Shakespeare Association of America

Announcements of Interest

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The Department of English at Georgetown University has a vacancy for a Program Manager for the Shakespeare Association of America. Click for more information about the job opening.

  • Faculty Positions

    Faculty Positions

    • 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.

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    Blogs of Interest

  • Fellowships


    • 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

    • ESRA 2017: Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage (to be held at the University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland, 27 – 30 July 2017) is currently accepting abstracts for seminar. Click to see a list of all seminars. Please send your abstracts and biographies to seminar organisers (and cc conference organisers). For more information go to the conference website. (Deadline: 31 January 2017)

    • 2017 National Humanities Conference is now calling for proposals. The conference, to be held November 2-5, 2017 in Boston, will explore how we can deepen, expand, and re-envision the public role of the humanities. The National Humanities Conference, co-sponsored by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, brings together higher education-based scholars, state humanities councils, and other public facing humanities organizations on a national level. More details and the call for proposals can be found here. Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz with any questions or for support in building sessions. (Deadline: 15 March 2017)

    • 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. (Deadline: April 2017)

    • 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.

  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences

    • 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 Asian Shakespeare Association (ASA) will host its biennial conference, entitled “All the World’s His Stage: Shakespeare Today,” on 1-3 December 2016 in New Delhi.

    • 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.”

  • News

    The National Humanities Alliance Urges Action

    The National Humanities Alliance was founded in 1981, when the National Endowment for the Humanities was under serious threat. Although the NEH has recently enjoyed support from key Republicans in Congress, and in fact received a modest funding increase in FY 2016, the 2016 election results create renewed concern. There are risks that non-defense discretionary funding will be reduced in general, that the NEH will be specifically targeted for reduced congressional funding, or that the NEH will be targeted for elimination.

    The Shakespeare Association of America is a constituent organization of the National Humanities Alliance. The NHA urges all SAA members to visit its website to sign up for action alerts. You can also follow the NHA on Facebook and Twitter. The NHA welcomes participation in National Humanities Day, which will be held in Washington, DC, on 13-14 March 2017.

    Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities

    The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (June 19–23, 2017 and June 2018) will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architecture, urban history or material culture. The two-year Institute will provide “hands-on” training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization. See the flyer for more details.

    International Shakespeare Association Chair Search

    The International Shakespeare Association announces a search for its next Chair, to succeed Peter Holbrook of the University of Queensland. The ISA is an umbrella organization formed in 1976 to connect Shakespeareans and Shakespeare societies around the world. It is a UK registered charity headquartered at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and governed by an Executive Committee numbering approximately twenty. Its core missions are to organize World Shakespeare Congresses, to offer advice and assistance in the establishment of national or regional Shakespeare associations, and to advance Shakespeare research and education internationally. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21st December 2016. Please see the attachment for full details.

    AHRC-funded research project “Performing Restoration Shakespeare” recruiting Research Fellow

    Job Purpose:  To be an active member of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’, assisting the Principal Investigator (Prof Richard Schoch, Queen’s University Belfast) and the International Co-Investigator (Prof Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University, USA) in the planning, delivery and evaluation of research and impact activities. Click here for more detail.

    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.