2019 Session: "Migrations"

June 24 - July 5, 2019


In 2019, the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research will focus on migration. Combining perspectives from the social sciences and the arts, we will explore migration as a human condition, as a historically specific phenomenon, and as an urgent crisis. Dancers, theater makers, and performance artists have responded to the recent increase in migration in different ways, from work in refugee camps to the production of new plays and performance events centered on the enforced and voluntary movements of people from one culture to another. At the same time, performance artists have also drawn on the migratory history of their own profession, learning from the experiences of traveling troupes and vagrant performers, among others. This summer session will aim to detail what role the performing arts can play in a future in which migration will likely increase. In doing so, we are extending the themes from previous years, including activism and public humanities, both of which will also play a role during the ninth session.


Debra Caplan (City University of New York)
Lizzy Cooper Davis (Emerson College)
Helena de Bres (Wellesley College)
JuYon Kim (Harvard University)
Carrie Preston (Boston University)
Martin Puchner (Harvard University)
Andrew Sofer (Boston College)
Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard University)
Patricia Ybarra (Brown University)