Tudor and Stuart Performance Contexts


    Lindsay Ann Reid (National University of Ireland, Galway)
    This seminar considers Chaucer’s reception in Tudor and Stuart performance contexts. New readings of Shakespeare’s most overtly Chaucerian plays (The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida) are welcome, as are analyses of previously unidentified/understudied Chaucerian resonances within and beyond the Shakespeare canon. Papers might treat balladry, masques, entertainments, or stage plays such as Women Pleased, Four Plays in One, Patient Grissil, or Sir Giles Goosecap.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Conspiracy


    Lisa M. Barksdale-Shaw (Michigan State University)
    As evidenced in the trials of Nicholas Throckmorton or Walter Raleigh, fears about conspiracy abound in Shakespeare’s world. How does the representation of criminal collaboration differ from one trial to another and one literary text to another? Might disparate judgments occur if we control for race, gender, class, or nationality? What happens when we consider the results of such judgments alongside dramatic depictions of trials? How might the requirement for proofs and judgment provide insights into the presentation of conspiracy?

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Critical Methodologies in Early Modern Studies, Post-Historicism


    Rebecca Bushnell (University of Pennsylvania)
    Alice A. Dailey (Villanova University)
    This seminar explores the methodological possibilities emerging in historicism’s wake. Aiming to move beyond presentism and periodization, we investigate new methods for approaching early modern literature, including modes of inquiry adapted from other disciplines and those some see as anachronistic, such as methods that engage with media and technology. The seminar invites literary analysis papers that experiment with method as well as metacritical reflections and methodological manifestos.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Digital Approaches to Book History


    Andie Silva (York College, CUNY)
    Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania)
    Digital platforms expand opportunities for scholars to study rare books; to trace early modern textual production and circulation; and to remediate texts using OCR, 3D modelling, multispectral imaging, text encoding, and social network analysis. We invite papers that engage with or produce new resources, including upcoming or in-progress tools, electronic editions, digitization, digital bibliography. We especially encourage papers working at the intersection of digital pedagogy and book history.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Disability in the Global Renaissance


    Elizabeth B. Bearden (University of Wisconsin)
    Katherine Schaap Williams (University of Toronto)
    How might attention to concepts of early modern disability productively “crip” critical constructions of the global Renaissance? In Crip Times, Robert McRuer suggests that to crip scholarly discourse is to recenter disabled bodies and minds and expose how demands for ability become naturalized within cultural norms. This seminar invites papers that consider the forms of physical and intellectual difference that Renaissance texts engage as they take stock of an emerging global imagination.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Dramatic Verse


    Andrew Mattison (University of Toledo)
    Why did dramatic verse continue to exist once plays in prose were common and blank verse made line breaks harder to hear? In other words, what difference do the distinctions between verse and prose make? This seminar will explore treatments of verse by playwrights, scribes, compositors, readers, and actors to explore the importance of verse to genre and theater. Both small- and largescale approaches are welcome, from analyses of individual passages to treatments of historical trends in dramatic writing.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Drama and Performance: Contexts and Challenges


    Thomas Betteridge (Brunel University London)
    Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol)
    Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)
    This seminar will focus on the secular and religious drama of the early sixteenth century. It invites papers that explore or exemplify approaches informed by practice-based research, exploration of space through performance, and/or historical contextualisation. It will examine the challenges of using practice to illuminate often partial traces of ephemeral performances, and how they might be addressed, and/or the benefits of exploring later playhouse drama in the context of earlier traditions.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Mod Cons


    Rob Carson (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
    Eric Francis Langley (University College London)
    This seminar invites papers about topics beginning with the prefix “con-” and its variant forms—and thus topics such as conspiracy, contagion, conscience, consent, commodity, constancy, commonwealth, correspondence, collaboration, confession, and conversion—in order to open up a conversation about early modern collectivity. How did shared experience shape early modern conceptions of community and of the self? Approaches via queer philology and historical phenomenology are particularly welcome.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Early Modern Women’s Anger, Part One


    Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University)
    Laura E. Kolb (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The Renaissance inherited a strong tradition of delegitimizing women’s anger. Yet early modern women and female characters experienced and expressed anger: in letters and diaries, plays and poems, prose and verse. This seminar explores representations of women’s anger alongside the structures that both motivated and suppressed it. Collectively, we will consider anger’s sources, its forms, and the kinds of knowledge and action it makes possible.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Ecologies and/of Resistance


    Jennifer A. Munroe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    Amy L. Tigner (University of Texas, Arlington)
    “Ecologies and/of Resistance” aims to consider questions of the “ecological” with those related to gender, race, and/or class both to identify alternative modes of resistance in the early modern period and to rectify what are and will continue to be their complex intersections. We look to foster conversation about how the various strands within early modern ecostudies might redress these crises by accounting for both for “nature” and “culture” as we posit alternative pathways of resistance.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Edition/Copy: New Approaches to Reading and Editing Early Modern Books


    Sponsored by SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship. Reading, and Publishing.

    Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State University)
    Andrew S. Keener (Santa Clara University)
    This seminar invites participants to reflect on the treatment of early modern printed texts as exceptional (i.e., as unique copies) rather than exemplary (i.e., as representatives of larger editions) in the way we have come to practice book history, theater and performance studies, and textual editing. We welcome papers that explore the history, historiography, uses, methods, readings, and dramaturgical implications of “edition vs. copy,” in addition to any potential pitfalls of either approach.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Experiential/Experimental Knowledge in Shakespeare


    Pavneet Singh Aulakh (Vanderbilt University)
    James Kearney (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    This seminar invites papers that reflect on experiential or experimental knowledge in early modern drama. We encourage contributors to cast a wide net in exploring how new or old forms of knowing intersect with the art of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Papers might address these issues from historical, phenomenological, political, or ethical perspectives or in terms of cognitive studies, histories of science, histories of the emotions, or discourses of the body.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    The Favorite


    Julie A. Crawford (Columbia University)
    The favorite benefited from some of the privileges enjoyed by the friend, but also much of the opprobrium heaped on the flatterer. This seminar is interested in the philosophies that subtended the favorite’s position and ethics; the categories of social difference that rendered them legible; their key postures and other bodily practices; the challenges they pose for editors; and their renascence in current popular takes on the Renaissance.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Civil Unrest


    Mark Bayer (University of Texas, San Antonio)
    Joseph Navitsky (West Chester University)
    What happens when both parties to a dispute enlist Shakespeare to support their cause? We welcome papers that examine any aspect of how Shakespeare has been implicated in civil conflict, rivalry, resistance, competition, or polemic. Participants might examine how Shakespeare has been appropriated in armed conflicts like the English Civil War or the American Civil War, but also in less familiar civil contests, or even the wars of words that abound during these critical historical junctures.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s Divination


    Aaron Wells Kitch (Bowdoin College)
    Peter Struck defines divination as an “ontology of universalist materialism” that uncovers secret bonds between things in the cosmos. This seminar considers divination in its broadest sense as any conjunction of human and divine forces, including modes of belief and practice that resist both Protestant and Catholic orthodoxies. Participants may wish to explore augury, oracles, miracles, or prophecies in Shakespeare’s works. Classical, philosophical, and non-Western approaches are also welcome.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s “Other Race Plays,” Part One


    David Sterling Brown (SUNY Binghamton)
    What are Shakespeare’s “other race plays?” Why have they been marginalized in critical race discourse? How can reading those 33 plays through a racial lens enhance our scholarship? This seminar moves the issue of Shakespeare and Race forward by sidelining the five “race plays” and asserting that Shakespearean dramas containing all-white characters also permit generative discussions about race. We invite both play-centric and theoretically-oriented papers that mine these alternative literary sites in search of new racial knowledge.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Common Readers: A Database of Annotations in Early Modern Playbooks


    Rebecca Munson (Princeton University)
    Common Readers is a digital initiative dedicated to analyzing annotations in early modern printed plays. Phase 1 consists of designing and implementing a custom relational database as a Django admin site. Phase 2 will be a public frontend. This exhibit showcases a preliminary backend and provides researchers with a toolkit to contribute remotely to an existing dataset.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Digital Restoration Drama


    Lauren Liebe (Texas A&M University)
    Digital Restoration Drama is an open-access database of TEI-encoded play texts from the English Restoration, supported by robust metadata about the publication and performance histories of each play. By making these plays available in multiple user-friendly formats, this project expands access to Restoration drama for scholars and students alike.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Early Modern Songscapes


    Katherine R. Larson (University of Toronto)
    Scott A. Trudell (University of Maryland)
    Sarah F. Williams (University of South Carolina)
    Early Modern Songscapes is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project focusing on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English song. Our beta website, launched in February2019, offers users a chance to see, hear, and explore early modern English “ayres,” or songs with a primary vocal line.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Hare: An Online Journal of Untimely Reviews in Early Modern Theater


    William Casey Caldwell (Northwestern University)
    Amy Kenny (University of California, Riverside)
    This digital exhibit showcases The Hare, an online, peer-reviewed journal, publishing untimely reviews of books, articles, and performances in early modern theater. The journal provides a venue for the reevaluation and revivification of old scholarly work in contemporary scholarly debate in order to open up new possibilities for past scholarship in modern contexts.

    Thursday

    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Shakespeare-VR


    Stephen Wittek (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Shakespeare-VR is a virtual reality education project that transports students to the Blackfriars Playhouse and enables them to perform scenes alongside professional actors from the American Shakespeare Center (imagine karaoke, but with Shakespeare, and in virtual reality). The virtual reality media and related teaching materials are available at no cost to users.

    Thursday

    12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

    PRACTICUM

    Articles in Progress


    Louise Geddes (Adelphi University)

    Thursday

    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare and Intellectual History


    Session Organizer: Patrick Gray (Durham University)

    Chair: Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland)
    Shakespeare after Positivism
    Patrick Gray (Durham University)
    The Materiality of Ideas in Shakespeare’s Theater
    Lauren Robertson (Columbia University)
    Montaigne’s Modernized Shakespeare
    Lars Engle (University of Tulsa)

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Keeping Care in Early Modern England


    Rebecca Totaro (Florida Gulf Coast University)
    This seminar will examine “keeping care” for others in post-Reformation England, especially as represented by Spenser, Shakespeare, and women writers. Natural disasters and the halt of Catholic relief efforts renewed questions of who needed, provided, and paid for this care. Papers might consider caregiving and characters (e.g., Spenser’s Belphoebe, Shakespeare’s Ariel, Wroth’s Denia) and/or in A View; associated affective dimensions; care networks; archival finds; and/or uncompensated labor.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Locating Lucrece in the Twenty-First Century


    Miriam E. Jacobson (University of Georgia)
    Shakespeare’s second narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, was hugely popular in its time, enjoying multiple publications, citations, and even a poetic sequel by Middleton. What accounted for this popularity then, and how can we read Shakespeare’s Lucrece (the character, the poem) today, in light of current cultural and political conversations? This seminar invites papers that examine Lucrece from multiple perspectives.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    London’s Indoor Playhouses


    Christopher Highley (Ohio State University)
    This seminar invites participants to explore the identities of, and relationships among, London’s indoor playhouses in the early modern period. Why did these “private” houses open when and where they did? Were they in a competitive or codependent relationship with each other and with the public ampitheaters? Did each indoor venue develop a distinct house style and repertory and were these different repertories in conversation with one another? And what do we know about actual playgoers?

