About ADSA

Welcome to ADSA

The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

ADSA is the peak academic association promoting the study of drama in any performing medium throughout the region. ADSA represents members of staff and postgraduate students of Australasian institutions of tertiary education who are engaged in teaching, research and practice in theatre, drama and performance studies. Directors of associated theatres and members of the theatrical profession are also active members. ADSA’s annual conference is usually held in late June.
 

Reconciliation Principles and Action Plan

This Reconciliation Principles and Action Plan aims to focus our organisation’s recognition and respect for the indigenous peoples of Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand and their sovereign connection to the land, their cultures, cultural knowledge and cultural processes within the organisation and our respective institutions.

ADSA’s vision for reconciliation is one in which indigenous peoples are valued members of the creative, political and social fabric of these lands and their institutions. Our vision takes the form first and foremost of respecting indigenous people’s right to self-determination, to create work on their own terms and create space for indigenous knowledges within the academy. The intention of this document is to facilitate building relationships, building respect, and creating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities, both in the arts of performance itself, as well as in the discourse, scholarship and experience of these arts and other cultural forms within Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand.


In order to achieve these aims we express our commitment to:

  • Finding appropriate ways of promoting and disseminating knowledge by and about these people’s cultures.
  • Setting and using ethical standards for scholarly engagement with research into indigenous people’s performance culture including questions of treaties, cultural protocols, respect, consultation and collaboration.
  • Increasing the number of academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students identifying as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, M?ori and other indigenous peoples of the colonised lands such as the Moriori on which our institutions stand.
PRACTICAL STRATEGIES
To ensure respect for negotiated treaties and protocols in relation to research and teaching in our respective departments and the work published in the organisation’s journal Australasian Drama Studies.


To make inclusion of indigenous peoples of the lands on which our institutions stand an integral part of conference planning as invited speakers, the focus of sessions and/or as practitioner participants and members of the organising committees.


To support policies and programs at our home institutions that increase employment of indigenous peoples especially as academics.


To create and support programs that facilitate indigenous student enrolments and completions.


To create a targeted Geoffrey Milne award to facilitate indigenous postgraduates to actively participate in the annual conference.


To support the development of academic and performance work in indigenous languages.


To facilitate indigenous representation on the ADSA executive and the Editorial Board of ADS.


To review progress on these strategies annually at the ADSA Conference.

Committment to Freedom of Movement Across Borders

At 2017 AGM, ADSA and its members re-affirmed our commitment to the free movement of individuals across borders as a basic human right. This is enshrined in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other statutes.

Freedom of movement is moreover essential to the exchange and growth of scholarship, culture, arts and performance.

This freedom of exchange and movement is currently threatened by factors including, but not restricted to:-

  • the US Presidential Executive Order 13769 (titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States)
  • conflict, warfare and violence exercised by states and other groups,
  • the suspension of basic norms of law by state actors against their own citizens (including artists, scholars and commentators)

All of the above impediments and restrictions on movement and exchange are contrary to the foundational principles of ADSA, and we condemn them.

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