In 2021 there WON’T be an actual Summer Shaw Symposium at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,, but there definitely will be a virtual Symposium on July 16-17-18, for which paper proposals were invited.   The actual Symposium has been cancelled because of the pandemic and its effects, but there will still be a virtual (Zoomed) Symposium.  If you wish to register for the Zoomed Symposium (free, no cost), sign up at


For the actual Symposium, Travel Grants and Scholarships would have been available to “emerging scholars,” and keep that in mind for 2022 events.  See for examples, although this will later be updated for 2022.  


Following is the official CFP for 2021, but the date for proposing a paper has passed.  It serves here as an example of what the 2022 CFP will be like for the 2022 Symposium:


Call for Papers: 2021 Shaw Symposium  

The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA and online via Zoom 

16-18 July 2021


The International Shaw Society and the Shaw Festival invite proposals to present new critical or creative research at the Eighteenth Annual Summer Shaw Symposium. We welcome proposals that offer a focused analysis of The Devil’s Disciple (the Bernard Shaw play running during the Symposium), and/or closely related aspects of Shaw’s oeuvre. 


Research on other plays and playwrights included in the Shaw Festival’s season, especially those performed that weekend (Charley’s Aunt, Gypsy, Desire Under the Elms, Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, and Flush) will be considered. Please look over the Shaw Festival’s official website at to examine the season program. 


Generous funding for graduate students and emerging scholars is available through Bryden Scholarships and ISS Travel Grants. See the ISS website at for information about grant applications. 


Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, emphasizing the research and/or creative value of your proposed talk, and a short CV to ISS Vice President Jen Buckley at by 15 March 2021. Feel free to send any relevant questions to Dr. Buckley or ISS President Bob Gaines at 


Jen Buckley

Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts

University of Iowa




The bi-annual SHAW: THE JOURNAL OF BERNARD SHAW STUDIES, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press (see html), is always looking for new material.  Contact the General Editor, Christopher Wixson, at  Specifically, future volumes are as follows (but preceded by an example of one already published):


SHAW 40.2 (already published) is a special issue on "Shaw and Legacy" edited by Barry Houlihan and Ruth Hegarty (December 2020).  With the theme of "Shaw and Legacy," it will be guest-edited by two individuals intimately connected with a regeneration of interest in Shaw sparked by Fintan O’Toole’s recent book, Judging Shaw, published by the Royal Irish Academy, the Guest Editors being Dr. Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway) who worked as the archive and image researcher for O'Toole's book and co-curated the exhibition with the Academy series editor Ruth Hegarty (Royal Irish Academy).  Abstracts for papers are to be submitted by 31 May 2019.  Submit abstracts of between 300-500 words or direct inquiries to the guest editors via email at and   Applicants will be notified of decision by 30 June 2019. Completed essays must be submitted by 1 March 2020.  Publication will happen in December 2020


SHAW 41.1 is a special issue entitled "Bernard Shaw, Journalist" edited by Peter Gahan and Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel (June 2021). SHAW 41.1: BERNARD SHAW, JOURNALIST. Bernard Shaw was possibly the most famous journalist in the world in his own time as well as its highest paid. His writing career began (1875) and ended (1950) with journalism, with his music and drama criticism as well as his contentious political commentary unparalleled among contemporaries. He wrote on every conceivable topic for print outlets of every possible variety: daily newspapers, weekly periodicals, special supplements, small journals, and organization newsletters. His journalism was pervasive throughout the English-speaking world, Britain and its Empire, Ireland, and America, while his network of translators made it available throughout Europe and even Latin America. But although he proclaimed journalism the highest form of literature, his satirical portraits of journalists and critics in such plays as The Philanderer, The Doctor’s Dilemma, and Fanny’s First Play illustrate the depths to which journalism can descend, with many points in between. Inquiries and proposals for SHAW 41.1 should be directed to guest-editors Peter Gahan and Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel at and


SHAW 41.2 is a general issue, edited by Christopher Wixson.  



SHAW is currently accepting submissions for the following issues:

SHAW 42.1 (June 2022): SHAW AND TRANSLATION, a special issue edited by Miguel Cisneros

In relation to the writings of Bernard Shaw, the practice of translation is complex because, perhaps above all else, he was a masterful craftsman of the English language. His brilliant use of language, which often borders on the metalinguistic, reveals itself as a major challenge for translators. We may even ask ourselves if Shaw’s plays can be translated at all and trace the role of translation in the shaping of Shaw’s reception abroad. Thus far, translation studies among Shaw scholars have focused for the most part on the people—at least far more so than on the texts. The epistolary exchanges with his translators as well as the bibliographical record of his works in translation are well documented. Studies that delve into the practical questions involved in the process of translating Shaw’s works are, in contrast, scarce. As a consequence, translation remains a fertile ground for discussion and research in Shaw scholarship and forms the focus of this issue of SHAW. Inquiries and proposals for SHAW 42.1 should be directed to guest editor Miguel Cisneros Perales at


SHAW 42.2 (December 2022) and SHAW 43.2 (December 2023) will include articles on general topics. For inquiries about those issues or other information about SHAW, contact Christopher Wixson at



Shaw is perhaps one of the most widely produced modern dramatists even seventy years after his death. He was always committed to the profuse dissemination of his work, and his success is due not simply to the power of his words but also to the adaptation of his works for other media and genres, especially film and music. Shaw eagerly pursued cinematic adaptations of his plays with director Gabriel Pascal as compelling opportunities for promoting his ideas more widely. However, despite the popularity of musical theater and the operatic subtext in many of his plays, Shaw consistently rejected and discouraged musical adaptations, concerned it would distract, undermine, and water down his message. Nonetheless, for many, their first encounter with GBS has been via that most famous of adaptations: My Fair Lady(1956).  SHAW 43.1 is dedicated to the topic of “Shaw and Adaptation.” Articles focusing on specific plays by Shaw and their flexibility - or lack thereof - to adaptation across genres and media, as well as on Shaw’s own theories and practice of adaptation, are encouraged. In addition, submissions are welcomed that focus upon the ways in which his plays are being newly adapted for the 21st century stage. Essays 20-25 pages in length are due 1 November 2022. For matters of style, please refer to recent SHAW volumes and the attached guidelines. Please direct inquiries to guest editor Dr. Brigitte Bogar at


The Shaw Society UK has its own journal called The Shavian, and for that see  Or email Anne Wright (




Call for Manuscripts for “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series:


For Palgrave Macmillan’s “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series, send proposals to the co-editors, Peter Gahan <> and Nelson Ritschel  See the series at Discounts are available to members of the ISS. For Discount Code, contact Membership Secretary at Brigitte Bogar    


OTHER BOOK SERIES: The following are not seeking proposals for new books, but the books published are mostly still available for purchase, some available at and other online book retailers:


The University Press of Florida’s “Bernard Shaw Series,” Series Editor R. F. Dietrich.  The series is no longer featured as a series, so  you have to search by author and/or title. 


The University of Toronto Press “Shaw Correspondence Series,” Series Editor L. W. Conolly.

See  Scroll down on that page to find all nine books in the series.