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  • Faculty Positions

    Teaching Positions

    • 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


    • 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

    • Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics: 3rd Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association (Manila, 28-30 May 2018) is now accepting paper abstracts for four seminars on translation, transformation, transactions, and education. Click here for conference and submission detail. Visit the ASA website for updates. (Deadline: 20 December 2017)

    • South-Central Renaissance Conference: (Atlanta, 12-14 April 2018) is now accepting abstracts. The SCRC is an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with membership drawn primarily from North America and Europe. SCRC welcomes 15- to 20-minute papers on any aspect of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al.) and especially welcomes interdisciplinary papers. Submit abstracts only (400-500 words, plus a 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program) via the SCRC website’s abstract submission form at Click here for details. (Deadline: 15 December 2017)

    • 2018 British Shakespeare Association Conference: Shakespeare Studies Today (Belfast, 14-17 June 2018) is now accepting abstracts, panel proposals, workshop proposals, and seminar abstracts. In addition to plenary speeches and other academic sessions, there are screenings of international films and optional tours around Belfast. A number of bursaries are available. Send inquiry and submissions to Click here for details. (Deadline: 1 November 2017)

    • The Journal of the Wooden O: Published annually by Southern Utah University in conjunction with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, this peer-reviewed, cross-disciplinary publication is seeking articles on all things Shakespeare. Editors welcome submissions on all aspects of Shakespeare Studies including text, performance, history, design, adaptation (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Information about publication guidelines can be found here. For information specifically about the 2017 Call for Papers, please see the linked PDF. (Deadline: 16 October 2017)

    • Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics: 3rd Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association (Manila, 28-30 May 2018) is now accepting paper abstracts and seminar proposals. In addition to keynote speeches, panel sessions, and seminars, the conference also features three live local and international performances, and an exhibit of graphic Shakespeare. Click here for conference and submission detail. Visit the ASA website for updates. (Deadline: 15 September 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)

    • 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

    • 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.

    • Shakespeare Unbound: 2018 Conference of the French Shakespeare Society will be held in Paris, Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 January 2018. For updates, please click here.

  • News

    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

    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: