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Calamity Is Topic of Conference

September 27, 2005 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Conveying disasters on stage and through scholarship will be examined and debated by some of the world’s top scholars and doctoral students during the Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 symposium on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The conference  “Considering Calamity: an Interdisciplinary Conference on Methods for Performance Research” will be held at the John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road. The weekend event will feature intellectual exchange and discussions that will grapple with a wide range of research methodologies currently applied by scholars in theatre studies and related fields.

The weekend event is co-sponsored by The Graduate School of Northwestern University and the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama.

Speakers will include associate faculty and students of Northwestern’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama and other Northwestern programs in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences. They will be joined by visiting scholars and graduate students from Tel Aviv University, the University of Minnesota, New York University, Université de Paris, University of California at Santa Barbara, Brandeis University, University of California in Los Angeles, University of Chicago, Yale University and Stanford University.

Among the questions to be pondered are: What does it mean to address the deepest scars of history through performance and through scholarship about performance? Is it a stretch to connect the cultural connotations of calamity, adversity, disaster and cataclysm to synonyms such as mischance, woe, tragedy and personal downfall, which are associated with theatre? How can this conjunction be broached? How is this utilized as a way to bring the terrain of the cultural, social or human under scrutiny by today’s scholars of theatre and performance?

Reservations are required for the graduate workshops that will be held Sept. 29. A registration form can be downloaded from the Web site at <http://www.northwestern.edu/graduate/considering_calamity/> or contact a-white@northwestern.edu.

No reservations are required for the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 conference sessions that will be held at the Evans Center.

For further information, contact Jesse Njus at j-njus@northwestern.edu or Stefka Mihaylova at s-mihaylova@northwestern.edu or check the Web site at <http://www.northwestern.edu/graduate/considering_calamity/>.

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