- The Shakespeare Standard — Source for recent Shakespeare-related news and projects
Blogging Shakespeare — E-books, webinars, and posts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Collation — Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library
Early English Drama and Performance Network — News and resources for researchers, students, and practitioners working with medieval and Tudor performance
Early Modern Commons — Aggregator of blogs covering the period 1500-1800
Renaissance Lit — UK-based conference announcements and other early modern happenings
Shakespeare in Fiction and Fact — Riveting fiction and Shakespeare chat for lovers of the English Renaissance
Shakespeare’s Globe — Performance-related topics, actor diaries, images, and event announcements from the Globe Theatre
Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Page – Tidy and fun collection of scholarly and pop culture Shakespeare links
Wynken de Worde – Early modern books, culture, and readers
Announcements of Interest
- Fellowships and Applications
- The University Library at California State University, Sacramento has announced the continuation of 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. 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, 2016-June 30, 2017. The deadline is 26 February 2016.
- The Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library is currently seeking an Assistant Director for Fellowships. A description of the redefined position, as well as details on how to apply, can be found at the Folger website.
- The Folger Shakespeare Library is currently seeking a Research Associate to assist with “Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates,” part of the Folger’s program First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. This is a new, NEH grant-funded, 20-month position. A description of the position, as well as details on how to apply, can be found at the Folger website.
- 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.
- The 2015-16 ACLS Public Fellows competition is now open. All ACLS fellowship programs 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 www.acls.org/programs/comps.
Information about Mellon-affiliated fellowships in the humanities can be found at: https://mellon.org/programs/higher-education-and-scholarship-humanities/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
- 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.”
- 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 “Shakespearean Communities” to be held at the University of Portsmouth on 14-16 April 2016. Deadline is 15 January 2016.
- 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.
- Call for Papers for Shakespeare: The Next 400 Years, 22-24 April, 2016 at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark.
- The Gloriana Society hosts the inaugural meeting of its biannual conference “In the Light of Gloriana” on 18-21 November, 2016, at the Tower of London. The deadline is 15 April 2016.
- 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.
- From 14-16 April 2016, Old Dominion University will hold an interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early 21st century titled “Shakespeare in 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.
- 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 www.wsc2016.info.
- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announces its 2016 season.
- The Folger Theatre announces its 2015-2016 season.
- The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces its 30th anniversary 2015-16 season.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments (Scroll down for the ballot)
In the academic year 2014-2015, Rebecca Bushnell, then President of the Shakespeare Association of America, appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to review the SAA Constitution and make suggestions for changes to bring it up to date with current practices. The committee consisted of three former SAA presidents, including William C. Carroll (the chair), Dympna C. Callaghan, and Paul Yachnin; the trustees are grateful to them for their excellent work and continued service to the SAA. Their suggestions for changes were discussed in depth by the current trustees at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, and the trustees subsequently voted to approve a revised version of the Constitution. According to the SAA Constitution, “amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by the Board of Trustees,” and “shall be submitted to a mail ballot of the membership and shall become effective upon approval of two-thirds (2/3) of those voting.” The amendments proposed by the Trustees are now being submitted for such a vote by the membership.
The proposed changes fall into four categories: changes that are necessary to reflect new communication technologies (such as e-mail); changes that are necessary to reflect the remarkable growth of the organization since the time the SAA was founded (when twenty names, as originally required for a petition, represented a much larger percentage of the membership than it does now); clarifications of the roles of the trustees, committees, and the Executive Director (the duties of all having expanded); and the addition of a new article concerning indemnification and insurance. None of the changes reflect any proposed modification of current practices or of the SAA’s mission; rather, they reflect the enlargement and the professionalization of the organization.
In the document that follows, strike-throughs represent proposed deletions and material in bold face represents proposed additions. Any member who has a question about the reason for a proposed change before voting should feel free to refer it to the SAA office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be addressed on a dedicated FAQ page on the Association website.
Mario DiGangi, President
Heather James, Vice-President
Rebecca Bushnell, Immediate Past President
Natasha Korda, Trustee
Julia Reinhard Lupton, Trustee
Katherine Rowe, Trustee
Ayanna Thompson, Trustee
Evelyn Tribble, Trustee
William West, Trustee
Lena Cowen Orlin, Executive Director (ex officio)
1 January 2016
Proposed Amended Constitution of the Shakespeare Association of America
Article I: Name and Location
The name of the Corporation is the Shakespeare Association of America, hereinafter referred to as the “Association.” The location of the principal office of the Association shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Trustees. Meetings of Members and Trustees may be held at such places as may be designated by the Trustees.
