So what will this workshop entail on a daily basis?
In terms of format, the JPTW will operate like a set of overlapping seminars based on the following activities: reading primary and secondary sources closely, writing reflectively on our own approaches to the material, sharing feedback aimed at improving our respective projects, testing unfamiliar methods of thinking and writing about performance, and screening performances together to practice analyzing them better. We will also concentrate part of our time each day on discussing how best to share and teach some of our material to other audiences.
Before the workshop begins, participants will receive access to a course website with relevant readings, media, writing prompts, and resources. Reading packets will also be produced. Everyone is expected to have read the material beforehand and to review for each day over the course of the week.
We’ll have a morning seminar devoted to analysis of readings on a certain theme or period (e.g. “medieval embodiment,” “Cold War theatricality,” or “queer archives”). Then we’ll write about what methods, concepts, or stylistic techniques seem most useful to carry forward or rework. After lunch we’ll share these assessments with the goal of refining what resonates most. This conversation will then lead into short presentations on our work. The presentation post-mortems will become a forum for sharing advice and for helping to solve conceptual or organizational difficulties participants may be experiencing. We will also focus on drawing connections historically, conceptually, and politically between projects, with an eye toward potential post-JPTW collaborations. Following the presentations we’ll break for dinner, after which we will screen and discuss a performance.