Conference Schedule Now Available

* Provisional Schedule and Subject to Change *

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

9-9:30am                     Registration and coffee

9:30-10am                   Welcome

10-11:30am                 Plenary One: Abbey Theatre Digital Archive

Professor Patrick Lonergan             (National University of Ireland, Galway)

“Reading the Digital Theatre Archive”

 John Cox, University Librarian (NUI Galway)

Martin Bradley, Archival Consultant, Archives Ireland

“Archiving the Performance – The Abbey Theatre Archive Digitisation Project at NUI Galway”

  11:30-11:45am             Coffee break

11:45am-1:15pm        Concurrent Paper Session: One

  1. Archives, the Live and the Making of Meaning

Tanya Dean                                         (Yale University & NUI Galway)

How Live is Live? Considering Theatre Broadcasts as Performances of Archival Process  

 Louise Ritchie                                     (Aberystwyth University)

Hactivating the archive          


Patrick Finn                                         (University of Calgary)

Dramatic Data: A Case Study in Collective Meaning-Making

  1. Manuscripts, Data & Digital Texts

Hannah Elizabeth Allan          (Manchester University/Manchester School of Art)

The Fluxus score as text archive of past and future performance      


Natalya Baldyga                     (Tufts University)

The Accidental (Digital) Archivist Considers Carlo Gozzi


Jenny Rogers                           (University College Cork)

Scripting the Archive: A Contemporary Lens on the Past


Lauren Benke                          (University of Denver/Trinity College Dublin)

Gesture, Intimacy and the Archive: The Case of Contemporary Artists’ Books         


Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Kathryn Harvey, Liza Griffen         (University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Stratford Festival)

Reconfiguring Archival Catalogue Metadata 


  1. Access, Collection and Exhibition

Jane Gallagher            (University of Kent)

Performing at the Crossroads


Liza Penn-Thomas      (Swansea University)

The Unwritten Theatre Tradition of Wales 1900-1950″


Ellen Murphy              (Dublin City Library & Archive)

Collections, Performance and Exhibition: Case-Study of Outreach Activities at the Irish Theatre Archive  


  1. Memory as Re-Presentation

Steven Paige                           (Plymouth University)

The Ties That Bind: Reusing Online Archival as an Interdisciplinary Artist  


Janine Cowell                          (University of Bristol/University of Exeter)

Someday Just Began: Meeting, Making and Mounting memories in the Field


Emma Meehan                        (University of Coventry)

Revisiting Lunar Parables: The Archives of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre  


1:15-2:15pm                 Lunch

2:15-3:45pm                Concurrent Paper Session: Two

  1. Archives and the City

Stanislava Slavica Stojan        (Institute for History of Croatian Academy)

Records of the Criminal Court (1550 – 1800) and Performing Theatre        


Adrian Palka                           (Coventry University)

Iron Curtain:  Resonance and Reminiscence 


Marina Ni Dhubhain               (NUI Galway)

What Makes Oral History Performance Different?    

6. Contesting Race and Ethnicity in/through the Archives

Rhona Justice-Malloy             (University of Missisippi)

The Chicago Defender and Archival Research          


April Sizemore-Barber            (Georgetown University)

Queering ‘Coloured’ and Colouring Queer: The Sequins, Self, and Struggle Project and the Miss Gay South Africa Pageant archives

Jennifer Shook                        (University of Iowa)

Native American Dramatists and the Archive

  1. Researching Dance in and Through Archives: Leeds Beckett University

Rachel Krische

The Body As Archive: Encountering, Making and Performing “Table of Contents”

With Siobhan Davies Dance


Lisa Kendall

Sawing The Legs Off Chairs: Considering The Dialogues Of The Moving

Body As Site And The Archive “In A String Section”.


Laura Griffiths

Archiving Dance: reconsidering the role and value of the body as an

archival material

  1. Traces of the Audience: Embodiments of the Archive

Blake Morris                                       (University of East London)

Walking the Digital Archive   


Florence March and Benoît Larbiou   (University Paul-Valery Montpellier and Cultural Service of the Frontignan Council)

The Spectator as a Living Archive


Aletia M. Badenhorst                                     (Leeds Beckett University)

Making Archives Live 


Erin Grogan                                        (Texas Tech University)

Digital Anxiety – Multimedia Scenography in Fire Island     

3:45-4:00pm               Coffee and Biscuits

4:00-5:30pm               Plenary Two

Tracy Davis               (Northwestern University)

‘Work Time, Social Time, Leisure Time, Private Time’


