Shakespeare Association of America

Announcements of Interest

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    Blogs of Interest

  • Fellowships & Applications

    Fellowships & Applications

    • 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 encouraged to apply. 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 and universities. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; travel expenses in addition to a stipend are provided. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2015. For more information, follow this link:
    • Information about Mellon-affiliated fellowships in the humanities can be found at:

    • The Fulbright-Global Shakespeare Center Distinguished Chair award is open to academics and professionals in the fields of Film Studies, History (non-U.S.), Language and Literature (non-US), Linguistics, and Theater. The successful candidate will spend one semester at the University of Warwick and one semester at Queen Mary, University of London, and (s)he will conduct research, teach graduate-level seminars, deliver public lectures, and consult on curriculum development at the Global Shakespeare Center. For more details about this award, view the complete award description in our catalog of awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. Fulbright offers a variety of other 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 our 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.
    • The Sixteenth Century Journal seeks a new Associate Editor to work with the existing editorial staff to handle the increasing number of manuscript submissions. The Associate Editor will work with the Editor to carry out the initial review of essays submitted for potential publication and help guide submissions through the peer-review process, professional service that broadens one’s understanding of the current status of the field and the scholars who publish in it. Knowledge of early modern literature or art history would be welcomed, though not required. It is strongly recommended that those applying for this position have tenure or are not under stringent publication requirements. Working knowledge of MS Word and Adobe Acrobat are required. The new Associate Editor will be trained to use the online submission system, and may be located anywhere in the world, as all work is online. Questions and applications should be directed to Senior Editor Merry Wiesner-Hanks at Applications should include a letter of interest and a CV.
    • Terrae Incognitae seeks an Associate Editor. Since 1969, Terrae Incognitae has been publishing high-quality, peer reviewed scholarship dedicated to the history of discovery and exploration as well as to the impact of cross-cultural interaction around the globe prior to the modern era. Contributors specialise in the history of cartography, travel literature, and in art history; they are archivists, geographers, historians, librarians, museum curators, and scholars of language and literature; and, many of them are members of the Society for the History of Discoveries. The editor and editorial board seek an individual willing to serve as associate editor alongside the journal’s editor, Lauren Beck, and the book reviews editor, David Buisseret. The ideal individual will possess a university affiliation, advanced degrees in a field aligned with the journal’s objectives, as well as an active research programme. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the process of peer reviewing manuscripts received by the editor; identifying and compiling books for review; reviewing copy; and, promoting and marketing the journal. Interested individuals should send a CV and letter outlining their suitability for the position to Dr. Lauren Beck at The position is open until filled.
    • The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is offering two research bursaries of £750 each to promote the ODNB online as a source for new research in the humanities. Further details of the bursaries—which are open to PhD students and academics in the UK and overseas—are available here. The ODNB is used both as a work of reference and increasingly as a means to undertake new research in the humanities. Common to this research is an appreciation that the Dictionary offers not just discrete biographical entries but a potentially connectable, collective statement on those who shaped British history. The two research bursaries are intended, via a defined research project, to promote further imaginative investigation of the Dictionary’s content in ways that add to our understanding of the British past.
    • Applications are now being accepted for Global Shakespeare, a new teaching and research initiative, is a new program led by two leading UK institutions, Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University.  
  • Calls for Papers

    Recent Calls for Papers


  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences and Performances

    Warwick Arts Centre and Warwick University presents “Shakespeare:  Lost or Found in Translation?” an evening of readings by international workshop practitioners on 6 June 2015 from 7pm – 9pm. The event is free and open to the public and will be held on in the Woods-Scawen Room at Warwick Arts Centre. For more information and to register, see:


    The Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, Italy, offers “The Shylock Project” as part of its Shakespeare in Venice Summer School from 15 June to 11 July 2015. More information can be found at the Foundation’s website at


    University College of London’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the English Faculty at Oxford University, St John’s College Oxford, and the Royal College of Music present “Samuel Daniel Poet and Historian: A Two-Day Conference” on 10-11 September 2015, to be held at the Royal College of Music. There will be a concert of John Daniel’s music, with staged readings of Samuel Daniel’s poetry. For more information please see:


    The Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, will host a two-day symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to be held on 25-26 September 2015. Registration opens 8 July. For more information, please visit


    Old Dominion University will hold an interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early 21st century titled, “Shakespeare and Our Times” 14-16 April 2016. For more information visit, A flyer for this conference may be found here, “Shakespeare and Our Times.”


    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

  • News

    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.

    The Decline and Fall of the English Major

    Verlyn Klingenborg on “The Decline and Fall of the English Major,” 22 June 2013.

    Why I Hire English Majors

    Steve Strauss on “Why I Hire English Majors,” 23 June 2013.

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival Receives Grant

    The NEH has given the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a $200,000 grant to support digitization of its archival collection. See the press release here: