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  • Faculty Positions

    Teaching Positions

    • Assistant Professor of English in Modern British Literature, Tenure-Track Position, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA: The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of English in Early Modern British Literature and Culture with an expected start date of July 25, 2022. Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in Early Modern British literature ranging from undergraduate surveys to upper-level courses in drama, poetry and poetics, to Ph.D. special topics courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Learn more here. (Posted 29 September 2021)
    • Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies, Tenure-Track Position, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Asian American Studies to begin August 24, 2021, as part of the cluster hires for the newly established Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES) Department. Learn more here. (Posted 27 April 2021)
    • Assistant Professor of Latine/x Studies, Tenure-Track Position, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Asian American Studies to begin August 24, 2021, as part of the cluster hires for the newly established Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES) Department. Learn more here. (Posted 27 April 2021)

  • Fellowships


    • FOLGER INSTITUTE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2022-2023 The Folger Shakespeare Library has embarked on a major renovation project. While this work is underway and Folger collections are unavailable for in-person consultation, the Folger Institute is committed to continuing its support of collections-based research, and to providing scholars with the resources they need to pursue and advance their work. The renovation offers the Institute the opportunity to create new kinds of awards and to make fellowships more adaptable. Effects of the global pandemic, ongoing at the time of this announcement, require that adaptability. In 2022–2023, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms and phases of scholarly enterprise as well as places to pursue it.

      The Folger Institute will offer non-residential research fellowships, in the amount of $3,500, to support four continuous weeks of research and writing. All applications are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. Fellowships may be undertaken between July 2022 and June 2023.

      In their applications, scholars should make a strong case for their proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to a field of study broadly supported by or contiguous to the Folger’s collections and programs, and the originality and sophistication of its approach. They should also describe the type of work they would like to undertake, with a justification of why and how their research agenda will advance their project.

      Applicants are encouraged to make their own best cases to pursue their research. Travel to work in archives, libraries, or museums is not a requirement of fellowship support and will not be the basis of an award for 2022–2023. Here are some scenarios an applicant might propose:
      • A researcher requests access to select electronic resources or databases while working from home.
      • A researcher notes how fellowship support will relieve them of the need for summer or adjunct teaching.
      • A researcher requests funds to pay for reproduction and permissions fees for images of rare materials.
      • A researcher requests support for caregiving while researching or writing.
      • A researcher needs dedicated time to organize notes and images collected during past visits to libraries and archives.
      • A researcher plans to hire local research assistance at an archive to which they cannot travel.
      • A researcher plans to create and/or curate digital resources for use in undergraduate classrooms.

      Apply now online. Deadline for research fellowship applications is 18 January 2022.

