Conferences / Symposia · Forschung · Global Theatre History · Literatur, Lyrik · Media History · Performance Studies · Theater international · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre History

Keynote «Mediating Cultural Meanders: Dance, Narration, Music», Gannat, France, 25-28 July, 2019

association des festival culturesI feel honoured for having been invited as a keynote speaker of the conference Indigenous Languages, Traditional Music and Dance within an Intercultural Performance/ Langues autochtones, musiques et danses traditionelles au sein de performances interculturelles in Gannat (Auvergne, France). The conference, organized by Vikrant Kishore (Australia) and Etienne Rougier (France) takes place along with the Festival des Cultures du Monde, which is a part of UNESCO‘s intangible cultural heritage. Gannat is famous for the festival that takes place every summer since 1974.

The conference will be the first of its time. My talk Mediating Cultural Meanders: Dance, Narration, Music” will discuss the circulation of intangible cultural phenomena using the examples of Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun and his performance “Nijinsky Siam” as well as the figure and stories of Mullah/Hodja Nasreddin.


Conferences / Symposia · Developing Theatre · Forschung · Global Theatre History · Theater international · Theatre Archives · Theatre History · Transnational History

IFTR 2019 in Shanghai – Talk on Severino Montano and his Arena Theatre in Manila

Arena Theatre Report CoverAt this year’s annual conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in Shanghai, China, I will be sharing a panel on the Rockefeller Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives in the field of theatre after 1950 together with Christopher Balme (LMU Munich), and Jan Creutzenberg (Seoul).

In my talk “Far-Flung | Centre-Staged: Severino Montano’s Arena and the ‘National Theatre’ in Manila in the 1950s and 1960”, I will elaborate on Montano’s establishment of an Arena Theatre in Manila and rural areas in the Philippines in the 1950s and 1960s, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Severino Montano (1915–1980) was an influential playwright and director. Born in Manila, he received his education in drama and economy primarily in Great Britain and the United States. After 12 years of studying and working abroad, he returned to Manila in order to build up the Arena Theatre and establish drama education in the Philippines.

Conferences / Symposia · Erinnerung · European Theatre · Forschung · Mode und Kostüm · Performance Studies · Tanz · Theater international · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre Archives

SIBMAS Meeting in Warschau – Konferenz 2.-5. Juni 2020

Seejungfer Warschau.jpg
Seejungfer. Symbolgestalt der Stadt Warschau am Ufer der Weichsel. 1939 von Ludwika Nitschowa gefertigt.

SIBMAS – das ist die Société Internationale des Bibliothèques et Musées des Arts du Spectacle, eine Gesellschaft, die es seit nurmehr 65 Jahren gibt. Ihre Mitglieder stammen aus 35 unterschiedlichen Ländern. Sie alle teilen  das professionelle Engagement und die Leidenschaft für die darstellenden Künste, Theater, Oper, Tanz, Musical, Puppenspiel, Kostüm, Maske, Bühnenbild, Performance und so weiter. Alle zwei Jahre richtet SIBMAS große Konferenzen aus. Im vergangenen Jahr fand die Tagung in Paris statt; im kommenden Jahr, 2020, werden sich die Mitglieder in Warschau treffen. Das Thema der Konferenz 2020 ist Performing the Future. Institutions and politics of memory.

Seit der Pariser Konferenz bin ich Mitglied des Executive Committee von SIBMAS, seit November 2018 Acting President. Anfang Juni traf sich das ExCom zu seinem jährlichen Meeting in Warschau; auch, um die Veranstaltungsorte für die kommende Konferenz zu besichtigen, die vom Instytut Teatralny organisiert wird. Das Institut liegt inmitten des wunderschönen Lazienki-Parks, einer schier nicht enden wollenden Grünanlage mit Orangerie, dem Königlichem Theater aus dem 18. Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseen, Botanischem Garten, kleinen Schlössern, einem ‘antiken’ Freilichttheater, Gewässern, Skulpturen etc. Die Konferenz wird überwiegend in der Biblioteka Uniwersytecka stattfinden, einem cleveren Bau im Stadtteil Powiśle, direkt an der Weichsel, der 1999 eingeweiht wurde, und dessen Dach komplett bepflanzt ist. Ein weiterer Partner der SIBMAS 2020-Konferenz ist das Museum der Geschichte der polnischen Juden, das erst 2003 eröffnet wurde.

Die Konferenz wird vom 2. –5. Juni 2020 stattfinden.

Der Call for Papers geht im Herbst online.

