Shakespeare Association of America

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  • Faculty Positions

    Teaching Positions

    • 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)
    • Assistant Professor in English Literature, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY: St. John Fisher College, an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition located in Rochester, New York, seeks nominations and applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in English literature with a primary focus on Shakespeare. Preference will be given to applicants whose work is informed by interdisciplinary approaches and/or postcolonial theory and who can teach courses in the College’s Core curriculum. An expertise in teaching film is also desirable. The position is available beginning August 2021. Learn more here. (Posted 11 December 2020)

  • Fellowships



      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

    • 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.
  • Conferences

    Upcoming Conferences

    • 11th World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore: Shakespeare Circuits will be held online 18-24 July 2021. Enrollment for seminars and workshops is now open. Fee waivers available by application. Click here for more information.