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Performing Arts Histories and Historiographies (PAHH) utilises 21st Century critical approaches and technologies to research the performing arts and locates its research within various spaces: formal archives (both physical and digital), embodied repertories, and storytelling. It is particularly committed to theorising performing arts historiographies, where contemporary critical theory challenges, partners, and ultimately interprets the historical content. Embracing the unique positionality of historical researchers and the narrative elements of composing history, PAHH acknowledges the craft of historical writing. Consequently, its interest lies in the investigation of performance throughout history, the creators of performance, their methods, their performances, their audiences and patrons, and particular historical events. It is also concerned with the methods historians adopt to implement in their work: in histories and historiographies.

Members are currently involved in the Digital Archive of the Performing Arts in Malta, which preserves artifacts including notes and diaries of practitioners, posters, photographs, videos, scripts and scores, reviews, and other material. PAHH organises seminars, workshops, performances, and symposia to share its work, collaborating with other institutions and disciplines. 

SPA Research Strategy Launch
SPA launches its new research strategy at the University of Malta Valletta Campus
Last Updated: 6 September 2017

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