SCENARIO Forum Symposia

8th Scenario Symposium (2021)

Symposium Topic:

Sore Back, Square Eyes? Going performative in digital teaching and learning spaces.

For programme details click here: 8th Scenario Symposium




7th Scenario Forum Symposium (2019)


Dear colleagues, 

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the following event: 

7th Scenario Symposium: Principles and Perspectives in Performative Teaching and Learning

Saturday, May 4th, 2019, Creative Zone, Boole Library, University College Cork, Ireland 

Please register here as soon as possible and by April 19th, 2019


A special thank you to the three speakers who are going to travel all the way from North America to Cork:

John Crutchfield (University of North Carolina, Asheville), Susanne Even (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo). 


Kind Regards

Susanne Even (Indiana University, USA)

Dragan Miladinovic (UCC, Ireland) 

Should you need further information please contact:



6th SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2018


Are universities on the way towards a new, performative teaching and learning culture?

21-22 September 2018 | Leibniz University of Hanover


If, in its most basic sense, performative means ‘creative doing’, then to what extent have forms of creative doing become part of our university curricula? This symposium aims to bring together colleagues from different disciplines who wish to discuss and experience performative approaches to teaching and learning at third level education.

Modern languages and, in particular, the development of a Performative Foreign/Second Language Didactics will be our main reference point, however, perspectives from other academic disciplines and fields of aesthetic practice are also welcome.

The symposium will centre on the following questions:

  • What exactly do we understand by a performative teaching and learning culture?
  • Wherein exactly lies the benefit of applying performative approaches?
  • How can we make university administrators and lecturers more aware of the immense innovative potential of going performative in third level education?

The main conference language is German, but some contributions in English may also be accepted.

We invite expressions of interest from colleagues on the above topics in the following formats:

a) paper (30 min)

b) workshop (90 min)

c) 5-minute presentation. 

The symposium will kick off with several 5-minute presentations which will introduce symposium participants to performative practices in different academic disciplines/university contexts. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate an element of ‘creative doing’ in their short presentation and to address the topic “My understanding of ‘performative’ – with reference to my teaching practice at institution X”.

For further information on the 6th SCENARIO Forum Symposium, including registration, programme updates and contact details, please visit the Leibniz University of Hanover symposium page.

A collaboration between Leibniz University of Hanover (Fachsprachenzentrum), State Theatre Hannover (Department of Theatre Pedagogy) and University College Cork (Department of Theatre). 

Organising Team: Anke Stöver-Blahak, Bärbel Jogschies, Manfred Schewe.

5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2018

Performative Pedagogy

19-20 January 2018 | University of Northern Colorado

On January 19-20, 2018, the Modern Languages Department at University of Northern Colorado (UNC) will host the 5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium on Performative Pedagogy. This symposium is free and open to students and educators at all levels and from all disciplines, particularly current and future language teachers.


The keynote speaker for the 5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium on Performative Pedagogy is Dr. Susanne Even, an internationally prominent drama pedagogy scholar and a passionate teacher educator who trains and mentors the associate instructors in the department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. She is also active in the trainer network of the Goethe Institute Chicago and has conducted teacher training workshops at universities and Goethe Institutes in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Her keynote talk, which is also the first presentation in the 2018 Schulze Speaker Series: “Performative Pedagogy – Crossroads of the Arts, Education, and Foreign Languages” fuses together interdisciplinary fields of higher education, showing how drama enhances learning in a myriad of classroom situations.

The other symposium talks and workshops focus on specific ways performance can be used to enhance language learning with plays, music, and improv theatre activities. The 5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium on Performative Pedagogy will be only the second of its kind held in the United States, and it represents the broadening readership and scope of SCENARIO journal and its goal in inspiring creativity and improvisation in the foreign language classroom.

For inquiries about the 5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium on Performative Pedagogy, contact Dr. Erin Noelliste at UNC.

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

  • Dr. Susanne Even, Clinical Associate Professor & Language Coordinator for Germanic Studies, Indiana University
  • Dr. Christina Wegel, Teaching Associate Professor in German & Language Program Director, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Erin Noelliste, Instructor of German & Foreign Language Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado
  • Joseph Noelliste, Ph.D. Candidate, Baylor University, & Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Elon University
  • Lane Sorensen, Ph.D. Candidate & Associate Instructor of German and Public Speaking, Indiana University


Friday 19 January 2018

19:00 - 20:30

Schulze Presentation: “Performative Pedagogy – Crossroads of the Arts, Education, and Foreign Languages”

