Programme du bal: 2019 SAA

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.

From the Archaearium exhibit at Historic Jamestowne on the First Nations encountered by the English in the early seventeenth century in Virginia. #HonorNativeLand

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.

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Programme du bal: 2019 RSA

It is my first time heading out to the annual Renaissance Society of America (RSA) conference, and I am very much looking forward to the intra-disciplinarity the event promises. Before I hop my flight from PDX Saturday morning, here’s my dance-card—perhaps more aspirational than anything else.

Looking for me? I’ll be giving my paper, “Cham’s Beard and Tartar’s Bow: Mongolia in the Elizabethan Repertory,” based on research at the Huntington this past summer, at the top of the 11:00 a.m. session entitled Contextualizing Performance in English Renaissance Drama. It is generously hosted by the University of North Texas Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium. My co-panelists and I met at a Blackfriars’ conference some years ago and have been dying to get together on a project. Thus, the session promises to be one of convivial delight. Follow along at #RenSA19.

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