Minutes of SWG Business Meeting

09 November, 2018 by Scott Palmer | 0 comments

SWG Business Meeting Minutes - July 11th 2018

Minutes of IFTR SWG Business Meeting at World Congress

11/07/2018, University of Belgrade, Serbia

from notes taken by Lucy Thornett 




Supporting SWG members:


There was a discussion of the peer review process for abstracts and the alternative presentation format – most agreed it is working well but wish they could engage with more than one discussion group in each session.

-Rachel Hann suggested having a timer so that people can switch discussion groups

-Adam Alston suggested that convenors might provide additional guiding where there is conflicting advice from the peer review process

-Sofia Pantouvaki confirmed that participants can always ask for more feedback and opinions after the peer review comments have been returned.


Publication opportunities:

 – Jane Collins highlighted upcoming editions of the Routledge Theatre & Performance Design journal

- Scott Palmer outlined the Bloomsbury Methuen Performance + Design series (scenography as wider spatial practice) – new books published in the last 12 months and launched at the conference - Scenography Expanded, The Model as Performance, The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography

-Sofia Pantouvaki mentioned Studies in Costume and Performance journal

-Nick Hunt mentioned International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media


Working group outputs:

There is a need to record the impact of the scenography working group more publically. Group members should let the convenors know about anything that has been published or had further life from what has been presented in the working group


Member question about post-docs:

Info about global post-doctoral opportunities  – Explained that these are usually related to existing research projects, or projects that are self-generated. Marie-Curie funding - EU mobility grants. Rachel mentioned the Leverhulme Trust (UK) - they pay half and the university has to pay another half – very competitive and theatre and performance doesn’t often get funded.


Nick is to send out information on academia.edu, to see if members feel this is a useful platform to network and show their research, or if there are other, more suitable platforms for this?



Further support for members:

Sofia suggested informal sharing of work (writing) and pairing for feedback

Scott talked about communication strategies so that members who can’t attend a particular meeting can stay in the loop, could be used keep us up to date with what’s coming up in scenography more broadly


-Suggestion from a member about a way to read others’ bios and know what they are working on – possibly through the website


Upcoming meeting opportunities:


Convenors mentioned a planned interim meeting of the Scenography WG at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, pending confirmation from the organisers


Jane mentioned the Performance Design Pedagogies network, which will also be meeting at PQ


New convenor:


Nick plans to step down in 2019 – This will give people time to think about whether they want to stand as a co-convenor of the group – An election process will be run by email – Please let the convenors know if you would be interested in standing. Members can also volunteer to help in an informal way

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