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Marlowe and Early Shakespeare


    Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent)
    Andrew J. Power (University of Sharjah)
    What does it mean to say a work is early? This seminar invites papers on Marlowe and Shakespeare that address “earliness” in relation to the length of both authors’ careers, to the arc of their lives, to the educational and developmental factors that influenced their work, or to other literary and theatrical aspects of authorship, performance, and criticism. Papers that address new discoveries and new developments that contextualize Marlowe and Shakespeare scholarship and/or early modern theater are particularly welcome.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream: New Perspectives


    Sarah Lewis (King’s College London)
    Gillian Woods (Birkbeck University of London)
    This seminar invites fresh investigations of all aspects of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Possible themes include: New Formalist explorations of its linguistic, spatial and ideological structures; eco-critical and animal studies approaches to its climatic concerns and metamorphic action; analysis of desire through queer theory; work on embodiment, phenomenology and the senses; investigations of the comedy’s music and dance; and studies of its global performance history and multi-media adaptations.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Money and Magic on the Renaissance Stage


    David Hawkes (Arizona State University)
    In early modern England, the legitimization of usury allowed financial signs to reproduce, while the fetishistic adoration of liturgical icons gave rise to Reformation iconoclasm, and widespread anxiety about the magical deployment of performative symbols produced the pan-European witch-hunts. The theater provided an apt medium in which such developments could be debated and displayed. This seminar will study treatments of performative representation on the early modern English stage.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Multiple Worlds: Early Modern Theater and Reformation Cosmology


    James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago)
    The early modern period witnessed important debates over the existence and nature of multiple worlds. This seminar invites papers that explore the intersections of these debates and the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. All approaches are welcome. Topics may include: analogies between actual and imagined worlds, world making, Leibnitzian compossibility, the Americas as a “new world,” human and non-human worlds, among other cosmological subjects.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    New Philologies


    Marjorie Rubright (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    Stephen Spiess (Babson College)
    This seminar will examine the (re)turn to philology and explore new avenues for thinking philologically in our early modern engagements. We invite methodologically self-conscious papers that address the recent scholarship of new, queer, feminist, trans*, transnational, race, and/or eco- philologies. Participants might: introduce a new method for reading early modern words; explore the benefits and limitations of related hermeneutics; and/or attend to broader aspects of English lexical culture.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “New Worlds,” New Approaches


    Olga L. Valbuena (Wake Forest University)
    Who noticed “the augmentation of the Indies”? This seminar addresses England’s global aspirations and permeable borders in light of colonial bodies, territory, objects, and privateering in Mexico and the Indies. Did the theater naturalize, commoditize, or further estrange new “wonders”? Did audiences gain perspectives different from official state discourses? Topics might include religion, trade, invasion, and trans/nationalism in plays, polemic, and narrative in well- and lesser-known texts.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Performing Digital Shakespeare


    Aneta Mancewicz (University of Birmingham)
    Recent applications of motion capture and virtual reality in Shakespeare productions (e.g. the RSC’s The Tempest, 2016) suggest that as digital tools are becoming more interactive and immersive, they offer new opportunities for performing Shakespeare. The seminar proposes to evaluate digital productions in a global context, examine how Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to such practice, and explore the cultural implications of digital Shakespeare performance on stage, film, online, and beyond.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre


    Tom Bishop (University of Auckland)
    Deanne Williams (York University)
    Review and discussion of recent approaches and new concerns in the evaluation of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. One of the most popular Globe hits, the play later fell into contempt and obscurity. In the midtwentieth century, it was an object of more favorable critical scrutiny, and has recently had widespread and repeated success in performance, and been a key work in arguments about attribution. What ways of thinking through this history and its implications are of current critical interest?

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Public Shakespeares and New Media: Critical Approaches


    Devori Kimbro (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)
    Michael Noschka (Paradise Valley Community College)
    Geoffrey Way (Arizona State University)
    This seminar explores how new media foster engagement between Shakespeareans, institutions, and public audiences through evolving frameworks and methodologies. What are the benefits and pitfalls of such new media engagement? How can fostering such engagement offer new ways of reaching the public with our work in Shakespeare and humanities education in general? We encourage critical and creative work around inventive approaches of all types that connect public audiences with Shakespeare.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Reviving Philip Massinger


    Gina M. Di Salvo (University of Tennessee)
    John M. Kuhn (SUNY Binghamton)
    This seminar invites papers that address any aspect of the work of the Caroline playwright Philip Massinger (1583-1640). Papers might address Massinger’s work in relation to: religion, meta-theater and ritual, history, geography, questions of genre, economic ideas, or representations of gender, race, or nation. Papers are also welcome on Massinger as a theater professional, his lost plays, his biography, his poetry, his place in the canon, his afterlives, or his work as a collaborator.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s “Other Race Plays,” Part Two


    David Sterling Brown (SUNY Binghamton)
    What are Shakespeare’s “other race plays?” Why have they been marginalized in critical race discourse? How can reading those 33 plays through a racial lens enhance our scholarship? This seminar moves the issue of Shakespeare and Race forward by sidelining the five “race plays” and asserting that Shakespearean dramas containing all-white characters also permit generative discussions about race. We invite both play-centric and theoretically-oriented papers that mine these alternative literary sites in search of new racial knowledge.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Supernatural and Transcendent in Shakespeare on Screen


    Melissa Croteau (California Baptist University)
    Lisa S. Starks (University of South Florida, St. Petersburg)
    Shakespeare’s plays are replete with supernatural and transcendent moments; however, when his plays are adapted for the screen, the spiritual material poses particular problems for artists. This seminar invites essays from various critical perspectives that explore supernatural and transcendent elements in Shakespearean audio-visual media (adaptations and offshoots) in relation to technological, cultural, historical, political, and theoretical contexts.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM

    Early Modern European Dance for Terrified Beginners: A Practicum


    Seth S. Williams (Barnard College)
    All members of any ability level are welcome to come learn several easy dances from the early modern period, accompanied by live music. We’ll discuss period dance conventions while encouraging their subversion, especially those relating to gender.

