- The Shakespeare Standard — Source for recent Shakespeare-related news and projects
Blogging Shakespeare — E-books, webinars, and posts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Collation — Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library
Early English Drama and Performance Network — News and resources for researchers, students, and practitioners working with medieval and Tudor performance
Early Modern Commons — Aggregator of blogs covering the period 1500-1800
Renaissance Lit — UK-based conference announcements and other early modern happenings
Shakespeare in Fiction and Fact — Riveting fiction and Shakespeare chat for lovers of the English Renaissance
Shakespeare’s Globe — Performance-related topics, actor diaries, images, and event announcements from the Globe Theatre
Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Page – Tidy and fun collection of scholarly and pop culture Shakespeare links
Wynken de Worde – Early modern books, culture, and readers
Announcements of Interest
- Fellowships and Applications
- National Endowment for the Humanities seeks new Director of Education Programs
The NEH website gives this short description of what the Division of Education Programs does:
The Division of Education Programs works to strengthen humanities education through programs aimed at pre-collegiate and post-secondary levels of study. Through intensive summer programs of reading and discussion with recognized scholars, individual teachers have opportunities to strengthen their mastery of the subjects they teach in history, philosophy, literature and languages, world cultures, art history, and political science, among others. These primarily residential programs encourage schoolteachers and college teachers to study common texts, visit collections in libraries and museums, exchange ideas about the art of teaching, and share insights and materials with their colleagues and students. The Division has several grant programs to support institutional endeavors. One program supports educational or cultural institutions in the design and implementation of discussion programs that explore the experiences of war and military service through close engagement with humanities sources. Community colleges, Historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions receive grants to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future. The Division also supports creative, integrative, collaborative curricular projects that expand the role of the humanities at two- and four-year higher education institutions.
- American Council for Learned Societies Fellowships
The 2016-17 ACLS competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that 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 www.acls.org/programs/comps.
- National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships 2017-18
The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2016. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/become-a-fellow/
- The University Library at California State University, Sacramento
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 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
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.
- ACLS Public Fellows
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 www.acls.org/programs/comps.
- Mellon Fellowships
Information about Mellon-affiliated fellowships in the humanities can be found at: https://mellon.org/programs/higher-education-and-scholarship-humanities/fellowships/
- Fulbright Fellowships
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.
- National Endowment for the Humanities seeks new Director of Education Programs
- Calls for Papers
- Shakespeare’s Things: Agency, Materiality, and Performance, a peer-reviewed essay collection co-edited by Brett Gamboa (Dartmouth College) and Larry Switzky (University of Toronto), is inviting contributions on the liveliness, actual or apparent sentience, and uncanny autonomy of objects in Shakespeare’s plays. Please click here for more information. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words (for essays of 5000-6000 words in length) and a brief c.v. by no later than November 15, 2016.
- Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir (Numéro Anniversaire 2017), Shakespeare and Africa would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors. Click here for a full description of the call. Completed papers, in English or in French, should be sent by late April 2017 along with an abstract, a contributor’s bio and a list of keywords, to Yan Brailowsky and Pascale Drouet.
- Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched. Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found here.
- The Asian Shakespeare Association is calling for seminar papers for its second conference “All the World’s His Stage” to be held in New Delhi, 1-3 December 2016. The deadline for submissions is 15 July. Click here for a description of the seminars.
- 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 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.”
- Minor Shakespeares: the politics and aesthetics of the margins, 23rd-24th September 2016, University of Split, Croatia. Keynote speakers: Peter Greenaway and Prof. Richard Wilson. The conference seeks to explore alternative, resistant and revolutionary criticism and performance of Shakespeare. Deadline for abstract submission is 31st July 2016.
- 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 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.
- 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 www.wsc2016.info.
- 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.
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 http://onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/
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 http://citydesk.shakespeare400chicago.com
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.
“Shakespeare’s World” at http://www.shakespearesworld.org/#/ is a collaborative crowdsourcing project designed by Zooniverse.org (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.
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 www.shakespeare.org.uk. 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 http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/about-us/new-place-the-next-chapter/ways-of-giving-new-place.html
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.
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 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 https://celm2.dighum.kcl.ac.uk/.