Shakespeare Association of America Joins ACLS


The American Council of Learned Societies welcomes the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) as its 73rd member society. The SAA was admitted to the Council at the ACLS 2015 Annual Meeting, held May 7-9 in Philadelphia, PA.

The SAA is a non-profit professional organization for the advanced academic study of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems, his cultural and theatrical contexts, and the many roles he has played in world culture. Since its founding in 1972, the SAA has held annual conferences that convene in a different location each year, generally in late March or early April. SAA members meet to exchange ideas and strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about topics of shared interest. The conference year begins the previous June with the announcement of a new roster of the seminars and workshops in which much of this collaborative work takes place. Sessions at the meeting also include panel presentations, round-table discussions, film screenings, and theatrical performances.

For more information, visit the Shakespeare Association of America website at

The 73 member learned societies of ACLS are national or international organizations in the humanities and related social sciences. While each society is concerned with a distinct field of study, all are involved in the promotion of research, scholarly communication, and education. Profiles of ACLS’s member societies are available at

Societies are considered for admission based on the society’s ability to make a “substantial, distinctive, and distinguished contribution” to the ACLS mission of advancing humanistic scholarship. For more information about joining ACLS, visit