A fuchsia, brown, and orange promotional image for Center Theatre Group's production of Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play; blue UC Santa Barbara logo and text for the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship; yellow globe with circling plane advertising the UC Santa Barbara Academic Senate travel grant.
2022: In progress...
In January I began my qualifying examinations. Throughout February and into March, I worked on completing the five parts of these exams (designing syllabi, written exams, oral exams defense, dissertation prospectus, and oral prospectus defense.) I successfully passed and went ABD (All But Dissertation) on March 16th! During these months, I also traveled to Los Angeles several times to see the Center Theatre Group's production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris for dissertation research.
April's main focus was self-care and completing fellowship applications. I am thrilled to have been awarded both the 2022-23 Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research and the UC Santa Barbara Academic Senate Travel Grant. In May, I began work on what will eventually become the third chapter of my dissertation, which at present I am developing into a conference paper. I will present this paper at the International Federation of Theatre Research's annual conference in June in Reykjavík, Iceland.
I plan to spendJuly and August in London, undertaking research at the Bishopsgate Institute's UK Leather and Fetish Archives and attending kink events. Returning to the US in September, I will engage in intensive training and begin teaching through the UC Santa Barbara Writing Program as the fall quarter kicks off and I continue with dissertation research and writing.
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