The Editorial Board of Shakespeare Quarterly expresses its strong support for the call to action posted by the RaceB4Race collective this June (https://medium.com/the-sundial-acmrs/its-time-to-end-the-publishing-gatekeeping-75207525f587). We reaffirm the journal’s interest in receiving and publishing work in early modern critical race studies, and we are currently reviewing our editorial protocols and procedures in order to increase the inclusivity and transparency of our practices. Please watch this space and the pages of the journal for updates.
We are also pleased to announce the advent of our most recent virtual issue, available free of charge until November 30, 2020 (https://academic.oup.com/sq/pages/rereading-early-modern-race). “Rereading Early Modern Race” makes available the introduction and essays published in the 2016 special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly edited by Peter Erickson and Kim F. Hall and dedicated to critical race studies. Building on several decades of writing on race in early modernity, these essays ask important questions about how race has been constructed historically; how ideas of race have shaped the reproduction and reception of Shakespeare’s plays in print and in performance; and how the relation among racial identity, scholarly practice, and field-formation operates within early modern studies. The reckoning with systemic racism and the demand for justice that we have seen in the United States and around the globe this year have shown us—as scholars, teachers, and students—that these questions are more urgent than ever. We hope that readers of this virtual issue will find the essays as challenging, awakening, and inspiring now as they have been for the field of Shakespeare studies over the last four years.
We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions regarding SQ’s editorial procedures and how the journal might most fully represent the most urgent conversations in our field: please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.