Postcards from the Edge of Collapse

Presented by: A/Prof Stephen Carleton and Dr Chris Hay

Date: Friday 30 October 2020
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom 


Abstract

In this presentation, we examine the postcard as pandemic performance, by considering how Playwriting Australia’s Dear Australia online performance project responded to both organizational collapse and global stasis. Combining a reading of the postcard’s functions and the critical responses to Dear Australia, we suggest while the postcard is a practical medium for performance in response to global lockdowns and physical distancing protocols, it compromises the ability of playwriting to intervene in the situations that it depicts and imagine how things might be different.


Presenters

Associate Professor Stephen Carleton is the Director of the Centre for Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, and teaches into the Drama major in the School of Communication and Arts. He is a playwright and theatre scholar, with particular research interests in Australian theatre, Gothic drama, cultural landscapes and playwriting.

 

 

Dr Chris Hay is a Lecturer in Drama and ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. He is an Australian theatre and cultural historian, whose research examines the history of arts subsidy in Australia, and the impact of state funding on the nation’s live performance culture.

 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 23 Febraury
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

The Szondi Test: Mimetic Desire and the Media of PsychiatryDr Grant Bollmer

Friday, 23 Febraury
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

Adaptation, Narrative and Rites of PassageAdjunct Professor Michael Eaton

Friday, 12 April
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A Wrench in the Works of the Dream Factory: Special/Visual Effects in the Hollywood Studio Era, 1915-1965Prof. Julie Turnock

Tuesday, 23 April
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

An artistic path between art and science: Vulcano, Fata Morgana, and Min Min Light

Maria Leonardo Cabrita

Friday, 3 May
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

The Novel on Stage: Adaptation as Intersemiotic Translation in Intermedial Circulation

Dr Naciye Saglam

Friday, 17 May
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

Spectator-Participation-as-Research for archiving the creation and experience of Punchdrunk’s The Burnt CityDr Emma Cole

Friday, 24 May
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

The digital speed of care:  Temporalities of online petty trading in Vietnam  Dr Giang Nguyen-Thu

Monday, 24 June
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

Mapping Climate Change through a macrocosm – a UNESCO-Tagged World Heritage Site in IndiaA/Prof Deepti Ganapathy

 

Venue

Online via Zoom