5:30pm                       Opening Reception

Thursday 23rd July 2015

9:00-10:30am             Concurrent Paper Session: Three

  1. Shakespeare and the Archive

Elizabeth Jeffery                     (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Puck: A Performance History


Sally Barnden                         (King’s College, London)

Liveness, Photography and the RSC’s Dreams, 1954-77


Brittany LaPole                       (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Faster than the speed of light: An evolutionary look at Digital Humanities

through Shakespeare scholarship      


Emer McHugh                        (National University of Ireland, Galway)

A shared language: placing and displacing Shakespeare within the Irish national theatrical repertoire

Archival Perspectives on The Gate Theatre’s Internationalism

Ruud van den Beuken and Des Lally (Radboud University Nijmegen & NUI Galway)

Let’s Give the Mantle of Harlequin a Brush: Stimulating Research on the Dublin Gate Theatre Archive at Northwestern University


Mary Clark                                          (Dublin City Library & Archive)

Michael and Hilton Still in Dublin     


  1. Samuel Beckett and the Archives

Matthew McFrederick            (University of Reading)

Staging Waiting for Godot at 60: The Arts Theatre and the archive  


Kristin Jones                           (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘Keep An Eye on That Too’: Visualising the Archives of Samuel Beckett


Niamh Mary Bowe                 (University of Reading)

Performing Trauma and Samuel Beckett’s Kilcool Manuscript         

  1. Theatre Practitioners and the Archives

Rosemary K.J. Davis              Amherst College

The Samuel French Archive at Amherst College


Catherine Trenchfield             Royal Holloway, University of London

The Kneehigh Archive & The Asylum – Archive and ‘Repertoire’


Varvara Sklez                          Theatrum Mundi, Independent Theatre Lab

Archive as Performance: Historiography of Erzy Grotowski

  1. Discovering British Archives

Rachel Foss and Stella Wisdom         (The British Library)

Collaborative Creativity: Archival Personae at the British Library


Erin Lee                                              (The National Theatre)

The National Theatre of Great Britain and the International Stage


Ramona Riedzewski                           (The Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Discovering Local, National and International Performance in the Theatre and Performance Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


10:30-10:45am                       Coffee


10:45am-12:15pm                  Plenary Three


‘Archives and the Performing Artist’


Louise Lowe (ANU Productions)

Paula McFetridge (Kabosh Productions)

Joan Sheehy (Limerick City of Culture, The Colleen Bawn Trials)

Colin Murphy (Journalist and playwright/screenwriter, Guaranteed)

Dr. Fearghal McGarry (School of History, Queen’s University Belfast)

Chair: Miriam Haughton


12:15-1:15pm                        Lunch


1:15-2:45pm               Concurrent Paper Session: Four

  1. The Unmarked in Irish Theatre Archives

Ciara Conway                         (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Staging Absence for Digital Historiography  


Elizabeth Howard                   (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Proclaiming the Professional: Red Kettle Theatre Company 1985-1989      


Brenda Donoghue                   (Trinity College Dublin)

Performing the Archives: tracing the presence of female playwrights in the cultural memory of the Abbey Archive 1995-2014                  

15. ‘Scriptive Things’: Objects in/as the Archive

Teresa Murjas                          (University of Reading)

Surviving Objects


James Rattee                           (University of Reading)

Reading the Biscuit Town


Sonya Chenery                        (University of Reading)

Remediating Traces   


 Community, Folk Theatre and the Archive

Daithí Kearney                        (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Seeking Inspiration, Reliving Lives: The Role of Archives in Irish Folk Theatre


Ann Folino White                   (Michigan State University)

Celebrated Actor Folks’ Cookeries: Performing in a Collection and Online


Mary Elizabeth Lange             (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Applied Storytelling in post-conflict community museums: District Six and Free Derry


  1. Locations/Locutions: Site-ing the Archive

Nela Millic                              (Goldsmiths and Middlesex University)

Materialising Site       


Lauren Graffin                        (University of Ulster)

BTBT Portrait of a City Archive        


Trish McTighe                         (University of Reading)

In Caves, in Ruins: Place as Archive at the ‘Happy Days Beckett Festival’  


2:45-3pm                    Coffee Break

3-4:30pm        Working Group Session – Breakout Groups

  • Digitisation: Methodology and Ethics: led by Maria Ryan/Aisling Keane
  • War, Post-Conflict and Archival Ethics: led by Miriam Haughton, Catherine Cole and Kieran Hoare.
  • Modern Irish Theatre-Opening the Archives: led by Barry Houlihan and Ian Walsh
  • Archival Materials In/As Performance: led by Charlotte McIvor, Fearghal McGarry, Colin Murphy
  • Scenography and Theatre Technologies: led by Siobhan O’Gorman and Joe Vanek

