CfP (Conference): IFTR 2016

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) 2016
Stockholm University, Sweden: 13th – 17th June 2016

Presenting the Theatrical Past: Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices

Deadline for proposals: 15th January 2016

Abstracts should be submitted to the IFTR website.

undefinedThe conference “Presenting the Theatrical Past. Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices” addresses questions concerning our relationship to theatre history, i.e. the relation between present and past. How and why do we deal with history? What do we do with history? To what extent is historical research an exploration of our present?

Departing from the 250th anniversary of the Drottningholm Court Theatre, IFTR 2016 focuses on critical perspectives on theatre history. The theatre of the past is accessible to us via historical objects, theoretical discourses and archive materials. But we can also experience it through performance practices that keep traditions alive or engage in re-enactments of theatre events and representations.

Critical investigation of historiographical issues in the field of Theatre Studies touches upon the interplay between theatrical artefacts, practices and discourses. In our view such historical artefacts in relation to theatre can be theatre sites/venues, historical objects (props, scenery, costumes), historical materials and documents, historical locations for re-enactments, etc. Practices comprise performances such as theatre, drama, dance, opera, performance, installation art, laboratory experiments, educational curricula etc. The notion of discourse relates to historical ideas as well as contemporary theories, questions of ‘historically informed productions’ (HIP) and historiographical concepts, reconstructions of past performances etc.

This perspective could be applied to the following themes:

  • Historiography – methods, theories
  • Turning points in history
  • Genealogies and traditions
  • Cultural heritage and policies
  • Oral history, performing history, re-enactments
  • Diversity/hegemony of histories
  • Archives, digital humanities and historical research
  • Traces, commodities, materialities of history
  • Crisis and trauma
  • Theatre, Philosophy and the History of Ideas


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