Shakespeare Association of America

Announcements of Interest


  • Blogs

    Blogs of Interest

  • Fellowships and Applications

    Fellowships and Applications

    • The University Library at California State University, Sacramento has announced the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The deadline is 26 February 2016.
    • The Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library is currently seeking an Assistant Director for Fellowships. A description of the redefined position, as well as details on how to apply, can be found at the Folger website.
    • The Folger Shakespeare Library is currently seeking a Research Associate to assist with “Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates,” part of the Folger’s program First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. This is a new, NEH grant-funded, 20-month position. A description of the position, as well as details on how to apply, can be found at the Folger website.
    • The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new program promoting digital scholarship in the humanities. The ACLS Digital Extension Grant program, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects with the goal of engaging new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. Deadline is 2 February 2016.
    • The 2015-16 ACLS Public Fellows competition is now open. All ACLS fellowship programs promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at
    • Information about Mellon-affiliated fellowships in the humanities can be found at:

    • Fulbright offers a variety of award opportunities in Theater, Film Studies, and Language and Literature around the world, as well as over 40 grant opportunities in the United Kingdom. For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines, and review criteria, please visit the Fulbright website. You may also wish to register for one of Fulbright’s webinars (schedule and archive available here), or join My Fulbright. My Fulbright is an online community and resource center for applicants interested in the Program.
  • Calls for Papers

    Recent Calls for Papers


    • The Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society is organizing two panels at this year’s joint meeting of the American Folklore Society and ISFNR, to be held in Miami 19-22 October 2016. The sessions are “‘Into the Vale of Years’: Musings on ‘the Incomplete’ on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Passing” (on the idea of incomplete/revised texts, the idea of the incomplete, etc. in the works of Shakespeare) and “‘Tell My Story’: Musings on Narrative on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Passing” (on the theme of the idea of the construction of narrative, false narrative, etc.) Contact information, a short abstract (100 words), and a long abstract (300) for 15-20-minute papers should be sent to to Kerry Kaleba at by 25 March 2016.
    • The journal Romanesques invites contributes to a special volume on “Shakespeare and the Novel,” to be published in spring 2017. The deadline is 1 November 2016.
    • Michael LoMonico, the Folger Library’s Senior Consultant on Nation Education, will be guest editing a forthcoming issue of Critic, the College English Association’s journal, on “Teaching Shakespeare in Today’s Classrooms.”
    • Call for Papers for “Cervantes and Shakespeare” at the SEDERI (Spanish and Portuguese Association for English Renaissance Studies) annual conference, meeting at Valladolid from 3-7 May 2016. Deadline is 10 January 2016.
    • Call for Papers for “Shakespearean Communities” to be held at the University of Portsmouth on 14-16 April 2016. Deadline is 15 January 2016.
    • Call for Papers for “Visual Shakespeare” at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., invites paper and full panel proposals focusing on any aspect of Shakespeare and the visual for an artistic/academic conference on 14-15 October 2016. Deadline is 15 February 2016.
    • Call for Papers for Shakespeare: The Next 400 Years, 22-24 April, 2016 at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark.
  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences and Performances


    • The Early Modern Women’s Research Network is convening panels on “Gender and Textual Mobility” at the upcoming Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7-10 February 2017. The deadline is 1 August 2016.
    • The Department of English at Bates College is hosting a day-long symposium, on 26 September 2016, showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent PhD or ABD) from historically underrepresented groups. For more information and submission guidelines, see The deadline is 15 May 2016.
    • The Asian Shakespeare Association will host its biennial conference, entitled “All the World is His Stage: Shakespeare Today,” on 1-3 December 2016 in New Delhi. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2016.
    • The annual conference of the French Shakespeare Society (SFS) will be held in Paris from 12-14 January 2017. The title is “Shakespeare and Fear” and the deadline for submission is 25 May 2016.
    • A one-day conference entitled “Shakespeare’s Musical Brain,” organized by The Musical Brain, will be held on Saturday 16 April, in the Great Hall, King’s College, London.
    • The Shakespeare Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences, will host an international conference on “Shakespeare Readings: 400 Years of Immortality” on 26-29 September 2016. The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2016.
    • The Modern Language Association’s first conference outside the United States and Canada will be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016. Organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University, the symposium, “Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations,” seeks to develop ways of thinking that address Europe’s evolving political, economic, historical, and philosophical role in a world of ever-shifting migrations, translations, and transformations.
    • The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon and London from 31 July to 6 August 2016. For more information, or to register for the event, please visit
    • The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announces its 2016 season.
    • The Folger Theatre announces its 2015-2016 season.
    • The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces its 30th anniversary 2015-16 season.