    • CHASE/London Renaissance Seminar: Free research assistance 2021
      We are aware that at present scholars and doctoral researchers are unable to travel to access archives and libraries and that the necessity for timed slots and limited orders at libraries can make research trips from far afield more difficult. For six months from April 2021 the London Renaissance Seminar can offer free research assistance undertaken by two research assistants to work on Renaissance and early modern projects. The work will be undertaken by two postgraduate Research Assistants generously supported by the CHASE partnership graduate consortium. The graduates are specialists in English literature 1550-1720 but are able to extend to historical briefs.
    • In the first instance the researchers will undertake work for between three and twelve hours. Additional work will be negotiated. The initial aim is to enable scholars to pursue tasks at the British Library and other London archives including London Metropolitan Archives etc., The Research Assistants have experience working with manuscripts and are able to undertake research and checking in manuscripts or in printed books. There is no restriction in terms of who can apply for the service and we are aware that the difficulty of library access affects scholars at all levels of the profession, from doctoral students to emeriti. We welcome commissions from all scholars.When applying for research assistance, we ask that you bear in mind that only limited numbers of books or manuscripts can be ordered for any given day at, for example, the British Library. Thus, unfortunately, for example, an exploratory survey of books is not at present possible. Possible subjects would include, the checking of manuscript quotations; the researching of whether or not specific texts bear annotations; transcription; the checking of State Papers online. Please frame the task as clearly as possible, consider and specify how long it is likely to take someone less familiar with the material, and whether it would require any particular skills.If you think that this research assistance might benefit your project please contact the convenors of the London Renaissance Seminar, Sue Wiseman ( and copy Elizabeth Scott Baumann (
    • The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit bibliographic and indexing information for citations in the Bibliography. Open to all MLA members, including graduate students, the 2020 fellowships will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023. Field bibliographers perform a valuable service for the profession and receive institutional recognition while deepening their knowledge of the field as well as their research skills. The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate presented at the convention awards ceremony. For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page. Applications are due 1 April 2020.
    • St Anne’s College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies welcome applications for the termly Plumer Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern English Literature. The Plumer Fellowship is a non-stipendiary research position designed for established academics (of any nationality and institution) who wish to be temporarily resident in Oxford. The fellowship is available at any time of year, though would preferably be taken up during an Oxford term, and can last anywhere from 1-3 months. The Fellowship carries no responsibilities beyond giving one lecture in college during the duration of residence. While the fellowship carries no stipend, the college will provide five lunches and/or dinners per week, full free use of the University of Oxford’s libraries, shared office space, Senior Common Room membership (free tea and coffee, newspapers, journals), and free printing and photocopying facilities. Fellows will also be invited to attend formal college dinners and early modern seminars, lectures and social events around the university. In addition, the college can sometimes provide accommodation at a substantially below-market rent. Fellows are asked to be resident in Oxford for the majority of their time in post. Previous and upcoming Plumer Visiting Fellows (since the fellowship started in 2018) include: Prof Ros King (Southampton), Prof Kaara Peterson (Miami), Prof Richard Wilson (Kingston), Dr Hannah Crawforth (KCL), Prof Michael Ullyot (Calgary), Prof Jessica Wolfe (UNC Chapel Hill) and Prof Stephen Guy-Bray (UBC Vancouver). Applications for the Fellowship are brief and easy; they consist of a CV and a short statement detailing the research the candidate wishes to undertake while in Oxford. Applications are now open for fellowships starting in or after the academic year 2020-1. In the first instance, interested parties should contact Dr Robert Stagg ( or to discuss a possible application.
  • Calls for Papers

    Recent Calls for Papers

    Theatre, Anatomy and the Early Modern Doctor On Stage


    University of Oxford


    10 March 2022


    This interdisciplinary symposium plus theatre performance will explore the theatrically performative nature of early modern medicine, and the representation of doctors on stage, through an academic, medical, and theatrical lens. A keynote lecture will be delivered by Vishy Mahadevan, Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (‘The Surgical Operation and Anatomical Dissection as Theatre’), followed by a panel of short papers on the topic of doctors and medicine in the early modern period.This afternoon symposium will lead to an evening performance by King Edward’s Boys—a Stratford-on-Avon theatre company specialising in boys’ company plays from the sixteenth century—who will perform a thematised medley of extracts about doctors on stage in early modernity, from English drama and Moliere.The full call for papers, with proposal guidelines, is available here

    Please submit your abstracts (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) by January 31 2022 to Jennifer Edwards ( and Laurie Maguire (

    Wooden O Symposium


    Southern Utah University – Utah Shakespeare Festival


    August 8-10, 2022


    The 2022 Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the history, text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This year’s meeting will be a hybrid with both face-to-face and virtual presentations addressing the 2022 theme: Weathering the Storm: Survival, Hope and Redemption. We also encourage papers and presentations that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 summer season: All’s Well That Ends WellKing Lear, and The Tempest along with Sweeney ToddThe Sound of Music, and Trouble in Mind. Abstracts for consideration, both panels and individual presentations, should be sent to deadline for proposals is May 13, 2022. Session chairs and individual authors will be informed of acceptance no later than June 1. Please include a 250-word abstracts or session proposal (including individual abstracts) and the following information:


    • name of presenter(s)
    • participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar)
    • college/university affiliation
    • mailing address
    • email address
    • audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.

