The annual SCUDD conference will take place online on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June 2021.
The aim of this conference is to bring together artists, academics, and students to think together about the politics of inclusion: its opportunities, challenges, and limits. The conference begins with a sense that institutional work on diversity and inclusion has tended to rearrange the deckchairs but leave the ship intact and on course for disaster. This conference seeks to identify and interrogate inequalities of access, safety, and opportunity across experiences of exclusion. The purpose here is to identify both the specificities of lived experiences of structural and systemic exclusion but also to look across exclusory practices and phenomena to build resistive solidarities. Moreover, the conference will debate what it might mean to shift the conversation away from inclusion, which retains a sense of the centre enveloping the margin, and instead think through the possibilities for our campuses and our industry to become sites of anti-exclusion.
The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) represents the interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance in the Higher Education sector in the UK. SCUDD acts as a mediator with bodies such as funding councils, the AHRC and the Arts Councils and is consulted by such organisations when matters of future policy are discussed and decided. Its annual conference concerns topics, issues and debates relevant to those working in drama, theatre and performance in HE. This year’s conference will make space for reflections on working in our field during covid-19 and will continue discussions around advocacy for – and threats to – the discipline. As part of the conference, SCUDD’s AGM will take place.
Hosts: This year’s conference will be hosted online by Theatre and Performance Studies and the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures at the University of Warwick. Organising the conference are Dr Anna Harpin, Dr David Coates, Dr Ronan Hatfull and Alice Golisano from Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick.
Programme: A draft full programme and list of speakers is outlined below.
Book of Abstracts: Paper titles, abstracts and speaker bios will be uploaded on this page in advance of the conference.
Registration: The conference will take place on Zoom. To register for this event, click here. This link should take you to our Eventbrite registration form. A Zoom link will be sent to all delegates 24 hours before the conference begins.
Thursday 24th June 2021
9am-9.30am: Welcome Addresses
9.30am-11.15am – SCUDD Panel: Education Advocacy
SCUDD panels have been arranged by the SCUDD Exec with details to follow.
11.15am-11.30am Screen Break
11.30am-1pm: Collaboration and Allyship (Chair: Nadine Holdsworth)
Doreen Foster (Warwick Arts Centre), Max Dean (Director, C&T), Prarthana Purkayastha (Royal Holloway, University of London)
1pm-2pm Virtual Lunch Break (via Wonder.Me)
2-3.30pm: Access and Evaluation (Chair: Milija Gluhovic)
Jessi Parrott (University of Warwick), Jo Bannon (Artist), Dave Calvert (University of Huddersfield)
3.30pm-4pm: Virtual Coffee Break (via Wonder.Me)
4-5.30pm: SCUDD Annual General Meeting
5.30pm-6pm: Virtual Drinks Reception
7.30pm: Show– Still House In the Letting Go and SESSION (Access to performances will be given to registrants one week prior to the conference).
Friday 25th June 2021
9am-10.15am – SCUDD Panel: COVID Reflections Roundtable
SCUDD are arranging this panel and the accompanying speakers
10.15am-10.30am Screen Break
10.30am-12pm: Representations and Reparations
Ben Buratta (Central School of Speech and Drama), Robin Craig (University of Roehampton), mel varin (Artist-Researcher)
12pm-1pm: Lunch (via Wonder.Me)
1pm-2.30pm: Voice and Audibility (Chair: Julia Peetz)
Wendy Lennon (Shakespeare Institute), Nia-Cerise Conteh (University of Cambridge) and a third speaker to be announced.
2.30-3pm Virtual Coffee Break (via Wonder.Me)
3pm-4pm Futures Roundtable with invited respondents (Chair: Ronan Hatfull)
Tom Cornford (Central School of Speech and Drama), Steve Greer (University of Glasgow), Soudabeh Ananisarab (Birmingham City University), Matt Hargrave (Northumbria University), Pedro de Senna (Middlesex University), two further panellists to be announced.