Schedule for Anna Deavere Smith-Autoethnography Conf. @ Villanova

Just in case anyone is in the Philly area this coming Monday…

5th Annual Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

Conference Theme:

The work of Anna Deavere Smith, Critical Cultural Performance, Performance Ethnography and Autoethnography

Monday, March 14, 2011

This year’s PTRS will include panels exploring research in: Performing Diversity, Performance Ethnography, Emerging Scholars and The Work of Anna Deveare Smith. In addition solo performances, ethnographic performances, and autoethnographic performances will be performed throughout the day. The Symposium is free to attend and the panels will be presented in Bartley 1011.

Villanova Theater Department
Villanova University
800 E. Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085

Schedule of Sessions

Performing Diversity

The Bridge Between Documentary Theatre & Drama Therapy: Our Asian American Theatre Experiment
Aileen B. Cho

Multivocality and Reflexivity: Dismantling the Hegemonic through Documentary Theatre
Annika C. Speer

Fringe Festivals and Cultural Subjectivity: Experimental Performance as Urban Tourist Attraction
Bill Whitney


Performance Ethnography

Performance/Intercession and The Drama Therapeutic Process
Maria Hodermarska
Sara McMullian
Dave Mowers
David Perrin



Festus the 3-Legged Wonder Dog
Domenick Scudera

Emerging Scholars

Driving In Today’s World: Sex, Feminism, and the Resistance to the Oppression of Women in Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive
Heather Lucas

Creating an Aesthetic: The Using Camp to Decipher Bat Boy: The Musical
Cassandra Lovering

Gotta Slam
Alex Frangoulis

Gentle Power and Powerful Weakness: Locating the Phallus in Mark O’Rowe’sTerminus
Valerie Eichelberger



You Arrive
Bonnie Harnden

Anna Deveare Smith

‘Nobody Else Can Do George’: Anna Deavere Smith, George C. Wolfe, and the Potential of Collaboration
Cory Elizabeth Nelson

E Pluribus Unum: A Study in Multi-Character Solo Performance in the Documentary Drama
Jacob Hellman

Looking At and Looking Through: The Prismatic Body of Anna Deveare Smith
Kellen Hoxworth

CFP — UK conference “Texting” the Body & Corporeal Writing

Information from the Association for Theater in Higher Education listserv:

Call for Papers/Proposals for TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) 2011
Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames 7 – 9 September 2011
The Performance and the Body Working Group
Embodied languages: ‘Texting’ the Body and Corporeal Writing

The Performance & the Body Working Group invites proposals for papers and performance presentations for TaPRA 2011 exploring the theme of bodies and their relationships with text. Please send a brief (250 word) proposal, a short biographical statement, and an outline of technical requirements by 3 May to the working group convenors: Jennifer Parker Starbuck ( and Lib Taylor (

Bodies and texts are interwoven throughout all performance: contemporary or historical, technological, physical, archival, material. Text may form the basis of performance events; it may be quoted, translated, projected or overlaid. Textual engagements engender our historical and archival memories of bodies through a variety of written accounts, notation, publicity, and analysis. How do we understand bodies through these encounters? In what ways are bodies (re-)shaped by texts, and texts (re-)framed by bodies? How is the body interpreted as ‘text’ in performance? In what ways do bodies and text intersect, overlap and perform? How might text be understood as body or body as text?

A piece from Brian Dettmer's series of book-scupltures.

We welcome expressions of interest that might consider the following:

  • How bodies might serve as texts of transmission
  • How texts regulate, map, or shape bodies in performance
  • Analyses of bodies as palimpsestic, archival, or historical texts
  • The impact of technologies that mediate text upon performed/performing bodies
  • The body as textual, text-ured, texted
  • Text as bodied, embodied, dis-embodied

We welcome alternative, practice-as-research or performative proposals that engage thematically and rigorously with the working group theme, but these must be achievable with limited resources and within a 20-30 minute time period.

Proposals, if accepted, may be directed into a range of presentational formats: traditional panels (with 20 minute papers); pre-circulated papers that form the basis for discussion and a short presentation; or if appropriate, performance-based panels. While we welcome statements of preference, final decisions will be made by the working group convenors and will be indicated at the time of acceptance.

For other working group CFPS and further information about the conference see:

The Performance & the Body working group also warmly welcomes participants who do not wish to present a paper this year.

The reports of my death will be greatly debated

This information has been culled from a post on CULT-STUD-L. Note the fellow application deadlines at the bottom of the post.

17-23 July 2011,  Stone Summer Theory Institute (STIP) Chicago

Co-organized with Sunil Manghani and Gustav Frank

Theme 2011:
Farewell to Visual Studies

Faculty include James Elkins, Lisa Cartwright, Keith Moxey, Whitney Davis, and Michael Ann Holly.