Article II: Definitions
- “Association” shall mean and refer to The Shakespeare Association of America.
- “Member” shall mean and refer to those persons who are dues-paying participants in the work of have paid current dues to the Association; and who are thus all such members are entitled to vote on Association issues. Membership is open to all Shakespeare scholars and to any other persons to whom the study of Shakespeare is important. Members shall forfeit membership if they are in default of dues three months after being billed. Annual dues rates may be set and changed by the Trustees.
- “In writing,” “written,” “mail,” and “mail ballot” shall be understood to include all electronic forms of communication, such as e-mail, the Association website, and the World Wide Web other public electronic media.
Article III: Purposes
In addition to, and by way of amplification of, the purposes set forth in the Charter, t The purposes of the Association shall be:
- To hold annual meetings for the purpose of exchanging ideas and discussing strategies for reading, researching, and teaching the work of William Shakespeare, the cultural and theatrical milieu in which he lived and wrote, and the various roles he has these have played in both Anglo-American and world cultures. Sessions at the annual meeting may include but are not limited to formal papers, seminars, workshops, performances of the plays by selected acting groups, and screenings of films based on Shakespeare’s works and other drama of his time.
- To support and/or sponsor long-range projects of importance to Shakespearean scholarship, and, more generally, to advance the values of the humanities, as through programs for high-school teachers held in connection with annual meetings.
- 3. To hold meetings of Trustees and subgroups to represent the Association in planning for world congresses in Shakespeare studies.
- 3. To operate and maintain the said Association exclusively for educational purposes so that from its operation none of its Members, Trustees, or Officers as such shall enjoy any pecuniary profits.
Article IV: Trustees
- Number. The affairs of this Association shall be managed governed by a Board of nine (9) Trustees, who shall be Members of the Association. One member of the Board of Trustees shall be the annually elected Vice-President of the Association, automatically to become President the next year, who shall serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees during the year of his/her tenure in office as President.
- Term of Office. Three (3) Trustees, one of whom will be the incoming Vice-President, will be elected annually by the membership for terms of three (3) years. A one-year term shall be defined as extending from the beginning of one annual meeting to the beginning of the next. A three-year term shall be defined as extending the length of three one-year terms.
- Compensation. No Trustees shall receive compensation for any service they may render to the Association. However, Trustees may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
- Nomination and Election. Nomination for election to the Board of Trustees and for Vice-President shall be made by a Nominating Committee (see Article V.2). Nomination may also be made by petition of twenty (20) fifty (50) Members in writing to the Nominating Committee six weeks prior to the distribution of the mail publication of the ballots. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a Chair, who shall be a member of the Board of Trustees, and of two or more Members of the Association. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President of the Association prior to each annual meeting of the Members, to serve from the conclusion of that annual meeting until the conclusion of the next annual meeting following. Such appointment shall be announced at each annual meeting.
The Nominating Committee, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall make at least two nominations for every vacancy on the Board of Trustees and at least two for the office of Vice-President; candidates for office must agree to serve and to attend Association meetings if elected. The slate of nominations shall be confirmed by the Executive Committee (see Article V.1) acting on behalf of the Board. Elections shall be by secret ballot. The candidates receiving the largest number of votes will be appointed to the vacant positions.
Article V: Committees of the Trustees
All committees are advisory to the Board of Trustees. In addition to the standing committees listed below, the Trustees may appoint additional committees as needed.
- Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Association’s current President, the Vice-President, the immediate past President, and the Executive Director (ex officio). The Executive Committee shall be authorized to undertake actions on behalf of the Board at those times when an action or decision cannot wait for a meeting of the full Board. The Executive Committee shall keep minutes of its proceedings and present such minutes at the next meeting of the Board.
- Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a Chair, who shall be a member of the Board of Trustees, and of two or more Members of the Association. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the incoming President of the Association prior to each annual meeting of the Members, to serve from the conclusion of that annual meeting until the conclusion of the next annual meeting following. Such appointment shall be announced at each annual meeting.
