Conferences / Symposia · Developing Theatre · European Theatre · Forscher-Freuden · Performance Studies · Theatergeschichte · Theaterzauber · Theatre History · Transnational History

EASTAP – Neue Assoziation für Dialog und Forschung über Theater in Europa

EASRAP HorizontalIch kann mich noch sehr gut an diesen einen Sommerabend erinnern, als wir anlässlich der Jahrestagung der International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) 2016 in Stockholm unter Kollegen in der U-Bahn darüber sprachen, dass Europa eine so reiche Theaterszene und -geschichte aufweist, wir aber in der gemeinsamen Erforschung und hinsichtlich des Austauschs europäischer theaterwissenschaftlicher Kompetenz noch einige Hausaufgaben zu machen hatten. Ein Defizit und Desiderat. Befanden wir alle, während wir so durch die schwedische Hauptstadt tuckerten.

Allen voran Josette Féral (Sorbonne, Paris) schlug bald darauf die Gründung einer Assoziation für die Erforschung von Theater und Performance in Europa vor. Und dann ging alles ziemlich schnell: sie fragte an und hörte sich um, viele weitere Kollegen fingen Feuer für die Idee, erste Treffen fanden statt, Task Forces wurden gebildet, – et voilà: bereits ein Jahr später, wurde im Oktober 2017EASTAP gegründet, die European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance! 

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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris (Foto: Nic Leonhardt)

Seit wenigen Tagen nun ist die Gesellschaft auch offiziell registriert, mit Josette Féral als Präsidentin und Daniele Vianello (Italien) als Vize-Präsident. 450 Mitglieder zählt EASTAP bereits, sie stammen aus 25 Ländern.

Die erste EASTAP-Konferenz findet vom 25.-28. Oktober 2018 in Paris statt, unter dem programmatischen Thema “Decentering European Vision(s): The Emergence of New Forms”. (cfp in Englisch / cfp in Französisch).

Im Dezember dieses Jahres soll auch die erste Ausgabe des European Journal of Theatre and Performance herauskommen. Schwerpunktthema für diese Ausgabe ist “Spectres of Europe: Past and Present European Theatre between Communitarianism and Cosmopolitanism” gewidmet Call for proposals EASTAP Journal 1,2018 )


Vielleicht sollte man häufiger zusammen U-Bahn fahren, wenn man etwas bewegen will.

Großer Glückwunsch und große Vorfreude aufs gemeinsame Denken und Machen!

Conferences / Symposia · Digital Culture · Digital Humanities · Theater international · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre Archives · Theatre History · Transnational History · Vortrag, Public Talk

Talk @ Symposium: “European Performing Arts Dataverse” , CREATE Amsterdam, 9-10 Nov, 2017


From 9-10 November, the CREATE research programme, University of Amsterdam, holds a workshop on “European Performing Arts Dataverse”, jointly with the Flemish Scientific Research Community “Cultures of Spectacle”.

The workshop seeks to “to assess the feasibility of creating an international framework and data model that would allow for harmonisation of different European datasets on performing arts, in order to facilitate research on transnational and cross-sectoral connections and comparisons”. My talk will be on “DH in Theatre History, and the Challenges of ‘(Trans-)Cultural Interoperability’”. 

Click here for the programme. Attendees welcomes, registration is mandatory.

Hashtags: #EPAD #CREATE #nicleonhardt #DHinTheatre #TheatreHistory

Conferences / Symposia · Developing Theatre · Philanthropy · Theatre History · Transnational History

Call for Papers: “Philanthropy, Development, and the Arts” (23-25 July, 2018)

Pegasus OrigamiFrom 23-25 July, 2018, our ERC funded project Developing Theatre will be hosting its first international conference with a special focus on Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories and TheoriesAt the conference, we seek to interrogate the impact of philanthropy on the field of arts – visual arts, theatre, music, dance, opera, drama education, etc. –  between the 19th and 21st centuries. The conference aims at discussing the work, impact, successes and failures of private and corporate philanthropy and NGOs, including semi-statist organizations such as the Goethe Institut, or the British Council, from the perspectives of history, cultural history, political sciences, art and theatre history. The conference will take place from Monday, 23 to Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 at Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, Munich.

For more info, please see my blog entry on our GTH Blog.

