Charter of the Rights of Casual Academic Staff

[Message from Prof. Laurie Johnson, President of ANZSA]

As President of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association, I fully endorse the Charter of the Rights of Casual Academic Staff. This is an issue that affects all of our members as well as being most keenly felt by the early career academics and postgraduate students within our membership. With increasing casualization of the academic workforce in Australia and New Zealand, as well as globally, all institutions that rely on this workforce have a fundamental responsibility to their staff, to their students, and to all their stakeholders to ensure that the conditions spelled out in the Charter are properly resourced and protected in policy and procedure.

Without a properly remunerated and resourced casual workforce, the quality of delivery of the curriculum to students suffers, the level of support given to current staff diminishes, the reputation of the institution declines, and future reserves crumble as outstanding early career academics are driven away from the workforce in pursuit of more stable and rewarding career pathways.

Every academic institution protects its current investments and provides for strength in the future of the tertiary education sector by subscribing to the Charter of the Rights of Casual Academic Staff.

–Laurie Johnson, 20 November 2018

Download the Charter here:
Charter of Rights for Casuals

Download a copy of the President’s letter here:
ANZSA Casual Charter Endorsement

ANZSA response to political interference in research funding

The Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association expresses in the strongest terms that it is vital for Australian Humanities research to be funded appropriately, through a transparent and rigorous peer-review process. We are deeply concerned by the revelation that, without explanation of his motives, the former Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, disregarded the expert recommendation of the ARC reviewers after months of evaluation and vetoed eleven grant applications for research in the Humanities that had been recommended for funding. These actions appear to represent a direct attack on Humanities research and a disregard for its value, and an arbitrary intervention in a rigorous peer review process that is the gold standard in the international research community. We call on the ARC and the Morrison government to articulate their commitment to these values of transparency and expert peer review in the future allocation of ARC funding.

The New Fortune Theatre, Edited by Ciara Rawnsley and Robert White

The New Fortune Theatre: That Vast Open Stage

Edited by Ciara Rawnsley and Robert White

The New Fortune Theatre at The University of Western Australia is unique as an exact reconstruction of the Fortune Playhouse built in London in 1600, the year Hamlet was performed at the rival Globe playhouse.




“Shakespeare Matters”, a new Australian MOOC

Associate Professor Lucy Potter from the University of Adelaide is the leader of a team that has developed a MOOC (massive open online course) called Shakespeare Matters. The MOOC is the first on Shakespeare from an Australian university, and will be available on the EdX platform. It is scheduled to launch on 14 December 2017, and is now open for enrolments. To see the promo video and to enrol, click on the following link.Shakespeare Matters MOOC launching 14 December enrol now!

Once enrolled, you will have access to numerous resources that you will be free to use can in teaching Shakespeare, and other early modern English playwrights. The MOOC focuses on emotions in Shakespeare’s plays, and has been developed with an emphasis on student co-creation. Please share information about this MOOC with your students, friends, and networks.

Lucy will present a paper on the MOOC at the February 2018 ANZSA conference.

CFP and Open Opportunities — Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Volume 5
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites essay submissions for Volume Five on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’.
In its broadest sense, empire as a term is used to describe a state or cluster of lands and states ruled by a monarch or emperor. With its implications of wide and far reaching dominion, empire as a concept also lends itself to a broad range of subject areas that may consider a number of cultural groups and historical periods, concepts of power and dominance, influence and control. Topics may include but are not limited to:
-       representations of cultural legacy and achievement in claims to power
-       studies in the visual, literary and material culture of empire
-       the birth of Renaissance humanism with its focus on classical notions of civic duty
-       religious appropriations of the imperial claim to political supremacy
-       medieval romance and epic as genres innovating on classical styles and themes
-       the imperialist legacy in early colonial propaganda
As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions across the fields of art history, literature, politics, intellectual history, social studies and beyond.
Articles should be approximately 5000-7000 words. Further details regarding submission  and author guidelines including the journal style sheet can be found online at deadline for themed submissions is 30 November 2017. Non-themed submissions are welcome at any point throughout the year.
Ceræ is delighted to offer two prizes each for Volume 5:
The first prize, of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best article submitted by a graduate student, and is sponsored by the University of Western Australia Graduate Research School. This award may be given to either a themed or non-themed submission.
The second prize, also of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best essay on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’ by a graduate student or early-career researcher.
Further enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the editor
Administered from the University of Western Australia, Cerae is an open-access, peer reviewed journal directed by a committee of interstate and international graduate students and early career researchers. We are united in our commitment to open access publishing, the possibilities of the digital humanities, and to forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars.
Volunteering for Cerae will give you invaluable experience in operating a journal – from drafting calls for papers, to the review process, through to copyediting – all skills which will make you more competitive in the academic job market. It will also give you the chance to make a difference and work with a very passionate and dedicated team.
To nominate yourself for a role, please email by 25th September 2017.
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work closely with the Editor to prepare each volume for publication. The Deputy Editor will:
- Arrange the provisional screening and peer review of articles.
- Liaise between reviewers and authors to finalise articles for publication.
- Organise the typesetting and copyediting of articles.
This role requires <2 hours per week.
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the administrative tasks involved in running the journal. The Secretary:
- Monitors our main email account
- Organises meetings, writes agendas, and takes minutes as needed
- Oversees our ‘virtual office’
- Maintains contact lists
- Is the central hub of information management
This role requires a minimum of 2 hours per week.
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the accounting tasks involved in running the journal. The Treasurer:
- Keeps records of incoming/outgoing funds
- Organises payments and receipts as necessary
- Generates a basic financial report annually
- Disburses prizes to our winners
- Works closely with the Fundraising Officer
This role requires <1 hr weekly, especially between the EOFY and our AGM.
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to identify sources of funding to support the journal’s running costs. The Fundraising Officer will:
- Find and apply for prizes or grants aimed at graduate student organizations.
- Send fundraising letters to heads of departments/organizations soliciting sponsorship.
- Consider creative methods of raising funds.
This role requires <1 hour per week.
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work alongside the Reviews Editor. The Deputy Reviews Editor will:
- Assist the Reviews Editor to identify publications, including digital works, for review.
- Work with the Reviews Editor to approach and liaise with reviewers.
- Perform other tasks as required, including assisting with the preparation of reviews for
submission to the Editor.
This role requires 1-2 hours per week.

Postgraduate Breakfast and Workout—2018 Literary Studies Convention

PGBW (2)

The Literary Interface

2018 Literary Studies Convention

Literary Studies Convention Poster 2

A circuit session without weights and treadmills.

Instead you join other postgraduate researchers at stations (with coffee) for small-group research training sessions led by expert researchers from the ANU.

You get to choose 4 stations for your workout and spend 30 minutes at each.

Station topics include:

Motivation and Procrastination
Health & Wellbeing
Writing for publication
Making your profile visible
Speed collaborations
Creating a research community
Your research narrative

PLUS you get to meet a bunch of other postgrads in the process—so you’ll kick off the Convention having made friends already!

To register, or for more information, contact:  


CFP: ANZSA 2018, ‘Shakespeare at Play’

**CFP Extended: 04 September**

The convenors of the 2018 ANZSA conference, ‘Shakespeare at Play’, are extending the Call For Papers until Monday 04 September 2017.

Many of our friends in the northern hemisphere in particular are travelling for research during their summer, and some have asked for more time to submit abstracts for consideration. By extending the CFP to accommodate these colleagues, we also welcome late submissions from anyone closer to home (ANZ) who may still be wishing to present a paper.

‘Shakespeare at Play’
ANZSA 2018
The University of Melbourne
8-10 February 2018

Confirmed keynotes:

Gina Bloom, UC Davis
Claire M. L. Bourne, Penn State U
Roslyn L. Knutson, U Arkansas, Little Rock

20 minute papers are now invited for the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) biennial conference. Papers might consider (but are not restricted to) these or any related topics:

early modern plays
Shakespeare in plays
play on words
play-based learning
playing tricks
playback theatre
Melbourne: capital of cultural and sporting play
improvisational play
getting played

Inquiries and proposals (200 words + 50 word bio) should be sent to David McInnis ( by Monday 04 September 2017.

