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SCUDD 2021: Beyond Inclusion

The annual SCUDD conference will take place online on Thursday 24th and Friday 25thJune 2021.

The aim of this conference is to bring together artists, academics, and students to think together about the politics of inclusion: its opportunities, challenges, and limits. The conference begins with a sense that institutional work on diversity and inclusion has tended to rearrange the deckchairs but leave the ship intact and on course for disaster. This conference seeks to identify and interrogate inequalities of access, safety, and opportunity across experiences of exclusion. The purpose here is to identify both the specificities of lived experiences of structural and systemic exclusion but also to look across exclusory practices and phenomena to build resistive solidarities. Moreover, the conference will debate what it might mean to shift the conversation away from inclusion, which retains a sense of the centre enveloping the margin, and instead think through the possibilities for our campuses and our industry to become sites of anti-exclusion.  

The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) represents the interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance in the Higher Education sector in the UK. SCUDD acts as a mediator with bodies such as funding councils, the AHRC and the Arts Councils and is consulted by such organisations when matters of future policy are discussed and decided. Its annual conference concerns topics, issues and debates relevant to those working in drama, theatre and performance in HE. This year’s conference will make space for reflections on working in our field during covid-19 and will continue discussions around advocacy for - and threats to - the discipline. As part of the conference, SCUDD’s AGM will take place. The conference will be free to attend. 

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Shoot Festival in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust and Belgrade Theatre present:

This our rapid response to the current crisis - to find, support and celebrate independent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire.

We are on the lookout for local makers to respond to the theme 'imagine' and create a short performance or piece of visual/digital art which will be platformed online on Wednesday 15th April.

We are offering approximately 10 micro-commissions of £200 to artists who consider themselves 'early career'.

We use this term quite broadly but please note that this opportunity is aimed at supporting independent makers. Artists must be aged 18 + and based in a CV postcode.

This opportunity is suitable for live performance artists (theatre makers, musicians, poets, dancers) as well as visual and digital artists.

But be quick, applications close on Monday 6th April at 10am.

Apply here: