Image: Collage (Future), by Jenn Addesso, 2017.
The objective of the Arresting Rape Culture Dramaturgy Hub (ARCDH) is to provide students and faculty with pedagogical, curricular, and theatre and performance creation resources in order to facilitate a deeper contextual understanding about the structural and intimate complexities of rape culture. The website comprises three sections: Performance, Panel, and Learning Exchange Space. The site offers an expanding communication and research base comprising support networks, a range of media from the fifteenth-century to contemporary popular culture; critical resources and related reading; theatre, performance, and art project information; a dialogical space with students’ responses, classroom activities, and question centre; and information about collaborative course-related projects, the panel discussion about gendered violence, and the multimedia performance of Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus.
The University of Waterloo Department of Drama and Speech Communication Theatre and Performance Unit Presents
Devised by: Andy Houston, Paul Cegys & Theatre and Performance students
Dates: March 16—19 at 8pm & March 19 at 2pm & March 23 at 7pm. Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building
This multimedia performance drew upon the creative output of three courses held in the fall term of 2016: Drama 368 (Collaborative Creation), Drama 366 (Writing for Performance), and Drama 331 (Design Theory and Practice). Through writing, performance, and other media, Unconscious Curriculum used collaborative approaches to performance creation to examine the experience of rape culture in the lives of University of Waterloo students.
This collaboration was unique in the history of our program. In addition to the performance there was a symposium, including a panel of qualified experts, who worked toward addressing the problem of rape culture on our campus and in the Waterloo region.
Andrew Houston, Melanie Bennett, Paul Cegys, Troy Hourie, Sharon E. Secord, Colin Labadie
Abbi Longmire, Alexandra Porter, Andrew Labre, Brooke Barnes, Cameron Smith, Carly Derderian, Erik Van Dijk, Holly Bouillon, Jenn Addesso, Katrina Romanowich, Sam Mercury, Zac Gungl
Janelle Rainville, Gill Lesperance, Shaw Forgeron, Alyssa Almeyda, Zach Haime, Darius Hahn, Jaimie Bain, Kaiey Dudek, Kaylee Lock O'Connor, Sidney McMahon
On March 23rd at 3:30 p.m. the Department of Drama and Speech Communication will hold a panel entitled Gendered Violence on Campus: Institutional Policy and Practice. This panel is hosted in collaboration with the UWaterloo Equity Office, and the Special Adviser to the President—Women’s and Gender Issues. The panel will address gendered violence, with specific attention to institutional challenges and UWaterloo’s response.
Confirmed panelists include Constance Backhouse, Professor and Holder of the University Research Chair on the Sexual Assault Legislation in Canada, University of Ottawa; Ian Orchard, Vice President Academic and Provost, UW; and Chris Read, Associate Provost, Students, UW. Further panelists, including UW students and others who play a role as related to Policy 42, will be announced at a later date. The panel discussion will provide the opportunity for Q&A and will be followed by a reception.
The objective of the Learning Exchange Space is to provide students, faculty, and the public with pedagogical, curricular, and theatre and performance creation resources in order to facilitate a deeper contextual understanding about the structural and intimate complexities of rape culture. The Question Centre offers a range of possible questions to begin the process of reflection and critical thinking as you engage with the resources. The material offered is challenging and uncomfortable. It is strongly encouraged that you work with a peer(s) and/or communicate with your instructor and colleagues for support, as well as to share your questions and reflections while you engage with this topic.
The objective of the Media Space is to prompt individuals to query and reflect while engaging with the public discourses of rape culture including identifying how societal norms are shaped while exploring the institutional and individual implications. The site encourages individuals to exercise their agency in the practice of critical thinking skills by offering samples of circulating popular formations of rape culture in various modes of representation.
Image: Never Sleeps, by Andrew Labre, 2017
The objective of the Resources Space is to offer students, faculty and public access to critical perspectives written by scholars and researchers working in the field of rape culture. It is encouraged that the critical articles and related readings be studied in conjunction with the performance, panel, and the learning exchange space, as well as in preparation for and to support course work.
The objective of the Projects Space is to present examples from productions in theatre, performance, and artistic practice that query, challenge, and resist the normalization of rape culture. As movements toward transformation, the goal is provide alternative models, critical pedagogical resources, and creative practices to engage with and (en)counter societal structures that foster all forms of violence .
The objective of Arresting Rape Culture projects is the commitment to end gender based violence, and continue to work to end oppression based on race, class, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. This space offers entry points for individuals to support, learn, share, listen, create, and build solidarity.
Image: Collage 1 Past, by Alexandra Porter, 2017
- CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
- TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
A listing of support and counseling services is provided.
Image: Healing-2, by Holly Bouillon, 2017.
Maintained by Dr. Sorouja Moll