4:30-4:45pm              Coffee and Biscuits

4:45-6:15pm               Plenary Four

Dr. Hugh Denard                  (Trinity College Dublin)

‘Lost Theatres: Explorations in Irish Theatre History and Historiography’


Dr. Doug Reside                 (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Curator of Billy Rose Theatre Division)

‘Who Tells Your Story? Preserving the Performing Arts’

Friday 24th July 2015

9:00-10:30am             Concurrent Paper Session: Five

  1. European Perspectives: National Memory and Performing the Archive

Monika Meilutytė                   (Kultūros braai)

Ethics of Representing Archival Materials in Exposition and Performance:

The Case of Lithuania


Claudia Madeira                     (FCSH-New University of Lisbon)

An Excessively Noisy Silence: Relationship Between Art and Colonial War in Portugal


Magdalena Rewerenda           (Adam Mickiewicz University)

‘Archive Re-Thinkers’ –Strategies of Performing the Archive in Polish Contemporary Theater – ‘Archive Re-Generation’?


Michael Pearson                      (Aberystwyth University)

The Preservation of Digital Archives in the National Library of Wales         


  1. Theatre in Northern Ireland through the Archives

Eilis Smyth                              (The Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University)

The Bard in Belfast: Staging Shakespeare During the Troubles


John Riddell                            (Theatre Projects Consultants)

The Archive and the lost spaces of Belfast’s Arts Theatre      


Conor O’Malley                      (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

Performing the Troubles at the Lyric 1970 -1981      


  1. Performing the Jewish Archive: Looking Forward through the Past

Kate Wheeler                          (The National Archives)

Why Arts Archives?


Lisa Peschel                            (University of York)

Performing the Historical Context of a Cabaret…


Simo Muir                               (University of Leeds)

Between Two Worlds and Performances


  1. Tracy Ryan’s Strike! (2010): Archiving, Memorialising, and Performing an Irish Response to the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement


Shelley Troupe and Tracey Ryan        (Maynooth University and University of Sussex)

10:30-10:45am           Coffee

10:45-12:15pm           Plenary Five

‘Performing the Archives: Irish Women Playwrights of the 1930s and 40s’


Elizabeth Connor’s Mount Prospect (1940) and other work TBC

Adapted by Ciara O’Dowd (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Directed by Thomas Conway (Druid Director in Residence at NUI, Galway)

Featuring students from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway


12:15-1:15pm             Lunch


1:15-2:45pm                Concurrent Paper Session: Six

  1. Archives and Popular Performance

Elspeth Millar                          (University of Kent)

Establishing the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive   


Conor Doyle                           (Independent Scholar)

Dublin’s Theatre Royal          


Sara Benoist                            (University of Paris-Sorbonne, France)

Circus Research Through Time: Private Collections, Public Archives, the “Dedicated Amateur”, and the Scholar           


  1. Revisiting Scripts from the Archives

David Clare                             (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Compiling a New, Composite Draft of Synge’s “When the Moon Has Set”  


Claire Read                             (Roehampton University)

Pondering Plato         


Adele Redhead                       (University of Glasgow)

The Eucharist and Performance        

  1. Objects & Ephemera within The Archive

Hannah Manktelow                (University of Nottingham/The British Library)

Reclaiming Regional Theatre History with the British Library Playbill Collection   


Katherine Johnson                  (Sheffield Hallam University)

Can Ephemera Endure?: Performance Archives Live, Living and Online


Susan Brady (Beinecke Library, Yale University)

Helice Koffler

The American Theatre Archive Project          


  1. Visual Archives: Photos, Images and the Repertoire

Rachel Emily Taylor                           (Sheffield Hallam University)

Photographic Documentation Foundling Museum


Allan Taylor                                        (Falmouth University)

From Presence to Performativity: What the Still Image Does


Jihay Park                                            (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Still/Moving: Blending the Archive and the Repertoire


2:45-3:00pm                Coffee Break


3-5pm                          Plenary Six

 ‘Archives, Memory, Politics’

Emilie Pine (University College, Dublin), ‘Performing the Everyday Archive’

Lionel Pilkington (National University of Ireland, Galway), ‘“Who dares to speak of that which is not authorized?”: Archive-based research and the meaning of the Humanities’

Catherine Cole,  (University of California, Berkeley) ‘Performance Remains, (Non) Returns and Misfires: Ishi’s Survivance at Berkeley’


5-5:15pm                     Break


5:15-6:30pm                Closing Roundtable


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