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Monday, October 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Victoria Duckett (Deakin University) and Vito Adriaensens (Columbia University) are pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (SAGE) dedicated to the Actress-Manager and Early Film. In this issue, the guest editors consider the range of roles and expertise theatrical actress-managers brought to film; the contemporaneous discourse that accompanied this move; and how their status and managerial position influence film production, direction and questions of authorship. Above all, we are interested in how female entrepreneurial engagement in new commerce, new markets and new forms of ‘theatre’ might help us interpret the rich and productive relationship between theatre and film. The journal can be found here:

Editors Anita Gonzalez (University of Michigan), Katerina Paramana (Brunel University), and Victoria Thoms (Coventry University) are pleased to announce the launch of the new book series Dance in Dialogue in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing. Dance in Dialogue critically explores the intersections between dance, performance, and disciplines such as critical theory, law, psychology, women’s studies, visual cultures, gender studies, history, cultural studies, social theory, language, geography, political economy, philosophy, history, ethnography, anthropology, and sociology. It fosters interdisciplinary approaches and conversation as a mode of knowledge production. The focus is on the spaces in between and the affordances and potentials of contemporary dance and performance, practice as research, screen dance, ballet studies, and popular and community dance when brought into dialogue with other disciplines. Dance in Dialogueis an initiative developed with the support of the Society for Dance Research (  The series will offer two distinct, but symbiotic publication formats:  a collection of short books emerging from curated conversations on topical issues in relation to the field, entitled In Conversation; and a collection of book-length monographs and/or edited collections, entitled Moving Forward, which aim to consolidate the knowledge emerging from In Conversation. The editors will be available to discuss possible projects with interested parties at the ASTR conference in San Diego on Saturday, 19 November 2018.  For further information and early expressions of interest please contact

Kiki Gounaridou (Smith College) published her essay, "Dominique Ziegler's Performance of Finance in Private Affairs," as well as her translation of Ziegler's play, Private Affairs (from the French into English), in the translation journal Metamorphoses 25.2 (Fall 2107).

Katie Johnson (Miami University of Ohio) received ATHE's 2018 Outstanding Article Award for "An Algerian in Paris: Habib Benglia's Emperor Jones," which was published in Theatre Journal.

Erika T. Lin (The Graduate Center, CUNY) won the 2018 Barbara D. Palmer Award for Best New Essay in Early Drama Archival Research from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. The prize was given for her essay “Social Functions: Audience Participation, Efficacious Entertainment,” in A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age, edited by Robert Henke, part of a six-volume set by series editors Christopher B. Balme and Tracy C. Davis.

Virginia Magnat (University of British Columbia) co-edited with Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (York University) the Thematic Section“Ethnography, Performance and Imaginationˮ for Anthropologica, as well as the Special Issue “The Transdisciplinary Travels of Ethnography” for Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies (both in press). Dr. Magnat's text “Occitan Music Revitalization as Radical Cultural Activism: From Postcolonial Regionalism to Altermondialisation” is featured in Popular Music and The Postcolonial (Routledge 2018). Her new book The Performative Power of Vocality, based on interdisciplinary research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is forthcoming in the Routledge Voice Studies Series.

Yana Meerzon (University of Ottawa), Katharina Pweny (Ghent University), and Gunther Martens (Ghent University) edited a special edition of Modern Dance (volume 61, No 3, 2018).  The edition is on Migration and Multilingualism, and features seven articles that discuss use of multilingualism in European theatre practices that focus on migration.  The journal can be found online:

Rebecca Rovit (University of Kansas) has received a second Fulbright award. As a Fulbright Specialist in “Theatre and Genocide” (2018-2021) under the category of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, she will teach a course in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna in late Spring 2019. Course readings will include the bilingual book, Theater unter NS-Herrschaft. Theatre under Pressure (eds., Dalinger & ZanglGöttingen: V&R unipress, 2018). Dr. Rovit is the book’s lead author with her chapter, “Assessing Theatre Under Duress in National Socialism: Tracking Theatre Repertoire in the Jewish Kulturbund and in the Camps.” She will also coordinate a symposium related to genocide and the arts while on site. 

Laurence Senelick (Tufts University) read papers at conferences in Nancy, Venice, and the IFTR meeting in Belgrade, and lectured at the Ohio Light Opera Festival.  Recent publications include “Eighteenth-century Russia” in The Commedia dell’Arte in Context, ed. Christopher Balme, “Orpheus in the Movie World: Offenbach on Film,” in The Composer on Screen.  Essays on Classical Music Biopics, ed. Peter Fryer, “Musical Theatre as a Paradigm of Translocation,” Global Theatre History, and eight articles for the Routledge Digital Theatre Encyclopedia.  He also published translations of plays by Feydeau, Labiche and Ferdinand Bruckner. He co-curated and performed in “The Poet Behind the Mask” for the Poets’ Theatre of Boston.

Jonathan Shandell (Arcadia University) is celebrating the publication of his monograph The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era from University of Iowa Press. The book tells the history of the American Negro Theatre (1940-49), a landmark institution in the history of African American theatre. Shandell also charts the influence of this historic ensemble on the subsequent careers of several of the theatre's most notable members (Frederick O'Neal, Alice Childress, and Sidney Poitier), and its wider imprint on American culture in the 1950s-60s and beyond. For more information or to order: Use promo code SHAN40 for 40% off the list price.

Shane Vogel’s (Indiana University, Bloomington) book, Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze was published by the University of Chicago Press.  In 1956 Harry Belafonte’s Calypso became the first LP to sell more than a million copies. For a few fleeting months, calypso music was the top-selling genre in the US—it even threatened to supplant rock and roll. Stolen Time provides a vivid cultural history of this moment and outlines a new framework—black fad performance—for understanding race, performance, and mass culture in the twentieth century United States. 

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