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  • Faculty Positions

    Teaching Positions

    • Assistant/Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada Las Vegas: The Department of English at UNLV seeks a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature with emphasis in Shakespeare Studies. Appointment will begin in Fall 2019, and applicants must have Ph.D. in English or a related field by time of appointment. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization and other literature courses required for the major. Though they invite applications from candidates with expertise in any subfield, they are especially interested in strengths in one or more of the following areas: critical race studies, gender and sexuality, digital humanities, postcolonial studies, and global Shakespeares. For more information, please view the position description. (Posted 8 November 2018)
    • Assistant Professor of Shakespeare, Qatar University: The Department of English Literature and Linguistics ifacultynvites applications for an Assistant Professor of English Literature from candidates with specialization in Shakespeare. In addition to teaching introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, the candidate will be expected to carry out excellent scholarly research, and contribute to the enhancement of the Department, College and University. For more information, please view the position description. Benefits include a three-year renewable contract, tax-free salary, and furnished accommodations. To apply, please email the required materials to (Posted 15 November 2017)

    • Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma: This position is full-time, tenure-track position. The department load is 12 credit-hours per semester. Primary teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Modern British literature and first-year English composition courses. Additional responsibilities will include mentoring graduate students, serving on master’s thesis committees, participating in student recruitment and advisement, actively pursuing a substantive agenda for scholarly/creative work, and serving on department, college, and university committees. A Ph.D. in English in hand by August 1, 2018, with a specialization in Early Modern British literature. An active research agenda, a commitment to high quality teaching, and dedication to service to the department, college, university, profession, and community. Apply online. Preference Date: 1/2/2018. (Posted 7 November 2017)

    • Assistant Professor, Renaissance and Medieval Literature, California State University, East Bay: The Department of English at California State University, East Bay invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in Renaissance and Medieval literature. Appointment begins fall 2018. Earned Ph.D. in English (or Literature) at time of appointment. Evidence of scholarship pertaining to Medieval and Renaissance literature, with specialization in Shakespeare. Candidates who engage with issues of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and who bring global approaches to their teaching and scholarship are preferred. Secondary emphasis in one or more of the following: composition and rhetoric, digital humanities, general education, global literature, or teacher preparation. Review of materials will begin October 1, 2017. Position open until filled. To apply, please go to Interfolio ( (Posted 6 September 2017)

    • Professor, Early Modern Literatures in English, University of Zurich: The candidate’s research and teaching will place a focus on Early Modern English Literatures (1500–1750) in their entire theoretical and methodological range. Special emphasis will be placed on ques­tions pertaining to the cultural afterlife of the Renaissance in subsequent centuries. A further area of research specialization should be in drama and intermediality; another possible specialty could be processes of transatlantic cultural exchange during this period. The position should be filled by August 1, 2019. The closing date for applications is October 1, 2017. Details on the application procedure are available here and on For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen ( (Posted 10 August 2017)

    • Assistant Professor, Early Modern Literature with Emphasis on Shakespeare and Drama, University of Toronto: The Department of English at the University of Toronto, St George campus, invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment beginning on July 1, 2018. Applicants must have a PhD in English or appropriate field by date of appointment, or shortly thereafter, and an emerging international reputation. The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in both research and teaching. Candidates must apply online by October 16, 2017. Contact for questions. (Posted 26 July 2017)

    • Part-time Faculty, Early Modern English, Syracuse University: The English Department at Syracuse University seeks applications from candidates to teach one upper level undergraduate course in Early Modern English. This is a part-time position for the fall semester. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in English or a related field. For more information and to apply, visit (Posted 15 June 2017)

    • Assistant Professor of English, Early Modern British Literature, The College of St. Scholastica: The English Department of the College of St. Scholastica invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor, with expertise in Shakespeare and Early Modern British literature. Secondary specialties might include World Drama. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position. Teaching responsibilities consist of a 3/3 load: the typical semester load would consist of a course for majors, a general education literature course, and a writing course (first-year composition or management writing). For more information and to apply, visit (Posted 15 January 2017)

    • Assistant or Associate Professor of English, West Texas A&M University: Candidates should have research specialty in Shakespeare and teaching competence in Medieval and Renaissance periods. Teaching responsibilities include university core classes, upper-division courses in Shakespeare and British literature, and graduate seminars. Send letter, c.v., writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and letters of recommendation to Alex Hunt, Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, West Texas A&M Univ. Box 60908, Canyon, TX 79016. Review of applications commences Nov. 1; position open until filled.

    • Tenure-Eligible Assistant Professor of Shakespeare & Early Modern English Literature, Virginia Commonwealth University: The Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks a tenure-eligible assistant professor in early modern (or Renaissance) English literature and culture, with a primary focus on Shakespeare. Candidates must apply online by 11/16/2016. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample (not to exceed 7500 words), and 3 confidential letters of reference.

    • Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University: The Department of English at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates can apply online , Requisition ID number 9061BR. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a teaching statement.

    • Assistant Professor in Early Modern/Renaissance Drama, SUNY Binghamton: The English Department at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in early modern/Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare. Send application materials online by November 22. Application files should include a letter outlining qualification for this position; a CV; a dossier including at least three letters of reference; and a writing sample of 15-20 pages.

    • Assistant Professor of Literature, Hamilton College: The Literature and Creative Writing Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to teach dramatic literature, with a specialization in Shakespeare, and related courses in literature/film. By November 14, 2016, please send a vita, letter of application, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (at least 10 pages) as pdf files online.

    • Assistant Professor in Shakespeare and the Long Eighteenth Century, Qatar University: The Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English Literature from candidates with specialization in Shakespeare and the Long Eighteenth Century. Click here to apply.

    • Assistant Professor of English, Central College: Tenure-line assistant professor position in the English Department beginning August 2017 with responsibility for teaching Shakespeare in a liberal arts context, as well as other courses in British literature and drama. For a complete position description and to apply for this position click here.

    • Assistant or Associate Professor of English, College of St. Scholastica: The English Department of the College of St. Scholastica invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure track, with expertise in Shakespeare and Early Modern British literature. Apply online. Please send job letter and CV.

    • Assistant Professor of English, College of Charleston: College of Charleston welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Early Modern Literature with an emphasis on Shakespeare and drama. Submit cover letter, cv, statement of teaching philosophy, current transcript, and three letters of recommendation online by December 1.

    • Visiting Faculty Positions, Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University: Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing seeks to recruit Visiting Faculty from the world’s leading universities and institutions for the 2017-18 academic year. For more information click here.

  • Performances


  • Blogs

    Blogs of Interest

  • Fellowships


    • The University Library at California State University, Sacramento in partnership with the Elios Charitable Foundation and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation  offers 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, CA. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of 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, 2018-June 30, 2019. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2018. Further information and instructions on how to apply are available here.

    • Birmingham City University in Partnership with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship, focused on the international collections at the Trust, commencing September 2017. The closing date for applications is Sunday 9 July. Further information and instructions on how to apply are available here.

    • Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs is now open for applications. Click here for more detail.

    • 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

    • Mellon Fellowships
      Information about Mellon-affiliated fellowships in the humanities can be found at:

    • 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.

  • Calls for Papers

    Recent Calls for Papers

    • How to Teach a Play: 75 Exercises for the College Classroom (Bloomsbury 2018) co-editors Miriam Chirico (Eastern Connecticut State University) and Kelly Younger (Loyola Marymount University) are currently seeking submissions of teaching exercises that nourish the performative imagination. Visit the submission form for more information. (Deadline: January 2019)
    • “Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference” (April 11-13, 2019, Texas Tech University), a South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC), welcomes 15- to 20-minute papers on all aspects of Renaissance studies. Proposals for special sessions are also welcome. Visit the SCRC website for detail. (Deadline: 15 December 2018)
    • 2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: Festival and Festivity (10-11 June 2019, Stratford, Ontario) invites proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops. The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. By 1 February 2019, please send proposals to (Deadline: 1 February 2019)
    • Baths and Spa Waters in the Culture and Literature of Early Modern England (11-13 October 2019 Vichy, Universit Clermont Auvergne, France) welcomes a diversity of approaches and a wide variety of sources, such as pamphlets, poems and plays extolling, condemning or deriding baths, travel narratives that depict baths, and scientific treatises that either praise or criticize the curative use of water. Please send your 500-word abstract along with a short biographical note to Sophie Chiari ( and Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme ( by 15 September 15 2018. More information can be found here. Participants will be notified in November 2018. (Deadline: 15 September 2018)
    • Shakespeare FuturEd Conference (Sydney, 1-2 February 2019) is now accepting proposals for papers, panels and workshops that interrogate and experiment with new directions in Shakespeare pedagogy in theory and practice. They welcome proposals from primary and secondary teachers, tertiary educators, researchers, theatre practitioners, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare and education. Find details here. Please send 250 word proposals and a short biography to (Deadline: 31 October 2018)
  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences

    • Shakespeare Studies Today: British Shakespeare Association Conference will be held at Queen’s University Belfast, 14-17 June 2018. Visit the conference website for updates or e-mail for more information.
    • Radical Mischief: A Conference Inviting Experiment in Theatre, Thought and Politics will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Friday 20 – Saturday 21 July 2018. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • News

    A Jazz Funeral for William Shakespeare in New Orleans, 2016 (Posted 25 May 2018)


    A Masque in Honor of Lena Cowen Orlin (Posted 21 April 2018)

    At the Luncheon of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, held on the outdoor Plaza and Pool Deck of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on 30 April 2018, conspiring SAA members staged a flash mob performance of a “previously unknown masque by Shakespeare” to honor Lena Cowen Orlin, who was stepping down from the SAA’s Executive Directorship after twenty-two years of dedicated and excellent service. Based on a conception by Peter Holland, the script was co-written by Tom Bishop, William C. Carroll, Diana E. Henderson, Peter Holland, Heather James, and Bruce R. Smith, in collaboration with William Shakespeare. The masks and props were created by Gordon Davis. Additional cast and crew members include Katie Brokaw, Carla Della Gatta, Wendy Beth Hyman, Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, Jeffrey Masten, Shankar Raman, Amy Rodgers, Scott A. Trudell, and Deanne Williams. Click here to read the script. SAA members may log in to watch the video.

