CFP: 4th Annual NRN Symposium, ‘Marking Time’

The Society for Theatre Research

New Researchers’ Network

Fourth Annual Symposium

Marking Time

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 nrn@str.org.uk; 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: nrn@str.org.uk

APGRD/University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium On Ancient Drama, June 2015: ‘Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’

15th ANNUAL JOINT POSTGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM ON ANCIENT DRAMA, JUNE 2015:

‘Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 15th Annual APGRD / University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 29 June (at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London) and Tuesday 30 June (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford). This year’s theme will be: ‘Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’. Abstracts of papers should be sent by 31 March 2015 to postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Yana Zarifi (Thiasos Theatre Company) and Margaret Coldiron (Director and specialist in Asian performance). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Edith Hall, Prof. Oliver Taplin, and Prof. Fiona Macintosh. The symposium will conclude on the second day, in Oxford, with a discussion and performance of Gardzienice’s Pythian Oratorio.

PARTICIPANTS

Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performative presentation on ‘Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk by TUESDAY 31st MARCH 2015 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available this year – please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.

CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES: postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk