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Working Paper “The Workshop. On the Genesis of a Global Form”

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Philippine playwright, director and theatre pedagogue Severino Montano gives instructions to his students at the Arena Theatre, Philippine Normal College, in a workshop, ca. 1955. My current research is tracking Montano’s career paths between the 1930s and 1960s.

There is hardly any context of learning and further education, in which the format of the workshop would not be common. Whether in the private sector, in the arts, in the academia or in theatre: workshops are popular as a format and form of learning in limited time and space. From an intensive preoccupation with the history of workshops in the field of theatre and theatre education, the idea arose to investigate the question of when and how workshops are initiated and to begin to gain a foothold in the training of theatre practitioners. This essay on The Workshop. On the Genesis of a Global Form was written by Christopher Balme and myself. It is also the first issue of a new series of Working Papers produced by our ERC-funded project group Developing Theatre. The project’s blog, http://www.gth.hypotheses.org, will provide information about the series and other working papers in the future.

 

 

 

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

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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: gwendolinlehnerer@yahoo.com

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

 

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Forschungsfutter & Flanieren à Paris

 

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“Blickwispern füllt die Passagen.” –  (Walter Benjamin, Das Passagenwerk , 1927)

Wenn der schöne Trubel des Semesters abklingt und die vorlesungsfreie Zeit beginnt, tauchen wir Forscherinnen gerne in die Archive ab oder ziehen uns in unsere Schreibstuben zurück, um der Recherche und dem Schreiben Zeit und Raum zu geben.    Mit Hilfe eines Karl Ferdinand Werner-Fellowships am Deutschen Historischen Institut Paris werde ich mich im Februar und März den hiesigen Schatzkammern des Wissens, vor allem den UNESCO  Archives, der gut sortierten Bibliothek des DHI und der Bibliothèque Nationale hingeben und freue mich auf viele gute Gespräche mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen vor Ort. – Und die Kunst zu erleben, die abends wartet, Flâneuse zu sein in der ‘Hauptstadt des 19. Jahrhunderts’.    Mein Aufenthalt steht im Zusammenhang mit dem ERC-Forschungsprojekt Developing Theatre (LMU München, Department Kunstwissenschaften), das sich der Frage nach der Förderung und Beförderung darstellender Künste in Praxis, Theorie und Ausbildung in so genannten Schwellenländern nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg widmet. Theaterspiel, und -Ausbildung wird unmittelbar nach dem Krieg eine weltweite Wichtigkeit zuteil: als Mittel zur Herstellung internationaler Verbindungen und der Verständigung von Ländern. Developing Theatre unternimmt eine grundlegende Neubewertung der Geschichtsschreibung des Theaters vor dem Hintergrund international koordinierter “Entwicklungs-” und “Modernisierungs-“initiativen und -programme”. Unter dem Stichwort der „Theaterkompetenz“ oder des „Theater-Expertentums“ geht es Fragen nach Finanzierungsorganisationen, Künstler-Ausbildung, -Förderung, -Vernetzung und -Versetzung, nach, beleuchtet die Rolle von Universitäten und Regierungen entlang der „Entwicklungs“diskurse am Beispiel der darstellenden Künste.  Mehr zu diesem groß angelegten Europäischen Forschungsprojekt ist auf der Haupt-Website des Projekts zugänglich. Das Projekt firmiert unter dem Dach des Centre for Global Theatre History. Unser Blog informiert über Neuigkeiten, Funde aus dem Archiv, Events und Konferenzen der mit dem Centre Affiliierten.