    Fathom Events Presents National Theatre Live Showings (Posted 5 March 2018)

    Fathom Events, BY Experience and National Theatre Live have a full line-up of Shakespearean classics set for U.S. cinema audiences in early 2018. The slate of top London stage productions begins with Hamlet, the fastest-selling show in London theatre history — and most-watched NT Live broadcast – on March 8. Then, on March 22, Tony Award winning director Nicholas Hytner’s Bridge Theatre production of Julius Caesar follows. The collection finishes with Rory Kinnear’s return to the National Theatre stage as the title role in Macbeth on May 17. For more information, click here.

    Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Seeks Chief Executive (Posted 17 September 2017)

    Following the successful 10 year tenure of Diana Owen the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are now seeking exceptional candidates for the post of Chief Executive. Following the hugely successful 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the Trust is a strong position to look ahead to many exciting challenges and opportunities on the horizon. The Chief Executive’s role is to lead and manage the Trust in meeting its vision and values as defined and agreed by the Trustees, based on the objects of the Act of Parliament and the 2010 Strategic Framework. The closing date for applications is noon on 21 September 2017. Click here for detail.

    Campaign to Publish the Lost Letters of William Shakespeare (Posted 1 September 2017)

    Could a treasure trove of 400-year-old letters constitute a previously unknown “diary” written by William Shakespeare? After 25 years of research, Terry Tamminen believes the astonishing answer might be yes. He is calling support to publish the letters in print, audiobook, and e-book formats for all to see for a possible fresh look into Shakespeare’s life and times. Click here for detail.

    President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Resigns (Posted 18 August 2017)

    The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities submitted a resignation letter to Donald Trump on Friday 18 August 2017, in the wake of his reaction to the recent violent Charlottesville events. In a letter posted by actor and committee member Kal Penn, sixteen of the committee’s private members announced their resignation, stating that “reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville.” Click here for the full letter.

    2nd Graphic Shakespeare Competition (Posted 29 July 2017)

    The second International Graphic Shakespeare Competition is calling all artists, illustrators, art students, and designers to participate. Some of the entries for the 1st Competition can be viewed here. Deadline for submission is 31 December 2017. An exhibit of winning entries and an award ceremony will take place at the 3rd Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association to be held in Manila, 28-30 May 2018. Click here for submission detail.

    British Shakespeare Association Magazine Survey (Posted 26 July 2017)

    The British Shakespeare Association is currently carrying out an evaluation of the impact of the magazine Teaching Shakespeare. If you are willing and able to participate, or have any further questions, please contact Dr Chelsea Swift ( by July 24th.

    Act Now to Save Fulbright-Hays! (Posted 26 July 2017)

    Wednesday morning, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a bill that would eliminate funding for Fulbright-Hays, one of two crucial international education programs administered by the Department of Education.

    Congress needs to hear right now that Fulbright-Hays is crucial for ensuring that students, teachers, and faculty develop the knowledge necessary to thrive in our interconnected world.

    Act now to save Fulbright-Hays!

    Fulbright-Hays works in concert with Title VI programs to support foreign language learning and the development of knowledge of all world regions. The draft bill provides level funding for Title VI ($65 million)—a rejection of the Trump Administration’s effort to eliminate the program. That’s good news. In order to ensure the vitality of both of the programs, our preloaded message urges Congress to maintain funding for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

    Read our full analysis of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies draft bill here.

    Take action to save Fulbright-Hays here!

    National Humanities Alliance

    2021 World Shakespeare Congress (Posted 3 May 2017)

    Dear ISA Members,

    As we look back on the great success of the World Shakespeare Congress in 2016 we also start to look forward to the next Congress in 2021. The first and, at this stage, by far the most important decision to be made is where WSC 2021 will be held. We therefore invite anyone interested in developing a proposal for hosting it to be in touch. Please pass this invitation on to anyone you think might wish to know about it.

    On our website ( you will find some powerpoint slides, developed by Peter Holbrook, our immediate past President, about the process of hosting the WSC. I hope you will find them useful as you begin to consider what is involved in doing so. We will of course be happy to answer any questions, large and small, about it. Please contact me at and/or Nick Walton at

    All we would need at this stage is a brief expression of interest, to be followed in due course by a more substantial proposal. We would like to receive initial indications of interest no later than 1 July 2017. Please send them to me at We will invite those selected to present a fuller proposal to send that by 1 September 2017 and we will provide further details of what that might contain in due course.

    We know that we are always reliant on the labours of our hosts but we hope to make WSC 2021 also a source of pride and an achievement that memorably rewards the hard work. To WSC 2021!

    Peter Holland,
    Chair, ISA