Spring 2020 PSWG Schedule

NOTICE: Please read the PSWG Statement on COVID-19 // Cancellation of Spring 2020 Events. All post-Spring Break sessions are cancelled.

Contact Charlie O’Malley (charles.omalley@yale.edu) or Kimberly Jannarone (kimberly.jannarone@yale.edu) with questions.

Please find below a schedule of presentations for the Spring 2020 semester. We will meet on these Tuesdays from 2-3pm in 220 York Street, room 001.  Light refreshments will be available.  All are welcome.  Hope to see you there!

PSWG Events

Jan. 21 – Reading and discussion day: Annie Dorsen’s piece “Plato, Procedures, and Artificial Everything” (see details below)

Jan. 28 – Melanie Joseph and David Bruin  (Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama)

Feb. 5Lisa Messeri (Anthropology, Yale University) (Note: this is a Wednesday)

Feb. 11 – Alex Pittman (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College) 

Feb. 18 – Jonah Westerman (Art History, SUNY Purchase)

Feb. 28 – Celebrating Jessica Berson at Yale (Note: this is a Friday. See details below)

Mar. 3 – Sumarsam (Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Wesleyan University)

Mar. 10 – off (spring break)

Mar. 17 – off (spring break)

Mar. 24 – Christina Metzger (Yale German Studies Baden-Württemberg Exchange Scholar; University of Freiburg)

Mar. 31 – Emily Coates (Theater and Performance Studies, Yale University)

Apr. 7 – La Marr Jurelle Bruce (American Studies, University of Maryland)

Apr. 14 – Nahuel Telleria (Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama)

Apr. 21 – Cécile Feza Bushidi (MacMillan Center Council on African Studies, History of Art, Yale University)

Apr. 28 – Katherine Brewer-Ball  (Theater, Wesleyan University)

May 5 – Ethan Philbrick (Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College)

May 12 – madison moore (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonweath University)


End-of-year party!


Details for above:

For our first meeting on Jan. 21, we will read Annie Dorsen’s “Plato, Procedures, and Artificial Everything,” which has just been published in the current issue of TDR, “Algorithms and Performance,” the Yale Consortium issue, edited by IPSY members Elise Morrison, Tavia Nyong’o, and Joe Roach.  Dorsen, a YSD alumna, just won a MacArthur Genius Award.  THEATER magazine first published her in 2012, which was prescient, forecasting her future preeminence.  We will read Dorsen’s piece and discuss at the session. You need not read the essay to attend or enjoy the discussion!

On Feb. 28 from 2-5pm, we will hold a session remembering the life and work of our colleague Jessica Berson.  We’ll bring guests to campus to memorialize her work and celebrate her legacy. (Note: This is a Friday session.)


Events of Interest: Other performance studies-related events happening on or near campus

Thursday, February 6, 5:30pm- Sterling Professor Emeritus Joseph Roach will deliver the keynote lecture for the Walpole Library: “Fashionable Enemies:  Glamour as Argument, 1770-1830”  https://walpole.library.yale.edu/programs/lectures-conferences#Fasionable%20Enemies

Tuesday, February 18, 5pm – Scholar Mike Sell will speak on his book The Avant-Garde: Race Religion War for the Hot Topics lecture series, hosted by the Yale School of Drama Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.

Wed. Mar. 25 – Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies event for Karen Tongson (USC), co-sponsored by PSWG. Details TK.

Thursday, March 26, 3:30pm, Theater Studies Ballroom (220 York St) – Scholar and puppeteer Dassia Posner (Northwestern U) will speak on the Russian avant-garde for the Hot Topics lecture series, hosted by the Yale School of Drama Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.

March 26-27, Wesleyan University – Trans*Revolutions conference: A symposium featuring artists Tourmaline, Vick Quezada, Elliot Montague, Texas Isaiah, and Emma Frankland (https://www.wesleyan.edu/humanities/Upcoming%20Events.html)

April 7, 6pm – A Conversation on Contemporary Theater, with Jacob Padron and Marc Robinson, New Haven Free Public Library – Ives Main Library

Fri.-Sat. May 8-9 – YOST Conference (Y / Opera / Studies Today).  This conference will have a double focus on “Indie Opera in the Age of #MeToo” (including Missy Mazzoli) and on developing new work in opera, including our own YSM composer Frances Pollock and her team. Details TK.