Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference

Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference

Shakespeare and Beyond

30 November - 3 December 2020

The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON)

NUspace, Cnr Hunter and Auckland Streets, Newcastle NSW 2300

The 2020 ANZSA Conference is held at the University of Newcastle (Australia) from Monday 30 November - Thursday 3 December 2020 and we welcome all delegates from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.

The conference is held at the University’s city campus, NUspace, located on the corner of Hunter and Auckland Streets, Newcastle. The City of Newcastle is approximately 200 kms north of Sydney and offers beautiful beaches for swimming and surfing as well as a great arts and food scene. Newcastle is home to Australia’s oldest wine growing region―the Hunter Valley―and is a city in transition as it moves from heavy industry and coal mining to a university city with a strong emphasis on the creative industries.

The conference will commence on Monday 30 November 2020 (5-7pm) with welcome drinks hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky with the official opening of the three-day Conference on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

The call for papers, entrants for the Lloyd Davis Prize and applications for Postgraduate Travel Bursaries will open from 1 November 2019.

We are grateful to the Centre for 21st Century Humanities, School of Humanities and Social Science and the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) for their support of the 2020 ANZSA Conference.

Call for papers Submissions now open

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to welcome Wendy Wall, Emma Smith, Ray Siemens and Emily Shortslef as our keynote speakers.

Wendy Wall 

Wendy Wall is an Avalon Professor of the Humanities and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, specialises in early modern literature and culture; food studies; gender studies; women’s writing; poetry; recipe culture; theater; and manuscript / print studies. Co-creator (with Leah Knight at Brock University) of the open access, critical edition, The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making, she is also author of The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1993), Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which was a finalist for the James Russell Lowell prize awarded by the MLA and a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner; and Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Professor Wall is Director of the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern and past president of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is involved with public humanities partnerships, including teaching at Stateville Maximum Security Prison as part of the Northwestern Prison Education Program and the Prison+Neighborhood Arts Program; serving as a judge for the Chicago Shakespeare Slam; and participating in educational programs with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Newberry Library, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Hertford College. Her work focuses on the reception of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists in print, performance, and criticism. Her most recent book is This Is Shakespeare (2019). In 2016 she authenticated a new copy of Shakespeare's First Folio found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, and published her book Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book. With Laurie Maguire she proposed in 2012 that All's Well that Ends Well was a collaboration with Thomas Middleton. The New Oxford Shakespeare edition of 2016, edited by Bourus et al, was the first printed edition of the play to accept this joint attribution. She is the editor of Shakespeare Survey, and is currently working on a new edition of Twelfth Night for Arden, and is a contributor to the new Oxford edition of the works of Thomas Nashe.

Ray Siemens

Ray Siemens

Ray Siemens is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria Canada, in English with cross appointment in Computer Science, appointed also 2004-15 as Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing. Ray is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies London (2005, 2008) as well as Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam U (2004-11), Ritsumeikan U Kyoto (2010), New York U (2013), U Passau (2014), U Tokyo (2014), and Western Sydney U (2015, 2017-18), U Montreal (2018), and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at U Loughborough (2019). In 2019 he was appointed Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

The editor of several Renaissance texts, Ray is also the founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies. He has authored numerous articles on the intersection of literary studies and computational methods and is the co-editor of several book collections on humanities computing topics, among them Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities with Susan Schreibman and John Unsworth), the Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Susan Schreibman), and MLA's Literary Studies in the Digital Age (with Ken Price).  He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, recently serving as a member of governing council for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as Vice President / Director of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (for Research Dissemination), Chair of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, and Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

His current literary studies work centres on two early Tudor manuscript miscellanies, the Henry VIII Manuscript (BL Add Ms 31922; Renaissance English Text Society, 2018), and the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add Ms 17492; Wikibooks, 2012, and Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2015), the latter in the context of social scholarly editing.

Early Career Research Keynote

Emily Shortslef

Emily Shortslef is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include early modern drama and poetry, critical theory, and questions of affect, poetics, and aesthetics. Her work has appeared most recently in ELHExemplaria, and the edited collection Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philosophy. Her current book project, The Drama of Complaint: Ethical Provocations in Shakespeare’s Tragedy, explores the surprising intersections between Shakespeare, early modern moral philosophy, and discourses of complaint.

The Richard Madelaine Memorial Lecture

The memorial lecture will be presented by Emma Smith.

Lloyd Davis Prize

ANZSA is pleased to announce that the Lloyd Davis Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best graduate essay presented at the ANZSA 2020 Conference―Shakespeare & Beyond―at the University of Newcastle.

The prize is a cheque for AUD$500 and includes mentoring support towards the peer-reviewed publication of the paper, provided by the President of ANZSA, Professor Laurie Johnson.

The winner and two additional finalists will also be invited to present their paper in a dedicated plenary panel to be scheduled at the Conference in Newcastle.

You are eligible to enter for the prize if:

  1. You are presenting a paper at ANZSA 2020; and
  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 please prepare a version of the paper you are giving, suitable for delivery in 20 minutes (8-10 double spaced pages), along with endnotes/works cited.

Submit your paper to:
Professor Laurie Johnson (

The deadline for electronic submission is midnight, Monday 5th October 2020.
NB. Your name should be given only in the cover message, not on the paper.

Postgraduate Travel Bursaries

A small number of travel bursaries will be available to Australian and New Zealand students presenting papers at ANZSA to help defray the costs of travel. Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis and are scaled on the basis of distance from the venue (up to $600 for recipients travelling from WA, NT or New Zealand; $300 from other Australian states and territories).

Delegates from Newcastle are ineligible to apply. Bursaries will be available via reimbursement after arrival at the conference and are not available in advance of travel. Bursary holders are expected to be present for the full duration of the conference.

To apply, prepare a CV (maximum 3 pages) and a 250 word statement addressing the benefit that attendance at the conference will give to the applicant’s research goals. Please send applications, and any enquiries, to the ANZSA Treasurer, Dr Darryl Chalk ( by April 30, 2020. For more information visit

Further detail will be provided for the following:

  • Postgraduate Workshop
  • Pre-Conference Drinks
  • Conference Dinner
  • Biennial General Meeting


To register and pay for the conference, please follow the link below; registration covers morning/afternoon tea and lunch every day as well as a two-year ANZSA membership fee.

Organising Committee

  • Gabriella Edelstein - Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, The University of Newcastle
  • Huw Griffiths - Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Sydney
  • Erin McCarthy - Lecturer in Digital Humanities,  The University of Newcastle
  • Trisha Pender - A/Professor of English Literature, The University of Newcastle
  • Sarah Ross - A/Professor of English Literature, The University of Victoria, Wellington New Zealand
  • Paul Salzman - Professor of English Literature, The University of Newcastle &  Emeritus Professor of English Literature, La Trobe University
  • Ros Smith - Professor of English Literature, The University of Newcastle

Further information

The Newcastle V8 500 Supercar event in 2020 will commence the day after the conference (4 Dec 2020). It will not impact on the conference venue but if you wish to stay at Noahs on the Beach or the Novotel Newcastle and travelled by car you would need to move your vehicle by 7.00am on 4 Dec.

The car race commences at 8.30am and finishes around 6.15pm and as the car track passes close to these two hotels, the area will be noisy and crowded on Friday 4 Dec 2020.