Shakespeare Association of America

Announcements of Interest

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has an exciting and innovative £5.25m plan to transform the site of New Place into a fitting tribute to our greatest dramatist. SBT New Place is the most significant 
project anywhere in the world commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. With your support, this site of unique historical importance will be transformed into a fitting tribute to our greatest dramatist.

  • Blogs

    Blogs of Interest

  • Fellowships & Applications

    Fellowships & Applications

    • 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.
    • Prof Alexandra Walsham and Prof Brian Cummings have been awarded a grant by the AHRC to fund a collaborative and interdisciplinary project on “Remembering the Reformation.” The project will run for three years from 1 January 2016 and will involve the appointment of two postdoctoral research associates, one based in the Department of English and Related Literature at York and the other at the Faculty of History in Cambridge. The project, which is a study of the concept, texts, and materials of memory, will include conferences and publications, and a digital exhibition involving the collections of Cambridge University, York Minster, and Lambeth Palace.
    • The 2015-16 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. ACLS offers fellowship 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
    • The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2016/2017. The deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office. The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the United States. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, filmmaking, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application. The Academy gives priority to a proposal’s scholarly merit rather than any specific relevance to Germany. Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2016/2017 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2016. For further information and to apply online, please see
    • 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


    • 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. The call can be found at
    • 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 the “Shakespeare and Popular Culture” area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association meeting in Albuquerque, NM, 10-13 February 2o16. Deadline has been extended to 15 November 2016.
    • Call for Papers for “Shakespeare, Music, and Memory,” a conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Deadline is 23 November 2015.
    • 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 the South-Central Renaissance Conference on “Exploring the Renaissance” to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 25-26, 2016. Deadline is 15 December 2015.
    • Call for Papers for the Shakespeare session at the American Comparative Literature Conference, to be held at Harvard University on 17 to 20 March 2016. The title of the session is “Shakespeare’s Things.” Deadline is 23 September 2015.
    • Call for Papers for MLA International Symposium, to be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016. To propose a paper, panel, session, or workshop, please write to All submissions must be received by 15 September 2015, and participants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 15 October 2015.
    • Call for Papers for “Shakespeare and Our Times” at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, from 14-16 April 2016. Deadline is 15 September 2015.
    • Call for Papers for NEMLA 2016, March 17-20, Hartford CT.
    • Call for Contributions to Edited Volume: “Why Should This a Desert Be?” Performing, Teaching, and Studying Shakespeare in the Arabian Gulf. Deadline is 15 September 2015.
    • Call for Papers for “Laughing Matters? Humor in American Theatre and Drama” at the Fifth International Conference on American Theatre and Drama in Málaga, Spain, on 25-27 May 2016. Deadline is 30 September 2015.
    • 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.
  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences and Performances

    From 22-24 April 2016, Teeside University in the United Kingdom will sponsor a conference at Elsinore called “Shakespeare: The Next 400 Years.” The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2016.


    In October, 2016, Gallaudet University will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. For more information, see


    The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces its 30th anniversary 2015-16 season.


    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 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. For more information please see:


    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: