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Sarah Bay-Cheng: History, Performance, and Playing the Digital in Museums

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Robert Gill Theatre

214 College Street - 3rd floor (use St. George St. entrance)

Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9

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As touchscreens, mobile apps, and role-playing enter museums and other cultural sites, the dynamics among visitors and their relation to historical narratives and artifacts is changing. This talk considers the intersection of performance, historiography, and digital technologies in contemporary exhibits and how this confluence is changing our understanding of the past.


Everybody’s Historiography: History, Performance, and Playing the Digital in Museums

A lecture by Sarah Bay-Cheng


Friday, January 19, 2018, 3-5pm
Robert Gill Theatre

214 College Street (use the St. George entrance)
Elevator to the 3rd Floor
Free. Everyone is welcome!
Reception to follow

Sarah Bay-Cheng is Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College, where she teaches courses on theater history, musical theater, James Bond, and dramatic literature, among others. Her research focuses on the intersections among performance and media including cinema history, social media, and computer technology in contemporary performance. Recent publications include Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015) and Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010) as well as essays in Theatre Journal, Theater, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Performance Research, among others. Her current monograph project explores the intersections of performance in and as digital historiography. Bay-Cheng frequently lectures internationally and in 2015 was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Since 2016, Bay-Cheng can be heard monthly as a co-host for the podcast, On TAP (Theatre and Performance), with Pannill Camp and Harvey Young. She occasionally gets to work as a director and dramaturge with particular interest in intermedial collaborations and a fondness for puppetry.

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This event is part of the University of Toronto Mississauga / Jackman Humanities Institute Annual Seminar, "Digital and Mixed Reality Performance." Read more about the series.

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