Shakespeare Association of America

Recent Calls for Papers

  • King Lear in a Time of Crisis: Global Approaches to Performance and Criticism is soliciting abstracts from scholars around the world whose national/transnational/international perspectives on King Lear are reflected through the lens of their own cultures and traditions in staged performances, films, videos, literary adaptations, and literary criticism. See the full CFP here and please email abstracts of 500 words to W. Reginald Rampone, Jr., South Carolina State University ( by September 15, 2021.

  • The European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) is extending the deadline for seminar papers submission until February 15. Submit proposals (200-300 works) and a brief biographical note (100 words) to the convenors of the seminar in which you intend to participation. More information can be found here.
  • “Revisiting Revenge. New Perspectives for the Study of Revenge Tragedies (late 16th—early 18th century), a workshop to be held 16-17 September 2021, invites scholars working on the subject to submit case studies exploring the ways in which European revenge plays participate in contemporary political, religious, philosophical, legal, economic and gender discourses, in order to make clear the genre’s broader cultural relevance – both in terms of its historical moment and of our analysis of that moment. More information can be found here.
  • “Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance” is seeking articles for their 2021 volume which will be a non-thematic issue. The editorial board invites articles from a variety of perspectives, including theatre studies, literary studies, performance studies, adaptation studies, and translation. The deadline for submitting articles (not more than 6500 words), interviews and reviews is 31 December 2020. More information can be found here.
  • At the start of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times (1854), Mr M’Choakumchild drills his pupils in ‘the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling’. The list continues, as a mixture of tedium and threat, until it reaches the ne plus ultra ‘prosody’ (Mr M’Choakumchild’s topics are ‘at the ends of his ten chilled fingers’, one finger for each of the syllables in a strict blank verse line). For a long time, versification has been a m’choakumchildish subject – with a reputation for being scientistic, deontological, rebarbative, and downright tedious. 

    A special issue of the journal Shakespeare, due to be published in 2022, will work to upset (perhaps to correct) this reputation. Where most scholarly work on versification has tended toward linguistics and authorship attribution studies, this special issue invites a broader consideration of Shakespeare’s prosody. The journal’s editors are keen to see fresh, imaginative scholarship about Shakespeare’s versification that works toward these ends. What would happen if we thought about metre more ambiguously or multiplicitously? Might we think about prosody alongside gender, or sexuality, or race, or class, or disability? Could we think about the cultural histories of Shakespeare’s metre, or its bibliographical and editorial histories in print and manuscript, or its dramaturgical qualities onstage? Do we need to reckon with the versification of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, in England and in Europe, to understand his own prosody aright (if it is indeed truly his own)? 

    Shakespeare is one of the leading journals in Shakespeare studies, and more information about it can be found here.

    The special issue will be edited by Dr Robert Stagg (The Shakespeare Institute / University of Oxford). It will include approximately five articles of c.6000 words each, though there is considerable flexibility as to word counts and so forth. All articles will be subject to double-blind peer review, as is customary in Shakespeare. Anyone interested, however provisionally, in contributing an article to the special issue is invited to email by the end of October 2020. 

  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Global Perspectiveseeks to bring together an international range of Shakespeare scholars, practitioners and teachers, to explore the global reach of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the ways in which they are translated and reshaped by different languages and cultures across the world. Click here for the full CFP. Abstracts  of no more than 500 words should be emailed to the editors, Jane Kingsley-Smith, University of Roehampton, London ( and W. Reginald Rampone, Jr, South Carolina State University (, by 1  September 2020.

  • Staging and Stage Décor in Early Modern Theater is a new volume of essays that examines approaches to staging early modern theater, including, but not limited to, set design, types and placement of props, symbolic and aesthetic uses of color, stage devices, lighting, costuming, embedded or explicit didascalia, and issues of proxemics. The focus should be on the visual and performative, rather than on the purely textual. Essays may examine historical or modern productions or may consider theoretical issues. Essays should be written in English and not exceed 20 double-spaced pages, including endnotes and Works Cited. The publisher, Vernon Press, produces high-quality books that reach wide audiences. To be considered for inclusion, please submit an abstract, not to exceed 500 words, to the editor, Dr. Barbara Mujica, at, by July 15, with the Subject line “Staging and Stage Décor.” Completed essays will be due by January 15, 2021.

  • Amrita Sen (University of Calcutta) and Jennifer Linhart Wood (the Folger Shakespeare Library) invite proposals for original essays for the collection Reconceptualizing Renaissance Performance: Beyond the Public Stage. Click here for the full CFP. Deadline for abstracts is October 31, 2020.