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Transnational Research and Performance

Transnational Research and Performance
This 4 week program is designed for graduate students interested in conducting research on Performance Studies in Germany. NEXT OFFERING: SUMMER 2017
Regensburg, Germany
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  • Participate in the international Bayerisches Jazz Festival, explore local reenactments of the medieval city, take a day trip to Munich and engage in performance excursions throughout the city of Regensburg
  • Take weekend excursions to nearby cities such as Vienna and/or Prague
  • Spend 4 weeks in Germany exploring various qualitative research methodologies that pertain to performance studies and American studies scholarship
  • No German language skills required
Program Summary: 

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre and The University of Regensburg, Department of American Studies offers a 4 week intensive transnational research and performance study abroad program for graduate students interested in conducting research on transnational performance from Performance Studies and American studies standpoints for their MA/PHD work. This intertextual program features an intensive research seminar at the University of Regensburg coupled with guided and independent excursions to various performance sites in the region.

Students will participate in the international Bayerisches Jazz Festival, explore local reenactments of the medieval city, take a day trip to Munich and engage in performance excursions throughout the city of Regensburg that include but are not limited to live theater performance at the Regensburg Theatre, Improvisation workshop, an international arts festival in Regensburg and a German language class.

Weekend excursions to Munich, Vienna and Prague, as well as guided performance tours, will enhance learning by offering an interactive experience for students to take what they learn in the classroom and to apply those theories to various types of performance in and around Regensburg.


Regensburg, which is located in Bavaria, has a population of approximately 150,000 people, 23,000 of which are students. It is very close to Munich and Nuremberg, and from there, students can easily visit Vienna, Prague, and many other major cities nearby. Since July 2006, Regensburg has carried the UNESCO distinction "World Heritage Site", which recognizes the unique character of the medieval city center and its magnificent architecture–above all the Old Stone Bridge over the Danube and St. Peter's Cathedral.  Regensburg's townscape still testifies to the economic and cultural vitality and the political eminence of the city during the Middle Ages.

Academic Information: 

Three hours of academic credit are granted by The University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in either THR 702: “Transnational Research and Performance”.

Students will study the fundamentals of Performance Studies and American Studies approaches to transnational scholarship on performance while learning how various performance examples, including but not limited to theatre, festivals, improvisation, music and fine art are sites of research that can be viewed in transnational contexts.

Students will have the opportunity to explore various qualitative research methodologies that pertain to performance studies and American studies scholarship. Students will have access to libraries and computer facilities at the University of Regensburg and participate in a seminar taught by the KU faculty director.


Students will stay in equipped apartments in old-town Regensburg that are completely furnished with kitchens. During overnight excursions, reasonable hotel/hostel accommodations will be used to house the group.

Life Abroad: 
June 28 Flight from Kansas City to Munich
June 29 Arrive Munich, travel to Regensburg; rest and grocery store outing
June 30 Orientation tour of Regensburg with Regensburg Tours including a welcome dinner at the University of Regensburg
July 1 THR 702 course: Orientation Day 2- Introduction to Transnational Performance and late afternoon excursion to the Regensburg History Museum
July 2 THR 702 course: Introduction to Transnational Performance
July 3 University library tour, temporary Campus IDs issued, & American Studies July 4th event
July 4 Free excursion day - local performance venue - Americans in Regensburg meet-up
July 6 THR 702: Transnational Performance and Research Seminar
July 7 THR 702: Seminar and performance capture field-work
July 8 THR 702: Seminar and presentation of findings
July 9 THR 702: Seminar and afternoon day trip to American Embassy in Munich
July 10 THR 702: Seminar and presentation of findings
Evening table meetings to discuss findings- old-town café- Café Prinzess
PM- Performance Excursion – Bayeriches Jazz Festival Archive
July 11 - 12 Weekend excursions - Jazz Festival
July 13 - 17 THR 702: Seminar and performance research in the afternoons to develop archive of performance for final project
Evening table meetings to discuss findings- old-town café- Café Prinzess
July 15 Improvisation show- Regensburg
July 18 - 19 Theatre Regensburg excursions- students select which evening they want to attend
July 20 - 23 THR 702: Seminar
July 24 Final course wrap up/assignments - evening performance excursions and Munich excursion
July 25 Intensive final course wrap up including lunch and dinner meetings with group
July 26 Return flight from Munich to Kansas City

Target audience for this program is interdisciplinary MA/PHD programs in Theater, Fine Arts, American Studies, International Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and/or African and African American studies that are doing interdisciplinary research that is transnational in scope and largely connected to investigating performance practices across national borders. Advanced undergraduates in these areas are encouraged to apply.

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Faculty Contact Information

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
317 Murphy Hall
785-864 2820

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