Towards a performative teaching, learning and research culture 

4. Scenario Symposium
November 11th, 2016 
University College Cork 

Boole Library (Creative Zone) 

                ALL WELCOME

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

Professor Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Enter Drama:
Current debates in language education


12 a.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.



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.

 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).



3. Scenario Symposium – 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 - IMU Faculty Club (upstairs)

Manfred Schewe:

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

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 pm, place 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.  

3. SCENARIO FORUM Symposium - Poster (178kB) 


Towards a Performative Teaching and Learning Culture

25 September 2015  University College Cork ● 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

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

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

Prof Joelle Aden

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

11 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Coffee Break

Schedule for Symposium Contributions 

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


Dr John Crutchfield (Freie Universität Berlin)
Creative Writing and Performance in the EFL Classroom

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.00 

Micha Fleiner (University of Education, Freiburg)
Performative Teacher Training: Status quo and future perspectives

15.00 – 15.30 
Dr Roisin O’Gorman (University College Cork) 
And yet it moves: a happy-go-lucky reflection on movement strategies for performative teaching and learning

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30 
Jennifer Rogers (University College Cork)
Initial Thoughts on Playwriting Practice within the Emerging Landscape of Performative Research 

16.30 - 17.00 
Elisa Serra Porteiro (University College Cork)
Communicating Vessels: Researching Theatre Translation, Teaching Translation and Theatre

17.00 – 17.30 Final Discussion

For Symposium Flyer click 2nd SCENARIO FORUM SYMPOSIUM



1. SCENARIO FORUM SYMPOSIUM – Performative Teaching and Learning
Fri 13 – Sat 14 September, 2013 – University College Cork

For details see Scenario Forum Archive at:


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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
(Drama Lab, UCC)


9.15 Welcome coffee/tea

Opening Address

09:30 – 09:45      David Ryan (Vice-Head for Teaching and Learning, College of Arts, Celtic Studies

                            and Social Sciences, University College Cork)

 Keynote Lecture

09:45 – 10:30      Wolfgang Nitsch (Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Oldenburg)

                            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 


10:30 – 10.45      Discussion


Session I: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning

 10:45 – 11:00      Bärbel Jogschies (Theatre Pedagogy Section, Hanover State Theatre)

                            Learning to see – playing with realities. How professional theatre shares its 

                            learning experiences and working methods.


11:00 – 11:15       Peadar Donohoe (Artistic Director of Cyclone Repertory Company, Cork)

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


11:15 – 11.45      Coffee Break


 Session II: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning


11:45 – 12:00       Carmel O’Sullivan (Head, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin)

                            Blustering Buffoon or Engaging Pedagogue: What is Lost and Gained in Bringing 

                            the Performative to Education.

12:00  – 12.15      Trina Scott (Lecturer in Theatre and Drama Studies, CIT Cork School of Music)

                            "What to do with the chorus?": A Performative Approach to Teaching and 

                            Learning Theatre History.


12:15 – 12:30        Roisín O’Gorman (Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, University College Cork) Between movement and stillness:
                             a theatre and performance based reflection on the possibilities of performative pedagogies.


12:30 – 13:30      Buffet Lunch


Session III: Perspectives on Performative Teaching and Learning                      

13:30 – 13:45      Micha Fleiner (University of Education, Freiburg; Visiting Scholar, UCC)

                            The idea of the performative in the German university context.


13:45 –  14:00      Manfred Schewe (Head, Department of German, University College Cork)

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



14:00 – 14:15     Mike Fleming (Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, Durham University)          (TBC)


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)


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.


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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 the following article in SCENARIO’s current issue:, and to texts which will be provided by the keynote speaker and be made available to participants in advance. 



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