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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


    • 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 (

    • FOLGER INSTITUTE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2021-2022 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. The global pandemic, ongoing at the time of this announcement, requires that adaptability. In 2021-2022, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms and phases of scholarly enterprise as well as places to pursue it.Fellowship awards will be $3,500 to support four continuous weeks of work. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021. Fellowships may be undertaken between July 2021 and June 2022. 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 the Folger Library’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. In 2021-2022, travel is not required for Folger Fellowships and will not be the basis of an award for this year. Here are some scenarios an applicant might propose:
      • A researcher requests access to select electronic resources or databases while working from home.
      • 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 requests support for time to organize notes and images collected during past visits to libraries and archives.
      • A researcher notes how fellowship support will relieve them of the need for summer or adjunct teaching.

      Apply now online. Deadline for research fellowship applications is January 15, 2021.

    • 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

    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: 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

  • Conferences and Other Events

    Upcoming Conferences and Other Events

    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.