Call for Committee Members

Members at an NRN event

image credit: Claire Read

The New Researchers’ Network is currently looking for three individuals to expand our voluntary committee.

The Society for Theatre Research’s New Researchers’ Network is made up of a supportive group of postgraduates, new scholars, practitioners, artists and early career academics who have interests in theatre and performance, theatre history and theatre historiography. The New Researchers’ Network is comprised of individuals from a variety of academic disciplines including Theatre and Performance Studies, History, History of Art, English Literature and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as those from the theatre profession.

We meet throughout the year for a series of study days, lectures, archive visits, and theatre tours. The calendar of events is designed to encourage members to share knowledge and ideas, provoke discussions and debate, and develop a network of helpful and supportive contacts. We also provide opportunities for new researchers to present their current research at our annual symposium.

We are looking for three people to join our friendly committee, which is currently made up of researchers at various stages of postgraduate study, as well as post-PhD early career researchers.

Although the roles of committee members are flexible depending on availability and interests, we are particularly looking for one person who would be interested primarily in events organisation, and for two people who would be interested in taking on responsibility for our social media presence and blog. These roles would include the following:

Event Organisation:

We hold two regular events per year – our annual symposium in the summer and a winter study day, which is usually designed to help new researchers face the challenges involved in theatre research and in the job market beyond PhD study. We are looking for someone to co-ordinate the organisation of these events, supported by the rest of the committee. The role would include:

  • Contacting and booking venues
  • Organising catering
  • Putting together schedules
  • Liaising with speakers and attendees
  • Managing online ticketing
  • Gathering feedback on events

Social Media and Blog Management:

As well as our events we run a blog which invites new researchers to write on a range of topics from practical advice about managing time during the PhD and viva tips, to the importance of friendship and peer reviewing. We also run active Facebook and Twitter networks. We are looking for two people to share the running of our social media networks and blog. This person would need to be relatively confident with Facebook/Twitter and, if possible, WordPress and MailChimp, although we will provide training! Supported by the rest of the committee, this role would include:

  • Planning the blog schedule and approaching people to write for the blog
  • Working with authors to edit blog posts
  • Updating the website with blog posts and updates
  • Marketing our events and promoting other relevant events on social media
  • Maintaining our mailing list

Anyone who is a postgraduate or early career researcher in drama, theatre, performance, or a related discipline in the UK or Ireland can apply. As we are already a geographically dispersed committee, we hold committee meetings via Skype approximately once every two months. Ideally, you’ll be committed, passionate about supporting new research into theatre, and keen to address the issues that new researchers in our field face.

To apply please send a brief CV and an expression of interest to nrn@str.org.uk by 1st December 2017. In your expression of interest please detail which role you would be most interested in and why, as well as how being a member of the NRN committee will benefit your development as a researcher.

We will contact shortlisted applicants by 8th December to invite them to an informal Skype chat to meet existing committee members and discuss the role in more detail.

Please do email us at nrn@str.org.uk if you have any questions at all. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ella Hawkins and Rachael Nicholas, Co-Chairs, NRN

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