Theatre and Performance vs the ‘Crisis in the Humanities’: Creative Pedagogies, Neoliberal Realities
Roundtable leader: Kim Solga (Western University)
(from the original call for papers)
Participants who are students, instructors, researchers, community partners, and administrators are very welcome to apply. Together, we will aim to assemble a variety of existing “best practices” that can assist all of us in making local change at our home institutions, while taken collectively can represent qualitative evidence of our successful, ongoing adaptation to existing institutional realities.
In advance of the conference participants will be asked to share a brief (roughly 1000-word) case study based on their own experience, as well as a prompt or question arising from it.
Topics of investigation illuminated by your case studies may include:
- What initiatives are already underway to ready schools and departments of theatre and performance for survival within the neoliberal university?
- How are these initiatives received by stakeholders (students, teachers, artists, administrators, community partners) both inside and outside of institutional contexts?
- How essential is interdisciplinary collaboration to the survival of theatre and performance labour in the neoliberal university? What models exist for such (successful) collaboration?
- How essential is community collaboration to the survival of theatre and performance labour in the neoliberal university? What models exist for such (successful) collaboration?
- Within the initiatives and collaborations thus detailed, what room exists for creative, performance-driven critique of neoliberal structures? How is that room made? When and how does making such space fall short of goals?