Shakespeare Association of America

Recent Calls for Papers

Macbeth in European Culture: International Symposium

University of Murcia (Spain)

22-24th March, 2022

Despite its Scottish-Anglo setting and its close relationship to the politics of the Stuart regency, Macbeth has proven one of Shakespeare’s most suggestive plays for practitioners and artists working far beyond its original Anglophone context. The play’s potential for violence, its exploration of hierarchy and power, its conflictive gender dynamics and its supernatural dimensions are just some of the elements that have been appropriated on stages around Europe. They have also prompted the transformation of the play into different shapes, formats and media, and so this symposium intends to inspect the multiple afterlives of Macbeth beyond its initial historical and cultural resonances. We are looking for innovative work that approaches the play from regional, national, continental and intercontinental angles as we try to chart Macbeth’s reception in or in relation to Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. Among other possibilities, we invite discussions concerning the relocation of the play’s ideological, gender/sexuality, regional/ethnic/racial/religious boundaries within specific historical and theoretical contexts. Contributions on any of the following are welcome:

  • Macbeth in European theatrical, operatic, cinematic, televisual or online performance;
  • Different European versions (adaptations, rewritings, appropriations, updates) of Macbeth;
  • Translations of Macbeth into non-Anglophone European languages: the importance and impact of those translations in their target cultures and in intercultural contexts;
  • Reception of Anglophone Macbeth in non-Anglophone contexts, or the reception of non-Anglophone Macbeth in Anglophone contexts;
  • Traveling Macbeth: international tours of the play, intercultural performances of the play;
  • Macbeth in European visual cultures: from illustration to audiovisual art;
  • Macbeth in European digital cultures;
  • Theoretical reflections on Macbeth as a case study of ‘European Shakespeare’ and or versus ‘global Shakespeare’.

We particularly favor contributions which relate interventions (artistic or otherwise) to broader regional, national, transnational, continental or intercontintental concerns and to the history of Shakespeare’s reception in these contexts. A 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio should be sent to Juan F. Cerdá ( and Paul Prescott ( by December 3rd, 2021.

The symposium will be held at the La Merced Campus of the University of Murcia (Spain), yet online participation will be available for those facing travelling restrictions.

Women and Power (virtual symposium, 10 December 2022)


As part of their forthcoming Women and Power festival, Shakespeare’s Globe are bringing together scholars and practitioners for a one-day, online symposium to be held on Friday 10 December.


They are currently accepting proposals for 15-minute papers on topics such as identity, structures of power, sexual violence and exploitation, gender equality, political futures, indigeneity, and feminist storytelling as they relate to early modern drama.


How must the performance, adaptation, and reception of Shakespeare be redefined in response to #MeToo and other ongoing concerns about the status of women around the world? How might Shakespearean performance be harnessed to tell stories not yet told, giving voice to minority experiences and bodies?


Please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) and a short bio to Dr Hanh Bui, Teaching and Research Fellow ( by Friday 1 October.


Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by late October.

Home and Early Modernity (Graduate Conference 25-26 February 2022)


The London Shakespeare Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe are delighted to announce their third biennial graduate conference: ‘Home & Early Modernity’. Our collective retreat inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted, for many of us, a re-examination of our relationship with what we call ‘home’. ‘Home’ has come to mean many things: a fortress against infection that shields us from the dangers of the outside; a place where we might feel imprisoned as lockdowns are imposed; somewhere that is now distant and inaccessible with the closing of borders; perhaps home feels rather unhomely, unheimlich. 


This two-day hybrid conference seeks to reflect on the ways in which the early modern period engaged with ideas of ‘home’, broadly construed, through a diverse range of disciplines, methods and approaches.


We invite submissions for 15-minute papers and 5-minute lightning talks from postgraduate students and early career researchers on early modernity and any aspect of the ‘home’ (literal or metaphorical).


Presentations may explore, but are by no means limited to, the exploration of ‘home’ in the following areas:


Whose Home: National and religious identities; Travel and Encounter; Anti-racist scholarship; Global Shakespeares; Language and linguistics; The region and the metropolis; Ecological and environmental studies.


Who’s Home: Domesticity and sociality; Book ownership and material texts; Manuscript production and circulation; Performing and enacting gender; Bodies, souls, sense and emotions; Stage culture and performance practices; Queer theories.


New Homes: Archives and afterlives; Contemporary performance; Interdisciplinary approaches.


The full call for papers can be accessed here.


The deadline for submissions is 30 October 2021. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief bio via the submission form here.


For any enquiries about the conference, please contact

Theoretical Futures in Shakespeare Studies (virtual symposium, 21 February 2022)


“Theoretical Futures in Shakespeare Studies”: This virtual symposium offers graduate student members of the Shakespeare Association of America the opportunity to present 3-minute mini-papers with their peers. These presentations will discuss a specific theoretical lens as it pertains to the future of the study (including teaching and/or performance) of Shakespeare’s works.


Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):


  • The future trajectory of a specific theoretical lens’s role in Shakespeare studies.
  • A theoretical lens’s relationship to a common goal such as antiracist Shakespeare pedagogy or decolonizing Shakespeare performance.
  • A theoretical lens’s relationship to an emerging trend in Shakespeare studies.
  • The significance of a theoretical lens for a yet-to-be-addressed area of inquiry (or vice-versa).

“Theoretical lens” is here used broadly, to gesture towards particular ways of approaching, framing, and understanding topics.


Proposals should be approximately 150 words in length and submitted, via the SAA’s online form (link below), no later than 11:59 PM CST on Monday, December 12, 2022. A graduate student committee will review proposals and notify those to be included in January (exact date TBD).


Symposium Date: Tuesday, February 21, 1:00-2:30 PM CST, on Zoom.


Click here to make a submission.


Regarding questions or accessibility, contact Bridget M. Bartlett at

Early Modern Asexualities (edited collection)


We are soliciting abstracts for 5,000-6,000-word papers to be included in an edited collection entitled Early Modern Asexualities. We invite people to propose papers that draw on the insights of asexuality studies to investigate early modern English literature and culture. Essays might explore how an understanding of asexuality and aromanticism can complicate and complement historical figurations of celibacy, chastity, abstinence, and intimacy in early modernity, or bring the lens of asexuality to a range of texts and historical figures. We invite our contributors to model different ways that early modern studies can be deepened by the theoretical tools of asexuality studies, including attention to differentiated attractions and to forces of hypersexualization and desexualization, especially as those forces come to bear on racialized and disabled bodies. Papers might offer readings of genre asexually; offer meta-reflections on the omission of asexuality from scholarship on early modernity; or consider the uptake of early modern figures in contemporary ace culture. We also invite essays that explore how the particular shapes of asexuality that we find in early modern texts might help us rethink modern allonormativity (the assumption that everyone experiences sexual attraction) and amatonormativity (the assumption that most people should be striving to be in romantic partnerships or couples). View the flyer here.


If you are thinking of submitting something but want to run an idea by us first, please feel free to be in touch with any of the three editors (Liza Blake, Catherine Clifford, and Aley O’Mara) individually, or with all three of us by emailing


Potential contributors are also welcome to consult our Early Modern Asexualities Bibliography, available at


*Abstracts due Oct. 1, 2021*
*Draft essays due June 1, 2022*


Questions? Email the editors at