Speaker: Susanne Even
Location: UC Columbine A

20:30 - 21:00                


Location: UC Columbine A

Saturday 20 January 2018

8:00 - 8:30

Registration, Coffee, Breakfast

Location: Candelaria 0190

8:30 - 8:45


Speaker: TBD
Location: Candelaria 1220

8:45 - 9:45

Talk: Break a tongue! Staging Theater Plays in the FL Classroom

Speaker: Tim Wegel
Location: Candelaria 1220

9:45 - 10:00

Coffee Break

Location: Candelaria 0190

10:00 - 12:00

Workshop: Let Foreign Language Move You with Drama Pedagogy

Speaker: Lane Sorensen
Location: Candelaria 1220

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00

Workshop: Mnemonics in Foreign Language Pedagogy

Speakers: Erin Noelliste & Joseph Noelliste
Location: Candelaria 1220

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break

Location: Candelaria 0190

15:15 - 16:00

Roundtable Discussion

Speakers: All Program Speakers and Workshop Leaders
Location: Candelaria 1220


Closing Remarks

Speaker: TBD
Location: Candelaria 1220

The 5th SCENARIO Forum Symposium on Performative Pedagogy is sponsored by:

UNC Life of the Mind Program and the Schulze Endowment Fund Schulze Speaker Series

4th SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2016

Towards a Performative Teaching, Learning and Research culture 

11 November 2016 | University College Cork


The Symposium speakers, Prof. Barbara Schmenk and Dr Katja Frimberger, will be joined by Mike Fleming, Professor Emeritus, University of Durham, andProf. Manfred Schewe and Dr Roisin O’Gorman as the Symposium organisers to explore the challenges of intercultural discourse in the area of Performative Arts and Pedagogy. 


11 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.  (Boole Library – Creative Zone/Ground Floor)

Professor Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Enter Drama: Current debates in language education

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Boole Library – Creative Zone/Ground Floor)

Dr Katja Frimberger (Brunel University, London)

'Some people are born strange': A Brechtian theatre pedagogy as philosophical ethnography

1.15 p.m.

Lunch & Launch

Light lunch available for Symposium participants

Jools Gilson, Professor of Creative Practice / Head, School of Music & Theatre, UCC, will launch two new publications in the SCENARIO book series:

  • i. Susanne Even & Manfred Schewe (eds) (2016): Performative Teaching, Learning, Research. Berlin: Schibri
  • ii. Micha Fleiner (2016): Performancekünste im Hochschulstudium. Berlin: Schibri


2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  (Alfred O’Rahilly Building, Ground Floor – Mary Ryan Meeting Room – G27B)

Group Discussion - Performative Arts and Pedagogy: Towards the Development of an International Glossary

The German professional association Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft (BAG) ‘Spiel & Theater e.V. aims to develop an international glossary of key terms in the area of applied drama and theatre and has invited professionals from outside Germany to become involved in this project.

Symposium Organisation: Prof. Manfred Schewe & Dr. Roisin O’Gorman, assisted by German Department intern Josephine Rutz

It would be helpful to know if you intend to attend all or part of the symposium (lectures/lunch and launch/group discussion). Please send a short note to: Thank you.

The Symposium is generously supported by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of German and the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies and is linked to activities within CASILAC’s Performance as Culture – Culture as Performance research cluster and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Performance Practices (CIR).



3rd SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2015

Performative Pedagogy

23 - 24 October 2015 | Indiana University, Bloomington 



  • Prof. Manfred Schewe, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr. Susanne Even, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Micha Fleiner, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany
  • Dr. Barbara Schmenk, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Dr. Gus Weltsek, Ivy Tech, Bloomington, IN


Friday, October 23, 2015, 3-6 PM

Manfred Schewe

Drama Pedagogy Workshop: Tackling burning issues – Drama as a Third Space between Self and Oher.

IMU Faculty Club (upstairs)

Saturday, October 2015, 9-4 PM

Manfred Schewe

"... how quite soft water, by attrition over the years will grind strong rocks away”:­­ Towards a new, performative teaching and learning culture.

Susanne Even

In critical thought, word, and deed: Drama pedagogy as a catalyst for critical thinking. 

Micha Fleiner

Teaching the arts in higher education contexts: Challenges and uncertainties. 

Barbara Schmenk

Enter drama. Missing links in current debates on language education. 

Gus Weltsek

Spacecrafts and Language Invention. Making a (world of) difference. 

This is followed by a reception 7 - 10 p.m., venue TBA. Please RSVP for the reception by October 19 with

With generous support from the following departments, units and centers: 

Germanic Studies, French and Italian, Institute of European Studies, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Center for Excellence, Spanish and Portuguese, Institute of Germanic Studies. 

2nd SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2015

Towards a Performative Teaching and Learning Culture

25 September 2015 | University College Cork


10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Alfred O'Rahilly Building, G27)

Symposium participants are invited to attend a lecture by Prof Joelle Aden, Université Paris-Est Créteil to mark the inauguration of the new research cluster, Culture as Performance – Performance as Culture in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC), School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC.

Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives

Prof Joelle Aden

11 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Coffee Break

Schedule for Symposium Contributions

11.30 - 13.00 (Alfred O'Rahilly Building, G27)

Workshop: Creative Writing and Performance in the EFL Classroom

Dr John Crutchfield (Freie Universität Berlin)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.00

Performative Teacher Training: Status quo and future perspectives

Micha Fleiner (University of Education, Freiburg)

15.00 – 15.30

And yet it moves: a happy-go-lucky reflection on movement strategies for performative teaching and learning

Dr Roisin O’Gorman (University College Cork)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30

Initial Thoughts on Playwriting Practice within the Emerging Landscape of Performative Research

Jennifer Rogers (University College Cork)

16.30 - 17.00

Communicating Vessels: Researching Theatre Translation, Teaching Translation and Theatre

Elisa Serra Porteiro (University College Cork)

17.00 – 17.30

Final Discussion


The Symposium is generously funded by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of German, UCC.

1st SCENARIO Forum Symposium 2013

Exploring Performative Practices across Disciplines

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 September, 2013 | University College Cork

Further details on this symposium can be found in our legacy Scenario Forum Archive

The symposium centres on theoretical perspectives and practices which aim at paving the way towards a new, performative teaching and learning culture. Guiding questions will include: What is the essence of the ‘performative’? Are there indications of an increased ‘performative orientation’ in some of our disciplines? Could the ‘performative concept’ signal a whole new way of thinking and acting in the field of ‘teaching and learning’ (=new paradigm)? What are the characteristic features of performative teaching and learning? How does one learn to teach in a performative way?

Friday 13th September 2013 | (Drama Lab, UCC)

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome coffee/tea

09:30 – 09:45

Opening Address

David Ryan (Vice-Head for Teaching and Learning, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork)

09:45 – 10:30

Keynote Lecture: Towards performativity as an integrative focus in arts-based learning and inquiry. Experiences from a post-colonial South-North collaboration involving teachers, youth workers and academics in Lower Saxony and the Eastern Cape Province.

Wolfgang Nitsch (Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Oldenburg)

10:30 – 10:45


Session I: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning

10:45 – 11:00 

Learning to see – playing with realities. How professional theatre shares its learning experiences and working methods.

Bärbel Jogschies (Theatre Pedagogy Section, Hanover State Theatre)

11:00 – 11:15

Performative transitions: Adapting actor status training exercises for bullying prevention in the primary classroom.

Peadar Donohoe (Artistic Director of Cyclone Repertory Company, Cork)

11:15 – 11.45 Coffee Break

Session II: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning

11:45 – 12:00

Blustering Buffoon or Engaging Pedagogue: What is Lost and Gained in Bringing the Performative to Education.

Carmel O’Sullivan (Head, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin)

12:00  – 12.15

"What to do with the chorus?": A Performative Approach to Teaching and Learning Theatre History.

Trina Scott (Lecturer in Theatre and Drama Studies, CIT Cork School of Music)

12:15 – 12:30

Between movement and stillness: a theatre and performance based reflection on the possibilities of performative pedagogies.

Roisín O’Gorman (Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, University College Cork) 

12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch

Session III: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning

13:30 – 13:45

The idea of the performative in the German university context.

Micha Fleiner (University of Education, Freiburg; Visiting Scholar, UCC)

13:45 –  14:00

Towards a new, performative teaching and learning culture: A modern languages perspective.

Manfred Schewe (Head, Department of German, University College Cork)

14:00 – 14:15


Mike Fleming (Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, Durham University)          

14:15 – 14:30

Art and Education Film 

(released at International Drama in Education Association World Congress 2013)

14:30 – 14:45

Performative moments

Small Group Work

14:45 – 15:30

Symposium participants will be given the opportunity to engage with the issues raised in the keynote speech and presentations by working in small groups which will prepare the input for the concluding panel discussion.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

Concluding Panel Discussion

16:00 – 17:00

Panel Discussion. Closing Remarks.

Saturday 14th September | (Alfred O’Rahilly Building, Room 1.23, UCC)

Round Table Discussion

10:30 – 13:00

Discussion of the outcomes of the first symposium day, exchange of ideas and information with regard to:

a) the organisation of an International Conference on Performative Teaching and Learning (planned for May 29th – June 1st, 2014)

b) the establishment of a Centre for Performative Teaching and Learning at UCC

c) the compilation of a symposium report.

The organizing team (Manfred Schewe, Micha Fleiner, Stefan Kriechbaumer) wish to thank the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC, and the Departments of German and Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC, for funding this symposium.


Note, that this symposium builds on the activities of UCC’s Theatre and Performance Working Group and, in terms of its main focus, is directly linked to UCC’s first online journal SCENARIO. In terms of preparation for the symposium, participants may wish to refer to this article in SCENARIO’s Volume 7, Issue 2 and to texts which will be provided by the keynote speaker and be made available to participants in advance.


Department of German & Department of Theatre – University College Cork

Scenario Editorial Office, Department of German, Alfred O'Rahilly Building, Main Campus, University College Cork,