Call for Applications -- Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research Summer 2017

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University

Dear colleagues,

A reminder that applications for the 2017 Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research are due on March 1, 2017. Please see additional information below.

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The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our seventh annual summer session, to be held June 5 - 16, 2017. The School offers faculty and advanced graduate students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program. Applications are due on March 1, 2017; please see our website for more information about how to apply.

The topic for the 2017 session is "Research, Pedagogy, Activism."

The last two years have seen a significant rise in activism on university campuses and beyond, from Black Lives Matter to environmental activism and unionization. Because the performing arts are a frequent vehicle for activism, researchers in the performing arts have much to contribute to this general development. At the same time, the job market increasingly requires students to demonstrate significant experience with innovative teaching methods. Here, too, the performing arts have much to contribute because a lot of teaching in the performing arts combines theory and practice; certain disciplines within the field, such as performance studies, have also included an element of activism in their research method. This year’s Mellon session will seek to take the measure of this changing landscape and formulate ways in which theater and performance research can be an incubator for new ideas and practices at the intersection of research, pedagogy, and activism.

Participants will work with an international faculty of distinguished scholars in one of two daily seminars on overarching theoretical and methodological topics related to the theme of "Research, Pedagogy, Activism." 

This year's faculty includes:

 

Una Chaudhuri (New York University)

Bonnie Honig (Brown University)

Carrie Preston (Boston University)

Martin Puchner (Harvard University)

Elaine Scarry (Harvard University)

Doris Sommer (Harvard University)

Lawrence Switzky (University of Toronto)

Harvey Young (Northwestern University)

Participants will take one of two daily seminars on overarching theoretical and methodological topics related to the theme. In addition to the morning seminars, the program includes discussions, research workshops, performances, and evening lectures taught by visiting faculty members. Graduate student participants take part in a writing workshop devoted to their dissertation research; junior faculty participate in a workshop focused on turning their dissertations into books.

Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, tuition will be free for all accepted participants.

Applications are due March 1, 2017. A complete application consists of our application form, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (for current doctoral students only), a coverletter/statement of interest, and a prospectus or research statement. Admissions decisions will be announced by April 2017.

For more information and application instructions, please visit our website at thschool.fas.harvard.edu or email thschool@fas.harvard.edu or the Mellon School Executive Director, Liz Phillips, at ephillips@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Please forward this announcement widely to interested colleagues.

 

Martin Puchner, Director

The Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University