    For more information go to

    2022 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: “Shakespeare in a Changing World”


    As we slowly return to in-person activities after the great interruption of the pandemic, we might say to our world, as Snout does to Bottom, “thou art changed.” And while it may be tempting to say with Demetrius, “It seems to me / That yet we sleep, we dream,” we did not dream the last two years. The 4th Shakespearean Theatre Conference will ask how the study and performance of Shakespearean drama might respond to the  rapid and very real changes we are witnessing, while also investigating the relationship of this drama to the similarly rapid changes of Shakespeare’s time. To this end, we invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops on all aspects of Tudor and Stuart drama, while especially encouraging proposals that focus on historical change, old and/or new. Proposals might, for example, consider Shakespearean drama in relation to the histories of race, religion, gender, sexuality, emotion, and the body; to climate change; to changing performance and editorial practices; to the changing forms of oppression and liberation, including authoritarianism, economic exploitation, free speech, and democratic enfranchisement; to transglobal migration and diasporic change; to the changing media landscape; to language change; to scientific, cognitive, and epistemological revolutions; and to the many other factors that shape the history of its transmission and reception.


    Plenary speakers:

    Antoni Cimolino (Artistic Director, Stratford Festival) 

    Brian Cummings (University of York) 

    Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University) 


    The conference, to be held June 15-18, 2022, in Stratford, Ontario, is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The Festival has announced a 2022 season that includes HamletRichard IIIAll’s Well That Ends Well (the last two in the beautiful new Tom Patterson Theatre), and Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, as well as two world premières:  Hamlet-911, by Ann-Marie MacDonald, and 1939, by Jani Lauzon and Kaitlyn Riordan.  For conference updates, see  


    By January 31, 2022, please send proposals to


    Please note: The 4th Shakespearean Theatre Conference, originally scheduled for June 2021, was postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will observe all Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and University of Waterloo pandemic restrictions and protocols in place at the time of the conference, and we will let participants know what these are closer to the conference dates. If it proves necessary to postpone the conference again, we will do so no later than six weeks before the scheduled dates. Because attending live performances is an important part of the conference experience, we will not move the conference online.


    Kenneth Graham Laing

    Dept. of English

    Univ. of Waterloo


    Alysia Kolentsis

    Dept. of English

    St. Jerome’s Univ.


    Katherine Laing

    Interim Director of Education

    Stratford Festival


    The Theatrical Legacy of Thomas Middleton, 1624-2024


    Edited by William David Green, Anna L. Hegland, and Sam Jermy

    With an afterword by Professor Tracey Hill


    We plan to publish a collection of essays celebrating 400 years of Thomas Middleton’s legacy as a dramatist, from his final work for the commercial stage up to the present day.

    When does a dramatist’s theatrical legacy begin? The answer may vary depending on the occasion. In 2016, celebrations took place worldwide to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, but further commemorative material can be expected in 2023, the year in which the First Folio, the renowned volume in which so much of Shakespeare’s dramatic canon is preserved, will similarly turn 400 years old. For Shakespeare’s contemporary Thomas Middleton, however, no such early posthumous canonization exists. Middleton died in 1627, but it was not until 2007 that the Oxford Collected Works of Middleton, the self-proclaimed “Middleton First Folio”,1 was published; and yet, celebration of Middleton’s drama can be seen to have begun as early as 1624, in the unprecedented popular response to what would prove to be his final work for the commercial theatres.


    On 6 August 1624, A Game at Chess, Middleton’s scathing satire of Anglo-Spanish relations, received its first performance by the King’s Men at the Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside. Although presented as allegory, the play’s barely concealed representation of numerous real-life political figures as the various chess pieces that make up the play’s dramatis personae (including England’s King James himself) proved highly inflammatory. The play was stopped by official intervention on 16 August, and on 18 August the Privy Council opened a prosecution against the actors and the playwright. Middleton was acquitted, but never wrote another full play for the London playhouses. Yet despite bringing about a somewhat ignominious end to Middleton’s theatrical career, before being shut down the play had already become “the greatest commercial success of the early English theatre”,2 having been staged for a record nine consecutive performances (excluding Sundays) and possibly having been seen by up to twenty-seven thousand theatregoers, in 1624 more than a tenth of London’s population.3 The play also received a significant number of written responses by readers and spectators in the months and years following its initial performances.4 Middleton’s full canon may not have come to be truly defined until the publication of the Oxford Collected Works in 2007, but 1624 did mark the beginning of four centuries of reader/audience response to, and celebration of, Middleton’s significance to the history of early modern drama.


