ANZSA at the Shakespeare Association of America 2019

ANZSA at the Shakespeare Association of America 2019

It’s two weeks until the start of the Shakespeare Association of America in Washington DC. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and the city is putting on a show. For ANZSA members who are going to be attending the conference, especially if this is your first time at SAA, keep in mind that there are a number of ways you can make the most of what can be a pretty hectic few days.

If there are specific delegates you want to meet, don’t just wait for the right moment to arrive – rare is the moment when the crowds will part and eyes will meet. Send emails now and set up a coffee or chat time. Rest assured, you won’t be the only person doing this.

Remember that most seminars are open to auditors – if there is a seminar in which you are interested but are not participating, you will probably be welcome to watch the discussion from the sidelines, and many seminar leaders even find time to invite input or questions from the auditors. Again, plan ahead – even email the seminar leader/s and ask if they will be open for auditors to attend.

You’ll be in DC, and not far at all from the Folger Shakespeare Library. This will be a great opportunity to do a little research on the side while you’re in town, and the Folger will be waiving the normal process of registering as a reader for SAA delegates so you can be set up as a reader very quickly this trip. Details are here:

For social time, that can also be daunting if you don’t know m/any people. Remember for a start that there is usually a healthy ANZSA contingent at the conference – get in touch with other members and let them know you’ll be at the conference. Also, there are a number of grassroots/informal initiatives being promoted at this year’s conference, and you can make new friends easily by signing up for some of these:

Finally, there is a Friends of ANZSA (or FANZSA) informal gathering that we set up each SAA to provide a focal point for ANZSA folks to reconnect with friends old and new while away from home. This year, we will be meeting at Crimson DC (627 H St NW, two blocks from the conference hotel, opposite the Chinatown Garden —, from 9pm on Friday 19 April. If you’d like to walk with FANZSA folks to the venue, we’ll meet in the Renaissance Hotel lobby beforehand, departing around 8:50 pm. Friends will be welcome to join us at any time during the evening, so please keep us in mind even if you have other events lined up on that date.

Professor Laurie Johnson

President, Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association

Shakespeare in Italy summer school Florence

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[from Mary Chater]

Shakespeare in Italy Summer School, Florence, July 6-19

5 per cent Early Bird discount on all bookings received with €400.00 deposit before February 15

Shakespeare in Italy’s 5th summer school will be held this year at the British Institute in Florence from July 6 – 19.

The summer school gives participants the rare opportunity to work with tutors who are leaders in their field in the UK theatre world. Royal Shakespeare Company and Globe directors Lucy Bailey and Chris Luscombe will lead work on Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet and acclaimed actor/director Philip Franks on The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Last year in Pizzo Calabro we had a wonderful group, ranging in age from 18 to 95. Everyone took part in putting scenes on their feet but in past years some people have wanted to participate from the comfort of their seats. Both approaches are welcome!

Our course is practical, not academic, and it is open to all, the only proviso being that you speak English fluently.

Reg Grouse aged 95 joined us for a third time last year from Melbourne where he teaches Shakespeare to a U3A group.

The benefits are innumerable and people have a lot of fun as well as gaining great theatrical insight into the texts. Contact with any questions.

Don’t delay booking because hotel rooms in Florence go like hot cakes! If you would like to take part, please email me soon. I will provide the details needed to make a deposit and save a place on the course.

Don’t forget if we receive this before February 15 you will receive a 5 per cent Early Bird discount!

With many thanks and best wishes from Mary Chater ( a founder of the company)

Shakespeare in Italy – ‘country and playwright – exploring the relationship through performance.’ – new website is on the way

+44 (0) 1273 285377 or +44 (0) 7493757302


“I liked the full time schedule with the small breaks and the fact I learned so much in two weeks.” Cecilia Trujillo, Harvard undergrad

“I want to thank you for organising a very stimulating fortnight. It was great fun as well as being inspiring. Meantime I’m re-reading the plays. I think I’m hooked!” Leslie Clack, France

“It is hard to imagine a more perfect pitch in terms of challenging vs. accessible.
I wanted something humanistic and intellectual and emotional. In every way my hopes and expectations were exceeded. I would say it was exactly what I had hoped for, except that it was much, much more.” John Bergez, USA

Reviving Garrick’s Shakespeare

Retrospect Opera ( is a small, UK-based charity which makes professional recordings of important musical theatre works from Britain’s past, roughly the period 1750-1950. We are currently working on a pioneering recording of the music composed for David Garrick’s great Shakespeare “Jubilee” of 1769, the most talked about cultural event of the British 18th century. The music was subsequently embedded in Garrick’s sensationally popular musical comedy, The Jubilee, premiered the same year. Next year will of course mark the 250th anniversary of these remarkable events, and our release will mark that anniversary. We want to create something that is at once scholarly, with appropriate supporting documentation, and musically and theatrically done to the highest level, capturing how much fun it all was. Charles Dibdin’s music is tuneful and delightful, demonstrating just how much Shakespeare had become part of popular culture.

There is more detail about the project here: We have endorsements from Stephen Greenblatt and Jonathan Bate, and several very distinguished Shakespeareans have made donations. For a full list of supporters see here:

Although we are about 80% funded for this, we are very keen to find more supporters, and are hoping (praying!) that individual Shakespeareans who understand the enormous importance of the Garrick Jubilee and recognise the value of reviving and commemorating it will want to help us. The bulk of our funding always does come from individuals, and we have various levels of supporter, as the website explains (basically £25, £50, and £100 categories). All supporters will of course get a copy of the recording and accompanying materials, with all donations of £25 or more being listed on the website and those of £50 or more also being listed in the booklet issued with the CD. Anyone willing to help us can do so from this page:

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

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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

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