2009 TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium

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TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium

10 – 5.30, 21st March 2009, Bedford Square, London


Invitation and call for participants


Postgraduates and early career researchers are invited to a TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium.  The symposium is free for TaPRA members, and £10 for non-TaPRA members (which includes TaPRA membership 2008-09 and is payable by cheque on the day). TaPRA members are also able to apply for a small (max £30) travel bursary to enable their attendance. To book a place, please send an email to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] by 6thMarch. Please also mention if you would like to be considered for a travel bursary in this email.  Places and bursaries are limited, and will be allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.


A double-barrelled event, the morning seminar will be devoted to academic development, and address the issues that an early career researcher might encounter, and discussing the role of postgraduates within TaPRA’s research ethos and conference program.


The afternoon will be a postgraduate symposium, framed around a set of issues which impact on the work of a broad range of postgraduates and early career researchers.  TaPRA members are invited to present a 10-minute provocation paper related to the following:


Approaches to theatre historiography in a transdisciplinary research environment


Or, where have all the theatre historians gone?


Provocations from postgraduates at all levels of their study, and early career academics, are welcomed. Please send the title of your provocation to both [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] by 6th March.  The idea of the afternoon is not so much to present a set of polished papers, but to provide a range of perspectives, approaches to, and ideas about a question which affects our research.  The day will conclude with a round-table discussion. We hope to address the role of the theatre historian, and the place of history in the theatre academy today, with a focus on how the shift in paradigms from theatre to performance, and the advent of new technologies, have prompted new approaches in the investigation, documentation and dissemination of historical theatre/performance research.


Specific subjects for investigation might include, but are by no means limited to:


  • The performing historian
  • Historicising the contemporary
  • Accessibility, credibility and the internet
  • The implementation of new technologies
  • Ethics, transparency and the historian
  • Perspectives on historiography
  • Museology, documentation and the theatre archive


We look forward to hearing from you!


Best wishes


Rachel Clements and Rachel Hann

TaPRA Postgraduate Representatives


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