Archive | November 2012

Call for Papers, “Shifting Boundaries/Crossing Cultures: the Politics, Process, and Performance of Collaboration”

Deadline for submission is January 15, 2013

The Graduate Theatre Syndicate at The Ohio State University will host “Shifting Boundaries/Crossing Cultures: the Politics, Process, and Performance of Collaboration,” April 5th and 6th, 2013. We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the conference will be Stephen Wangh, who studied with Jerzy Grotowski in 1967 and is the author of An Acrobat of the Heart. His playwriting credits include work as an Associate Writer for The Laramie Project, The People’s Temple, which won the Glickman Award for Best Play in the Bay Area, 2005, and many other collaborative works. Additionally, Stephen Wangh has taught physical acting technique in the United States and Europe. In addition to his keynote address, he will teach a workshop for conference attendees. His new book, entitled The Heart of Teaching, is due out this winter. This conference will be concurrent with the university’s production of aPOEtheosis, a devised piece of theatre created by U.S. director Joe Brandesky, and Czech theatre artist Petr Matásek. Brandesky and Matásek will be discussing their work on the performance during the conference.

Collaboration between disciplines and across borders presents a unique set of challenges even as it becomes ubiquitous in artistic and professional pursuits. Collaborative work also offers an opportunity to examine the ways in which politics implicitly and explicitly inform our practices. In addition to conference-style papers, we particularly welcome workshops, performances, or other non-traditional methods of engaging in dialogues which address the personal/political/ cultural negotiations inherent in any collaboration, creative or otherwise. Some of the questions we hope may be addressed by the conference include, but are certainly not limited to the following:

• How does collaboration trouble our own sense of space, challenge our concept of equality, and force us to redefine our expectations?
• What role can/should collaboration play in pedagogical practice?
• How has the rapid evolution of networking technology shifted our understanding of collaboration and the processes by which we collaborate with others?
• What challenges are presented in interdisciplinary collaboration and what strategies may be deployed to overcome them?
• How does inter-cultural collaboration shift the boundary between public and private?
• Can collaboration be considered a diachronic phenomenon? For example, in what ways do writers engage in collaboration with their predecessors and previous cultures through adaptation or translation, or with their audiences and future cultures through reception?
• How does acculturation influence the negotiation of international collaboration?

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words in Word or PDF format, along with affiliation and contact info to Geoffrey Wilson at
Deadline for submission is 15 January 2013. Panelists selected for the conference will be notified by the first of February.

Geoffrey Wilson
Vice-President, Graduate Theatre Syndicate
Department of Theatre
The Ohio State University


Mellon Dance Studies Seminar at Brown, Summer 2013

Now accepting applications for Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar 2013

Applications from advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty are invited for an intensive summer seminar on interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the seminar will be held June 16-22, 2013 at Brown University. Participants will engage with each other’s work as well as with the work of invited senior scholars. Accepted applicants will have their costs covered for tuition, room and board and, in addition, receive up to $500 to cover travel expenses. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

Please send a cover letter stating your research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Seminar Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton ( with the subject line “Dance Studies Seminar.” Deadline for applications is January 15, 2013.

The 2013 summer seminar is part of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities—Brown, Northwestern and Stanford—Dance Studies in/and the Humanities invests in emerging scholars in a growing field. Subsequent summer seminars will be held at Stanford (2014) and Northwestern (2015). Postdoctoral fellows in Dance Studies were appointed at all three schools in September 2012; a second and final class of postdoctoral fellows will be appointed in September 2014.

See for more information.

November events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group is meeting to discuss The Builders Association’s new work SONTAG: REBORN.

The Wexner Center is welcoming us to attend the talk back with the artists on Friday, November 16, 2013 at 2:30 at the Wexner Center Film Video theatre and The Performance/Politics Working Group is also hosting a discussion of the work, led by Dr. Jennifer Schlueter (Assistant Professor, Theatre) and Francesca Spedalieri (PhD Candidate, Theatre), on Monday, November 19 at 6:00-7:00 PM at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Please see Upcoming Events for additional information and links to readings.

We hope to see you there!