RaceB4Race First and Second Book Institutes


There is a glaring need to support early and mid-career premodern critical race scholars through the process of publishing a book, a critical juncture in an academic career. Premodern critical race studies remains under-acknowledged and underrepresented in scholarly publishing. In order to ensure that this vital scholarship is made available, the RaceB4Race First and Second Book Institutes will provide scholars with the opportunity to focus on their monograph project with a group of invested scholars and an expert institute leader.


Participants will meet twice monthly to discuss and workshop their writing, and will participate in professional development opportunities organized by the institute leader. 


The RaceB4Race First and Second Book Institutes are part of the fully virtual RaceB4Race Mentorship Network, a Mellon-funded initiative based at Rutgers University-Newark and directed by Professor Patricia Akhimie.  


Contact [email protected] with any questions

Applications due December 7, 2022


The Huntington Presents: Imagining Shakespeare in 2050: Performance and Archives


November 11 & 12, 2022


Join a panel of scholars and artistic directors in dialogue about Shakespeare’s work, theatrical performances, and archives, as well as his future role in the world at large.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered arts and research institutions, many used the closures as an opportunity to (re)think Shakespeare’s position in their organizations and imagine new visions for the playwright in the world at large. What role will Shakespeare play in the future? By 2050, what should Shakespearean theatrical productions attempt to provide or achieve? How should Shakespearean archives change by 2050? Can we use Shakespeare’s work to create and foster a culture of radical inclusion?

Click HERE for more information. 

Read free articles in honor of Renaissance Drama’s fiftieth volume


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Renaissance Drama celebrates its fiftieth volume with a sampling of twelve articles, free to read for a limited time. These articles represent just some of the journal’s rich history and its contribution to early modern theater and performance studies in Europe and beyond.


While it would be impossible to provide a fully representative selection from Renaissance Drama’s extensive archive of articles, this particular “cut” through the journal’s past and present includes articles on European drama and theater history, performance beyond plays and playhouses, women dramatists, and histories of the book. Some of these articles have proven foundational for the field, and others open up new ways of understanding it. Over the decades, Renaissance Drama has featured many articles on Shakespeare’s plays, but here we’ve included only a few, deliberately seeking to emphasize other writers and canons. We also highlight Renaissance Drama’s early and continuing commitments to early modern race and colonialism studies, landmark feminist work, and sexuality studies.


We will make an additional set of twelve free-to-read articles available later in the year, with the release of volume 50, number 2.


Click HERE to join us in exploring fifty volumes of Renaissance Drama.

The 45th Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference


October 27-29, 2022

The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

Shakespearean Genre and Adaptation


The need to talk about genre in Shakespeare and early modern English literature has never been more pressing. In response to the pandemic, enterprising theatrical companies and other purveyors of Shakespeare’s works have accelerated the growth of new forms of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-based creativity, such as immersive and interactive theater experiences delivered through Zoom. These added to and grew alongside relatively “older” adaptations, re-presentations, and appropriations of Shakespeare in modern genres: graphic novels, television dramas, teen-film comedies, YA novels. 

We welcome papers on all topics related to genre, form, adaptation, and appropriation. We encourage proposals that consider how new circumstances, new genres, and new questions give urgency to “old” investigations of genre and deepen our understanding of Shakespeare’s relevance to larger issues that face us at this moment in history. We also encourage papers that consider how new investigations of genre shed new light on the concerns of early modern readers and audiences. 

  • How do questions of form, mode, and medium influence meaning? What are the limitations and affordances of genre-based analysis? 
  • How do adaptations and appropriations open up new readings of the plays or new ways to access and engage with traditional materials? 
  • How do new forms and media, new adaptations and appropriations, transform teaching, performing, or consuming Shakespeare’s plays? 

We are open to many interpretations of genre and “Shakespeare,” and we welcome papers addressing a wide variety of early modern works. The conference is open to graduate students for regular sessions and to undergraduate students for roundtable seminars. Graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize and the Julia R. Lupton Graduate Prize. 