  • News

    Globe on Screen Series in the US

    The Arts Alliance announces its May 2016 Globe on Screen series, which will bring several live Shakespeare productions from the Globe Theater in London to US theaters. For schedule of plays and additional information, see

    City Desk 400 Announcement

    City Desk 400 is an online resource of performance-based reviews from 32 scholars representing ten universities responding to the plethora of performances taking place over the course of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy, Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Those who are interested can subsribe to reviece posts as

    Erika Gaffney Joins Medieval Institute Publications, Arc Medieval Press, and Amsterdam University Press

    Medieval Institute Publications, Arc Medieval Press, and Amsterdam University Press have announced the appointment of Erika Gaffney as Senior Acquisitions Editor in Early Modern Studies.

    Erika Gaffney established her reputation as an acquisitions editor at Ashgate, where she worked for more than 20 years. Over those two decades, she developed an extensive network of series and authors. Her new role allows her to extend her publishing trajectory in interdisciplinary studies, visual cultures and art history, and in the history of the period from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth centuries.

    The Launch of “Shakespeare’s World”

    “Shakespeare’s World” at  is a collaborative crowdsourcing project designed by (Oxford University), the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Oxford English Dictionary that allows members of the public, academics and students alike to transcribe Folger manuscripts and learn more about Shakespeare’s contemporaries on this site.

    SAA 2016 on Twitter

    Members can follow news about the conference at the SAA’s twitter hashtag.

    Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Update on New Place Project

    In July 2016 the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will open a fresh chapter in the story of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. To mark the global 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s legacy the charity is reinventing Shakespeare’s New Place, the ground where he had his family home for 19 years through the prime of his life.  The charity has released its first video to showcase the making of Shakespeare’s New Place, which can be viewed at Breathing new life into New Place is going to cost £5.25 million. The project has been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is seeking matching funds through its biggest single fundraising campaign since it built the Shakespeare Centre in 1964.  For more details on the transformation of Shakespeare’s New Place, visit

    SAA Staffer Katie Will Awarded Clarence D. Thorpe Dissertation Prize

    Katie Will, a member of the SAA team, has just been awarded the Clarence D. Thorpe Dissertation Prize for “Cultivating Heraldic Histories in Early Modern English Literature.” The prize is given annually by the University of Michigan English Department to one dissertation deemed worthy of special recognition for its excellence. SAA members who attended the St. Louis conference will recall meeting Katie at the registration tables.

    SAA Member Elizabeth Rodriguez Named Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellow

    Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellows. Among the ten Fellows is Shakespeare Association of America member Elizabeth Rodriguez.  The Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies program, the only national fellowship for doctoral work on issues of women and gender, supports the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences doing interdisciplinary and original work on these issues. Ms. Rodriguez is a doctoral candidate in English at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, Consensual Relations: Sexual and Political Subjectivity in England, 1550-1700, excavates the rhetoric and language of discourses of sexual and political consent in Renaissance England.

    CELM: The Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 officially launches

    CELM is an online adaptation and extension of the Index of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700, compiled by Peter Beal and published by Mansell in four volumes between 1980 and 1993. The link for the site is

    The Humanist Vocation

    David Brooks on “The Humanist Vocation,”  20 June 2013.