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

The schedule for Marking Time is here!

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

Time Parallel Session A Parallel Session B
10:00-10:15 REGISTRATION
10:15-10:30 Welcome: Ella Hawkins and Rachael Nicholas
10:30-11:30 Plenary

 

Professor Elizabeth Schafer: ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’: Adventures in Marking Time

11:30-11:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:45-12:45 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
New methodologies

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
12:45-13:45 LUNCH
13:45-15:15 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
15:15-15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30-17:00 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
17:00-17:45 Closing discussion

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! And Elizabeth Schafer’s plenary title and abstract!

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…

Elizabeth Schafer confirmed as plenary speaker for #NRNMarkingTime!

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!

Apply for a STR Research Award!

STR Research Awards

Deadline: 17th March 2017

Every year the Society of Theatre Research awards pots of money to support continuing research into all aspects of British theatre. Find out more about the awards below and make sure you apply if you are eligible!

Who can apply?

Anyone who is engaging in a research project that is substantially concerned with the history, historiography, art, or practice of British theatre can apply. Previous award winners have included PhD students, early career researchers, researchers unaffiliated with a university, professors, and groups of researchers working on a larger project. There are no restrictions imposed on the status or nationality of applicants, or on the location of the proposed research. Awards are not given for MA study, but if the project is unrelated to the degree then it may be considered.

In which subject areas?

The topic of the research must be concerned with an aspect of British theatre, but the society is interested in all forms such as music hall, opera, dance, circus, pantomime and other forms and crafts of performance. Previous awards have been given for a diverse variety of topics from a study of Scottish medieval theatre, to a study of disabled circus aerialists in Canada, to research into ethnic minority actors in Shakespeare. In the past, awards have also contributed towards research that involves a practical or performance element, as well as to research projects that investigate theatre’s relationship to other media.

For what, and how much?

A sum in the region of £5000 will be available in total. This will comprise of one or two awards of up to £1000 named after benefactors to the society as well as smaller awards in the range of £100-£500.

In your application you will need to specify the intended purpose for the award. In the past, awards have been given for research trips and their associated costs, for digitisation projects, for costs related to translation or transcription, for the creation of video installations, and for setting up and running research seminars. Awards have also been given for costs related to the dissemination of research such as for publisher’s subvention, for production costs for practice-led research, and for the development of an online database of performance. You will need to provide an itemised budget in the application form (even if it is estimated).

What do I need to do to apply?

To read more about the specific awards and to download the application form visit the STR website [http://www.str.org.uk/research/awards/index.html]. The application form [which you can also access here: awards_2017 (1)] will ask you to describe your project, the purpose of the award within the project, your qualifications, circumstances (including other sources of funding), and the details of two referees. Send this form to awards@str.org.uk before the 17th March 2017. Good luck!

UPCOMING EVENT! What Next? Life After The PhD

SAVE THE DATE! We’re very excited to announce our next event, taking place in the new year! Read on for more… *drumroll*

What Next? Life After The PhD

When is it? Saturday 11 February 2017

How long is it on for? 10am-5pm

Where is it? Murray Learning Centre, University of Birmingham

How much is it? Free!

Getting employed is hard. Whichever way you turn after completing a PhD, job markets are fiercely competitive and often seem impossible to penetrate.

What Next? Life After the PhD is an employability event aimed specifically at late-stage doctoral candidates and post-PhD early career researchers. The event will include a series of workshops and talks, a CV surgery, and a one-to-one mock interview. The content will be presented by academics and practitioners at a variety of career stages; you’ll hear from chaired professors, casual-contract postdocs, archivists, and theatre practitioners. By the end of the day, you’ll have received heaps of practical advice about landing a job, sharpening your CV, and polishing your interview skills. Whether you want to stay in academia or pursue an alternative path, you’ll walk away ready to do battle in your field of choice.

For more information, please email nrn@str.org.uk. Registration will open in the new year!

The NRN wants YOU to join our committee!

The NRN is seeking a new committee member to assist with our livestreaming programme.

A sub-committee of the Society for Theatre Research (STR), the New Researchers’ Network (NRN) is a supportive group of postgraduates, new scholars, practitioners, artists and early career academics with shared interests in theatre and performance, theatre history, and theatre historiography. The NRN is comprised of individuals from a variety of academic disciplines including Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies, History, Art History, English Literature, and Modern Foreign Languages as well as theatre and performance professionals.

The NRN meets throughout the year for a series of study days, workshops, lectures, archive visits, theatre tours, and social dinners. The calendar of events is designed to encourage members to share knowledge and ideas, provoke discussion and debate, and develop a network of helpful and supportive contacts. Members of the NRN are also members of the STR, and as such are encouraged to participate in STR activities, including the lecture series, the Poel Workshops, the Research Awards, and theatre-related outings. Finally, the NRN provides opportunities for new researchers to present their current research in a more formal setting at the annual symposium.

The NRN is currently recruiting a new committee member specifically to assist with the livestreaming of the STR lecture series. The role would therefore suit a postgraduate, early career researcher, or young professional with interests in digital media, livestreaming, and/or audience development. As a full member of the NRN Committee, you will also be involved in planning the annual symposium and other events, keeping up the NRN’s online presence, and thinking ahead to the 2017/18 academic year.

This role will require the new committee member to undertake NRN activities in central London approximately once per month, and so we are expressly seeking someone London-based or with easy access to London.

To apply, please send a CV and a brief letter of application to the NRN Committee at nrn@str.org.uk by 5:00pm on Friday 30th December. We will inform candidates of our decision by Friday 6th January.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information about the role, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at the email address above.