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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.

European Theatre · Forscher-Freuden · Global Arts · Global Theatre History · Media History · News · Publikationen · Theatre History · Transatlantic Cultural Exchange · Transnational History

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.

Conferences / Symposia · Philanthropy · Theatre History · Transnational History

“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:

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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IFTR World Congress 2018 in Belgrade

IFTR Belgrade 2018From 9 to 13 July, this year’s annual conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) will be taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference theme is highly topical: Theatre and Migration. Theatre, Nation and Identity: Between Migration and Stasis. The programme can be downloaded here or from the conference website.

In Belgrade, I will be meeting with my working group “Digital Humanities and Theatre Research”. Besides, I will give a conference paper entitled “’The show business has gone all to pieces’ – Theatrescapes, Mobility and Stasis during World War I”.