ADSA CONFERENCE 2021
PERFORMERS, MAKERS, METHODOLOGIES
CRAFTING CONDITIONS FOR DECENTRING SCHOLARSHIP AND PEDAGOGY IN DRAMA, THEATRE, PERFORMANCE STUDIES AND DANCE
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER
NZ – 12.30pm | VIC/NSW/TAS – 10.30am | SA – 10am | QLD – 9.30am | NT – 9am
WA – 7.30am
ADSA Australian and NZ/Aotearoa Tertiary Theatre /Drama/Performance Sector Analysis Project
Facilitated by Professor Emerita Joanne Tompkins, this session reviews results of a “snapshot survey” of the state of play within the discipline/s that asks: What’s happening in theatre and performance studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia?
Information from the survey has informed this articulation of the changes to our discipline in the tertiary sector in the last 5-7 years. Presenting a quantitative and qualitative account, the session also aims to provide an additional opportunity for delegates to narrate what has been lost, and what might be gained in context of the impact of COVID-19, and to consider how changes in policy and other variables such as government funding, institutional change and industry demands impact on theatre and performance studies. The session aims to build solidarity and to collaborate in building up a collection of strategic priorities. We hope to use the transcript of the session to inform further advocacy and research.
Joanne Tompkins is Professor Emerita at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Academy of Humanities. She has published widely in theatre studies, especially investigating questions of theatrical space. Most recently her research has taken spatial studies into the virtual realm via virtual visualisations of theatres that no longer exist. She has experience with several digital humanities projects including being a founding member of AusStage. A former Treasurer of ADSA (as well as other organisations), she has edited several journals, with ADSA naming an editing award after her.
ADSA Sector Survey Discussion Paper