    With a 2024 publication date in mind, we intend to publish a collection commemorating four centuries of Middleton’s theatrical legacy, taking the initial success of A Game at Chess in 1624 as our starting point. We therefore invite proposals for chapters to be included in this collected volume. Topics to consider might include, but are certainly not limited to:


    • The legacy and impact of the 2007 Oxford Collected Works.
    • The evolution and redefinition of Middleton’s authorial canon.
    • The importance placed upon such issues as anonymity, authorship, and collaboration in the present-day study and textual editing of Middleton.
    • The textual transmission, readership, and shelf life of Middleton’s works in print, taking into account both early and modern editions.
    • Discussions of present-day performances of and practice-based engagements with Middleton’s works, or interviews with practitioners involved in such work.
    • Online performances and other engagements with Middleton’s work from a digital humanities perspective.
    • Middleton’s work with boy players (i.e. the Children of Paul’s; the Children of the Queen’s Revels), as well as the reimagining of such work by modern troupes of boy players, e.g. Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon).
    • Middleton’s relevance to present-day critical theories.
    • Responses to major works of Middleton criticism.
    • Middleton and the characterization of women on the stage.
    • Examining Middleton’s contemporary attitudes to race, gender, and religion, as considered from the perspective of the twenty-first century.
    • The importance of A Game at Chess to the study of early modern commercial theatre.
    • Middleton’s importance to the history of London.
    • Past efforts to celebrate Middleton (i.e. the 1972 Oxford/York revival of A Game at Chess; the Beyond Shakespeare Company’s Triumph 2021 event).

    Finished chapters should be 5000-6000 words in length (including  ). Please send abstracts of 250-300 words, along with a brief bio, to by midnight GMT on 28 February 2022. We anticipate that the deadline for the submission of completed chapters will be in September 2022. Any potential contributors wishing to discuss their chapter idea before preparing an abstract are welcome to do so (well in advance of the deadline) either by contacting us at the above email address or by contacting any of the co-editors individually. Scholars and theatre practitioners from all backgrounds and of all career levels are invited to submit abstracts, and we are also eager to receive proposals from PhD students and early career researchers.


    1 Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino (gen. eds), Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 58.

    2 Mark Kaethler, Thomas Middleton and the Plural Politics of Jacobean Drama (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021), 153.

    3 Musa Gurnis, Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling: Theater in Post-Reformation London (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), 91.

    4 Michelle O’Callaghan, Thomas Middleton, Renaissance Dramatist (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009), 161; Paul Salzman, Literature and Politics in the 1620s: “Whisper’d Counsells” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 31.

    Centre for Early Modern Studies: ‘Key Things’ Blog Series


    After twenty-eight fascinating contributions to Keywords last year, the Centre for Early Modern Studies is looking to commission twelve short pieces for this year’s postgraduate blog series. Each piece will be paid, of around a thousand words in length, and – in a material turn for 2021/22 – take a single object or ‘key thing’ as both its title and point of departure. The series seeks to explore the complex relationships that exist between beings and things in the world, and some of the ways in which these (and the objects themselves) shift and change through time in different historical contexts. Participants are free – indeed, encouraged – to interpret the parameters of the task in the manner that best befits their current research interests. As with Keywords last year, we hope that in issuing a call across the varied disciplines of the Arts and Humanities we can locate new and diverse points of connection within early modern studies.


