My co-chair and I are still accepting proposals for our ASECS 2023 session on “Performance and Digital Technologies” through the extended deadline of October 24! Check out the session description below; you can submit an abstract using this form.

#77. Performance and Digital Technologies


  • Mattie Burkert, University of Oregon
  • Cassidy Holahan, University of Pennsylvania


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the relationships between performativity and digital culture. As classrooms and professional gatherings moved online, we experienced first-hand the tensions and possibilities that emerge when our scholarly performances are mediated by digital technologies. This panel solicits papers on the methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical interanimations of DH and theater studies, which remain relatively siloed in our period of study. What insights might these fields offer one another, given their shared interests in embodiment, interaction, temporality, mediation, and public formation? Possible topics include: 

  • The performativity of remote and hybrid teaching, including remediation of in-person teaching materials, construction of instructor presence, and ways to foster connection within learning management systems, Zoom rooms, and annotation platforms; 
  • The scholarly publics created by virtual conferences and town halls, including the operations of power, inclusion, and solidarity in these spaces; 
  • The uses of social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, TikTok) and forms (e.g. memes) to perform scholarly and teacherly identities; 
  • The affordances and limitations of digital technologies to adapt long-eighteenth-century drama for twenty-first century audiences; 
  • The promise and challenges of DH methods for theater studies, especially the disjunction between the embodied repertoire of the stage and the typically text-centric ways of classifying humanities data; 
  • And the archives, traces, and forms of repeatability left by these ephemeral performances. 

We warmly encourage submissions from current and prospective members of the DH and TaPS Caucuses, graduate students, early-career scholars, contingently or precariously employed and independent researchers, and members of underrepresented and oppressed communities. 


Pedagogy, Performing Arts, Digital Humanities


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