March Blogroll: Hip Hashtags Edition

Dear readers,

The November BiteThumbnails blogroll, Birds of a Feather Edition, discussed some of my favorite early modern English scholars on Twitter and some other fun to be had with the period in the Twitter-verse. This blogroll is late in coming at the forefront of the conference season: I’ve got three conferences this April myself, and another for which I am a head organizer here on the UIUC campus. (Shameless plug: click here for more information about my “A Local Habitation and A Name”: Locality and the English Theatre conference.) Looking ahead, I did want to draw your attention to a couple hashtags that are going to light up in your Twitter feed:

  • #RSA15: The annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America is underway this week in Berlin! The first real bevy of summarizing and interrogating Tweets showed up this morning and things have seemed fascinating thus far. Even some standing-room only panels, apparently. Follow the stream here.
  • #ShakeAss15: Next week several thousand Shakespeareans are descending on Vancouver for the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. (I know, both major American early modern societies holding conferences abroad? A sign of our globalized times?) This is my absolute favorite conference; I attended it first in Boston four or so years ago and haven’t missed one since. I get to see my faculty perform in the wild, network with colleagues while actors wander about in costume, and enjoy time with actual friends in my field who live in different parts of the country—not to mention the excellent Malone Society Dance to end the festivities. Follow along next week here.
  • Twitter and Conferencing from @ProfHacker: I like to revisit this Chronicle of Higher Education blog about well-being and social media in preparation for, during, and after a major academic conference. There are notes in here about etiquette on the Twitterers, what kind of posts are the most useful during a session, backchannels and overall inclusion. Click here for the post.


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