Hello, my name is Lindsay Reid, and I am the new Associate Editor here at The Shakespeare Standard. It’s back-to-school time, and The Scrivener’s here with lots of scholarship news!
Jobs, jobs, jobs, and a postdoc:
First of all, the North American academic job season is upon us, and there are several Shakespeare-related positions currently being advertised. The earliest deadline I’ve come across so far is 15 October for Skidmore College, where they’re seeking an Assistant Professor in the area of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. There’s also a small spate of American Shakespeare jobs with November deadlines:
- Seattle University is advertising for an Assistant Professor of Early Modern Literature with a specialization in drama, including Shakespeare.
- SUNY Brockport seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor of British Early Modern Literature with particular expertise in Shakespeare.
- Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University is seeking an Assistant Professor specializing in the Late Middle Ages/Renaissance and whose specialties may include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and poetry.
- Clark University has advertised for an Assistant Professor specializing in Shakespeare and early modern literature and theory.
- The University of Evansville is looking for an Assistant Professor in English with the ability to teach modern British and Irish Literature as well as Shakespeare.
- Drake University seeks applicants for a renewable, non-tenure track position in Early Modern English Literature and specifies that desirable candidates will be able to teach early modern poetry, prose, and drama, including (but not primarily) Shakespeare.
In the UK, an exciting position is currently being advertised by The Learning Department at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. They’re looking for a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies to deliver in-house and outreach classes for schools, universities, and adult learners. The deadline (September 23) is coming up very quickly, so you might have to scramble! More information is available here.
There’s also an interesting three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. They’re looking for a Research Associate in the area of “Emotions in Literature.” The researcher will have the opportunity to work on a project concerning emotions in English literature or drama between 1500 and 1800. You’ll find more details here. Once again, the deadline on this one (27 September) is coming right up.
Upcoming conference deadlines:
Most of the deadlines have now passed for the Shakespeare 450 conference, but if you missed them and still have a hankering to go to Paris next spring, you’ll be interested to know that participants are still being sought for a workshop intriguingly entitled “’So Rare a Wonder’d Father’: the Cult of Shakespeare and the Father Figure.” Read more here.
Meanwhile, deadlines are also fast approaching for some really interesting conferences in Canada, the UK, and Belgium. “Rethinking Early Modernity,” hosted by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, is planned for 26-27 June 2014, and paper proposals are due by 30 September. Further details here.
The Society for Renaissance Studies’ 6th Biennial Conference on the theme of ”Performative Spaces” will take place at the University of Southampton from 13–15 July 2014. Proposals are due 27 September, and more details are available here. And abstracts for “The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture,” which will hosted by the Department of Literature at Ghent University from 10-11 April 2014, are due by 1 October. Read more about it here.
A bit further away is the 1 November deadline for abstract submissions on “Shakespeare on Film & Television” for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference, which will be held in Chicago from 16-19 April 2014. You can take a look at the full call for papers here.
If you’re currently a graduate/postgraduate student (or a newly minted PhD), you might be interested in two upcoming events. Firstly, the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its eleventh annual graduate student conference on 19 October 2013. Students are invited to submit abstracts no later than 21 September. Additional information here.
Also, as previously mentioned in this column, The British Institute of Florence’s annual Shakespeare Graduate Conference—a bilingual English-Italian forum that will be held on 10 April 2014—is seeking abstracts on this year’s theme, ““Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Forms of Nationhood.” Additional information here.
Calls for manuscripts:
The Journal of the Wooden O (a peer-reviewed academic publication) invites submissions on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare’s works, Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries. The deadline for manuscripts is 18 October, and more information is available here.
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (a peer-reviewed academic publication) invites submissions for an issue on the theme “Emotions in History.” Manuscripts are due 31 October, and you can find more about the journal and call for papers here.
The Year’s Work in English Studies has two vacancies for contributors to write entries on Shakespeare scholarship (one on the histories and another on the tragedies). Contributors write a short (typically 6,000 words) narrative of the scholarly and critical work in their particular field which a) was published in the calendar year under discussion and b) you think was important. Expressions of interest together with short academic biographies should be sent to Dr Richard Wood at Richard.Wood@shu.ac.uk.
Finally, have you heard about the University of Birmingham’s new Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Fellowship scheme? This would potentially provide an opportunity for a Shakespearean to be based at the Shakespeare Institute for up to six months. The first application deadline is 20 September, with further calls for deadlines 17 January, 11 April, and 11 July 2014. Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, would “be especially pleased to hear from anyone interested in using and exploring the archive of Shakespeare translations held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.” If you are interested in pursuing this, please contact him at email@example.com.
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