First Look at Folger Institute Scholarly Programs in 2020-2021

The Folger Shakespeare Library is embarking on a major renovation project that commences in early 2020. While this work is underway, the Folger Institute will continue to convene scholarly communities around a variety of topics at our consortium universities.

Full descriptions of the programs below will be available by mid-March 2020. Questions may be directed to

The Global Atlantic
François Furstenberg and Philip Morgan co-direct a yearlong colloquium meeting monthly at Johns Hopkins University

Neighborhood, Community, and Place in Early Modern London
Christopher Highley and Alan B. Farmer co-direct a weekend seminar at The Ohio State University

Shakespeare in Prisons
Peter Holland, Scott Jackson, and Curt Tofteland co-organize a conference at the University of Notre Dame; includes a pre-conference performance practicum

Early Modern Intersections in the American South
Heather Kopelson, Jenny Shaw, and Cassie Smith co-direct a symposium at the University of Alabama

Reading Scotland before 1707
Margaret Connolly, Jane Pettegree, Rhiannon Purdie, and Harriet Archer organize a symposium at the University of St Andrews

New Research and Performative Directions in Premodern Disability Studies
Sheila Cavanagh and Allison Hobgood (Willamette University) co-direct a weekend seminar at Emory University

Out of the Archive: Digital Projects as Early Modern Research Objects
Margaret Simon and Christopher Crosbie co-organize a faculty weekend seminar at North Carolina State University

London and Political Thought in the Seventeenth-Century
The Center for the History of British Political Thought sponsors a weekend seminar

Why Shakespeare Matters
The Center for Shakespeare Studies sponsors a series of workshops and lectures at Washington, DC consortium universities

The Core Curriculum, including programming for early-stage graduate students, dissertation writers, and would-be paleographers, will also be offered, as will programs associated with the Mellon-funded Before 'Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures project.