Workshop for early career researchers on the theme of performance historiography, organised by the interdisciplinary research groups THALIA (Ghent University and Free University of Brussels) and GEMS (Ghent University). The workshop aims to approach this theme from an interdisciplinary perspective, and to facilitate dialogue between young researchers and experts.
The workshop departs from the following: the existing body of literature on historical performance is rather anecdotal and tends to focus on written sources rather than examining past performances as experiences, or as events that had a bodily or an emotional impact. In the workshop, we intend to explore how contemporary theory can help us accessing past performances, and understand their function in their historical time and space. Examples of such performances are theatrical performances, music performances, rituals, religious processions, or political demonstrations, but also broader notions performance are welcome to be discussed.
During the two days, Henry Turner, Jane Davidson and Morag Josephine Grant will each give a lecture in which they discuss performance historiography from their area of expertise. The rest of the time is designated for research presentations by the participants and discussion. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to send in a short paper or statement, which will be sent to the lecturers so that they are able to address some relevant issues in their lectures.
Participants may be PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and advanced master students from various disciplines such as (but not limited to): theatre studies, musicology, literary studies, history, anthropology, etc. To subscribe to the workshop, please send a short note on how the theme of this workshop relates to your own research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th.
After you have been accepted, we will provide you with preparatory readings. The papers/statements are due June 28th.
For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Thursday, 12 September
10:00 – 10:30 arrival and welcome
10:30 – 11:30 lecture 1
11:30 – 12:30 discussion
12:30 – 13:30 lunch
13:30 – 14:30 lecture 2
14:30 – 15:30 discussion
15:30 – 16:45 coffee
15:45 – 18:00 presentations and discussion
Friday, 13 September
09:00 – 10:00 lecture 3
10:00 – 11:00 discussion
11:00 – 11:15 coffee
11:15 – 13:00 presentations and discussion
13:00 – 14:00 lunch
14:00 – 16:00 presentations and discussion
16:00 – 16:15 coffee
16:15 – 16:45 closing statements