In Memoriam - Professor Jim Davis
It is with a very heavy heart that we write to let you know that Professor Jim Davis passed away on Saturday 4th November following a stroke. Everyone who had the pleasure of encountering Jim will appreciate that this is a huge loss for his family, friends, colleagues, collaborators and the wider research community. He was a fantastic scholar and unwavering champion for the discipline and theatre historiography. He was such an important part of the Theatre and Performance family at the University of Warwick and will be missed for his leadership, mentorship, friendship and unfailing sense of fun and mischief.
Jim Davis joined Warwick in 2004 as Head of Department (2004-2009) after eighteen years teaching Theatre Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he was latterly Head of the School of Theatre, Film and Dance. In Australia he was also President of the Australasian Drama Studies Association and member of the Board of Studies of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Prior to leaving for Australia he spent ten years teaching in London at what is now Roehampton University. He co-organised many conferences including for the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) in New South Wales and at Warwick. He convened Historiography Working Groups for both IFTR and for TaPRA. He served as an editor for the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film.
He published widely and with considerable critical acclaim in the area of nineteenth-century British theatre. His most recent bookComic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (2015) won the TaPRA David Bradby Prize for Research in International Theatre and Performance in 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2015 TLA George Freedley Memorial Award. His other publications include Theatre & Entertainment (2016), Dickensian Dramas: Plays from Charles Dickens Volume II (2017) and European Theatre Performance Practice Vol 3 1750-1900 (editor, 2014). He was also joint author of a study of London theatre audiences in the nineteenth century Reflecting the Audience: London 1840-1880 (2001), which was awarded the 2001 Theatre Book Prize. He contributed numerous chapters including essays on nineteenth-century acting to the Cambridge History of British Theatre and on audiences to the Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre. He also published many articles in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Theatre Notebook, Essays in Theatre, Themes in Drama, New Theatre Quarterly, Nineteenth Century Theatre, Theatre Research International and The Dickensian. He was also responsible for many of the theatrical entries in The Oxford Readers' Companion to Dickens and contributed to the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Theatre and Performance, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Stage Actors and Acting and the New Dictionary of National Biography. For several years he wrote an annual review of publications on nineteenth-century English Drama and Theatre for The Year's Work in English Studies.
There will be an event to celebrate Jim’s life and work on 6 January 2024 12pm-4pm in the Studios in the Faculty of Arts Building on the University of Warwick's campus. Anyone is welcome (colleagues, friends, alumni etc). This will be a hybrid event, so if you cannot attend in person, but would like to join us online, that's also possible. Please RSVP to Dr David Coates - D.J.Coates@warwick.ac.uk
Winners of WATE Award
The Arts Faculty Award recognises the achievements of Warwick's outstanding educators who have enabled excellent learning, creating the conditions within which all students are supported and empowered to succeed and thrive.
Winner - Ian Farnell (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)
Commended - Ronan Hatfull (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)
Winner - David Coates (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)
Dr Yvette Hutchison wins the £5,000 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016!
Congratulations to Dr Yvette Hutchison on winning the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence this year. Yvette’s teaching is inspired by bell hooks’ call for "that quality of education that is enabling and empowering and that allows us to grow" (Radical Openness). She understands this empowerment to encompass intellectual concepts and creative practices, and so she explores ideas, asks questions and generates more questions with her students, thereby replicating research processes and creating opportunities for collaborative knowledge generation. As her research and teaching are focused around non-western, non- text-based material, she seeks to engage students actively and critically with unfamiliar world views and approaches to culture in embodied, experiential ways that can potentially transform them all.
Other winners and commendees in 2016: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/teaching_learning/wate/wate2016/
PhD alumnus Dr. Rachel King wins Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence
Congratulations also to a former PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, Dr Rachel King. Now a lecturer in the Centre for Education Studies, Rachel is also a recipient this year of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr Margaret Shewring wins £5000 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence!
Congratulations to Dr Margaret Shewring who has won one of the five annual Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence prizes of £5,000 in 2015. The panel considering nominations for this year’s awards felt that the evidence presented showed Margaret’s teaching and support of learning to be of an exceptional standard. Margaret was nominated by students at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels.