SSHRC Funding for Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium

July 9, 2018

SSHRC Funding for Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded Connection Grants to Theatre Professor Marlis Schweitzer and six other profs across the university.

The grants, which are valued up to $25,000 each, support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives related to the professors’ research. The total funding for this year amounts to $143,554.

“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research and innovation at York University. “I want to congratulate the Connection Grant recipients – Professors Cameron, DeSouza, Girard, McGrath, Saunders and Schweitzer – and wish them every success as they move forward with their research projects.

Marlis Schweitzer (with co-applicant Banting postdoctoral Fellow Heather Fitzsimmons Frey), professor, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design – Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium, October 11 and 12

Marlis SchweitzerWorking with her co-applicant Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, who is a a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, Schweitzer, a professor of theatre, will use her Connection Grant to support a two-day event that will bring together 16 emerging and established scholars from across Canada for Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium.

The event will examine the socio-political, pedagogical and community outreach potential of an emerging research methodology known as performance-based historiography, which bridges theatre, performance studies, cultural history, dance studies and anthropology. Performance-based historiography uses living 21st-century people to embody aspects of past performances to reveal information and questions and to probe a past moment or practice differently than archival or text-based analysis allows.

There have been relatively few opportunities for Canadian scholars to share their projects and discuss the advantages and limitations of performance-based historiography. The symposium will present a needed opportunity for exchange and collaboration through presentations, a workshop and keynote lecture/performance. The knowledge will be shared through a publicly available website with materials generated from the symposium, a co-edited section of the journal Theatre Research in Canada, a video-recording of the keynote that will be posted to the website, podcast interviews with presenters, a co-authored chapter for the Cambridge Handbook for Material Culture Studies, and an annotated bibliography that will be posted to the website.

For info on the other five knowledge mobilization initiatives visit YFile.