Organising Committee:

Gayle Allan, Deputy Dean, Trinity College, University of Melbourne

Rob Conkie, Senior Lecturer – Theatre and Drama, La Trobe University

David McInnis, Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, University of Melbourne

Paul Salzman, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, La Trobe University

Hamlet and Emotions: Then and Now

Date: 10–11 April 2017
Venue: St Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia
Enquiries: Paul Megna (
Organisers: Paul Megna and Bob White
Registration: This is a free event, but registration is required. Register online here.

Download call for papers flyer here:

Ian McEwan’s recent novel Nutshell (2016), in which Hamlet is an unborn foetus, is only the latest in a line of appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays stretching back to 1600. Hamlet itself stretches beyond the seventeenth century, drawing on sources that date back to twelfth-century Denmark, and referring within itself to relics of older drama that Shakespeare may have seen as a boy in Stratford. Hamlet looks both backwards and forwards in time. The play also covers a remarkable range of emotional states, including anger, love, hatred, grief, melancholy and despair. Indeed, Hamlet stages a plethora of emotional practices: a funeral and a marriage, a vindictive ghost in purgatory, a young woman whose mental equilibrium has been dislodged by the murder of her father by her own erstwhile lover, an inscrutable monarch under suspicion of murder, a couple of mordantly cheerful gravediggers, and a young prince back from university and grieving for his deceased father. This symposium invites new readings of the play, focusing on any aspect of its emotional life in the widest sense.

We envisage papers from a range of disciplines and points of view, which may contribute to any of the Centre’s four research programs – Meanings, Change, Performance or Shaping the Modern. Some possible areas of discussion are mentioned below, but they are by no means exclusive. We aim at producing a book proposal, so completed papers ready for publication will save time when approaching a publisher. Please send proposals for 20-minute papers, including a title and presenter details, to Paul Megna ( by Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Kevin Curran (University of Lausanne)
Richard Meek (University of Hull)
Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)
Naya Tsentourou (University of Exeter)

*How scholarship on the history of the emotions can help us to better understand Hamlet and vice versa
*Emotional regimes, communities and practices in Hamlet
*Emotions and language
*Hamlet, melancholy and depression
*Female consciousness
*Revenge and anger in Hamlet
*Hamlet and non-Shakespearean Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre and literature
*Emotional accounts of the afterlife and other religious ideas in Hamlet
*Hamlet’s emotional medievalism and allusions to medieval drama
*Nostalgia in Hamlet, as well as nostalgia for Hamlet in adaptations, appropriations and re-writings
*Gendered emotion in Hamlet and its descendants
*Emotional reactions to Hamlet through the centuries
*Hamlet’s influence on theories of emotion
*Emotions in adaptations of Hamlet (including novels, movies, popular culture).
*Staging of passions, perturbations, affections, etc.

Draft program for ANZSA conference

A draft program for the Waikato conference is now available:


Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize

ANZSA is pleased to announce that the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best graduate essay presented at the Shakespeare at the Edges conference at the University of Waikato, Hamilton.

The prize is a cheque for $500 AUD and mentoring support towards the peer-reviewed publication of the paper, provided by a senior member of ANZSA.

You are eligible to enter for the prize if
1. You are presenting a paper at Hamilton &

2. You are enrolled as an Honours, Masters or PhD student or its equivalent. If you have submitted your thesis but it has not been examined, you would still be eligible.

To enter for the prize you should prepare a version of the paper you are giving, suitable for delivery in 20 minutes (8-10 double spaced pages), complete with endnotes/works cited.

Submit this paper to:
David McInnis ( and Jennifer Clement (

The deadline for electronic submission is midnight, 31 October 2016.

NB. Your name should be given only in the cover message, not on the paper.

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