Call for Participation [sic!] 2019: Imprints • Media • History

18 February, 2019 by Sascha Forster | 0 comments

Call for Participation [sic!] 2019: Imprints • Media • History

The international program of [sic!] Summer Institute Cologne offers annual graduate-level seminars on topics in cultural history as well as lectures, poster presentations, and excursions.

[sic!] Summer Insitute Cologne 2019

We invite graduate and postgraduate students from Art History, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Comics Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Dance, English, Film, German, History, Literary Studies, Media, Music, Performance, Sound, Theatre, and related fields to apply to this international interdisciplinary program. (All sessions will be conducted in English.) Participants and faculty of [sic!] 2019 will explore perspectives on the topic Imprints – Media – History in two themed seminars: 

  • Theatre Historiography: Historical Thinking/Critical Thinking
  • Comics, Caricatures, and Cartoons in Comparative Perspectives

Each seminar will be led by a pair of scholars from Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) and the University of Cologne (Germany). Each participant enrolls in one seminar, thus composing an individual study program. Seminars are enhanced by excursions, lectures by alumni, poster presentations by students, and social gatherings. The University of Cologne assists participants in identifying accommodation and with other basic logistics.

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Theatre Historiography: Historical Thinking/Critical Thinking

Prof. Tracy C. Davis and Prof. Peter W. Marx

This year’s seminar will reframe discussions about theatre historiography in ways that will lead thought for the coming decades. The focus is the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography, which we will address as a reading group. Students at [sic!] 2019 will be the first in the world to read and respond to this formative project. The authors of this work-in-progress - more than two dozen leading theatre scholars from many academic cultures and nations – have joined together to articulate key issues in theatre historiography by rethinking categories of how history and performance are conceived, connected, and actively undergoing revision. Students will engage deeply with the essays-in-progress in order to better understand the stakes and issues of historiography for theatre and performance as a field. Additionally, students will consider the impact of these ideas for their own research, and work together to articulate insights that will advance their dissertation projects.

Students’ projects will be intrinsic to the seminar; constant reflection on the group’s readings will help students to clarify their research objectives and stakes, in consultation with peers and faculty. Concrete outcomes will include research abstracts and a poster encapsulating each student’s project.

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