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Preparation Guidelines for Seminar Leaders

Seminar leaders: please discuss these guidelines with your seminarians, along with more specific details of your own devising (such as dividing your people into smaller groups of 2 or 3 for purposes of discussion).

Most of you have groups of six at the seminar table, but may be covering up to nine papers (including the absent authors). We suggest that you divide your group into pairs or threes, and ask everyone to read all papers assigned to the seminar (like SAA). Please ask all participants to:

Seminar questions are due 2 weeks before the conference: 8 June 2015.

Questions should be forwarded to the seminar leader AND to the members of the smaller grouping. In addition, by 8 June 2015 each seminar leader will be sent two discussion questions written by undergraduate students undertaking a research practicum centred on the conference.

The seminar leader will decide how to proceed in covering questions and including additional questions that arise at the “live” event.The seminar may begin with a quick review of papers from authors, but only a few minutes each to associate the paper with the person, before engaging in small and large group issues. The leader decides who talks when, and redirects questions at the appropriate times. She can also decide at what point to encourage auditors to participate, but we suggest earlier rather than later.

Three Particular Tips

  1. The best preparation is just reading each paper carefully and making lists of key terms for cross-referencing. This list can include shared references to particular plays, as well as parallel / contrasting textual moments, performance moments, or critical articulations.
  2. Having members of the small groups reply to one another in advance will be helpful for the seminar leader because the responses give a sense of how each person thinks about theatre, and what frameworks will encourage discussion. The responses also help the leader guess who might be able to respond to what kinds of questions, and to steer away from some potential strains of discussion that may end up being too exclusionary.
  3. The leader may have a list of topics that might have come up in papers but didn't. If so, the leader will have some questions in reserve. Generally the leader is looking for broad connections that will lead to specific explorations.

We are investigating the possibility of skyping with absentees.