- Program Committee. The Program Committee shall consist of a Chair, who shall be a member of the Board of Trustees, and of two or more Members of the Association. The Chair of the Program Committee shall be appointed by the incoming President of the Association prior to each annual meeting of the Members, to serve from the conclusion of that annual meeting until the conclusion of the next annual meeting following. Such appointment shall be announced at each annual meeting.
Article V VI: Meetings of Trustees
- Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held every year during the annual meeting.
- Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Association shall be held when called by the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association, or by any two Trustees, after not less than ten (10) days’ notice to each Trustee.
- Quorum. A majority of the number of the Five Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Every action or decision taken by a majority of the Trustees present at a duly held meeting shall be regarded as the action of the entire Board.
- Action Taken without a Meeting. The Trustees shall have the right to take any action in the absence of a meeting of the Board which they could take at a meeting of the Board by obtaining the written approval of a majority of the total number of Trustees. Any action so approved shall have the same effect as though taken at a meeting of the Trustees.
Article VI VII: Duties of the Trustees
- Power. The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to: (a) adopt and publish rules and regulations governing the Association; (b) exercise for the Association all powers, duties, and authority vested in or delegated to this Association and not reserved to the membership by other provisions of this Constitution, the Charter, or the Declaration; (c) review, approve, modify, and/or decline proposals recommendations brought forward by the Program Association Committees; and (d) determine the basic program for the annual meeting.
- Duties. It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to: (a) cause to be kept a complete record of all its actions and corporate affairs and to present a statement thereof to the Members when such a statement is requested in writing by one-fourth (1/4) of the Members who are entitled to vote; (b) appoint, with at least a two-thirds majority vote, an Executive Director, who will serve in that office for an indefinite term at the pleasure of the Trustees and who will manage the day-to-day affairs of the Association; (c) delegate to the Executive Director the power to supervise all officers, agents, and employees of this Association and see that their duties are properly performed; (d) cause all officers or employees having fiscal responsibilities to be bonded, as it may deem appropriate.
Article VII VIII: Officers and their Duties
- Enumeration of Offices. The chief officers of this Association shall be the President (who serves also as the Chair of the Board of Trustees) and Vice-President, both of whom shall be at all times members of the Board of Trustees.
- Election of Officers. The election of the President-elect (i.e., Vice-President) shall take place annually by ballot of the membership. No President-elect may be re-elected as such until five years after the end of the initial term.
- Special Appointments. The Board may elect such other officers as the affairs of the Association may require, each of whom shall hold office for such period, have such authority, and perform such duties as the Board may, from time to time, determine.
- Resignation. Any officers may resign at any time given written notice to the Board, the President, or the Executive Director. Such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of such notice or at any later time specified therein, and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
- Vacancies. A vacancy in any office may be filled by appointment by the Board. The officer appointed to such vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term of the officer replaced.
- Multiple Offices. No person shall simultaneously hold more than one of the separate offices enumerated in Article VII VIII.
- Duties of the Officers. The duties of the officers are as follows:
a. The President or a duly delegated representative shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees and at all meetings of the Members. The President shall also appoint the Chair of the Nominating Committee;
andthe Chair of the Program Committee ( who shall be Trustees and shall select the other members of these committees); the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees to nominate the Executive Director in appropriate years; and any other committees necessary to carry out the purposes and functions of the Association. The President shall also chair the FinanceExecutive Committee, membership of which shall include the President, the Vice President, the immediate past President, the incoming Vice President, and the Executive Director (ex officio).
b. The Vice-President shall succeed to the Presidency of the Association upon the death, disability, or resignation of the President and shall automatically become President after serving one year as Vice-President. The Vice-President shall serve on the Finance Executive Committee and as an ex officio member of the Program Committee when the Program Committee convenes during chairs the program planning meetings at the annual meeting.
Article IX: Executive Director
- The Executive Director shall sign all leases, mortgages, deeds, contracts, and other written instruments and promissory notes, upon approval of the Board of Trustees; shall sign all contracts necessary in the normal course of business; shall sign all checks; and shall serve as Treasurer. The Executive Director or his or her designated employees shall also receive and deposit in appropriate bank accounts all monies of the Association; keep proper books of account; and cause a general audit of the books to be made triennially by a certified public accountant. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the filing of the annual corporate income tax return to the United States and local governments (when applicable), and for filing any reports which may from time to time be required of the Association under law. The Executive Director shall also prepare an annual statement of income and expenditures to be presented to the Board of Trustees at its regular annual meeting.
- The Executive Director shall hire, supervise, and, as needed, discharge Association employees.
- The Executive Director or his or her designated employees shall serve notice of meetings of the Board and of the annual meeting of the Members.
- The Executive Director shall also cause to be recorded the votes at all meetings of the Board and Members.
- The Executive Director or his or her designated employees shall keep current records showing the Members of the Association together with their addresses.
- The Executive Director shall be responsible for the organizing of the annual meeting of Members, its program, and its physical circumstances, and of all matters pertaining to the proper expediting of this and other meetings held by the Association or its Trustees.
Article VIII X: Meeting of Members
- Annual Meeting. The first annual meeting of the Members shall be held in March of 1973. A regular annual meeting of the Members shall be held each year thereafter, at the time and place designated by the Executive Director and approved by the Trustees. Each annual meeting shall be devoted to the study of Shakespeare the work of William Shakespeare, the cultural and theatrical milieu in which he lived and wrote, and the various roles these have played in both Anglo-American and world cultures. Normally, annual meetings of the membership will occur on the most practicable dates during the months of March or April.
- Notice of Meeting. Written notice of meetings of the Members shall be given by, or at the direction of, the Executive Director, by mailing sending a copy of such notice in electronic form, postage prepaid, at least fifteen (15) sixty (60) days before such meeting to each Member in good standing, addressed to the Member’s address last appearing on the books in the records of the Association or supplied by such Member to the Association for the purpose of notice. Such notice shall specify the place(s), days, and schedule of the meeting.
Article IX XI: Resolutions and Other Business
- The elections and business of the Association shall be conducted by written mail ballot.
- All members in good standing may vote by mail ballot upon such issues as shall arise for the consideration of and presentation to the membership. Such ballots shall be prepared, mailed or posted, and tabulated by the Executive Director upon instructions by the Board of Trustees.
- All elections and business for consideration by the membership must be submitted by the Trustees to a mail ballot of the Members at least six (6) weeks before the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.
- Resolutions may originate with the Trustees or may be submitted to the decision of the Trustees by written petition of twenty (20) fifty (50) Members in good standing. Such petitions must be received by the Executive Director at least eight (8) weeks before the time of the annual meeting.
- All issues and resolutions submitted to a mail written ballot shall be adopted by a majority of those voting.
Article X XII: Miscellaneous
The books, records, and papers of the Association shall be at all times, during reasonable business hours, subject to inspection by any member upon petition to and approval by the Board of Trustees. The Declaration, the Charter, and the Constitution of the Association shall be available for inspection by any member at the principal office of the Association where copies may be purchased at reasonable cost be made available in public electronic form.
Article XI XIII: Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on the first day of January and end on the 31st day of December, except that the first fiscal year shall begin on the date of incorporation.
Article XIV: Indemnification and Insurance
The Association (a) shall, to the fullest extent required or hereinafter required by law, and (b) may, to the fullest extent now or hereafter permitted by law: indemnify any person made, or threatened to be made, a party to any action, proceeding, or investigation by reason of the fact that he or she or his or her testator was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Association, against judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees. No indemnification may be made to or on behalf of any such person if (a) his or her acts were committed in bad faith or were the result of his or her active and deliberate dishonesty and were material to such action or proceeding, or (b) he or she personally gained in fact a financial profit or other advantage to which he or she was not legally entitled.
The Association shall have the power to purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify the Association for any obligation which it incurs as a result of its indemnification of directors, officers, agents, and employees pursuant to the paragraph above, or to indemnify such persons in instances in which they may be indemnified pursuant to the paragraph above.
Article XII XV: Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by the Board of Trustees or by written petition signed by at least twenty (20) fifty (50) Members in good standing. Such proposed amendments shall be submitted to a mail ballot of the membership and shall become effective upon approval of two-thirds (2/3) of those voting.
The Program Announcement for the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress is now available. Registration for seminars and workshops remain open until 1 February 2016, and Standard Congress registration closes on 1 May 2016.
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.
“Shakespeare’s World” at http://www.shakespearesworld.org/#/ is a collaborative crowdsourcing project designed by Zooniverse.org (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.
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 www.shakespeare.org.uk. 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 http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/about-us/new-place-the-next-chapter/ways-of-giving-new-place.html
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.
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 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 https://celm2.dighum.kcl.ac.uk/.