    Thursday

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM

    Pop-up Richard III


    Pamela Allen Brown (University of Connecticut, Stamford)
    Peter A. Parolin (University of Wyoming)
    We invite participation in a performance workshop that will adapt short scenes from Richard III as pop-up-theater. Our aim is to satirize our present moment and explore the potential in Shakespearean theatre to push back on contemporary manifestations of tyranny, authoritarianism, and the cult of personality. After workshopping the scenes, we will perform them, pop-up style, at the conference. Participants will gain hands-on experience in political performance outside the traditional theater or classroom. No advance rehearsal is necessary, but leaders will send information to participants to help seed the workshop ground. Please let us know of your interest in participating by emailing Peter Parolin by 1 March 2020.

    Thursday

    6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

    ANNUAL RECEPTION

    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting and their guests. Each guest must have an SAA name tag in order to attend; guest tags may be requested and purchased on the conference registration form.
  • Friday, 17 April

    Friday, 17 April

    Friday

    7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

    SHAKESPEARE YOGA

    Katherine Moncrief, RYT-200 (WorcesterPolytechnic Institute)
    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting and registered guests.

    Friday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    REGISTRATION

    Friday

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    GRADUATE STUDENT BREAKFAST

    Hosted by the Trustees of the Association

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    First Book: Logistics of Publishing


    A discussion guided by representatives of academic presses and experienced SAA members covering the steps involved in getting a book published, ranging from early conversations with editors to making an index and promoting your published work.

    Friday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Forum on Administration


    Why take on an administrative role? What skills are required? What are the benefits?A group of experienced administrators will lead a discussion of these and related questions.

    Friday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare in the North American West


    Session Organizer: Gretchen E. Minton(Montana State University)

    Chair: Barbara Sebek (Colorado State University)
    The Shakespearean Material on Montana’s Frontier
    Gretchen E. Minton (Montana StateUniversity)
    Hamlet among the Buffaloes: TheGraveyard and the Frontier
    Heather James (University of Southern California)
    Shakespeare in the Park
    Patricia Badir (University of British Columbia)

    Friday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare, Race, and Adaptation


    Session Organizers: Vanessa I. Corredera (Andrews University) and L. Monique Pittman (Andrews University)

    Chair: Arthur L. Little, Jr. (University of California, Los Angeles)
    “No tools with which to hear”: American Moor and the Confrontation of Racist Shakespearean Pedagogies
    Vanessa I. Corredera (Andrews University)
    The Trouble with History: Intersections of Nation, Race, and Gender in King Charles III
    L. Monique Pittman (Andrews University)
    Adaptations of Will in Get Out
    Carol Mejia LaPerle (Wright State University)
    “His Mistress’ Eyes”: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary Romance Fiction
    Margo Hendricks (University of California, Santa Cruz)

    Friday

    10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

    COFFEE BREAK

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Academy and Practice: A Mutual Exchange of Research andDiscovery


    Ralph Alan Cohen (American Shakespeare Center)
    Sarah E. Enloe (American Shakespeare Center)
    Amanda Giguere (Colorado Shakespeare Festival)
    Kevin Rich (University of Colorado, Boulder)
    How can the Academy and theater practitioners work together to engage communities? How can scholarship inform the practice of Shakespeare? And how can performance approaches inform research? This session explores case studies of theater companies partnered with academic institutions. Through the examination of successful partnerships including Colorado Shakespeare Festival and American Shakespeare Center, participants in this workshop will identify opportunities for further collaborations.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Atrocity and Early Modern Drama


    Sarah E. Johnson (Royal Military College of Canada)
    Georgina M. Lucas (Queen’s University Belfast)
    This seminar invites papers that consider how early modern drama handles, and is used to handle, atrocities. What constitutes an atrocity? How might atrocities be staged? Are there distinctions within this category, dependent on actor, time, or victim? Who decides? Who leverages early modern drama and dramatists in post-atrocity societies? The seminar welcomes a variety of approaches to these questions, including text, television, film, performance history, and cultural studies.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “But is it any good?”: Evaluating Shakespeare Adaptation, Part Two


    Douglas M. Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
    Scholarly study of Shakespeare adaptation has largely neglected the question of principles by which we assign value to Shakespeare adaptations, in themselves and relative to one other. How to evaluate adaptation–for its fidelity to or deviation from Shakespeare, its political or ethical orientation, its aesthetics, its novelty, its capacity to please or shock, its popularity or relevance, the different audiences it serves, or other principles? Or should we suspend the question of value?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Early Modern Women’s Anger, Part Two


    Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University)
    Laura E. Kolb (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The Renaissance inherited a strong tradition of delegitimizing women’s anger. Yet early modern women and female characters experienced and expressed anger: in letters and diaries, plays and poems, prose and verse. This seminar explores representations of women’s anger alongside the structures that both motivated and suppressed it. Collectively, we will consider anger’s sources, its forms, and the kinds of knowledge and action it makes possible.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Global Performance and Adaptations of Macbeth


