EVENT: Theatre and Spectatorship

Thur 4th – Sun 7th June 2015: Barcelona, Spain

The 2015 24th Annual Conference of The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English addresses the ongoing debate on the activity of the spectator in relation to contemporary drama and theatre in English worldwide. Among others, it aims to investigate questions such as the shift from ‘audiences’ to ‘spectators’, the dramaturgical encoding of the spectator, the potential of immersive and participatory theatrical practices, or the role of empathy, emotion and affect in theatrical reception. An empirical perspective will be combined with a reflection on the theoretical and methodological tools that may throw light on or, indeed, help to transform our understanding of theatrical spectatorship.

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