I am unashamed to say that my annual Eastertide pilgrimage to the meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America is one of the intellectual highlights of my year. It comes at a time in the term when I am hungry for an injection of intellectual engagement and friendship. One of the great gifts of my profession, for me at the least and despite all of its failings, is that of lifelong friendship. In the age of near-instant regular communication across the globe, that gratitude is two-fold.
Aside from the fact that I will stretching my current research agenda in new DH directions with the “Shakespeare at Scale” seminar (see our abstracts here), I am especially excited this year to be a part of the inaugural peer mentor initiative #SAAllies. I can remember my first SAA in Boston, feeling both so excited but so awkward in not knowing the dance moves. Older students in my PhD program swept me up and let me tag along without making me feel small or juvenile.
Are you looking for someone to connect with at this SAA? Particularly someone who cares about theatre history, performance studies, and critical race theory? Connect with me! Feel free to reach out via Twitter DM, or face-to-face at a panel, plenary, or while auditing a seminar. Below are the events I plan on attending. Here’s a list of other informal get-togethers for different early-career investments. I’m also looking for someone to attend the Tintoretto exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, so do let me know if you are interested. All the #SAAllies will be wearing blue lanyards, so don’t hesitate to grab any of us—even if it is to ask whether the Malone Society Dance is “cool.” See you at #Shax2019!
Wednesday, April 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Performance: The White Devil play reading with Laura Bolvilsky
Thursday, April 18
10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
- 5PP: Players, Playwrights, Playhouses, Plays, and Parishes
- Approaches to Aphra Behn’s The Rover: Text, Teaching, and Performance
- Early Modern Disability Methodologies
- London as Theatrical Space
- Manuscripts and Early Modern Drama
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
- Practicum: Teaching Early Drama beyond the Anglosphere
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
- Panel: Shakespeare and Transgender Theory
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Ecomaterialism and Performance
- Fellowship in Shakespeare’s Time
- The King’s Men and Their Playwrights
- Shakespeare and “Minor” Dramatists
- Shakespeare at Scale [my sess]
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Annual Reception
Friday, April 19
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
- Panel: Rhetorics of Performance
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
- Modern Scholarly Editions: Challenges and Opportunities
- Writing about Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama for a Broader Public
- The EMC Imprint from UCSB
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
- Annual Luncheon
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
- Plenary: Looking Forward—New Directions in Early Modern Race Studies
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
- Performance: The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean
Saturday, April 20
11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
- Panel: 2019 #NextGenPlen
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
- Roundtable: The Economics of Shakespeare Publishing
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Editing Editing
- Shakespeare in Film History
- Teaching the Premodern in a Time of White Supremacy
- Tudor Performance: Contexts, traditions, Afterlives
10:30 – 1:00 a.m.
- The Dance