Didaskalia News

January 2008
New Editor-in-Chief of Didaskalia appointed!

Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths has been appointed Editor in Chief of Didaskalia. Jane, who lectures in Classical Studies at Monash University, Australia, is a specialist in Greek drama in contemporary performance. She has combined academic teaching and research in the UK and Australia with professional performance practice as an award winning actor and director in the UK in over forty professional productions. Jane is no stranger to Didaskalia, having authored no fewer than two articles and co-edited two issues of the Journal: "Complex Electra" Vol.5 Issue 3 (with Jennifer Wallace, 2002) and "Close Relations: the spaces of Greek and Roman performance" (with Paul Monaghan, forthcoming)."

August 2006
Call For Papers: The Mask

Didaskalia, an electronic journal and resource dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama in performance, is looking for papers and discussions of the mask as it relates to Classics and the theatre, for a thematic issue to appear in 2007.

The mask was a defining feature of ancient stage performance, and yet how it functioned continues to mystify. We are looking for discussions from academics and theatre practitioners to explore how the mask creates meaning and changes experience on the stage. All approaches are welcome, but we are particularly keen for interdisciplinary discussions (from psychology, Asian studies, anthropology, etc.) and for practical discussions of the effect of masks on actors and audience: anything that can cast light on the mask and its function in antiquity.

As an electronic resource, Didaskalia has no specific limits in terms of length, and multimedia submissions are encouraged, which take advantage of this electronic format. Electronic submissions and requests for further information should be addressed to C. W. Marshall, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia [toph AT interchange.ubc.ca] ideally before December 1, 2006. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

October 2005
From October 2005, Didaskalia will be published in association with The Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, University of London, and will return to the www.didaskalia.net address. The Open University will maintain a re-direct link from the previous URL until April 2006. For further details, see the Summer 2005 Editorial.

August 2005
Volume 6 Issue 2 of Didaskalia's on-line journal is published, on the theme of "Contemporary Electronic Initiatives".

February 2004
A new feature has been added to the Didaskalia site - a subscription Mailing List. Members will recieve regular mailings telling them about information recently added to the site (e.g. performances, conferences, reviews). Members will also recieve a Journal alert, including a contents list, when a new edition of the Didaskalia on-line journal is published. The Mailing List has been enabled by our relationship with the UK's Open University, and furthers our aim to improve interaction between people interested in ancient drama in performance, and to help to build up a community in this rapidly expanding area of interest and activity. To subscribe go to the home page.

December 2003
Didaskalia Call for Papers - The next issue of Didaskalia's Electronic Journal will be published early in March. Submissions are still being invited for two further issues to be published in 2004:
- Volume 6.2 (Apr/May. 2004) Contemporary Electronic Research Initiatives
- Volume 6.3 (Nov. 2004) Responses to Ancient Drama in Contemporary Performance
For details, see the Call for Papers

October 2003
The Didskalia website is now operating from its new home at the Open University. The new address is didaskalia.open.ac.uk (please note the address is not preceded by www). The part-time administrator and web-editor of the site is Carol Gillespie (a member of the OU's Classical Studies Department's Reception Project team). Carol is based at the Open University in Milton Keynes and may be reached at Carol Gillespie AT open.ac.uk.

October 2003
At the suggestion of William Mann, Director of the Oslo Player's current production Oedipus Rex (www.oslopalyers.no/oedipus) a new discussion group has opened on the Discussion Group for Researchers and Practitioners page on the topic 'Staging Greek And Roman Drama'. As a first time director of a Greek tragedy William would particularly like to discuss the challenges with those who have already directed greek tragedy.

August 2003
Following on from the news item for January 2003, the Open University has purchased a new server for Didaskalia, and is in the process transferring the site. When this process is complete, Didaskalia will have a new web address within the Open University domain. A redirect page will then appear at the current address (www.didaskalia.net).

January 2003
Didaskalia has entered into a new collaboration with the Open University's Department of Classics. Didaskalia will be published in association with the Open University, and in the coming months will move to a new server within the OU domain. The OU's Prof. Lorna Hardwick joins the Editorial Board, and from October 2003, Carol Gillespie, Project Officer of the OU's 'The Reception of the Texts and Images of Ancient Greece in Late Twentieth-century Drama and Poetry in English' Project, will join us as part-time administrator and web-editor.

The collaboration will offer Didaskalia a secure foundation for sustainable growth and will lead to new joint initiatives. We will work together to combine and develop our work in linking high-quality research materials with high-profile, international scholarly and pedagogical outreach, and to foster exchange and growth of knowledge among students, researchers, academics, and theatre practitioners.

October 2002
The volume containing papers from the Otago conference (Didaskalia Volume 5.1) is published: John Barsby (ed.) Greek and Roman Drama: Translation and Performance, DRAMA Band 12, Suttgart and Weimar: J.B.Metzler Verlag, 2002. See details.

September 2002
Volume 5.3 of Didaskalia, dedicated to discussion of Sophocles' Electra, is published, with Guest Editors Jane Montgomery (Montreal) and Dr Jenny Wallace (Cambridge).

June 2002
A formal presentation of Didaskalia was given to the Research Centre Working Committee of the J. Paul Getty Museum on 19 June 2002, and informal foyer presentations to those attending the Museum's Symposium on the Contemporary Performance of Ancient Greek Drama.

May 2002
Didaskalia is one of a number of partners in a large project funded by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee. The JISC 'Arches' project will enable us to create and publish through Didaskalia a new database of valuable visual resources for the study of ancient drama, including new 3-D models of several ancient theatres created at the University of Warwick. We hope that this will provide an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers of ancient drama. See project web-site: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/ETS/arches/

March 2002
Volume 5.2 of Didaskalia, on John Barton's Tantalus, and the production based on it, directed by Peter and Edward Hall, is published.

July 2001
The Agora is launched, with online discussion areas for students, educators researchers, and theatre practitioners. The Search facility is also added to the site, enabling searches through the whole site, or either the Listings, Journal, or Study Area.

June 2001
Volume 5.1 of Didaskalia is published, featuring papers and abstracts from a conference on "Greek and Roman Drama" convened by John Barsby at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in July 2000.

March 2001
Didaskalia has been awarded a development grant of £3,000 by the University of Warwick, England. This grant has enabled us to transfer the content of Didaskalia into this new format, and to create new areas such as The Agora (an interactive discussion area), the Search facility, and enhanced resources for teachers and students. We are actively seeking further sources of funding to ensure that Didaskalia continues to have the support it requires to fulfil and expand its mission. To find out more about our plans for the future see the Editorial in Volume 5 Issue 1 of the Journal.