Conferences / Symposia · Developing Theatre · Global Theatre History · Performance Studies · Theater international · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre History

Theatre for Development: Historical & Institutional Perspectives– Conference in Pretoria, March 2020 – CfP

tfd karim hakibä

From 16-20 March 2020, our ERC funded project Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945 at LMU Munich will be organizing an international conference in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa on the topic Theatre for Development (TfD): Historical and Institutional Perspectives. 
The thrust of the conference will be to contextualize the emergence of TfD, especially in the first decades in Africa. From its early beginnings in the 1970s under different nomenclatures and practices –such as “popular theatre”, or “community theatre” – TfD quickly transformed itself into a coherent organizational field capable of attracting significant governmental and NGO funding. It also affected a change in the teaching and practice of theatre studies in many African countries. The argument could be made that the success of TfD in the Global South has contributed significantly to the emergence of Applied Theatre as a sub discipline in many Global North countries.

This conference seeks to explore the genealogy, the varied contexts of its development, theories and institutional perspectives. Key issues the conference will interrogate include the varied manifestations of the genre and its influence across cultures and continents; funding (Governmental and NGOs), networks of individuals and institutions that propelled its rapid growth and acceptance within academic and non-academic contexts.

We welcome contributions which engage with and provoke dialogue about the historiography of the Theatre for Development paradigm. Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:

• Historiography and Archiving of Theatre for Development
• Periodization and diffusion
• Seminal figures and initiators
• The dialectics of Africa’s development and Theatre for Development
• Integrating (new) media into TfD
• The politics of funding (governmental and NGOs) and influence on TfD
• Theories, Training and TfD Practitioners
• Theatre for Development within and outside the academia
• Networks, institutions and organizations
• Critical reflections within the field
• Brecht, Freire, Boal and the emergence of TfD

Deadline for paper proposals (abstract & short biographical note) is 30 May, 2019.

If you have any question or would like to submit a proposal, please contact my colleague Karim Hakib, (Doctoral Researcher ERC Project „Developing Theatre“) 

tfd karim hakibä

Conferences / Symposia · European Theatre · Global Arts · Global Theatre History · Media History · Performance Studies · Theater international · Theatergeschichte · Theaterwissenschaft · Theatre Archives · Theatre History · Transnational History · Vortrag, Public Talk

Iste – Ille. Here and There. Keynote on Global Theatre History (Stockholm, 22-24 Nov, 2018)

sarah bernhardt american fareell tour_Mucha 1906
Poster, 1905, designed by Alfons Mucha for Sarah Bernhardt’s “Farewell American Tour”, 1905-1906.

The understanding of what is historic(al), how to write history and how to archive the past depends largely on the temporal and cultural setting of societies. Against the background of increasing globalization and transnational as well as transregional mobilities in contemporary times, the traditional eurocentric writing of theatre history, too, has become subject to revision during the past decade. Global, transnational or transcultural studies and history have provided a discursive framework for reconsidering the (performing) arts, and for highlighting the study of connections, transregional or transnational exchange, networks, circulation and mobility. Theatre has ever since been a very mobile art form, open to new forms and ideas, a playground for negotiating politics, history, ethics and gender politics––, and a means of representing local and national values.

How can we keep these dynamics and counter-dynamics in mind when writing theatre histories, what methodological challenges do we need to face? When, how, and in which shape does “Europe” step in? Who owns, collects, stores, and claims the heritage of “European theatre” in a world of connections? In my talk, I am going to elaborate on the paradoxes and challenges adumbrated above by selected examples from the theatre history of the early twentieth century including WWI. By doing so, I shall introduce parameters and historiographical approaches as initiated within the framework of Global Theatre Histories.

The talk will be taking place within the framework of the symposium “From Local to Global: Interrogating Performance Histories”, organized by the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, University of Stockholm, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Conferences / Symposia · Philanthropy · Theatre History · Transnational History

“Philanthropy, Development and the Arts” – Final Conference Programme (23-25 July)

pegasus ausschnitt

The final programme of the conference Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories and Theories is now online and can be accessed here.

Monday, 23 July, 5pm – Wednesday, 25 July, 5:30pm

Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung – Südliches Schlossrondell 23 –80638 Munich

Keynote speakers:

Monday, 23 July, 6pm: Volker Berghahn (Columbia University, New York City): American Foundations, the Arts, and high Politics (1898–2018)

Tuesday, 24 July, 11am: Inderjeet Parmar (City University of London): Foundations of the US-led Liberal International Order: From the ‚Rise to Globalism‘ to ‚America First‘

Registration is mandatory. Please register via e-mail to Gwendolin Lehnerer indicating your name and affiliation:

I would like to thank Gwendolin Lehnerer, Aydin Alinejad and Rebecca Sturm for their support in the organization of the conference!


* * * * * * * * * * * * *