Informal Welcome to Postgraduates and Early Career Academics
Tuesday 3rd September: 20:00 – 23:30
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.
While not a lunchtime event, the TaPRA Postgraduate Representatives will be hosting a meet and greet session for postgraduates and early career researchers in the Saramago Café Bar inside Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA). The Centre for Contemporary Arts as an organisation has played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades and the building in which it’s housed is steeped in history. The CCA is a 10 minute walk from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and food is served in the Terrace Bar until 10pm. In this informal and relaxed environment delegates will have the chance to make connections with their peers before the conference begins.
Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Welcome Event
Wednesday 4th September: 11:30 – 12:30
Venue: Board Room, Level 3
During registration on the first day of the conference we will be running an open forum for both new and returning postgraduates and early career academics. Structured using an informal introduction exercise, this session is a chance to connect and chat with others who share your interests and concerns, some of whom may attend a different Working Group to your own. This welcome event will also give you the opportunity to find out a little bit more about TaPRA as an organisation and how the conference works. Please note that participants should collect lunch from the Jack Bruce Space before attending the event.
Postgraduates Who Teach
Thursday 5th September: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Board Room, Level 3
We are very pleased to welcome guest speakers Dr Kim Solga and Dr Laura Bissell who will be discussing the theme of teaching in higher education as a postgraduate. Dr Kim Solga will begin the session by talking about her work on the ‘activist classroom’. Dr Laura Bissell will then present a paper in response to a survey carried out in 2012 by the NUS, titled ‘Postgraduates Who Teach’. This survey deals with issues such as postgraduate teaching representation, remuneration and training.
Kim Solga is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. Her books include Performance and the City, Performance and the Global City (both from Palgrave), and two linked volumes titled New Canadian Realisms (from Playwrights Canada Press). As a scholar of teaching and learning she edited ‘The Activist Classroom: Performance and Pedagogy’, a special issue of Canadian Theatre Review (2011). She blogs about teaching at theactivistclassroom.wordpress.com.
Laura Bissell is a Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Laura studied at the University of Glasgow and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally. Laura’s research interests include: contemporary performance practices and methodologies; technology and performance; live art; feminist performance; and performance and journeys.
This lunchtime event is aimed at individuals at all stages of their postgraduate study or early career and established academics with an interest in the area are more than welcome to attend. This session will include a short presentation from each guest speaker followed by a Q & A. Please note that participants should collect lunch from the Jack Bruce Space before attending the event.
TaPRA’s Working Groups and conference structure make it a great place for new scholars, who make up a large and vital proportion of TaPRA’s membership. We hope you enjoy the conference and share your experiences with individuals at a similar stage in their studies or career. As well as postgraduate students, early career researchers are very welcome at all of our events. If you have any questions and/or problems at any stage during the conference, please do come and find us and we’ll be happy to help.
We look forward to welcoming you to our series of events in Glasgow
Charlotte Bell, Adam Alston and David Coates
TaPRA Postgraduate Representatives