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Theatre History and Historiography

The Theatre History and Historiography group is dedicated to the exploration and investigation of theatre history using the methodologies and approaches developed in recent years by the New Theatre Historiography movement. The purpose of this group is to discuss work in progress, closely analysing the ways in which evidence, documentation, interpretation, theory and speculation contribute to Theatre History today and open up new and provocative questions about the way we explore the theatrical past on both macro- and micro-levels. The group welcomes new and experienced scholars with an interest in these concerns and follows a procedure in which papers are circulated in advance of the TaPRA Conference to group members, are summarised verbally by contributors at panel sessions and are then thrown open for discussion. Our focus is not so much on the presentation of finished work as on the discussion and enablement of work that is still in process.

 

Group members can use the private TaPRA members’ section to contribute to this group, ensure that you sign up for the Theatre History and Historiography Working Group.

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History and Historiography Working Group : Experience as Evidence in Theatre History and Historiography

The issue of experience as evidence in historical writing has been the subject of vigorous debate since Joan Scott’s article of 1991, in which she asserted that ‘experience is not the origin of our explanation, but that which we want to explain’. Scott interrogated historical accounts in which experience – presented as a straightforward reflection…

Theatre History and Historiography Call for Papers: TaPRA 2015

The Theatre History and Historiography group is dedicated to the exploration and investigation of theatre history using the methodologies and approaches developed in recent years by the New Theatre Historiography movement. The purpose of this group is to discuss work in progress, closely analysing the ways in which evidence, documentation, interpretation, theory and speculation contribute…

Call for participation: TaPRA History and Historiography Working Group

Place and Space in Theatre and Performance History We invite papers that consider the role of place and space in theatre and performance history. We speak of ‘spatial turns’ in the humanities and the foregrounding of questions of place and space in cultural production. Yet for theatre and performance studies, space and place have always…
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