The Drama Interest Group (DIG) is an interdisciplinary group focused on the discussion, study and practice of diverse theater practices. Based at the University of Michigan, DIG brings together faculty and graduate students from the departments of English, Theatre, History, Romance Languages and Literatures, Classics, Asian Languages and Literatures, in addition to several other departments (fourteen in total) to share and discuss the eclectic ideas that lie within theater and performance.
The Drama Interest Group invites you to attend a lecture and a graduate workshop by Kim Solga
Lecture: “Realism After Neoliberalism: on Katie Mitchell'sWoman Killed With Kindness”
February 17, 3pm, 3154 Angell Hall
Neoliberal statecraft; realist stagecraft: there's no love lost between performance scholars and either of these institutional symptoms of a stultifying modernity. But what if our longtime assumptions about the retrograde, conservative nature of stage realism have been too quick to dismiss the activist potential of Henrik Ibsen et al? Drawn from my new book project, and focused on the provocative case of Katie Mitchell's 2011 adaptation of Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed With Kindness as bourgeois naturalism, this talk will make the case for the contemporary re-imagining of avant-garde realist dramaturgy and technique as one provisional but powerful artistic response to the social tyranny of neoliberal globalisation. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a refreshment break.
Workshop: “The Activist Classroom: in theory and in practice”
February 17, 4:30pm, 3154 Angell Hall
Since March 2013 I've been writing a blog, titled The Activist Classroom (find me on Wordpress). In it I reflect on what it means to be a teacher who activates my students - critically, socially, politically. But what does an "activist" teacher do, exactly? What strategies does she employ? What are - or should be? - the limits of classroom activism? What more should we be doing? This workshop will offer a chance for student teachers/professors-in-training to think critically about their own pedagogical practice, as well as about broader teaching philosophies and pragmatics, as we share experiences and tips, talk about what teaching undergraduate students in the arts means right now, and consider the crucial role of mentorship in the process of professorial training. This workshop is open to all graduate students and faculty interested in discussing the possible intersections between activism and teaching.
Kim Solga is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. Her books include Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance: Invisible Acts (2009; ppb 2013), the linked volumes New Canadian Realisms (2012), as well asPerformance and the City (2009; ppb 2011) and Performance and the Global City (2013), both edited with D.J. Hopkins. With Roberta Barker she is the co-editor of the Winter 2013 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin, focused on contemporary early modern performance and realist praxis, and she has two new articles on Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling forthcoming (in Bennett and Polito's Performing Environments, and in Jannarone's Vanguards of the Right). The recipient of the 2009 Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching from Western University, Canada, Kim blogs about teaching, learning, and political activism at http://theactivistclassroom.wordpress.com.
Every year, the Drama Interest Group hosts writing workshops for graduate students. These involve short sessions where graduate students and faculty gather to discuss dissertation chapters and other forms of writing in an informal setting with an eye toward developing the work.
Several graduate students have participated and have found the feedback helpful.
We will be continuing the practice this year and are seeking interested participants. The workshops can happen anywhere between February and May and should involve one chapter for which you would like feedback. Please contact the faculty sponsor E.J. Westlake (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the graduate student coordinators Lucía Naser (email@example.com) and Lauren Eriks (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.