Mike Sell’s recently completed manuscript The Avant-Garde: Race Religion War, an interdisciplinary study that proposes a new theory of radical cultural production, will be published next year by Seagull Books, a global academic publisher headquartered in Kolkota, India. It will appear as part of a new performance studies series edited by Richard Schechner and Carol Martin.
His essay “Bohemianism, The ‘Cultural Turn’ of the Avant-Garde, and Forgetting the Roma,” published in last summer’s issue of TDR, the leading performance-studies journal, received Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Article Award competition held annually by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the largest international organization dedicated to drama, theater, and performance studies.
This fall, Sell will present a paper on “Blackness, the Body, and Politics in 1960’s Drama and Performance” as part of West Virginia University’s Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture Series; will be a member of a seminar on right-wing avant-gardes to be held at the American Society for Theatre Research conference; and, in his role as editor of Theatre Survey’s Critical Stages column, will attend the University of California-Berkeley’s groundbreaking conference on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance.
This past spring, he gave a university lecture and public interview as part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s biannual Lorraine Hansberry Project.
He is currently developing two anthologies: a collection of essays titled “Vectors of the Radical: Mobile Materialities, Performance, and the Avant-Garde” and a collection of non-European, non-U.S. drama titled “Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000: The Global Challenge,” which he is coediting with Mary Washington University’s James Harding.
This past spring, Sell was a member of the Franklin Regional School District Strategic Planning Committee, which drafted and successfully passed a six-year curricular plan that emphasizes science, diversity, foreign language, and world-knowledge education.