The field of Visual Studies, inaugurated in the 1990s, has not fulfilled its promise–which was, roughly, to provide an optimal methodological model for the study of images of all sorts, and to create a new academic space partly inside, and partly outside, existing structures.

Despite the appearance of new journals and online sites devoted to visual studies, and despite the continuously increasing number of departments worldwide, the field of visual studies remains a minority interest with an increasingly predictable set of interpretive agendas and subjects. Typically it attracts students in the humanities, who explore Marxist critiques of mass media and fine art.

The growth of vision science, together with the rise of hybrid departments without the term “visual studies” or its analogues–such as the initiatives in East Anglia and Leiden, which study “world art”–may signal the end of the project of visual studies. Our purpose is to assess the relevant history, current condition, and future prospects of visual studies, image studies, visual culture, Bildvetenskap, Bildwissenschaft, and other initiatives.

Fellowship opportunities:

The Stone Summer Theory Institute is an intensive week of seminars, lectures, and panel discussions, which will be published as a series of books involving over 300 scholars. It is held each July in Chicago. Fellows are not expected to present papers, but are asked to do up to 1,500 pages of advance readings for the seminars.

Lectures and panel discussions are open to the public. Most of the week, however, is occupied by closed seminars, which are attended by 15 Fellows chosen in an international competition. There are 6 hours of seminars each day, with assigned readings, circulated in advance. Places are available for fifteen Fellows; accommodation is provided, and some travel funds are also available.

Applications are invited from advanced graduate students, faculty, artists, and administrators.

Full information about applying is available on the website

The deadline is April 15, 2011; successful applicants will be notified April 20.

Reimagining the Academy Part 5

On Wednesday, March 16 @ 5pm in Room 4 of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke’s five-lecture series, “Re-imagining the Academy,” concludes with a talk by Mark C. Taylor, chair of the religion department at Columbia University.  His recent book Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities (2010) expands on the thesis of his widely-read 2009 New York Times op-ed “The End of the University as We Know It.” The Chronicle of Higher Education published an in-depth interview/profile of Taylor in Jan. of 2010.

Noh way!!

The publicity of this event comes courtesy of Dr. Claire Conceison via David G. Goodman, Director of IJPAN:

On March 28 and 29,2011 the Kashū-juku Noh ensemble will be performing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network (IJPAN) will stream their performance and their introductory, interactive workshop live on the Internet.  You and your students will be able to view the workshop and performance in real time and, during the workshop, interact with ensemble members live via Facebook and Twitter.

The schedule of events is as follows.

  • March 28 (Monday), 4:00-5:30 Central Time: Introductory Workshop
  • March 29 (Tuesday), 7:30-9:30 Central Time: Performance of the Noh masterpiece Aoi no Ue, the battle scene from Yashima, and the Kyōgen comedy Bōshibari

Kashū-juku, a Noh ensemble based in Kyoto, will be coming to the University of Illinois directly from the Japan Society in New York, where they will be performing as part of the JapanNYC Festival.  This is an opportunity for you and your students to access a world-class theatrical event from the comfort of your own campus.

In order to receive the live stream you must register with IJPAN.  You can register simply by sending an e-mail to Registration is free. After registering, you will be sent detailed instructions about how to access the live stream, and you will receive advance notice of future events.

Funded by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, IJPAN brings Japanese performance—classical and contemporary theatre, music, and dance—to audiences in the United States and abroad; facilitates collaborations among Japanese and American artists; and involves the scholarly community in conversations about the Japanese performing arts.

Many IJPAN events are planned in partnership with the Japan Society of New York.  Events being planned for the 2011-12 season include a J-Pop concert, Japanese theatre performances by outstanding contemporary troupes, and recent music from Okinawa.

Please join the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network and join the fun!

Duke Graduate Students Grant Opportunity

Information gathered from Duke University’s Funding Opportunities listserv:

The Duke University Graduate School offers doctoral students an opportunity for professional, leadership and pedagogical development through its Teaching Mini-Grants program. Each year, the Graduate School awards up to three project proposals. Each winning proposal is awarded a $1,500 stipend plus up to $500 for project expenses. The proposal can be developed by an individual graduate student or up to three graduate students who plan to be enrolled in both Fall and Spring terms (stipend shared by joint applicants).

Full project proposals and application materials are due by May 6, 2011.

This Duke internal funding is restricted to Duke graduate students.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency’s website:

So you wanna know about Performance Studies?

You’re in luck.

NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics has just digitized for online streaming a series of interviews for its Digital Video Library. These were conducted between 2001 and 2007 with major scholarly voices (particularly in the NYU & CUNY strands) of Performance Studies, including Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Rebecca Schneider. These videos are free and open access!