We are so excited to share the provisional schedule for #NRNMarkingTime! Please note that this may be subject to change. In any case, we cannot wait to see you all on 21 June! Don’t forget that you can still register here.
NRN Marking Time: Schedule
||Parallel Session A
||Parallel Session B
||Welcome: Ella Hawkins and Rachael Nicholas
Professor Elizabeth Schafer: ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’: Adventures in Marking Time
||Re-telling historical stories through 21st-century practice
Chair: Ella Hawkins
- Naomi Paxton: Making room, finding space: explorations of the work of women theatre professionals in WW1
- Matthew Schlerf: Activating the discourse of An Adventure, 1789-2017
Chair: Chris Dingwall-Jones
- Ysabel Clare: Timelines as a research tool: spatial sorting and temporal sequences
- Rachael Nicholas: New Media, Unfamiliar Methodologies: Understanding the Online Reception of Theatre Broadcasts Through Audience Research
||Time, experience, and performance
Chair: Rachael Nicholas
- Alessandra Montagner: Temporality, Experience and The Event: Time marking us
- Maiada Aboud: Title TBC
- Nik Wakefield: Some Time-specificities of Performance
|Time in literature
Chair: Robbie Hand
- Martin Young: Stage Managing Wasted Time: As You Like It and Theatre’s Industrial Temporality
- Jennifer Hardy: The womb of time: Untimely Birth in Shakespeare’s Richard III
- Carlo Vareschi: The Reluctant Anarchist: wage labour, capital and time in Tom Stoppard’s Albert’s Bridge and If You’re Glad I’ll Be Frank
||Time and identity
Chair: Claire Read
- Chris Dingwall-Jones: Seven times a day will I praise You: Christian liturgy and the temporal performance of identity
- Corinne Furness: ‘I knowed all Hamlet by heart’: Fracturing time and identity in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s community plays
- Simon Bell: Retrogardism: Re-mythologising the European Traumatic Historical in the Present
|Shakespeare’s time as source material
Chair: Rachael Nicholas
- Robbie Hand: ‘Why is everybody so obsessed with text?’: Emma Rice, the Globe, and theatre history in practice
- Ella Hawkins: Negotiating the gap of time: developments in Jacobethanism through the history of stage and costume design for Shakespeare
- Robin Craig: AIDs, Section 28 and Queer Futurity
Happy Monday, everyone! We’re delighted to announce that registration for #NRNMarkingTime is now OPEN!
You can register here via Eventbrite.
Attendance at the symposium is free. Lunch can be provided for attendees for a fee of £4.50, payable on the day of the event. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like us to provide lunch for you, and if you have any dietary requirements!
We’re also delighted to share Professor Elizabeth Schafer’s plenary title and abstract ahead of #NRNMarkingTime. See below, and get excited!
‘Slipping Through My Fingers’: Adventures in Marking Time
In 1999 Mamma Mia repositioned ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ – Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s lament for the passing of time – and brought that song to new audiences. The potential layering of time in this song’s new manifestation(s) will be explored alongside the impact of Mamma Mia in enabling Phyllida Lloyd’s anachronistic, all women Shakespeares. Early modern theatre practices that attempt to mitigate against time ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ such as Caroline playwright Richard Brome scoring his play texts for readers; Ben Jonson’s invention of – ; contrast with the creative anachronism of Shakespeare’s Romans who wear doublets (or women’s prison boilersuits) and who demonstrate some of the pleasures of historically intercultural performance.
Stay tuned for more details about the symposium soon…
We’re absolutely delighted to confirm that Professor Elizabeth Schafer will be our plenary speaker for Marking Time next month.
Elizabeth Schafer is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, and has published widely on ideas surrounding the impact of culture on the meaning of drama – particularly in relation to Shakespeare. You can read more about her extensive work here.
We’re thrilled that she’ll be joining us at Roehampton in June. And we also encourage you to submit an abstract sharpish — our deadline closes today!
The Society for Theatre Research
New Researchers’ Network
Fourth Annual Symposium
21st June 2017
University of Roehampton
The Society for Theatre Research’s (STR) New Researchers’ Network (NRN) is delighted to announce their fourth annual symposium, which will centre on the theme of Marking Time within performance, research, and our lives.
Time is a significant factor in everything we do. We organise our lives by dividing time into measurable units (seconds, minutes, hours, days, years), and remain constantly aware of its passing as we grow older. The societal desire to mark time also results in a culture of commemoration: prominent events and figures from the past are memorialised through anniversaries, and many organisations exist to further historical legacies.
How is time represented in contemporary and/or historical performance, and how does an awareness of time’s passing impact upon research methodologies? To what extent does our real and imagined relationship with the past impact upon contemporary culture?
Areas of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- The significance of anniversaries and commemoration culture (i.e. Shakespeare 400, the Easter Rising centenary, and the ongoing commemoration of WWI)
- The marking of time through space, movement, and live art
- Popular performance and construction of legacies (i.e. Hamilton)
- Constructing the passage of time in performance
- Issues of marking time in methodologies in theatre and performance studies
- Histories of theatre companies, theatre buildings, and theatre collectives
- Genealogies of performance
- Period dress and reconstruction; the desire to replicate obsolete theatrical and cultural practices
- Constructing (and performing) the theatre archive
- Time as a social construct; how we perform notions of time in our everyday lives
- Performance that responds to critical moments in national/international history and culture (i.e. Brexit, the recent US election, the Iraq War, the Leveson Inquiry)
The NRN welcomes abstracts (maximum 250 words) for 20-minute conference presentations or creative responses that relate to the symposium theme. Abstract submissions should be directed to the NRN Committee at email@example.com; the deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT on Monday 22nd May. Applicants will be notified of the results by Friday 26th May. For any further details, please don’t hesitate to contact the NRN via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the links for livestreaming our symposium on Friday! The updated programme is here for your perusal too.
So, no matter where you are, no matter how far you may be, you can join in the event! If you’re inclined to tweet, our hashtag is #nrnarchives: we look forward to seeing your comments throughout the day.
Our keynote and panel sessions will take place in the East Lecture Theatre and South Lecture Theatre respectively. Use the programme as your guide as to which panels you want to tune into.
East Lecture Theatre
Folks, we’re super happy to announce that you can now register for our symposium via Eventbrite! Follow the link here. It’s also FREE!
Speakers should have received an email yesterday or today from us about delivering a paper on the day. If you’re one of them (hi there), you *must* register by 5th of May 2015. If you’re auditing (hi to you too), you must register by 5th of June 2015.
We’ll have news about the line-up and scheduling of the day’s events in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, register! Tickets are limited, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on what is sure to be an exciting and stimulating day. (Of course, we’d say that being the organisers, but it’s true! Promise.)
We are very excited to announce that Prof. Matthew Reason (York St John University) will be the keynote speaker at our symposium this June! (That sound you hear is the entire NRN committee collectively emitting squeals of joy.)
Prof. Reason’s research interests largely concern audiences, theatre for children, liveness, performance documentation, and reflective practice — some of which are very pertinent concerns for our symposium this year. He is the author of Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children’s Experiences of Theatre (Trentham Books, 2010). You can read more about his work here. In fact, the title of our symposium derives from his New Theatre Quarterly article, ‘Archive or Memory? The Detritus of Live Performance’, which we all thoroughly recommend you should read. (It is indeed very good.)
We’re very excited to hear him speak at the symposium this year, and we hope you are too! Get those abstracts in!