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Research in Theatre & Performance

Online Projects

Our Goals

This website consolidates activities based on ongoing conversations about supporting publication and professional development in Theatre and Performance Studies. The initiatives described here pay special attention to those in contingent positions or entering the job market.

The Publication Development Forum and the First Book Bootcamp (hosted by the American Theatre and Drama Society and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education) emerged from those discussions and began in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic requires more immediate and ongoing research support. Thus, the Online Research Sessions launched in March 2020, and one-on-one mentoring appointments, and videoed conversations on a range of professional development topics became natural offshoots.

The scale and scope expanded beyond our expectations, and we’re deeply grateful for the generosity of the colleagues and institutions that supported all these initiatives.

We look forward to supporting you in your research in the months ahead!

—Tracy C. Davis, Heather S. Nathans, and Kirsten Pullen

Research Conversations

Daily Sessions

No Registration Required!

We designed one-hour informal conversations to support colleagues across the field on topics including writing articles, book proposals, CVs, and transitioning dissertations into books. All are welcome to ask questions or just listen.

First Book Bootcamp

This intensive workshop offers contingent and tenure-stream faculty the opportunity to develop their book manuscripts and proposals alongside seasoned authors and editors, and with feedback from experts in the field.

Publication Development Forums

 

Accepting Applications Now

Early-career scholars in contingent positions are invited to participate in a series of virtual meetings to develop a work-in-progress for publication. These virtual “PDFs” were developed in response to the myriad challenges that exist post-PhD, to develop scholarship toward publication. Forums will be hosted by scholars across the US. Participants will be paired with a writing mentor and take part in both group and one-on-one conversations.

DissertationBootcamp

 

Accepting Submissions Soon!

This project takes a playful approach to dissertation writing, pairing students with writing partners, creating forums for sharing the highs and lows of the process, and inviting participants to step outside the box with their projects. It requires a weekly commitment of writing and responding to others’ work with the goal of producing 75-90 pages of material by the end of the bootcamp.

 
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Who's Involved?

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Suspended  by Eva Bibas, Tufts class of 2022

Research Conversations

Daily Sessions

No Registration Required!

We designed one-hour informal conversations to support colleagues across the field on topics including writing articles, book proposals, CVs, and transitioning dissertations into books. All are welcome to ask questions or just listen.

To see recorded sessions, click the menu link for Resources

First Book Bootcamp

 

Applications Already Accepted

This intensive workshop, offered through the American Theatre and Drama Society, offers contingent and tenure-stream faculty the opportunity to develop their book manuscripts and proposals alongside seasoned authors and editors, and with feedback from experts in the field.

Publication Development Forums

 

Accepting Applications Now!

Early-career scholars in contingent positions are invited to participate in a series of virtual meetings to develop a work-in-progress for publication. These virtual “PDFs” were developed in response to the myriad challenges that exist post-PhD, to develop scholarship toward publication. Forums will be hosted by scholars across the US. Participants will be paired with a writing mentor and take part in both group and one-on-one conversations.

Dissertation Bootcamp

 

Accepting Submissions Soon

This project takes a playful approach to dissertation writing, pairing students with writing partners, creating forums for sharing the highs and lows of the process, and inviting participants to step outside the box with their projects. It requires a weekly commitment of writing and responding to others’ work with the goal of producing 50-75 pages of material by the end of the bootcamp.

Special Thanks to: 

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, The American Theatre and Drama Society,

Tufts University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Duke University,

University of British Columbia, University at Buffalo, Dartmouth College, Auburn University, Louisiana State University,  

University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University

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