Meeting in Atlanta: #ShakeAss17


Dear readers,

I realized, looking at previous posts leading up to the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America—fondly referred to by those in the field as #ShakeAss—that I had forgot to post in advance of the meeting in New Orleans last year. That may well have been because it was one of my most busy and favorites. There were parades celebrating 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, many Pimm’s Cups in tucked-away bars with dear friends, a great deal of oysters, and a publication solicitation! This is not to mention a great seminar session, “Before Shakespeare,” hosted by Andy Kesson and Lucy Munro in advance of their Before Shakespeare initiative. There was simply no time to blog in all the excitement!

This year looks to be equally stimulating and equally busy, with more lunch, coffee, and dinners scheduled than I can remember. Below are the workshops, seminars, and sessions I am most interested in this year. Many overlap, so there will be difficult decisions. For the full program schedule, check out the association’s website, here.

I will be live-tweeting panels as I get to them via @ElizETavares, per usual. Do feel free to DM a question you’d like asked in any of the Q&A sessions!

Hoping to see you in Atlanta,

Wednesday, 5 April

7:00 to 10:00PM

Play Reading: A Game of Chess

Regency Ballroom V, Lower Level 1
Sponsored by Shakespeare Bulletin. Open to all registrants for the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting and their guests.

Thursday, 6 April

10:00 to 12:00 noon

Workshop: Adapting Shakespeare: Contemporary Theory and Practice

Grand Hall A, Lower Level 2
Leaders: Katherine Hennessey, American University of Kuwait and Paul Prescott, University of Warwick

Seminar: Race and the Materiality of Early Modern Performance

Spring Room, Lower Level 3
Leader: Miles P. Grier, Queens College, CUNY

Seminar: The Soundscapes of Renaissance Prose

Hanover Hall D, Lower Level 2
Leaders: Kate De Rycker, Newcastle University and Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University

Practicum: Typography and the Material Text

Hanover Hall A/B, Lower Level 2
Leader: Erika Boeckeler, Northeastern University, with the assisatnce of Jonathan P. Lamb, University of Kansas
An introduction to early modern typography and book production, with a discussion of how technical knowledge in this field can be used in advanced research. Open to all registrants of the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting and their registered guests.

1:30 to 3:00PM

Panel Session: NextGenPlen

Centennial Ballroom III and IV, Lower Level 1
Session Organizers: Members of the NextGenPlen Committee for 2017
Chair: Wendy Wall, Northwestern University

Sara B. T.  Thiel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Performing Blackface Pregnancy at the Stuart Court: Queen Anna of Denmark and The Masque of Blackness

Rebecca L. Fall, Northwestern University

Nonsense and Rebellion

Amy Lidster, King’s College London

Shakespeare and the Implications of Paratextual Attribution

Kyle Grady, University of Michigan

Zora Neale Hurston and Humoral Theory: Comparing Racial Concepts from Early Modern England and Post-Abolition America

3:30 to 5:30PM

Seminar: Early Modern Technologies of Space and Place

Grand Hall A, Lower Level 2
Leaders: Laura Williamson-Ambrose, Saint Mary’s College and Gavin Hollis, Hunter College, CUNY

Seminar: Forgotten Histories

Spring Room, Lower Level 3
Leader: Marisa Cull, Randolph-Macon College

Seminar: John Marston: New Directions

Hanover Hall E, Lower Level 2
Leader: Martin Butler, University of Leeds

Seminar: Lost Plays and Their Contexts

Grand Hall C, Lower Level 2
Leaders: Roslyn Knutson, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, David McInnis, University of Melbourne and Matthew Steggle, Sheffield Hallam University

Friday, 7 April

9:00 to 10:30AM

Plenary Roundtable: Queer Natures: Bodies, Sexualities, Environments

Centennial Ballroom III and IV, Lower Level 1
Session Organizer: Karen Raber
Chair: Mario DiGangi, Lehman College, CUNY

Joseph Campana, Rice University

Love in a Time of Swarm

Karen Raber, University of Mississippi


Vin Nardizzi, University of British Columbia

Fruits and Vegetables

Laurie Shannon, Northwestern University

“Nature’s Changing Course”: The Question of Sonnet 18

3:30 to 5:30PM

Workshop: Audience Engagement on the Shakespearean Stage

Hanover Hall A/B, Lower Level 2
Leaders: Pamela Allen Brown, University of Connecticut, Stamford and Nancy  Selleck, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Seminar: Performance and the Paper Stage, 1640-1695

Spring Room, Lower Level 3
Leaders: Emma Lesley Depledge, Université de Fribourg and Rachel J. Willie, Liverpool John Moores University

Seminar: Shakespeare and Black America

Courtland Room, Lower Level 3
Leaders: Patricia Cahill, Emory University and Kim F. Hall, Barnard College

Seminar: Shakespeare, Memory, and Performance

Hanover Hall C, Lower Level 2
Leader: Lina Perkins, Wilder Connecticut College

9:00 to 11:30PM

Performance Screening: The Tempest

Centennial Ballroom IV, Lower Level 1
Directed by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in partnership with Intel and The Imaginarium and starring Simon Russell Beale (2016). Open to all registrants for the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting and their registered guests.

Saturday, 8 April

9:00 to 10:30AM

Panel Session: Shared Archives, New Methods: Book History and Theater History

Centennial IV, Lower Level 1
Session Organizers: Claire Bourne and Tara Lyons
Chair: Lucy Munro, King’s College London

Tamara Atkin,  Queen Mary, London

Remediating Sixteenth-Century Drama: Gismond of Salerne in Script and Print

Claire M. L. Bourne, Pennsylvania State University

Asides: Performance and Print

Tara L. Lyons, Illinois State University

Drama Collections: Archives of Performance to Print

W. B. Worthen, Barnard College

Machining Performance

Lori Humphrey Newcomb, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Plays, Ballads, and the Cycle of Remediation

Helen M. Ostovich, McMaster University

A Response

12:45 to 1:45PM

Interview: The Fortunes of the Moor

With playwrights Carlton and Barbara Molette
Regency V, Lower Level 1
Showing rare archival clips from a staging of their Othello sequel and discussing Black American theater. Open to all registrants for the Forty-Fifth Annual and their registered guests. Takeaway lunches will be available outside the Regency VI room.

2:00 to 3:30PM

Roundtable: Shakespeare and Archaeology: The Theatre to New Place

Centennial IV, Lower Level 1
Roundtable Organizer: Franklin Hildy
Moderator: Kate Giles

Paul Edmondson, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

New Place

Kate Giles, University of York

The Guild Hall at Stratford-on-Avon

Johanna Schmitz, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

The Rose Revealed Project

Franklin Hildy, University of Maryland

The Hope, the Theatre, and the Curtain

4:00 to 6:00PM

Film Screening: Hamlet : A Reinvention of the Tragedy with Puppets

Learning Center, Lower Level 1
Directed by Yuichi Abe and adapted by Harumo Sanazaki.

Seminar: Diversifying the Field of Shakespeare Performance

Courtland Room, Lower Level 3
Leaders: Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas, El Paso and Carla Della Gatta, University of Southern California

Seminar: Material Texts and Digital Interfaces

Hanover Hall F, Lower Level 2
Leader: Sarah Werner, Washington, DC

Seminar: Theatrical Historiography

Spring Room, Lower Level 3
Leaders: Richard Schoch, Queen’s University Belfast and Amanda Louise Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University

9:30 to 10:30PM

Singalong: West Side Story

Centennial Ballroom IV, Lower Level 1
Open to all registrants for the Forty-Fifty Annual Meeting and their guests.

10:30PM to 1:00AM

The Dance

Centennial Ballroom III, Lower Level 1
With a cash bar. Sponsored by the SAA and the Malone Society. Tickets are available at the registration tables and at the door.

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