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  • 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.

  • Performances


  • Blogs

    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

    • 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)

    • Shakespeare Unbound: 2018 Conference of the French Shakespeare Society (Paris, Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 January 2018) welcomes proposals (in English or in French). The topic addresses Shakespeare’s propensity to negotiate with dominant ideologies, his ability to break and renew formal and cultural rules and his long-lasting influence in creating innovative dramatic and poetic forms, new words and thoughts. The conference topic also points to the ways in which Shakespeare’s work has come down to us: through bound Quartos and Folios, emended, truncated, annotated, as well as through unbound scripts and performances, “faithful” or “adapted”, many of which exceed the place of the stage, flowing down into the audience, out onto the streets, showing up on screens, in anime, graphic novels and narrative recreations and appropriations — contributing to the aesthetic liberation of drama, poetry, the visual arts, music, etc. This conference will provide an occasion for academics, theatre, performance and arts practitioners to discuss Shakespeare and his contemporaries’ abilities to question and renew the boundaries of art. Click for more information. (Deadline: 25 April 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)

    • 5th International Conference on American Drama and Theater “Migrations in American Drama and Theater” (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, 4–6 June 2018) invites proposals. Working in partnership with the American Theater and Drama Society (ATDS) and the Spanish universities of Cádiz, Sevilla, and Madrid Autónoma, the research group I.D.E.A. (“Théories et pratiques de l’interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones”) and the Université de Lorraine are announcing a call for papers. This conference will be dedicated to the study of migrations, understood in a broad sense. The four previous conferences were held in Málaga, 2000; Málaga, 2004; Cádiz, 2009; and Sevilla, 2012; topics included violence, plays and players, politics, and the romance of the theater. For more information click here. (Deadline: 15 September 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


  • News

    University of Cambridge Shakespeare Summer Programme 2017 (Posted 2 April 2017)

    The University of Cambridge announced its Shakespeare Summer Programme 2017. This programme offers a rich collection of courses, lectures, readings and acting workshops. You can explore the power, beauty, and meaning of Shakespeare’s plays with leading academics; discover connections with the wider world of Elizabethan culture; and explore aspects of performance. Expert Course Directors and lecturers combine the Cambridge tradition of close attention to the text with an alertness to questions of performance which is so vital in approaching Shakespeare. They will engage the experience and the response of participants, whose enthusiasm, openness and curiosity give the programme its unique atmosphere. Some courses will focus on specific plays, some will address recurring themes and others will be actor-led workshops centering on performance. For more information and for application, click here.

    King Lear and Shakespeare Studies: NEH Seminar for College Teachers (Posted 22 February 2017)

    The NEH is hosting a three-week seminar “King Lear and Shakespeare Studies,” directed by Richard Strier, at the University of Chicago, 10-28 July 2017. The seminar will attempt to see the play through many lenses: in formal terms; in its historical contexts; and in its life beyond Shakespeare’s time. The seminar will also serve as an introduction to the current state of Shakespeare scholarship and criticism, and to the question of adaptations of Shakespeare, literary and cinematic. Each participant in the Seminar will receive a stipend of $2,700. Tenured, tenure-track, and full-time non tenure-track instructors are invited to apply. Application deadline is 1 March 2017. Click for more information.

    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1400-1800) (Posted 26 January 2017)


    Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Institute Dates: June 19 – July 7, 2017
    Host Institution: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


    Kaya Sahin (Indiana University, Bloomington)
    Julia Schleck (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)


    We invite applications for a three-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university teachers. Non-tenure-track and adjunct faculty are particularly welcome to apply.


    The period between 1400-1800 has been studied, until recently, as a time when European societies expanded to the rest of the globe through conquest and commerce. Scholars have convincingly questioned this paradigm in the past decades, and established the agency of non-European societies and communities across the globe.


    The Summer Institute’s aim is to revisit this seminal period through the lens of exchange, interaction, and movement. The early modern world was unified through the near-simultaneous expansion of empires across Eurasia, from England through the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent and China. Consolidated with gunpowder weapons and new administrative technologies, and motivated by inter-imperial competition, these empires connected several parts of the globe through political and commercial networks. In the process, they also laid the ground for the circulation of individuals and communities, objects, germs, and ideas, to an unprecedented extent.


    The Institute will be organized along three intertwining themes, which will build upon one another: (1) Travelers—Circulating Bodies; (2) Mapping Travel, Mapping Ideas; and (3) Connected Histories—Circulating Ideas. We will not only study the exchanges that reveal differences in cultural, political, and religious ideas, but also those that highlight convergences. Sessions will be moderated by the organizers as well as our visiting scholars: Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University), Nabil Matar (University of Minnesota), Charles H. Parker (St. Louis University), Ulrike Strasser (UCSD), and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA).


    In order to alleviate transportation costs and living expenses, participants to the Institute will receive a stipend of US$ 2,700.


    For more information about the Institute, please visit:


    For information on eligibility and how to apply, please see:


    Please direct all application inquiries to:

    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.