ISTR Working Groups
The working group dynamic involves the submission of papers no more than 1,500 words in length which are then disseminated for all members of the working group to read before the symposium. During the working group sessions on the Friday of the symposium, working group members will give a brief synopsis of their paper lasting no more than 5 minutes, after which the group as a whole will discuss the paper for 15 minutes. Please forward all Working Group Submissions and enquires to the relevant working group coordinator.
General Convenor of the Working Groups: Dr. Eric Weitz email@example.com
Gabriella Calchi-Novati (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicholas Johnson (email@example.com)
Comedy and Performance
The ISTR Working Group on Comedy is for anyone interested in the fact that people laugh and (perhaps more importantly) seem to like causing other people to laugh. The group seeks to include discussion in all areas related to humour and the comic with Irish connections, from conventional dramatic literature to historical and contemporary performance practices, performers, playwrights and companies, and including stand-up, television, film, online and biopolitical performance. There is specific interest in staging comic narratives, physical comedy and the notion of the comic body; and of farce, the grotesque, Grand Guignol and the anarchic.
Working Group Coordinator
Prof Eric Weitz is Head of Drama at Trinity College Dublin. An academic who is also a once and future actor and director, he has published The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy, The Power of Laughter: Comedy and Contemporary Irish Theatre, a number of articles and essays, and contributions to reference works like the Oxford Encyclopedia for Theatre and Performance and the upcoming Encyclopedia of Humor Studies.
Contact: Dr. Eric Weitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre History and Historiography:
Theatre History and Historiography seeks papers pertaining to any aspect of research into the history of theatre as a practice and as an institution in Ireland or the history of Irish theatre in its international contexts. This working group is also concerned with investigating the methodologies of theatre history and/or the theoretical and historical assumptions that underpin these.
Gender and Performance:
The ISTR Gender and Performance Working Group researches, discussed and debates issues relating to the representation and performance of gender and sexuality in drama, theatre and performance, including parades, demonstrations, public happenings and the performance of everyday life. The Group's research ranges from queer theory and performance, to gender and violence, feminist theatre and dramaturgy, reception and affect, the body on stage, and feminist and queer readings of theatre historiography.
Aims and Activities:
The Working Group aims to create an inclusive dialogue to support the work of post-graduate students, academics and practitioners, building dialogue between these different professional spheres and engaging in collaborative work wherever possible.
To do so, it aims to:
Working Group Coordinator
Lisa Fitzpatrick studied at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin before completing her Ph.D. at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. She is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Ulster, where she teaches Critical Theory, Contemporary Irish Theatre and North American Theatre. She has an interest in the performance of work by women, acting as dramaturge for the Canadian premiere of Marina Carr's Portia Coughlan, and as co-translator for the Canadian premiere of Daniela Fischerova's Princess T. She has published widely on issues relating to women's writing for theatre, on gender and violence in performance, and on the performance of sexual violence. Her current project is on the representation of rape on the contemporary stage.
Current Members: Nelson Barre (NUI Galway), Dr. Alyson Campbell (Brunel University, London), Prof. John Countryman (Berry College/NUIG), Emma Creedon (University College Dublin), Brenda Donohue (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Kate Duke (IT Sligo), Miriam Haughton (University College Dublin), Bryan Hogan (Queen's University Belfast), Dr. Ruth Illingworth (NUI Maynooth), Monica Insinga (University College Dublin), Aideen Kerr (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Mária Kurdi (University of Pécs), Christopher McCormack (Trinity College Dublin), Megan Minogue (Queen's University Belfast), Cormac O'Brien (University College Dublin), Dr. Karen O'Brien (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire (NUI Galway), Elaine O'Sullivan (Bristol University), Prof. Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross), Niall Rea (Queen's University Belfast), Caitriona Reilly (Queen's University Belfast), Dr. Melissa Sihra (Trinity College Dublin), Domino Torres (University of Southern California).
Details of the following of the Class and Performance Working Group will be posted soon.