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

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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“) 
email: Hakib.Karim@lmu.de

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Online Journal of Global Theatre History – Latest Issue Focuses on Brazil, Japan, and The Levant

 

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Klick on the image leads you to the latest issue

Brazil, Japan, Syria: The latest issue of the Journal of Global Theatre History takes its readers to different corners of the world, their theatre cultures and transnational exchanges about eras and genres. The chapters explore central facets of global theatre history and theatre in a global context: the influence of Western aesthetics and aspects of “modernization” and their local adaptation in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century; the transfer and critical negotiation of theatre and theatre education in various post-war Levant cities; and the neoliberal tendencies and interweaving of theatre aesthetics and global economy in cultural sponsorship of Brazilian theatre in the recent past.

The Journal of Global Theatre History is an open access publication edited by Nic Leonhardt and Christopher Balme, Centre for Global Theatre Histories at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

Contributors to the latest issue: Ayumi Fujioka, Ziad Adwan, Gustavo Guenzburger.

 

 

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New chapter out on Global Theatre History (in Middell (Ed.): Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies)

9781138718364-1The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies was published just in time for the end of the year. In a chapter of this handbook edited by German historian Matthias Middell, I describe the approaches and methodological challenges of Global Theatre History.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Forrest Kilimnik (Leipzig Centre for Area Studies), who was responsible for the careful and patient editing of the contributions to this comprehensive volume.

Nic Leonhardt: “Global Theatre History”, in Matthias Middell (Ed.): The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies. London: Routledge 2018, Part VIII: (Trans)cultural studies, Chapter 52.

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Neuer Termin! Theater über Ozeane – Vortrag mit Book Launch am 6. Februar 2019, IBZ München

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Der für den 12. Dezember 2018 angesetzte Vortrag mit Book Launch musste wegen eines Trauerfalls in meiner Familie leider ausfallen.

Der neue Termin ist 6. Februar 2019, 18:30h

Internationales Begegnungszentrum  Amalienstraße 38, 80799 München

Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2019, 18 Uhr 30.

Um Anmeldung beim IBZ wird gebeten

per e-mail an ibz-club@ibz-muenchen.de

oder telefonisch 089 28 66 86-70.

Zum Vortrag

Bewegte Zeiten markieren die Jahrzehnte vor und nach der Wende zum 20. Jahrhundert, politisch, infrastrukturell, medial und gesellschaftlich. Bewegung und Mobilität kennzeichnen auch das Gebiet der (darstellenden) Künste und des „Show-Business“ jener Jahre: Über Städte, Länder, Meere reisen Schauspieler und Tänzer, Akrobaten und Jongleure, Stücktexte und Bühnen-Werke – in einem Ausmaß, das uns heutzutage zunächst verblüffen mag.

In meinem Vortrag nehme ich diejenigen Instanzen ins Visier, die die transnationale, zuweilen globale Zirkulation darstellender Kunst und Künstler im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert mitverantworten, organisieren und verwalten: bis dato unbekannte männliche wie weibliche Theater-Agenten, Impresarios und Play-Broker.

Der Vortragsabend ist mit der offiziellen Einführung meiner Monographie Theater über Ozeane. Vermittler transatlantischen Austauschs (1890-1925) verbunden, die im Dezember 2018 bei Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Göttingen) erscheint.

Daten zum Buch

Theater über Ozeane. Vermittler transatlantischen Austauschs (1890-1925). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2018. (38, teils farbige Abbildungen – ISBN: 978-3-8471-0805-4 – Kaufpreis ca. 40 Euro.)

Bestellbar über den Verlag, buchhandel.de. oder Euren/ Ihren Buchhändler vor Ort.

Dank

Ich danke der Richard Stury-Stiftung in München für den großzügigen Zuschuss zum Druck des Buches.

Die intensiven Arbeiten am und Forschungen zum Thema wurden gefördert durch: Center for Advanced Studies der LMU München,  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Deutsches Historisches Institut (DHI) Paris, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Martin E. Segal Centre der City University of New York und Reinhart Koselleck Projekt Global Theatre Histories. Wertvolle thoeretische und methodische Impulse erhielt ich von meinen Freunden und Kollegen des Exzellenz-Clusters Asia & Europe in a Global Context, Universität Heidelberg.

 

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

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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.

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Ankündigung: neues Buch

978-3-8471-0805-4_600x600In Kürze erscheint meine jüngste Monographie Theater über Ozeane. Vermittler transatlantischen Austauschs (1890–1925) bei Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.

Aus dem Klappentext:

“Sei es Artistik, Oper, Tanz, Schauspiel, Musical, Comedy oder Drama: die internationale Theaterszene im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert wurde stark gesteuert durch die Profession des Vermittlers. Dieser Band betritt die infrastrukturellen »Hinterbühnen« globaler kultureller Mobilität im Zeitraum von 1890 bis 1925. Diskursiv verortet sich die Studie im Forschungsfeld der Globalgeschichte und -theorie. Der gewählte geografische Fokus ist ein transatlantischer, begründet durch den regen Austausch zwischen Europa und Nord- sowie Südamerika. Gesteuert wurde dieser Austausch wesentlich durch professionelle, international tätige Theatervermittler (Agenten, Broker). Die enorme Handlungsmacht der Vermittler im fokussierten Zeitraum wurde bisher kaum wissenschaftlich erforscht.”

Am Beispiel ausgewählter Agentinnen und Agenten – der Amerikanerin Elisabeth Marbury, der in Budapest geborenen deutsch-Amerikanerin Alice Kauser, des österreichisch-amerikanischen ‘Globetrotters’ Richard Pitrot und des in Deutschland geborenen ehemaligen Kontorsionisten H. B. Marinelli – erörtere ich in diesem Buch die Professionalisierung und Praktiken künstlerischer transatlantischer Vermittlung.