Please submit 200-300-word abstracts by September 5 to [email protected]; the OVSC also offers an Early Decision option with the deadline of July 1. 

OVSC Website: https://www.ovshakes.org/ 

ASA’s Fourth International Shakespeare Conference: Shakespeare, Power & Politics on Modern Stage


“Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power” Yerevan, Republic of Armenia


October 6-9, 2022


Armenian Shakespeare Association (ASA) is pleased to welcome Shakespeare scholars, translators, theatre critics, directors, actors, and PhD students across the world to its 4th International Conference. It will be held in Yerevan, the sunny capital of the Republic of Armenia with 3000-year history named ‘museum in the open air’ by UNESCO.

The ASA conferences have gained popularity among international guests for their inclusive academic cooperation in friendly atmosphere, Armenian hospitality, and wider cultural and sightseeing programmes.

Expenses covered by organisers: transport between Yerevan international airport and the hotel, drinks and snacks during the conference, daily sightseeing tours and museum visits with multilingual guides as well as evening entertainment. Flights to and from Armenia and accommodation are not covered. There is no visa requirement for EU and US citizens (and several other countries). Please, consult the government updates on: http://www.mfa.am/en/visa/

The conference suggests following panels, additional discussion areas are most welcome:

  • Power and censorship conveyed in Shakespearean canon in his era and historical context
  • Performing Shakespeare in oppressive regimes: theatre, cinema, music, and dance
  • Translating Shakespeare in adverse geo-political or economic settings (translators welcome)
  • Shakespeare and the powerless: refugees, minorities and underdogs performing Shakespeare
  • Staging Shakespeare for modern audiences: dramaturgical challenges, textual hurdles, performing styles



Application Form

Please send the application form and 200-word abstracts BEFORE 30 June 2020 to: [email protected]

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RaceB4Race Mentorship Network


Building the field of premodern critical race studies will depend on new ideas and new practitioners. RaceB4Race is pleased to offer a dynamic mentorship network, connecting established career scholars with early career scholars. The network offers new scholars support as they develop the research that will drive the academic conversation forward. The RaceB4Race Mentorship Network is designed to be cross-institutional, pairing mentors with mentees from all over the world.

Fifteen mentors–mid-career and senior scholars of premodern critical race studies–will be matched with 2-3 mentees for quarterly virtual meetings over two semesters to discuss career development, work-life balance, writing, publishing, and cutting-edge research happening within the field of premodern critical race studies. In the fall all mentors and mentees will participate in a semester-long virtual reading/research group, meeting monthly to connect participants with a larger network of premodern critical race scholars.

The mentorship network and reading/research group are part of the fully virtual RaceB4Race Mentorship Network, a Mellon-funded initiative based at Rutgers University-Newark and directed by Professor Patricia Akhimie.



  • The Mentorship Network runs from August through May each year. 
  • The accompanying reading/research group runs from August to December.
  • All participation in the mentorship network and reading/research group will be virtual via Zoom. 
  • Early-career scholars, mid-career scholars, and graduate students seeking a PhD in a premodern field who have achieved candidacy are invited to apply.

How to apply


Please submit a CV, and a brief letter describing your current research and what kinds of support you seek from a mentor and from the larger mentorship network. Applications are due by June 15, 2022.

Please feel free to contact Patricia Akhimie ([email protected]) with any questions. Read more about this year’s mentors and submit your applications here.

To Make Oppression Bitter: Shakespeare Scholars on the Frontline in Ukraine


To Be Or Not To Be: Lockdown Shakespeare Podcast


The Shakespeare scholars of Ukraine have found themselves on the frontline of a brutal war, and have launched an urgent appeal in conjunction with colleagues around the world. We hear from the scholars whose lives have been swept away by war, and who have bravely volunteered to do everything they can to help. They tell us how the play of Hamlet has been intertwined for centuries with the cause of Ukrainian freedom and independence; and how his famous question has a starkly existential meaning for the future of their country and for every Ukrainian.


Listen on Apple, Spotify, Podbean.

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 [email protected] with any questions or for support in building sessions.