Hello everyone – I hope your fall season is off to a wonderful start!
I write to share some news, announcements, and reminders.
REMINDER: Registration for this year’s ASTR conference is now open on the website. Note that there are new features on the registration form, including rates for contingent faculty, opportunities to sign-up for additional sessions, and a mentor/mentee survey that you will be directed to if you choose to participate in our Mentorship Breakfast program. If you have ANY questions about the registration process or encounter any difficulties, please contact us at: info.
Also, I want to thank our new management company, Ewald Consulting, for all their hard work over the past months. This November marks their first conference with us, and they have been doing everything possible to provide continuity, to answer members’ questions, and make the process go smoothly. Thanks also to the membership for their help and patience as we navigate this new territory.
A NEW RESOURCE FOR DIGITAL RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
ASTR is pleased to announce the creation of a new Member Group and online resource dedicated to Digital Research and Scholarship. This group is accessible through your ASTR.org member profile page. After logging into the ASTR site, click “Groups” under My Profile and go to "Member Groups” to join.
Included within the group are a series of resources for those interested in the application of digital methods in theatre and performance scholarship. These resources include an overview of current digital methods, a preliminary bibliography that members can revise and expand, a list of online resources and tools for researchers, and a site to highlight member projects. These pages are also linked to shared Zotero group libraries. If you would like to join the Zotero Group, visit: https://www.zotero.org/groups/astr-digital_research_and_scholarship. You can request an invitation to join from Sarah Bay-Cheng, the current group administrator.
Support for this site was provided by an anonymous donor to ASTR in support of enhancing digital initiatives in the organization and the broader field of theatre studies. We are grateful for this support.
REPORT FROM THE THIRD SYMPOSIUM ON DOCTORAL PROGRAMS IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES
From September 18-19, Bud Coleman hosted the third gathering of Directors of Graduate Studies and Department Chairs to discuss the state of doctoral programs in Theatre and Performance Studies.
Twenty-four colleagues gathered for an event that included discussions of recruitment, assessment, curriculum development, program funding, models of graduate training, placement within and beyond the academy, climate, advocacy, and diversity. Distinguished Professor Sue-Ellen Case delivered the keynote talk, “Thinking Bodies in Space.” Special thanks to Bud, his colleagues, and his graduate students for supporting this event in such style and for making it possible for us to continue this important conversation!
UPDATE ON THE ASTR-ATHE DIGITAL HUMANITIES COLLABORATION
Members of ASTR and ATHE who have been working on developing an NEH grant proposal for a Digital Humanities project convened at the 2015 ATHE conference and will meet again to discuss next steps at ASTR in November. Issues discussed at the ATHE conference included: collaboration and production, best practices, labor issues, rights issues, networking needs, assessment and evaluation, access and resources, visual and digital literacy, and outreach. The group will continue its conversations at the November 2015 ASTR Conference, and we invite interested colleagues to join the conversation on Saturday afternoon after the Awards Luncheon/Business Meeting (please see the program and/or registration desk for location announcement). Thank you to Patricia Herrera for coordinating these meetings!
FROM THE AMERICAN THEATRE ARCHIVE PROJECT
For those in the Boston area there will be a meeting of the Boston ATAP Team at the Boston Public Library on Thursday, October 1 at 6pm in the Commonwealth Salon. The event is a meet-and-greet to learn more about upcoming projects in the area. Questions can be sent to atapboston.
For those attending the November conference, ATAP will host a training workshop on November 5 at the Portland Marriott as part of an ASTR pre-conference event for Portland area archivists.
Also, remember that ASTR colleagues have the opportunity to support ATAP’s work through the donation button on the ASTR website (designate ATAP in the contribution box). For more information on ATAP’s history, mission, and current projects, click here.
CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Granshaw, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who received an ASTR CO-SPONSORED EVENTS AWARD for the forthcoming symposium, “Spectacles of Labor: Performance and the Working Class.” The event will take place on at the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center on October 2, 2015. It features speakers from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Washington, Northwestern, and the University of Pittsburgh.
UPCOMING DEADLINES: The deadline for the next round of ASTR CO-SPONSORED EVENTS awards is October 15. Let ASTR help support your upcoming conference or colloquium! More information may be found here.
If you’d like to be involved in an ASTR committee, please feel free to email me at president. If you would like to know more about ASTR’s current initiatives, you are also welcome to review this year’s annual reports to the Executive Committee on the Leadership page.