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.
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.