    If you’re interested in being involved, or have any questions, please do get in touch via the CEMS email address ( before 5pm (GMT) on Friday 5 November 2021. We ask that you include your department, current level of study, a proposed ‘key thing’ , and a brief summary of your research. The release of the series will be phased over the second and third semesters, with the first post scheduled for mid-January 2022.

    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: Monday, 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

  • Conferences and Other Events

    Upcoming Conferences and Other Events

    The 2022 National Humanities Conference Call for Proposals is Now Available!


    November 10-13, 2022


    We are pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals for the 2022 National Humanities Conference is now available! The conference will be held November 10-13 in Los Angeles, California.


    Co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the National Humanities Conference brings together representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations to explore approaches to deepening the public’s engagement with the humanities.


    This year’s theme is “Energy of Motion: Experiencing Change in Kinetic California.” After many months of being in stasis because of the global pandemic, we are all craving movement, travel, activity—and Los Angeles is the perfect place to experience this, to accelerate our connections and create greater humanities energy together. The conference is an opportunity to envision how the humanities contribute to understanding movement and the energy that results, as well as how the humanities themselves generate kinetic energy that transforms individual and collective lives. 


    We encourage you to submit proposals and recruit others to do the same! Please contact Edward Moreno at with any questions or for support in building sessions.



    Brandeis University Mandel Center for the Humanities panel: “What is Public Scholarship?”


    May 13 & 14, 2022


    This conference aims to address vexed questions of relevance and contemporary significance in relation to Shakespeare and to engage with the complex contiguity between the hot-button issues of our own day and their Shakespearean resonances.  Presenters will ask not just why or how Shakespeare might be pertinent to current social, political, and literary matters, but also relevant to whom? How do we make connections between Shakespeare and the myriad of current issues around race, ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, or the environment without conflating discrete temporal moments?  When and why might it be important for scholars to resist the pressures of relevance? Addressing these questions from a range of perspectives, including performance, text, history, and poetics, will variously sharpen, counter, and contradict some of the arguments that are regularly made in defense of the humanities.


    Learn more about Shakespeare and the Poetics and Politics of Relevance here or contact Dympna C. Callaghan, Syracuse University (



    Shakespeare and the Poetics and Politics of Relevance


    May 13 & 14, 2022


    This conference aims to address vexed questions of relevance and contemporary significance in relation to Shakespeare and to engage with the complex contiguity between the hot-button issues of our own day and their Shakespearean resonances.  Presenters will ask not just why or how Shakespeare might be pertinent to current social, political, and literary matters, but also relevant to whom? How do we make connections between Shakespeare and the myriad of current issues around race, ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, or the environment without conflating discrete temporal moments?  When and why might it be important for scholars to resist the pressures of relevance? Addressing these questions from a range of perspectives, including performance, text, history, and poetics, will variously sharpen, counter, and contradict some of the arguments that are regularly made in defense of the humanities.


    Learn more about Shakespeare and the Poetics and Politics of Relevance here or contact Dympna C. Callaghan, Syracuse University (



    Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race Symposium


    October 19-22, 2021


    Co-sponsored by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.


    Enmity is a sustaining force for systemic racism, a fervent antipathy toward a category of people. Enmity exists at the nexus of individual and group identity and produces difference by desiring opposition and supremacy, imagining separation by force, and willing conflict. Enmity unfolds in different ways in different places, according to local logics of territory, population, language, or culture, even as these geographical divisions are subject to constant change.


    This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rutgers University, focuses on how early modern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions. The notions of enmity and region provide a dual dynamic lens for tracing the racial repertoires that developed in response to increasingly hostile contention between early modern cultural and political forces. The symposium will invite scholars to take up this intersection between region and enmity, and to examine how belief in difference, or the emergence of polarizing structures and violent practices, configured race thinking and racial practices in ways that are both unique to different territories and that transcend them.


    RaceB4Race is brought to life by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in partnership with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities at Arizona State University. RaceB4Race is underwritten by the Hitz Foundation.


    Learn more about RaceB4Race here. Registration opens August 16, 2021 at 9:00 am EDT.