Call for participation - Workshop Performance Historiography: Examining Past Performances from a Present-day Perspective

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September 12, 2019 to September 13, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Music and Music History, Oral History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The interdisciplinary research groups THALIA and GEMS organise a workshop for early career researchers on the theme of performance historiography, considering theatre, music, rituals, religious processions, political demonstrations and other forms of performances in the past. Whereas the existing body of literature on such historical performances is rather anecdotal and tends to approach them through/as merely written sources, this workshop intends to consider them as experiences that are bodily and emotional events. We aim to explore how contemporary theory can help us understand their function in historical time and space.


During this two-day workshop, participants will have the unique opportunity to discuss questions on methodology or specific case studies with specialists in the field. Jane Davidson (University of Melbourne), Morag Josephine Grant (University of Edinburgh) and Henry Turner (Rutgers University) will each give a lecture and provide feedback on the work of the participating young researchers.


We encourage PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and advanced master students from various disciplines such as theatre and literary studies, musicology, media studies, cultural history, (early) modern history, political science, and anthropology to subscribe to the workshop by sending us a short note on how the theme of this workshop relates to their own research interests by March 15th


Please find more information about the speakers and the preliminary set-up and program here. If you have any questions or remarks, do let us know. We look forward to receiving your application!

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