If you have any inquiries regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Conferences / Symposia · Developing Theatre · Global Arts · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre History

Indian Theatre Artists in the Cold War. ERC Workshop @ India International Centre

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I love traveling to India. There is always more than one reason to go there. One very good reason to book yet another flight to New Delhi is the very first workshop of our ERC research project Developing Theatre. The workshop is taking place at the beautiful India International Centre , from 29-30 September, 2017, and gathers theatre, art and media scholars and practitioners from India and Europe. Chief organiser is my colleague Gautam Chakrabarti  who outlines the agenda of the event as follows:

“Post-independence India was one of the key sites where the “cultural Cold War” was fought–more often than not– with as much gusto and ruthlessness as its ideological and military counterparts. Theatre was one of the core areas in which this cultural conflict was played out between the 1950s and 1980s, with almost all the major players, both individual and collective or institutional, in contemporary Indian theatre having gone through the ’rite de tomorrow passage’ of ideological training. Academic exploration of these political contestations and problematisations of cultural practices, especially in the Indian context, have opened up larger horizons of possible enquiry. This workshop seeks to bring practitioners, scholars and witnesses of this fascinating history into dialogue with one another.”

The workshop is internal. Please find here the Final Programme.

Conferences / Symposia · Digital Humanities · Theatre Archives · Theatre History

Cfp: Working Group DH in Theatre Research, IFTR conference 2017, São Paulo, Brazil



The Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) in 2017 will take place at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil from 10-14 July, 2017. The theme is Unstable Geographies, Multiple Theatricalities.

Our Working Group Digital Humanities in Theatre Research will be meeting in Brazil and we invite existing and new group members to submit their proposals

At the 2017 meeting, the sessions of the DH Working Group will be divided into three sections:

  • Project/ Paper discussions
  • Methodology discussions
  • Practice discussions

We are soliciting papers that will represent the full range of experience IFTR/FIRT members have with Digital Humanities in Theatre and Performance Research. We are seeking papers and project presentations that

  • explore the theoretical implications of Digital Humanities for our research into theatre and performance
  • explicate problems relating to the pedagogy and technology of DH projects (and perhaps propose solutions to them)
  • discuss projects and case studies that provide new methodologies for theatre research
  • Working groups are not required to address the theme of an IFTR conference, but papers which enter into conversation with the theme are most welcome.

Papers and case studies examining how digital humanities projects can be used in teaching are welcome, but we are not looking for contributions that are only concerned with techniques for using technology in the classroom or distance learning courses at this time.

Papers (max. 3500 words) will be circulated prior to the meeting (ca. 4 weeks in advance). At the meeting, speakers will only briefly speak to their papers before opening up to a discussion with the group. Pre-circulated papers are due by 15 June, 2017.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) on either a proposed paper or the presentation of a data project will be accepted in English or in the language of the host country, but please remember that the group’s primary working language is English.

Abstracts are due by 31 January 2017, and notice of acceptance will be given in March/April.


To submit abstracts for papers to be presented in Working Groups for the 2017 Conference, you must upload your 300 word abstract through the link to the submission page on the Cambridge Journals Online website and specify which Working Group you are interested in applying for. If you are ready to send your abstract, please click here.

You will be taken to the Cambridge Journals Online website where you will be prompted to join IFTR or renew your membership.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Congress’s Abstracts Book, so pay careful attention to form and content.


IFTR offers financial aid to scholars who would like to participate in the Annual Conference. The deadline for bursary applications is 22nd December, 2016. Info on the application process can be accessed here:

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope to see you in Brazil!

Nic & Frank at the IFTR 2016 meeting in Stockholm (here queenly at Drottingholm). photo: Sandra Pietrini

Please feel free to contact us if you have any question.

Nic Leonhardt:

Franklin J. Hildy:

Conferences / Symposia · Digital Humanities · Publication

“Performing the Archive” Bericht zur Tagung in Galway


Vom 22. bis 24 Juli fand an der National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway die internationale Konferenz Performing the Archive”  statt. Initiiert wurde sie von Barry Houlihan, Ciara Conway, Charlotte McIvor, Ian Walsh (alle NUI Galway), die auch bei der Realisierung des erst kürzlich gelaunchten Abbey Theatre Digital Archive mitwirkten. Auf dem Blog des von mir geleiteten LMUexcellent-Projektes Theatrescapes habe ich einen Kurzbericht veröffentlicht.