'Performing the Archive' Conference
National University of Ireland, Galway
22 – 24 July 2015
Co-sponsored by the American Society for Theatre Research
Professor Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University)
Dr. Doug L. Reside (New York Public Library)
Professor Catherine Cole (University of California, Berkeley)
Dr. Hugh Denard (Trinity College, Dublin)
Professor Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Professor Lionel Pilkington (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Emilie Pine (University College, Dublin)
In 2013, the Abbey Theatre and NUI Galway launched the digitization of the Abbey Theatre archive, the largest theatre archive digitization project ever attempted. When this project is completed, more than 1.5 million items including scripts, costume designs, prompt books and performances will be available to study for generations of scholars to come.
Building on this momentum, 'Performing the Archive' will gather together scholars, artists and archivists engaged in working with archival materials on research and performance projects to explore the uses and possibilities of the archive today from theoretical and methodological perspectives. We will debate:
• What is the status of archival research methodologies in published research and graduate training today?
• What are the possibilities of collaboration between researchers and practitioners working together to remount work based on the archives or research on new material? What working models exist and what have yet to be imagined?
• How has the digital humanities begun to reshape the possibilities of archival engagement?
• How can we support the labour of not only archival research methodologies but the maintenance of the archives themselves? How does the holding location of archives (university vs. community archive) affect the circulation of these resources? How can partnerships be expanded or reimagined?
• How has the cataloguing of new/recent archives contributed to new learning and change?
• 'From Stage to Street' – Connection of archives, theatre and society: Documentary theatre and socially responsive theatre
• Theatre, Peace and Conflict – How memory of theatre and conflict, especially that of Northern Ireland, is newly understood and experienced through the archives and contributing to resolution and reconciliation
• The craft of the playwright: Drafting, editing and writing for stage or radio