Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research 2018: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Harvard University
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The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce our call for applications for our seventh annual summer session, to be held June 11-22, 2018. The School offers faculty, advanced graduate students, and theater professionals the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program. The topic for the 2018 session is "Public Humanities." Following up on our 2017 focus on activism, the 2018 Mellon School will explore the public humanities in relation to theater, dance, and performance. Live performance has long been an occasion for thinking about the public: what does it mean to assemble, address, inform, entertain, challenge, and transform the public, as represented by the audience? The discussion about the public humanities has proceeded by and large without drawing on theater and performance studies. During the 2018 session, we want to ask whether the public nature of our object of study—live performance—should inform our scholarship (and vice versa), and if so, how? Topics will include theater journalism, performance reviews, press releases, and op-eds; social media, publicity, communications, and podcasts; dramaturgy, talkbacks, and practice-as-research; academic “performances” such as books and lectures; theater pamphlets, manifestos, and more. Our distinguished 2018 faculty includes:Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College)D. Graham Burnett (Princeton University)P. Carl (Emerson College & ArtsEmerson)Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University)Ju Yon Kim (Harvard University)Louis Menand (Harvard University)Carrie Preston (Boston University)Martin Puchner (Harvard University)Andrew Sofer (Boston College)Alexis Soloski (The New York Times) Participants will take one of two daily seminars on overarching theoretical and methodological topics related to the theme. In addition to the seminars, the program includes discussions, workshops, performances, and lectures taught by visiting faculty. Graduate student participants take part in a writing workshop devoted to their dissertation research; faculty participants take part in a workshop focused on monographs and publications. Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, tuition will be free for all accepted participants. Applications are due on March 1, 2018.  A complete application consists of an application form, a CV, a cover letter, and a dissertation prospectus or description of current research. Admissions decisions will be announced in mid-March. Please see our application page for instructions and frequently asked questions. We encourage applications from graduate students and faculty in many fields, as well as from journalists, dramaturgs, and other theater and performance professionals.   For more information, please visit our website at or email or the Mellon School Executive Director, Elizabeth Phillips, at