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American Society for Theatre Research(ASTR) and Theatre Library Association (TLA) 2014 Conference – November 20-23, 2014 – Baltimore, MD

Click here for an electronic version of the full program book.

Click here for the program addendum (a list of corrections).

Program At-A-Glance

Thursday, November 20, 2014  Click here to view the Thursday schedule (.pdf).
 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ASTR Executive Committee Meeting 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  American Theatre Archive Project Training Workshop
2 - 7 p.m. Registration Open
  Exhibitor Move-In 

2:30 - 3 p.m.  Coffee Break 
3 - 5 p.m.  Plenary 1 - Non-humans and Political Formations
5:15 - 7:15 p.m.  Working Groups A
  Avant-Gardes, Otherwise: Performance, Aesthetics, and Experimentation in the Undercommons
  Beyond Soldiers and Generals: Performing Wartime Identities, Ideologies, and Material Culture
  Dancing on the Edge: The Queer/Techno/Digital/Cyborg/Post/Present/Material/Effervescent Body
  "Our best machines are made of sunshine" (Haraway 1991 153): How Mediated, Robotic, and "Virtual" Presences Perform
   Childhood, Performance, and the Post-Human: Youth as Human Conduit
   Theorizing Around the Human: Medieval Performance Practice and Practice-Based Research, Part I

5:45 - 7:15 p.m.  Local Plenary 
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Opening Night Reception 
Friday, November 21, 2014   Click here to view the Friday schedule (.pdf).
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Welcome Mentor Breakfast 
8 - 10 a.m.  Coffee and Breakfast Breads in the Exhibit Hall 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Registration Open 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (closed 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. for lunch) 
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.  Plenary 2 
  Objects, Methods, Theatre Histories 
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Plenary 3 
  Machines, Labor, Performance 
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  Career Sessions I (click the link for descriptions and conveners)
  1. Work-Life Balance in Academia 
  2. Readers' Reports on Book MSS: Writing and Utilizing Advice 
  3. Reflections from a Virtual Book Club on "Postacademic" Career Paths
  4. Preparing an Article for Publication 
  5. Best Practices at Small Liberal Arts Colleges 
  6. Do's and Don'ts before Tenure 
  7. Teaching Theatre Studies Today 
  8. Surviving and Thriving During the Dissertation 
 1:15 - 3:30 p.m.
 TLA Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
2 - 3:45 p.m.  Plenary 4
  Material Strategies in Performance
4 - 6 p.m.  Concurrent Paper Panel 1
  Environmental Actors and Liminal States 
  Working Groups B 
  Ecology and/of/in Performance Research Group (on-going) 
  Everyday Life: Histories of the Ordinary, Persistent, and Repeated 
  Facing the Other: Reconsidering Transracial Performance 
  Post-human Sex: Performing Technology, Desire, and the Body 
4 - 7 p.m. Working Groups C 
  How to Do Things with Food(s): Food as Research/Food in Performance 
  Pedagogical Objects: Materials, Media, and Messages in the Theatre History Classroom 
  Puppetry and Material Performance: The Theatre Agency of Inanimate Objects 
  Technology Performs: New Media Onstage and Off 
  Traumatic Structures 
7 - 10 p.m. PerformASTR 
10 - 12 p.m.  PerformASTR - Site-Specific Performance 
Saturday, November 22, 2014  Click here to view the Saturday schedule (.pdf).
8 - 10 a.m.  Coffee and Breakfast Breads in the Exhibit Hall 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Registration Open 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (closed 1 - 3 p.m. for lunch) 
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.  Theatre Library Association (TLA) Plenary 
  The Paradox of the Post-human: Archival Subjects, Systems and Sites
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Concurrent Paper Panel 2 
  (Other) Bodies that Perform 
  Working Groups D
  Animals Perform: Encountering Animals in Historical and Posthuman Performance 
  ATAP in Progress: What Makes an Archive Perform? 
  Doing Something: Divergent Visions of What Activism Performs 
  Humanizing the State of Latina/o Theatre 
  Indigenous Research in the Americas Working Group: I Object! These Things Have Been Performing Long Before You Started Watching 
  Props and Vessels: Pregnancy, Maternity, and Birth as Disembodied Performance 
  Stage Machinery/Machine Labor 
  Trusting Theatre, Experiencing Science: Intersections Between Performance and Science 
  What Performs in Postdramatic Theatre 
1 - 3 p.m. 
 Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting 
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. 
 Plenary 5
  Remains, Memorials, Museums, Architectures

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Concurrent Paper Panel 3 
  Archives of Objects 
  Working Groups E
  Disembodied Race and the Racial Elsewhere 
  Documenting Interdisciplinary Performance
  Dynamic Systems, Situatedness, and "What (or Who?) Performs?:" Cognitive Science in Theatre, Dance and Performance
  Ephemera and Materiality
  Performance Philosophy
  Performance Studies in/from the Global South
  Performing the Boundaries between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies
  Theorizing around the Human: Medieval Performance Practice and Practice-Based Research 
  Time as Actor: Temporal Turns in Theatre and Performance 
8 - 9:30 p.m.  Graduate Student Caucus Meeting 
9:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Emerging Scholars' Reception 
Sunday, November 23, 2014   Click here to view the Sunday schedule (.pdf).
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Coffee and Breakfast Breads 
8 - 11 a.m.  Working Groups F 
  Performance as Research and Practice-Based Research
  Shakespearean Performance Research Group
  "Vestida de ____:" Costumes as Dramatic Agents from the Spanish Golden Age 
9 - 10:15 a.m.  Career Sessions II (click the link for descriptions and conveners) 
  9. Writing Effective Book Proposals 
  10. Effective Interviewing Strategies 
  11. Alt-Ac Career Paths In, Around, and Out of Academia 
  12. Avoiding the ABD Cliff 
  13. Postdocs: Should You or Shouldn't You? 
  14. First Year as a Faculty Member 
  15. Meet the Editors of Theatre Survey 
9 - 10:45 a.m.  Curricular Performance Roundtable 
  PerformASTR Discussion
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  State of the Profession 
12:30 p.m.  Conference Ends 

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