Religion and Theatre
Focus Group Meeting
Saturday 26 July 2014
to Order and Welcome
called meeting to order
record and time in R&T—been with group some time
Lance was FGR: more publications, more MD panels at ATHE
as FGR: antipathy towards religion was less; Lance did the telling, Jill moved
to showing. Show with evidence, with examples.
with other FGs
panel attendees outside of our FG
of position ourselves as outside group; religion has moved to central to larger
to approve minutes
for a grant to give a student award, received the grant, will be recognizing
the paper winner next year
way to market FG
occurred but paid for with preconference fees
has been an expansion of who we’re seeing at our panel events, let’s keep it
to participate in preconference on Spirituality as Critique
application, collaboration, and push-back, new vocabularies and intersections
Announcements from FGR
of Outstanding Teaching Award
regarding conference site selection – document will be open to general
membership for comments and return to governing council for final editing and
Montreal (Conference Theme: I Remember)
to work with TLA and ASTR to give award for digital scholarship
registrants at conference
to check Passports for future conferences (and remember 6 month deadline)
out Porter Airline if you live on East coast flying to Montreal
more Listserv emails.
COMING describing new ways to keep in touch with R&T conversations
Student Award: Alex and Roy
of application for funds from ATHE: first time R&T FG did this
about 4th century Antioch and women
Walsh Encouraging Conference participation in Montreal 2015—issues of religion
and theatre in Quebec will be very fruitful
Student Representative Report: Roy Brooks
to advertise and market in creative ways
and universities in areas around conference location
to Outgoing Offices
Brooks, Alex Cahill, Claire Chambers, and Jill Stevenson
of Gift to Jill for her service by Claire and Megan Sanborn Jones
to incoming and continuing officers: Megan Sanborn Jones, Allan Davis, and Ben
of New Officers
Chambers nominated Allan Davis
Davis nominated and elected as R&T Conference Planner for 2015 and 2016
year replacement election
Cahill nominated Roy Brooks
Brooks nominated and elected
nominated Heather Barfield
nominated and elected
nominated Alex Cahill—Alex comments interest in continuing debut panel,
focusing on universities at the local in an international location
nominated Charlie –Charlie comments: in religious studies
from passive listserv to active website engagement
profile interest settings
digest; different modes of communication; blogs and discussions
Lists or Syllabus sharing on discussion forum
regarding access to information for people that are not members of ATHE: Jill
will follow up based on concerns voiced by John, Lance, and Megan
invited members to share their new work
voiced appreciation of idea—know what everyone is doing
conversations regarding having a group bibliography, would be a great ad hoc
approach to that idea
are we going to do with this group named Religion and Theatre panel?
of votes from previous panel (outcome: 11 votes for Religion, Theatre, and
Performance; 4 votes for Religion and Theatre)
regarding terms in name title
Ways to move forward – someone can put a motion on the floor, this can move to
voiced appreciation of changing name to Religion Theatre and Performance
because of changes in departments and field
Encourage moving to online discussion and vote
moved that we discussion on line, vote in November, take results to Governing
Council (Jill to talk to Henry about what GC needs to do and when
can we get people who come to the debut panel to stay? What else can we do for
those who don’t get into the leadership?
Magelsen is a one man army. Look to junior faculty because personal
recommnedations from faculty will get students here. Contact junior faculty personally
? Grad students…
activity keeps you active. What if we had more grad student positions, not
elected positions, but allows you to come back and create more opportunities,
line items for resumes.
members at large for grad student engagement? For social activities?
getting a performer sponsored by us.
paid workshops; in Montreal religion and theatre is already very prevalent.
coming from religious studies not theatre; when someone is a grad student, how
get them in contact with grad student rep?
Alex: separate gathering for R&T grads?
how does the debut panel work? Make sure
call it emerging scholars rather than debut panel? Open the prize up further to
link the listserves between AAR and ATHE?
have a religion and theatre sponsored panel at AAR? Need a position to organize
it. Anybody at AAR could apply to be on the panel. Establish a partnership.
Jill: Need to support contingent faculty,
working artists, part time. Opportunity to be a first FG to support an
outstanding paper from a contingent faculty member. There is money, you have to
ask for it.
how can we move discussion of part time to a center position.
include artists, independent scholars, those outside academia.
there is shame around it. Awarding someone says these people are part of
memembership and should be supported and not left.
Heather: I work in non-profit and teach only one
adjunct class…I am a disease…it would make a big difference. To have R&T
take that charge speaks volumes about progressive thinking. Reach out to
Megan: If we had more money, providing
subventions, travel awards for contingent faculty or independent scholars or
it is an act of compassion.
it is an act of reality; how does the profession perpetuate the problems; wha t
are we uncomfortable
non-traditional grad students. How can you be an advocate on your campus,
Megan: that would be a good segue
for the 2015 conference
of the conference theme—I remember or lest we forget
ANYbody can put together a panel. But you have to submit by Nov 1 with
participants and topics and names. Planning has to start on Monday! You can
doesn’t have to be a panel with papers.
one stipulation is to only affiliate with two panels. You can only give a paper
on two panels—clarify?
you can chair or do roundtables.
just don’t try to hog it.
you can present work and
Megan: school system, have to pick French
catholic or protestant or English with catholic and protestant. These are
public. Private schools are either ecumenical or don’t give a religious
education. Just in Montreal. What to do with this question.
Comedy and religion, because it is such the butt of jokes.
How about "God that’s funny”
I know someone on the Christian comedy
a panel about the realities of non-traditional grad students. Kelly agrees
Roy: Promote online what people are working on?
Interviews? Like with R&T scholars and do promotionals. Creative video
that could be a panel on featuring new work.
TED as religion. NYT article on TED talks
Iconography and memory.
Claire: anamnesis; "do this in memory of me”
Kelly: civil religion; nationhood
educate ourselves about first Nations practices and spritualities
there’s a play about Bishop Romero. Keep telling stories. So many sotires about
religion in this country are BAD.there are other stories that need to be told.
Various organizations that are helping and serving children coming into this
country from Central America. Religions in forefront of civil rights in 1960s.
Religion for source of social change, good, cohesion.
Testimony as performance as memory. Adds something urgent. Invite a performer.
Heather: Wendy Davis filibuster, fighting
religious right in Texas; infiltrates political and personal sphere.
Guillermo: When did theatre stop being religion?
I want a panel on this.
Allan: Question for the last couple of minutes.
Preconference ideas? Perhaps Theatre history, or Theatre and Social Change?
usually do it every other year.
Peter: Interactive theatre committee that we
could partner with?
Lance: I think it’s their first year.
Megan: Now who do I talk to? Who else? Email us!