Shakespeare Association of America

2021 Program

Panels and Roundtables

Plenary Panel: Shakespeare and White-World Making

Chair: Ruben Espinosa (University of Texas, El Paso)
Panel Organizer: Arthur L. Little, Jr. (University of California, Los Angeles)

Matthieu Chapman (University of Houston)
Peter Erickson (Northwestern University)
Katherine A. Gillen (Texas A&M University, San Antonio)

Plenary Panel: Walking the Talk: Embodied Pedagogies of Social Justice

Chair: Katherine Rowe (College of William & Mary)
Organizer: Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico)

Eric L. De Barros (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine)
Kirsten N. Mendoza (University of Dayton)
Mary Janell Metzger (Western Washington University)
Elizabeth Anne Williamson (Evergreen State College)


Chair: Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University)
Organizers: 2021 NextGenPlen Committee

Averyl Dietering (University of California, Davis)
Emily Glider (Yale University)
Sarah Mayo (University of Georgia)
Whitney Sperrazza (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Natalie Suzelis (Carnegie Mellon University)

Shakespeare Futures Roundtable: Accessing Shakespeare

Chair: Eric M. Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Organizers: Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University) and Rebecca Olson (Oregon State University)

Brandi Kristine Adams (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jill Bradbury (Gallaudet University)
Perry D. Guevara (Dominican University of California)
Jennifer Row (University of Minnesota)
Justin P. Shaw (Emory University)

Shakespeare Futures Panel: Critical Futures of Early Modern Eco-Studies and Race Studies

Chair: Kim F. Hall (Barnard College)
Organizers: Hillary Eklund (Loyola University New Orleans) and Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)

Jennifer Park (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State University)

Early Modern Audience and Audients

Chair: Katherine Eggert (University of Colorado Boulder)
Organizers: Ellen MacKay (University of Chicago) and William N. West (Northwestern University)

Richard Preiss (University of Utah)
Penelope S. Woods (Queen Mary University of London)

Early Modern Biopolitics: Histories of Sexuality in National and Transnational Contexts

Chair: Ian Smith (Lafayette College)
Organizer: Ari Friedlander (University of Mississippi)

Abdulhamit Arvas (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Carmen Nocentelli (University of New Mexico)
Valerie Traub (University of Michigan)

Performing Shakespeare in a Time of Ecological Crisis: A Global Roundtable

Chair: Robert N. Watson (University of California, Los Angeles)
Organizer: Katherine S. Brokaw (University of California, Merced)

Nicolette Bethel (University of th Bahamas)
Randall Martin (University of New Brunswick)
Gretchen E. Minton (Montana State University)
Evelyn O’Malley (University of Exeter)

Race beyond the Anglosphere: New Transnational Models

Chair: Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles)

Organizers: Noémie Ndiaye (University of Chicago) and Emily Weissbourd (Lehigh University)

Miles P. Grier (Queens College, CUNY)
Ana Laguna (Rutgers University, Camden)

Shakespeare and Intellectual History

Chair: Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland)
Organizer: Patrick Gray (Durham University)

Lars Engle (University of Tulsa)
Lauren Robertson (Columbia University)

Shakespeare in the North American West

Chair: Barbara Sebek (Colorado State University)
Organizer: Gretchen E. Minton (Montana State University)

Patricia Badir (University of British Columbia)
Heather James (University of Southern California)

Shakespeare, Race, and Adaption

Chair: Joyce G. MacDonald (University of Kentucky)
Organizers: Vanessa I. Corredera (Andrews University) and L. Monique Pittman (Andrews University)

Margo Hendricks (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Carol Mejia LaPerle (Wright State University)

Shakespeare’s Witness to Catastrophe: Reparative Reading in an Age of Collapse

Chair: Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)
Organizer: Erin K. Kelly (California State University, Chico)

Craig Dionne (Eastern Michigan University)
Sharon O’Dair (University of Alabama)
Julian Yates (University of Delaware)

Shakespearean Camp

Chair: Mario DiGangi (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Organizer: Louise Geddes (Adelphi University)

Alice A. Dailey (Villanova University)
Emer McHugh (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Tripthi Pillai (Coastal Carolina University)

Shakespearean In/Capacities: Early Modern Critical Pedagogies

Chair: Wendy B. Hyman (Oberlin College)
Organizer: Adhaar Noor Desai (Bard College)

Evelyn Tribble (University of Connecticut)
Adam Zucker (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Texts We Can Trust

Chair Erika T. Lin (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Organizers Katherine Hunt (University of Oxford) and Dianne Mitchell (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Natalya Din-Kariuki (University of Warwick)
Ali Madani (Brown University)

Seminars and Workshops

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Digital Exhibits

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Articles in Progress

Louise Geddes (Adelphi University)

The practicum supports first time authors preparing their articles for submission to academic journals. Authors will submit an abstract and brief biography and be paired with a senior scholar with editorial expertise who will read a draft of the article and offer feedback at an informal meeting during the conference. Please note that this workshop is offered in addition to regular seminar participation. Members wishing to participate must e-mail by September 1, 2020.

Professionalization Sessions

Brownbag Roundtables

These brownbag roundtables will feature brief, informal presentations by members who have expertise on the topic at hand, followed by Q&A and discussion with attendees.

  • Confronting Diversity with/as Scholars of Color
  • First Book: Logistics of Publishing
  • Surviving and Thriving at Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Meet-and-Greet Breakfast with Journal Editors

Members will have a chance to talk with editors from some of the key journals that publish articles in Shakespeare and early modern studies. Editors will briefly present about the kinds of submissions they are especially interested in seeing and there will be time for questions and informal discussion over coffee and pastries. No RSVP is required.

Forum on Administration

Many early modern literary scholars find themselves in or seek out administrative roles in higher education, whether as coordinators, directors, chairs, deans, or executive leadership. Some roles are closely linked to the English discipline, while others require a refashioning of professional identity and work life. Forum leaders Roze Hentschell (Colorado State University) and Catherine Thomas (Georgia Gwinnett College) will engage participants in a discussion of how early modern scholar-administrators grapple with the joys and challenges of administrative roles and their possible connections to research and/or teaching endeavors. No advance preparation is required, though space is limited. To participate, please register here.