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.



Global Theatre History · Media History · Publication · Theatre History · Transatlantic Cultural Exchange · Transnational History

new Publication out on “Circulation. Theatrical Mobility and its Professionalization” (Bloomsbury)

A Cultural History of TheatreEdited by Tracy C. Davis and Christopher B. Balme, this new Cultural History of Theatre series offers an insightful survey from ancient times (500 BCE) to the present. The set of six volumes covers a span of 2,500 years, tracing the complexity of the interactions between theatre and culture. Jointly with japanologist Stanca Scholz-Cionca, I contributed a chapter on “Circulation. Theatre Mobility and its Professionalization in the Nineteenth Century,” which is part of the series’ volume no. 5, “A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire (1800-1920)”, edited by Peter W. Marx.

Nic Leonhardt, Stanca Scholz-Cionca: “Circulation. Theatre Mobility and its Professionalization in the Nineteenth Century”, in: Peter W. Marx (ed.) A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire (1800-1920). London. Bloomsbury 2017.



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.

Fotografie · Media History · Photography · Popular Culture · Publication · Theatre History

“Entrer dans l’image par le regard” – New Article Out

Etudes Theatrales L'Oeil et le TheatreEdited by Florence Baillet, this special issue of Études Théâtrales focuses on “L’œil et le théâtre. La question du regard au tournant des XIXe et XXe siècles sur les scènes européennes”. The volume was preceded by an international symposium on the same theme, organized by Florence Baillet (Sorbonne nouvelle, CEREG),  Arnaud Rykner (Sorbonne nouvelle, IRET), and Mireille Losco (ENSATT) at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, in April 2015.

My chapter “Entrer dans l’image par le regard: stéréscopie et théâtre” deals with the history of 3D images in theatre and popular culture in the 19th and 20th century.

(Nic Leonhardt: “Entrer dans l’image par le regard: stéréoscopie et théâtre”, in: L’oeil et le théâtre. Études Théâtrales, 65/ 2016, p. 41-51.)

Digital Humanities · Global Theatre History · Publication · Theatre History · Transnational History

“Global Clicks Through Theatrescapes”. Public Talk @ CREATE Salon Amsterdam




The research program CREATE of the University of Amsterdam kindly invited me to give a talk on Digital Humanities in Theatre History in the context of the program’s “CREATE Salon“, on 14 March, 2017.

My talk on Global Clicks through Theatrescapes. Digital Humanities meet Theatrical Pasts was followed by a presentation of Frans Blom, Rob van der Zalm, and Jan Vos on “Amsterdam City Theatre Repertoire and ONSTAGE, 1638-2016”, and a project presentation of “MEPAD: Mapping European Performing Arts Databases” by Julia Noordegraaf, Claartje Rasterhoff, and Vincent Baptist.

The field of Digital Humanities in Theatre and Performance Research has taken on greater significance in the past few years, which is great! There is more to come, and it seems crucial to join forces and invest in future cooperations between institutions, researchers, and theatre collections.


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: