Workshops & Seminars

TAPS Graduate Workshop

The TAPS Graduate Workshop brings together faculty and graduate students from across the university whose research involves theater and/or performance. The workshop seeks to provide a forum for work in theater and performance studies that spans a variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences, including anthropology, cinema and media studies, East Asian languages and cultures, English, Germanic studies, history, music, romance languages and literatures, and Slavic languages. In addition, the workshop seeks to nurture productive reflection on the longstanding divide between the theories and practices of performance.  In any given quarter, the workshop serves as a forum for graduate student dissertation chapters in progress, artists who are presenting work in progress, and professors from UChicago and beyond presenting current research.

Fall 2023 schedule:

“Writing for the Artful: On Contemporary Arts Writing"
Jamie Lee and Jennifer Williams, PhD students, English/TAPS, UChicago

Tuesday, October 24th, 5-6:30 pm (Logan Arts Center, 603)

“Identity as Liberatory Practice: José Sarria’s Performance Archive, and the Making of Nelly Queens, 1953-1963"
Mori Reithmayr, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford

Tuesday, November 7th, 5-6:30 pm (Zoom)

“Democratic Ensembles: Spoken Art and Politics at Chicago Settlement Houses, 1800-1920"
Fiona Maxwell, PhD Candidate, History, UChicago

Tuesday, November 14th, 5-6:30 pm (Logan Arts Center, 603)

“The Art of Archiving as an Art of/for Living: On Black Trans Eldership”
(TAPSGIVING +special screening of Mama Gloria, 2022)

Jamie Lee, PhD Student, English/TAPS, UChicago
Tuesday, November 21st, 5-6:30 pm (Logan Arts Center, 603)

“Soliloquy: Hauntological Somatics”
Monika Blaszczak, PhD Student, Performance Studies, NYU

Thursday, December 7th, 5-6:30 pm (Logan Arts Center, 701)

Movement Theory Reading Group

The Movement Theory Reading Group is an informal meeting for faculty and graduate students interested in dance and movement studies. The reading group meets monthly; readings are chosen on the basis of participant interest. Readings and discussions intersect a broad range of fields, including dance history, performance studies, aesthetic theory, cultural studies, art history, disability studies, political theory, the history of science and medicine, and the study of race, ethnicity and indigeneity.

20th and 21st Century Workshop

The 20th and 21st Century Workshop (C20/21) provides a space for graduate students and faculty members across the humanities to present and discuss work in progress that engages aesthetic and cultural objects produced in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as their associated contexts, reception, and theoretical problems.  Although the workshop is open to a variety of disciplinary approaches, it is primarily organized around conceptual questions specific to this historical period, including: the instability of categories like “high” and “low” culture, modernism’s lives and afterlives, the effects of changing media technologies, and 20th/21st century histories of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality.

Sound and Society Workshop

The Sound and Society Workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students, faculty, and other scholars to explore how sound mediates, intensifies, and undermines the relationships between people. As an antidote to visual-centric scholarship, the Sound and Society Workshop aims to foster scholarly conversations about the complex roles played by sound. It can function as a vehicle for pleasure (like an orchestra performing a Beethoven symphony), but it can also signify resistance (like the collective chant of protest), violence (like the oppressive propaganda transmitted over radios of Nazi Germany), or sanctuary (like the noise‐blocking aspirations of headphone culture). Either way, sound denotes power, and as a workshop, we work to understand the manifold ways that music and sound are deeply intertwined with history, people, and society.


Sponsored by the Department of Music and supported by the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies, EthNoise! is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students, faculty, and guests to share and discuss ongoing research projects. Our mission is to foster dialogue about recent research at the intersection of music, language, and culture. While music is the thread uniting all of the workshop’s presentations, our speakers come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including ethno/musicology, history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and more. Our participants also draw on a variety of methodological approaches, including ethnography and archival analysis.