About the program

This field school focuses on scenography as a perspective on, and/or critical concept for undertaking urban research and wider performance-making-design practices in the city. The overarching learning objectives of this interdisciplinary “urban scenographies” field school are to introduce students to scenography as a crafting of civic spatial relationships, as a method for cultural exchange, and critical concept for undertaking urban research. Engaging with cities through the lens of performance vis a vis an expanded notion of scenography, is one way to embody the social, historical and cultural experience of a city (and urban society writ large). This field school introduces students to contemporary theories and practices of scenography and performance design in the context and scale of cities and urban landscapes. An expanded conception of scenography will be used as a framework for students to research, propose, and realize an urban performance project.

Dates & course

Dates: May 13, 2022 - May 29, 2022

Undergraduate courses:  PERC 498; FAFS 398 

Graduate coourses: FAFS 660, and FAFS 860

The curriculum will be provided by Dr. Shauna Janssen. For expressions of interest and further inquiries about course content please contact the course instructor, Dr Shauna Janssen, Assistant Professor of Performance Creation and University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism at shauna.janssen@concordia.ca.

Estimated costs & bursary

Program fee: Concordia will charge program participants for 3 credits of Concordia tuition and a program fee of $1950. This fee includes 3 credits of Concordia tuition and accommodation in Belgrade, Serbia.

Students are responsible for selecting and paying their airfare to/from Belgrade, Serbia, mandatory health and travel insurance; spending money; and any required travel documents.

Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Award: The Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for the Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Awards. The Award offers an amount of $1,300 for thirty (30) eligible Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate students accepted to a Field School hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts. Please consult the Peter N. Thomson Field School Award webpage for application instructions.

Quebec Mobility Bursary: To offset costs, Concordia International is offering a bursary of $750 to students who qualify. To qualify for this bursary, you must meet the following eligibility requirements;

  • You are aConcordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program while participating in the program.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits towards their degree; these must be credits earned from the current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.

Please note that this bursary cannot be combined with any other in-house mobility scholarship, mobility bursary or mobility award. 

Host institution

DAH Theatre International (DTI) is an independent professional theatre company founded in 1991 in Belgrade, Serbia. It is a contemporary artistic collective that examines social issues built on the principle of social action and excellence in arts production and projects.

The mission is to create profound and courageous theatre art through dedicated team work, provoking, inspiring and encouraging personal and social transformation. DAH Theatre Centre for Culture and Social Change.

DAH, meaning “breath” in Serbian, has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, having weathered many devastating periods, filled with conflict, atrocities, and instability, throughout Balkan history. With the emergence of the Kosovo War (1991) new borders were created in Yugoslavia, at the very same time DAH was founded.

Application process

Fine Arts Field School Festival

The Faculty of Fine Arts expect all students to participate in the Elsewhere: Fine Arts Field School Festival to be held in September 2022 (exact date TBD).

During this 1-day event, students will have the opportunity to showcase the work they have been doing during the Field School. They will share their experience with their peers who attend other Field Schools over the summer of 2022 as well as with other Concordia students interested in participating in future Field Schools.

Application Inquiries

Maral Abajian

Academic Inquiries

Dr. Shauna Janssen
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