TOP STORY: Bidding Farewell to Dr Margaret Shewring
On 31 August 2020 Dr Margaret Shewring retired from Theatre and Performance Studies after 42 years teaching in the department. Margaret has inspired generations of theatre scholars and practitioners with her research on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Renaissance and Early Modern European Festivals, and the design of space for performance on the contemporary stage.
Fortunately Margaret will remain an active researcher and will be an Emeritus Reader in the department. She plans to celebrate her retirement in 2021 when she is due to host a conference as part of Coventry City of Culture. Find out more about Margaret's extraordinary career on her staff page.
We are happy announce that Dr Pedzisai Maedza will be joining us on 1 January on a 2-year Newton International Fellowship to work on the project 'Chains of Memory in the postcolony: Performing and Remembering the Namibian Genocide'. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Zimbabwe. He received his PhD from University of Cape-Town, SA, in 2018; with a DAAD scholarship that facilitated his research at Mainz University. Pedzisai is a writer, director, actor as well as someone who has published widely. In 2017 his monograph Performing Asylum: Theatre of Testimony in South Africa was published by the African Studies Centre at University of Leiden, Netherlands. http://www.ascleiden.nl/news/performing-asylum-theatre-testimony-south-africa. We look forward to working with Dr Maedza in the time he is with us at Warwick.
Prof. Nadine Holdsworth has launched Understanding Homelessness: A Creative Toolkit. This is a fantastic resource for teachers, youth groups and voluntary organisations to use with students 14+. It aims to help young people to approach the complex issues around homelessness and contains a range of exercises: drama, visual and written. Click here to find out more.
Can you present your thesis in just 3 Minutes? Are you up for the challenge? You have three minutes, one static slide, no props, and no materials – just you! If you get through the first round we will train and support you so that you are ready for a live Warwick final. The winner of this will get put forward to the regional finals – and who knows maybe the National Final.
Outcomes from The body, making & (s)languaging Workshop
For anyone that might be interested in learning more about the outcomes of our workshop The body, making & (s)languaging last month @ Birmingham Rep, here is a little film and blog post covering it: https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/blog/exploring-multilingualism/performing-languages-we-live