    Sponsored by the European Shakespeare Research Association

    Maurizio Calbi (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
    Juan F. Cerdá (Universidad de Murcia)
    Paul Prescott (University of Warwick)
    We invite papers that chart Macbeth’s non-Anglophone reception from the seventeenth century to the present in any media or form; we particularly welcome papers that address the relocation of the play’s ideological or identity boundaries within specific historical and theoretical contexts, connecting local interventions and reception to the play’s history and their role in broader regional, national, or transnational contexts.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    #MeToo: Staging Sexual Violence in Early Modern Drama


    Erin Julian (University of Western Ontario)
    Nora J. Williams (Independent Scholar)
    The acute visibility of the #MeToo movement has spurred reflection about how we “do” early modern plays in ways that are ethical and intersectional, while acknowledging them as culturally valuable texts. This workshop will explore the limits of current approaches and of what a scholar/practitioner can or should represent, as well as models of successful praxis. We encourage work on dramatists beyond Shakespeare, and we particularly welcome participants identifying as LGBTQI, disabled, and POC.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    On Difficulty


    Eric S. Mallin (University of Texas, Austin)
    This workshop is about interpretation and diplomacy, which is to say, pedagogical problems. Specifically: how can we cope with verbal and ideological difficulty in the classroom? As teachers, how much attention should we pay to the wholly unattractive or utterly obscure moments in Shakespeare plays? We will try to frame some practical solutions for defining and confronting “difficulty”—verbal and cultural entanglement that has become opaque to modern sensibilities—without erasing it.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare after Queer Theory


    Anthony Guy Patricia (Concord University)
    This seminar invites papers that engage with queer theory and the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Topics participants may explore include: critiques of extant queer readings; the crafting of new queer interpretations; the role of queer theory in textual editing; the possibilities for queer theory in performance studies and histories; the queer pleasure(s) the study of early modern literature engenders; and the debate between historicism and unhistoricism.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Class


    Chris Fitter (Rutgers University, Camden)
    The New Social History has revealed not only plebeian anger and resistance to elite rule, but Shakespeare’s familiarity with underclass protest. We ask: Can we speak of class-consciousness in Shakespeare’s England? Should we reassess class conflict in Shakespeare’s, or others’, plays? Are they consistent towards poverty? What reflections are there of social policy (bastardy, drunkenness, vagrancy, curfew, dancing, Poor Law)? Did performances manipulate class divisions within the theaters?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Linguistic Creativity


    Daniel Allen Shore (Georgetown University)
    How should we theorize the linguistic creativity of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? Can we extract the concept of creativity from the ideological matrix of bourgeois individualism? How might we move beyond debates over whether Shakespeare possessed or coined the most words? This seminar welcomes papers that draw on recent developments in linguistics, quantitative and qualitative corpus methods, and advances in Natural Language Processing, as well as those that practice close reading.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Sanctuary


    Urvashi Chakravarty (George MasonUniversity)
    Ross Knecht (Emory University)
    This seminar explores the relationship between early modern literature and legal and social concepts of sanctuary. In light of the current sanctuary city movement, papers might attend to representations of official and informal sanctuary in Shakespeare’s plays and contemporary texts; the role of immigrants and “strangers”; sanctuary as a “state of exception”; and the stage as a space of refuge. We welcome work which intersects with race and diaspora studies and with queer and disability studies.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and the Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Affect


    Bradley J. Irish (Arizona State University)
    What does it mean to think about Shakespeare and his contemporaries in terms of the “mind”? This seminar will consider early modern literature through all manners of psychology, both historical and modern. Approaches might include cognition, emotion, affect, theory of mind, historical psychology, Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, etc.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtual Reality


    David McInnis (University of Melbourne)
    Stephen Wittek (Carnegie Mellon University)
    This seminar will consider representations of Shakespearean drama in virtual reality and speculate as to how the medium might impact the production, teaching, and meaning of Shakespeare in years to come. Projects that intersect with performance studies, film studies, and media studies are particularly welcome. Potential areas of focus include: soliloquies and interiority; documentation of theatrical experience; pedagogy; spatiality; embodiment; production; affect; interactivity; and adaptation.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtue, Part One


    Julia Reinhard Lupton (University ofCalifornia, Irvine)
    Donovan H. Sherman (Seton Hall University)
    In antiquity, virtue was in no way simply synonymous with morality or a code of behavior but instead concerned the powers, capacities, and ends of human and nonhuman actors. Shakespeare’s plays stage both virtue (the capacity of ensouled beings for action) and virtues (the palette of attributes and skills that shape conduct in the world). We invite approaches to the virtues that cut across philosophy, performance and pedagogy and contribute to environmental and medical humanities.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare in/on the Borderlands


    Elizabeth V. Acosta (El Paso Community College)
    Victoria Muñoz (Hostos Community College,CUNY)
    In light of the current political climate around immigration and borders, this seminar considers the teaching of Shakespeare and/on the borderlands. We are especially interested in papers from scholars living in borderland communities. How does teaching on the borderlands shape your pedagogy or scholarship? How does Shakespeare factor into the everyday lives of those living on the border? We also welcome papers that consider how a methodological focus on the borderland contributes to teaching about power, identity, struggle, and agency, and related issues in Shakespeare.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare Studies and the Idea of the Interface


    Lauren Shohet (Villanova University)
    What Shakespeare scholarship might emerge from considering the “interface”: the liminal space where deeply different entities must somehow be functionally mediated? How could ideas of interface help us think about intersections of past and present, actor and character, stage and page, figurative and real? How might the simultaneous transparency and undeniable fictiveness of computer interfaces like “windows” and “desktops” and “trashcans” illuminate parallel problems in Shakespeare studies?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare, Music, and Dance


    Lynsey McCulloch (Coventry University)
    Amy Rodgers (Mount Holyoke College)
    This seminar brings together specialists in literature, music, and dance to discuss Shakespeare’s use of sound and movement as features of his staged output. Shakespeare’s employment, and enjoyment, of music and dance has since been matched by the frequent adaptation of his works by composers and choreographers. But, despite the co-dependant nature of music and dance, Shakespeareans have been slow to examine this intermedial relationship. This seminar will provide a forum for such discussion.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Shakespearean Death Arts


    William E. Engel (Sewanee: The University ofthe South)
    Grant Williams (Carleton University)
    This seminar invites a range of historical and comparative investigations of how Shakespeare and his contemporaries mobilized the death arts—the period’s plurality of memento mori allusions and artifacts, meditative exercises, commemorative practices, and funereal rituals. Which plays from the period engage most pointedly and extensively with these arts; what about the theatrical, philosophical, and sociological rationale behind staging them; how did these plays differ in their staging?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare’s Shameful Histories


    John S. Garrison (Grinnell College)
    Kyle A. Pivetti (Norwich University)
    Across Shakespeare’s work, the word “shame” appears with striking frequency in the history plays, behind only The Rape of Lucrece. What in this genre inspires consideration of shame? How is shame contained in the past or shared with present audiences and readers? The seminar encourages essays that combine various theories—queer theory, affect studies, or memory studies—with a number of potential sources, such as diaries, conduct manuals, or sermons.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    “Tread the Ooze”: Early Modern Slime


    Brent Dawson (University of Oregon)
    Lynn M. Maxwell (Spelman College)
    This seminar is interested in how Shakespeare and his contemporaries use slime, muck, and other viscous materials. How do early modern authors figure differently “the common muck of the world”? What is the value of these less than savory materials and how are they used to explore issues of gender, procreation, and otherness? To what extent does their status as semisolids matter, and what is their relation to other semi-solids like clay and wax that are attached to more positive possibilities?

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Elsinore


    Connor Fallon (Golden Glitch Studios)
    Kristin Siu (Golden Glitch Studios)
    Elsinore is a video game that adapts Hamlet into a time-looping story in the vein of Groundhog Day. The player takes on the role of Ophelia and lives through the classic tragedy over and over, trying to alter the fates of her friends and family. The game is a deep dive into the pathos of these classic characters, and the nature of tragedy itself.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Project Quintessence: A DynamicExplorer for the EEBO-TCP


    Arthur Koehl (University of California, Davis)
    Samuel Pizelo (University of California,Davis)
    Carl G. Stahmer (University of California,Davis)
    Project Quintessence is an open access tool for exploring the EEBO-TCP corpus. While the EEBO corpus is an integral component of most Early Modern research, its accessibility is limited to basic search functions. Quintessence applies several state-of-the-art computational techniques to allow for multiple, integrated methods of analyzing EEBO at a variety of scales.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Pulter Project: Poet in theMaking


    Leah Knight (Brock University)
    Wendy Wall (Northwestern University)
    This international collaboration, launched as a work-in-progress in 2018, presents the striking verse of Hester Pulter in variant forms. By endorsing divergent, equally-authorized versions of an emerging 17th century female writer, The Pulter Project models a radical editorial practice and new mode of humanist research in the digital age.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    The Richard III Digital Text Research Toolset


    Amelia Dahmer (University of Michigan)
    Charles Adams Kelly (University of Michigan)
    Juliet Mandell (University of Michigan)
    Liliana Talwatte (University of Michigan)
    The Richard III Digital Text Research Toolset utilizes text scrolling or indexing to access Quarto vs. Folio textual variants with the choices of respected editors (Text Mode), or to access plot elements vs. actual history (History Mode) with bibliographical references to the authorities for each element of the plot vs. its relationship to historical events.

    Friday

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    DIGITAL EXHIBIT

    Something Wicked: The Macbeth Video Game


    Elizabeth B. Hunter (San Francisco State University)
    Something Wicked is a combat video game adaptation of the battle described in Macbeth’s Act 1, Scene 2. We know the scale and pace at which digital tools perform quantitative tasks is reshaping humanities inquiry. Something Wicked demonstrates how digital tools can also enable qualitative work that savors the nuances of a single object of study.

    Friday

    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    ANNUAL LUNCHEON

    Open to all registrants for the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting. Additional guest tickets may be purchased in advance. Member tickets are included in registration envelopes (but may not be available to onsite registrants).

    Friday

    3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

    PLENARY SESSION

    Walking the Talk: Embodied Pedagogies of Social Justice


    Session Organizer: Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico)

    Chair: Katherine Rowe (College of William &Mary)
    The Politics of Being Earnest: Teaching Shakespeare for Social Justice
    Kirsten N. Mendoza (University of Dayton)
    Teaching Shakespeare for Social Changein and beyond the College Classroom
    Mary Janell Metzger (Western Washington University)
    Who Shot Romeo? And How Can We Stop the Bleeding?: Shakespeare for Social Justice in Urban America
    Eric L. De Barros (University of the WestIndies, St. Augustine)
    Of Alliances and Pluralities
    Elizabeth Anne Williamson (Evergreen State College)
    Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico)

    Friday

    7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    PERFORMANCE

    Cry Havoc!



