The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.251 Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Subject: SHAKSPER’s Future: Looking for Volunteers for SHAKSPER Features and Assistant/Associate Editors
Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,
SHAKSPER has been a part of my life for 25 years, and for all but the first year and a half I have been its editor/moderator. I have no plans to step down at any time in the near future, but I would like to leave it in good hands when I do. Increasingly, I am also pursuing other interests, academic and non-academic.
Currently, SHAKSPER is being “hosted” by Ron Severdia (who designed the new web presence) on the PlayShakespeare.com sever, so even if I am hit by a bus tomorrow, SHAKSPER will still exist. Tanya Gough, who designed the SHAKSPER Facebook page, is an administrator of it, so it too will continue to exist. If something were to happen to me, I have two advisory boards that I hope will decide if SHAKSPER is still viable and will seek a person or persons to continue its work.
I am increasingly aware that as much as I might wish otherwise I cannot do all that I would like to keep SHAKSPER up-to-date.
In particular, I am concerned with the future of some of the scholarly resources on the web site. I don’t feel as if I have the energy to work with them since I want to spend my scholarly time working other projects, some longstanding, but I feel them sufficiently important to warrant that some of them be updated or continued if possible.
I am currently seeking volunteers to take responsibility for some of these with the long-term view of perhaps finding a successor among these volunteers. My younger daughter has one more year of college, and I plan to be taking breaks, some long and for which I will not have computer access. So at some point, I would like to train one or more persons to who might be able to take over from me during my absences, but let me not get ahead of myself.
Shakespeare on the Internet Guide has not been updated in about five years. Someone has been recruited to update it and its links and will be working on it this summer: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-on-the-internet>
Shakespeare Spinoffs/Character Bibliography: These lists (found in the Reference files section of Scholarly Resources) were very popular during the early days of SHAKSPER but have not been updated since around the late 1990s. Someone has shared her up-to-date list of similar titles with me to be combined with the existing lists, but she is not interested in undertaking that task herself. Is there anyone who would volunteer to combine the older Spinoffs and Character bibliographies with the new one I have. This actually is a fun job if anyone has the time or interest. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/reference-files>
Shakespeare Plays and Festivals: I started this last summer from available resources. When I was a contributing editor to the Shakespeare Newsletter I compiled a similar list for some years. Is there anyone who is interested in updating this list for this year? <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays>
Pedagogy: Teaching Resources: At present, this section of the web site contains only resources that I have used or made available. Pedagogy is a hot topic. I would like to recruit someone as an Assistant Editor who would be in charge of developing further this section of the web site: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/pedagogy-teaching-resources> Is anyone interested?
The SHAKSPER Book Reviews has been fallow for sometime now through no one’s fault. There is a Book Review Panel and I am looking for anyone who might wish to take the initiative and revitalize it. If the person would be interested in a limited commitment that is fine, but someone is interested in a long-term commitment of more than a year, I would offer the position as an assistant editor.
SHAKSPER Roundtable Discussions: I found these very interesting at the time but they did involve a tremendous amount of work. Again, if anyone is interested either for a single Roundtable or to act as an assistant editor in charge of this area, pleases let me know. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/roundtable-discussions>
New assistant professors or graduate students are obvious choices to volunteer for these tasks, but everyone is busy with one thing or another and SHAKSPER is probably not as “sexy” as other activities. I hope that I am wrong and these inquires will bring some new blood to SHAKSPER.
I appreciate greatly any thoughts or responses of the members.