Dramaturgies of War

Dramaturgies of War

Issued: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:43:00 BST

Dramaturgies of War
Institutional Dramaturgy, Politics, and Conflict in the 19th and 20th Centuries
International Symposium
Goethe-Institut Glasgow
25 – 26 January 2018


Proposals for papers are invited for a two day symposium hosted by Anselm Heinrich and generously supported by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and Routledge publishers. The symposium marks the publication of “Theatre in Europe under German Occupation” (Routledge, 2017).

Although “Dramaturgies of War“ takes its cue from this publication the symposium will take a broader look at how theatres reflected, supported, critiqued, pre-emptied conflicts. While the focus will be on the 19th and 20th centuries temporal extensions at both ends are welcome. The event is part of the dramaturgy research hub in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Possible topics include:

  • discourses around the function of the performing arts during conflicts/war
  • the role of the dramaturg in these discourses and the development of institutionalised dramaturgy in particular
  • modes of communication between theatres, audiences and the general public
  • the role of specific dramaturgs/playwrights/companies/plays/modes of performance vis-à-vis conflict and war
  • cash, resources, bums on seats: external factors impacting on theatres and their repertoires during times of conflict
  • theatre as a site for education and propaganda – but equally:
  • theatre as a site for opposition and resistance


300 word proposals should be sent by electronic attachment to Anselm.Heinrich@glasgow.ac.uk. The deadline is 15 October 2017. Selected papers will be considered for publication.

There will be no conference fee but speakers need to arrange their own travel and accommodation. Potential speakers who do not have access to institutional support should contact Anselm Heinrich.


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