    Sponsored by the Shakespeare Bulletin
    Written and performed by United States Army veteran Stephan Wolfert, Cry Havoc! is a critically acclaimed one-person play that seamlessly interweaves Shakespeare’s most famous speeches with personal experience to help us understand the national crises we face when we fail in reintegrating ourveterans. It shows us that the military men and women of Shakespeare’s time wrestled with the same hopes and worries that occupy our modern lives and explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Stephan Wolfert.
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    Saturday, 18 April

    Saturday

    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    INFORMATION

    Saturday

    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    BOOK EXHIBITS

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Surviving and Thriving at Teaching-Intensive Institutions


    Leaders will discuss how to manage high teaching loads and large numbers of students; how to develop creative ideas for composition classes; and how to balance teaching demands with research and writing, along with other issues related to the specific needs of those in teaching-oriented positions.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Being an Effective Ally


    This discussion will address best strategies and practices for how members can advocatefor diversity and inclusion in all their roles,as well as the issues related to participating in institutional initiatives, and how anyone can provide support to those dealing with problems of marginalization and exclusion.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSION

    Meet-and-Greet Breakfast with Journal Editors


    Join the editors of several peer-reviewed journals—including Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Studies, ELR, Shakespeare Bulletin, SEL, and Modern Philology—for informal conversation about submitting work for publication: what to submit, where to submit, and what to expect after you’ve submitted it. Brief presentations by the editors will be followed by a breakfastr eception. All are welcome, and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to attend.

    Saturday

    8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Workshop for Teachers


    Led by Sarah Enloe (American Shakespeare Center)

    Saturday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Complain! Advocate! Revenge!


    Session Organizer: Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)

    Chair: Emily Shortslef (University ofKentucky)
    A futuro
    Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)
    ‘“Will not the ladies be afeard?”: Conjectural Rape in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Lorna M. Hutson (University of Oxford)
    On Revenge and Refusal
    Emily King (Louisiana State University)

    Saturday

    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    ROUNDTABLE

    Shakespeare Futures Roundtable: Accessing Shakespeare


    Session Organizers: Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University) and Rebecca Olson (Oregon State University)

    Chair: Eric M. Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    Affordability: Open Sources and “the” First Generation Student
    Rebecca Olson (Oregon State University)
    Who Can Know Shakespeare?: Toward a More Accessible Academy
    Justin P. Shaw (Emory University)
    Shakespeare at San Quentin: Drama Therapy in Prison
    Perry D. Guevara (Dominican University of California)
    Crip Temporality and the Archive
    Jennifer Row (University of Minnesota)
    “O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more”: Decentering Shakespeare by Accessing Copernicus, Early Modern Poets and Playwrights, and New Pedagogy
    Brandi Kristine Adams (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Moving from Access to Inclusion in Shakespeare Performance
    Jill Bradbury (Gallaudet University)

    Saturday

    10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

    COFFEE BREAK

    Saturday

    11:00 to 12:30 a.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    The 2020 NextGenPlen


    Session Organizers: Members of the NextGenPlen Committee for 2020

    Chair: Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University)
    Mary Sidney’s Postmortem Poetics
    Whitney Sperrazza (Rochester Institute of Technology)
    Sexual Healing: Medical Pandering in Mountebank Representations
    Sarah Mayo (University of Georgia)
    Abject Black Flesh and the Manufacture of White Fear in Early Modern Anatomical Illustrations
    Averyl Dietering (University of California, Davis)
    Climate Leviathan and Ecological Accumulation in The Tempest
    Natalie Suzelis (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Sanctuary Children: Family Separation and International Law in More’s History and Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Richard III
    Emily Glider (Yale University)

    Saturday

    2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Early Modern Audience and Audients


    Session Organizers: Ellen MacKay (University of Chicago) and William N. West (Northwestern University)

    Chair: Katherine Eggert (University ofColorado, Boulder)
    Score
    Ellen MacKay (University of Chicago)
    Inconvenience
    William N. West (Northwestern University)
    Again
    Richard Preiss (University of Utah)
    Reverberation
    Penelope S. Woods (Queen Mary University of London)

    Saturday

    2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

    PANEL SESSION

    Shakespeare’s Witness to Catastrophe: Reparative Reading in an Age of Collapse


    Session Organizer: Erin K. Kelly (California State University, Chico)

    Chair: Hillary Eklund (Loyola University New Orleans)
    The Shakespeare Ark
    Julian Yates (University of Delaware)
    Paleo Hamlet: Ecological Uncanny as Reparative
    Craig Dionne (Eastern Michigan University)
    Holiday Sex
    Sharon O’Dair (University of Alabama)

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Good Governance


    Mark Netzloff (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
    This seminar examines early modern governance and the relation of literary production to practices of political life. It also explores literary, historical, and theoretical models of good governance: civic virtue; advice and counsel; diplomacy and other forms of governmental service; the political and/as the happy or good life. Papers dealing with non-Shakespearean literary texts, political writings, historical case-studies, and theoretical or transhistorical approaches are encouraged.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Playing in Rep


    Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland)
    Elizabeth E. Tavares (Pacific University)
    Early English professional players relied on the repertory system—performing a different play every day of the week rather than runs of a single play—for financial success. This seminar invites archival, practitioner, and theoretical explorations of the ways in which performing “in rep” conditioned the early modern performance event. How did the rep system influence enskillment in players? The playgoer experience? What is its role in Shakespeare festivals today? Or in video-on-demand services?

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Queer/Race/Global: Early Modern Crossings


    Bernadette Andrea (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    Abdulhamit Arvas (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    This seminar aims to bring together scholars of race, sexuality, and transcultural studies to explore early modern intersections of sexuality, gender, and race from a global critical lens. We welcome diverse methodologies and approaches that deploy “race” and “queer” as analytical tools, that advance comparative or contrapuntal perspectives, and that engage noneurocentric texts and contexts to complicate gender binaries, racialized hierarchies, and sexualized identities on the stage and page.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Shakespeare and Graduate Education


    Michelle M. Dowd (University of Alabama)
    What is the place of Shakespeare studies in graduate education today? This workshop seeks to foster discussion of curricular structures, practical considerations, and scholarly developments relevant to graduate study and training. Materials produced for the session may include assignments, program requirements, best practices, exam reading lists, analyses of historical trends, or ideas for future directions. Participants at all levels, including current graduate students, are welcome.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Shakespeare and Virtue, Part Two


    Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)
    Donovan H. Sherman (Seton Hall University)
    In antiquity, virtue was in no way simply synonymous with morality or a code of behavior but instead concerned the powers, capacities, and ends of human and nonhuman actors. Shakespeare’s plays stage both virtue (the capacity of ensouled beings for action) and virtues (the palette of attributes and skills that shape conduct in the world). We invite approaches to the virtues that cut across philosophy, performance and pedagogy and contribute to environmental and medical humanities.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Short Scenes in Shakespeare


    William Germano (Cooper Union)
    Do not blink or you may miss them: this seminar invites work on the shortest scenes in Shakespeare’s plays. Why are they there? What thematic, psychological, or dramatic function can such brief scenes provide? Our purpose will be to examine the theatrical function of “unnecessary” scenes in Shakespeare, not only to consider their thematic and dramatic purpose within the playtext as a literary construct but to encourage fresh directorial perspectives on the plays in performance.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Short Script: Forms of and Formulas for Action


    Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth College)
    Seth S. Williams (Barnard College)
    This seminar explores relationships between literature and the wide range of “short scripts,” or formulae, that structured everyday embodied actions: receipts, mnemonics, music and dance notations, books on prayer or penmanship, and more. We welcome submissions involving both recognizable and unexpected kinds of formulaic doing. How do short scripts render daily life performative, or turn making into a form of knowing? Explorations of form, relationality, materiality, and more are encouraged.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Teaching Identity, Inclusion, and Exclusion through Early Modern Drama


    Brinda Charry (Keene State College)
    Matteo Pangallo (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    This seminar invites papers on teaching Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists through explorations of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. Contributions might focus on pedagogical theory, class activities, course design, resources, assignments, or similar topics. The seminar’s goal is to share effective methodologies for helping students connect the study of Shakespeare and early modern drama with the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    The Theatrical City: Performanceand Ceremony in Early Modern London


    Sponsored by Records of Early English Drama

    Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University)
    The early modern City of London was a community with rich and enduring dramatic traditions which have been largely overlooked. However, writers including Dekker, Heywood, Jonson, Middleton, Munday, Peele and Webster, actors like Burbage and Alleyn, and impresarios such as Heminges were employed both in the City and on the professional stage. This seminar will explore the manifold connections between civic and non-civic theatrical repertoires, performers, and audiences.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Villains and Villainy in Renaissance Drama


    David Hershinow (Baruch College, CUNY)
    The 16th and 17th centuries witnessed a change in dramatic tastes from the allegorical Vice of an earlier era to a new breed of cunning, psychologically complex stage villain. This seminar invites papers that reflect on the period’s appetite for new kinds of villains and new forms of villainy. Papers across a range of approaches are welcome, including those that focus on gender and sexuality, critical race studies, theodicy, political theory, performance studies, and the new economic criticism.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Watery Thinking: Cognitive and Ecocritical Perspectives on Water in Early Modern Literature


    Nicholas Ryan Helms (University of Alabama)
    Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)
    This seminar will blend cognitive and ecocritical approaches to early modern literature, questioning what role the watery environment plays in how authors think, and how they think about thinking. In particular, we’re interested in how water, as metaphor and feature of the environment, creates affordances and constraints for early modern thought. We would like the seminar to explore how both early modern ecocriticism and contemporary cognitive sciences draw upon water and watery environs.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Women Writers and Political Frameworks


    Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

    Mihoko Suzuki (University of Miami)
    Joanne Wright (University of New Brunswick)
    This seminar explores how early modern women writers challenged, subverted, or revised prevailing political frameworks, and attendant philosophical, scientific, and economic categories. Topics can include the disruption of the division between royalist/parliamentarian; understandings of citizenship, family, the church and the rise of capitalism; the hierarchy between human/non-human; literary-historical periodization; and, in light of #MeToo, women’s experiences of violence and abuse.

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP

    Writing “Shakespearean” Fiction


    Andrew James Hartley (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    Many Shakespearean academics are—or aspire to be—literary artists, whether they think of themselves as novelists, short story writers, playwrights or screenwriters. How does our status as professors of the world’s most renowned writer affect the stories we write? What might we pursue in our own literary craft which is in some way “Shakespearean” in scope, genre, political representation etc., and how do such things make our fiction similar to or different from our research and teaching?

    Saturday

    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    SEMINAR

    Young Adult Shakespeare


    Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College)
    Deborah Uman (St. John Fisher College)
    Starting as early as Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare, the impulse to make Shakespeare accessible to young people has inspired adaptations across all forms of media. For this seminar we will consider a range of contributions to YA and children’s Shakespeare, including novels, films, comic books, plays, music, television, games, and web series. We will encourage a variety of approaches, considering the implications of this pop culture phenomenon for our students, our classrooms, and our scholarship.

    Saturday

    6:15 to 8:00 p.m.

    CASH BAR

    Scholars of Color Social and Cash Bar


    Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library
    Open to registrants and their guests.

    Saturday

    8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    FILM

    Hamlet


    Q&A with director Bruce Ramsay to follow screening.


    Treachery, sex, and revenge take centerstage for Prince Hamlet and his eventual descent into madness in director Bruce Ramsay’s Hamlet. Starring Bruce Ramsay (Hamlet), Laura Gilchrist (Ophelia), and Peter Wingfield (Claudius), this retelling ofShakespeare’s longest play shot on a micro budget in only three days premiered in competition at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2011.

    Saturday

    10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    DANCE

    The Malone Society Dance

    Sponsored by the SAA and the Malone Society
    This year, the dance is free to all registrants and their guests thanks to the generosity of theMalone Society.
 
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