International Federation for Theatre Research

Mezinárodní federace
pro divadelní výzkum

Federation Internationale
pour la Recherche Théâtrale

The second half of the year was quite busy for Theatralia 2/2022 authors and editors. But after a lot of effort, a very unorthodox issue dedicated to the relations between bodies and the archive is there for you to enjoy!

The issue was edited by our guest editors from Palacky University Olomouc Martin Bernátek and Jitka Pavlišová. The editors themselves contributed to the issue with an interview with the German dance and theatre scholar Susanne Foellmer conducted by Jitka Pavlišová and a book review of The Routledge Handbook of Reenactment Studies penned by Martin Bernátek.

The issue also features the reprint of Susanne Foellmer’s study on the thematic focus of this Theatralia issue.

Additionally, the issue offers three English-language studies in the peer-reviewed Yorick section dedicated to interpretation (1) of Günter Brus legacy through Trauma Studies perspective by Tomáš Kubart, (2) of Sarah Kane’s ‘dead body’ in the archive of Polish contemporary theatre performance by Dorota Sosnowska, and (3) of corporeality and body shaming framed in the popular podcast scene by Andrea Hanáčková.

Among the English-language contributions, you will find a review of two films by Berlin-based Serbian director Marta Popivoda (Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our CollectiveBody; Landscape of Resistance) by Dáša Čiripová, or a review of Marcela A. Fuentes’ book Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America by Lukáš Kubina.

You will also find a report on the fifth EASTAP conference held in May 2022 in Milan from Tereza Turzíková.

The Archive section of Theatralia is also somewhat nontraditional: it includes a memoir-like text by a theatre director, actor trainer, and historian Jane Woollard shaped as her personal reflection on her mother’s practice as a singer, as well as Hanna Veselovska and Viktor Ruban’s account of the reconstruction of Nijinska’s pedagogical and creative methods by Kyiv-based group of performers and researchers led by Ruban in 2021.

The Czech-language part of the issue is represented by the analyses of the so-called Rondocubism in Czech interwar stage design by Vojtěch Poláček. Three book reviews by Jitka Ciampi Matulová, Ondřej Sládek and Aleš Kolařík respectively. Two articles dedicated to the new Czech translation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Filip Krajník were written by Šárka Havlíčková Kysová and Hana Pavlisová.

Take a closer look at Theatralia 2/2022 at: You can also purchase a copy through Muni Shop or directly from the Department of Theatre Studies (Gorkeho 57/7, 602 00 Brno, Building G).

Czech Association for Theatre Studies in cooperation with the Czech Theatre Studies Department of the Arts and Theatre Institute, Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Department of Theory and Criticism of the Academy of Performing Arts, AMU, Prague, Theatre Department of the National Museum, Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Department of Theatre and Film Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, Olomouc, and the academic journal Czech Theatre Review organizes the conference Perspectives of Theatre Studies 4.

May 24—26, 2023 in Prague.

The goal of the meeting is to present the current issues in theatre studies, research achievements, publications, or emerging objectives and challenges. The conference offers space for papers of any focus: methodological, theoretical or historiographical, partial presentations and reports related to the research of theatre, cultural performances and adjacent arts. You can contribute with:

Collectives with joint-presentations can also apply.
Language: Czech or English

As part of the conference, there will be discussion panels addressing the following issues:

Language: Czech

The content will be specified in more detail in the conference program.
Announced contributions to the panel discussion are welcome.

Supplementary program: On May 25, the general meeting of the Czech Association for Theatre Studies will take place. As part of the meeting, the results of the 12th Václav Königsmark Award will be announced. A sales exhibition of books will take place during the conference.

Email your applications with abstracts of conference papers (700–1000 characters) to:
Deadline: March 31, 2023 (after this deadline, only the option of aplications without a conference contribution will remain open).
The conference program will be published at the end of April 2023.

Venue: Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Betlémské náměstí 1, Praha

Participation fee: 400 CZK (both for speakers and spectators)
The fee can be paid either by bank transfer to the account 2000249104/2010 (in the message for the recipient, state:
PT2023 and your first and last name), or at the venue. One-day participation is also possible for the fee of 150 CZK.
Student fee: 200 CZK for the entire event / 100 CZK for one day.
The fee includes:

Daniela Jobertová, Petra Ježková, Martin Pšenička, Libor Vodička

20-24 JUNE 2022

The 2022 World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research will be held at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik , 20-24 June 2022. The theme of this year’s conference is “Shifting Centres – in the Middle of Nowhere”.


Book of Abstracts:

The Theatre Faculty of Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno is pleased to invite you to the Theatre Conference JAMU 2022. This year’s topic is Touching Limits / Crossing Borders of Theatre. The conference will be held from 10th to 12th of November 2022 in Brno, Czech Republic.

This year’s topic builds on the previous issue with the ambition to develop it further. In 2021, we paid attention to the new horizons towards which theatre expands in both theory and practice. In 2022, we feel the need to focus on turbulent zones of transition within the field of performing arts and at its edges. How do we perceive such zones – are those the limits we need to reach and touch or borders we want to cross?

As an academy of performing arts, we see our task in bringing new impulses and challenges to discussion. Therefore, this year of the conference we open not only to representatives from within the creative field (designers, directors, dramaturgs, managers, art pedagogues, performers, theorists) but also to those who approach the same borders and limits from the other fields – practitioners and thinkers from the field of social and political studies. To prepare a common ground for such a diverse group, we share two possible thematic lines together with questions we ask:

1) art as a profession, professionalism in art

2) forming and re-forming realities

You are welcome to send your proposals in one of these formats:

Practical Information

Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words and your brief CV before 5 June 2022. You can register here. Regarding the acceptance, the authors will be notified by 10 July 2022. The refined abstracts and CVs will be posted on the conference website prior to the event.

Selected papers/recordings of lectures will be published by JAMU in a collective multimedia monograph reflecting the topics of the conference.

Theatralia: Journal of Theatre Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, issue topic: “The Body as Archive” (October 2022)

Issue Editors: Martin Bernátek and Jitka Pavlišová (Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)

Proposal deadline: 31 October 2021

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Editors Klára Škrobánková and Pavel Drábek brought the best specialists in performative culture of English Restauration together. The results of their research are published in our Yorick section. Take a closer look at the articles by Claudine van Hensbergen and Teresa Grant from Great Britain, Massimilliano Morini, Lisanna Calvi and Alba Graziano from Italy, Stacey Jocoy from the USA, Jorge Braga Riera from Spain, Anna Cetera-Włodarczyk and Przemysław Pożar from Poland and Filip Krajník from the Czech Republic. These authors present on their pages English Restauration drama and theatre as a transnational and multi-genre phenomenon.

Addionally, in the Spectrum section Eva Šlaisová, Radka Kunderová, Tomáš Bojda and Anna Zelenková shared the results of their research on various topics of theatre history. Do take a closer look at the interview with the specialist in Restauration theatre practice and musicology Amanda Eubanks Winkler, who talks about how practice-based research can help the study of the epoque.

At the end of the issue, we prepared a surprise for you. In the Archive section M. A. Katritzky presents ground-breaking research of William Hogarth, offering a new approach and outstanding outcomes of this research. By the way, this discovery was covered on the pages of The Times (7. 5. 2021) and an internet platform The Conversation (6. 5. 2021).

The issue is in two languages – English and Czech. Visit our webpages to find out more.

Learn more about Theatralia 1/2021 and its authors at:…/theatralia/pages/view/current

Christopher Balme, Tony Fisher, Andrea Tompa, and Jana Wild are among the speakers at the  “Redefining Theatre: Theatre and Society in Transition“  online conference held at the Freie Universität Berlin via Webex on May 28–29, 2021. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has yet again shown us the strength of theatre’s interrelation with the society and just how easily theatre’s social relevance can shift at the time of a profound social change. In what ways can we reflect on theatre in both institutional and aesthetic terms in times of societal transition? What happens to theatre when the public spheres are being fundamentally reshaped? And what means do we possess to articulate the re-definition of theatre’s social function and relevance?

The “Redefining Theatre: Theatre and Society in Transition“ interactive online conference will focus on theatre in times of societal transition both in general terms and with a specific focus on the post-1989 transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. 


Friday,  May 28

13:30 – 13:40 Welcome

Panel I: Theatre and Social Crisis

Chaired by Radka Kunderová, Freie Universität Berlin

13:40 – 14:10 Christopher Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Theatre, Corona and Crisis: Scenarios
14:10 – 14:25 Discussion
14:25 – 14:55 Andrea Tompa, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, From Social Change to Social Drama: or How the Present Expropriates the Past (The Case of Hungarian Theater after 1990 till the Present)
14:55 – 15:10 Discussion
15:10 – 15:30 Coffee break

Panel II: West-East Transitional Dynamics in Theatre

Chaired by Tony Fisher, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London

15:30 – 16:00 Anneli Saro, University of Tartu, Turn to the West: Dynamics of Theatre in Transition
16:00 – 16:15 Discussion
16:15 – 16:45 Tanja Bogusz, Hamburg University
Two Cultures, One Institution
East-Western Entanglements at the Volksbühne Berlin after 1989
16:45 – 17:00 Discussion
17:00 – 17:15 Coffee break

Panel III: Redefining Institutions and Identities

Chaired by Janelle Reinelt, University of Warwick

17:15 – 17:45 Brandon Woolf, New York University, Considerations on the Berlin Theater Situation: 30 Years Later
17:45 – 18:00 Discussion
18:00 – 18:30 Jana Wild, Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Redefining Shakespeare
18:30 – 18:45 Discussion

Saturday, May 29

Panel I: Theatre and the Changing Public Sphere

Chaired by Jan Lazardzig, Freie Universität Berlin

10:00 – 10:30 Paweł Sztarbowski, Theatre Academy in Warsaw and Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, Spectres of Communism
10:30 – 10:45 Discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Matthias Warstat, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 1989: Theatre and Street Protests
11:15 – 11:30 Discussion
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 12:15 Radka Kunderová, Freie Universität Berlin, Redefining the Political Theatre?: Czech Theatre in the early 1990s
12:15 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

Panel II: Potentialities of (Political) Theatre

Chaired by Radka Kunderová, Freie Universität Berlin

14:00 – 14:30 Meike Wagner, Stockholm University
Performing Citizenship around 1800
Utopian Performatives of Early Bourgeois Theatre
14:30 – 14:45 Discussion
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 15:30 Tony Fisher, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London, The Taxonomy of the Political Theatre
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion + closing remarks


The conference is free to attend but registration is required via emailing to

Registered attendees will be emailed details of how to join the conference before the event.

For further information about the conference, please see, and ”Theatre ReDefined” Facebook and Instagram profiles, or email us at

The conference is a part of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project “Redefining the Agency: Post-1989 Crisis of the Czech and Former East German Theatre” (abbreviated as ”Theatre ReDefined”) conducted by the Principal Investigator Dr. Radka Kunderová at the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Staging the Future
March 30th 10-5pm

Following the success of Staging the Real (March 2019) and Staging Mixed Realities (March 2020), which were convened in collaboration with the National Theatre in London, this one-day online symposium, Staging the Future will feature as part of UAL’s Research Season 2021.

This third symposium in the series will reflect on the experiences over the past year of designers and makers working in the field of theatre and performance and speculate about the future of the industry post Covid19.

What kinds of emergent performance do we want to develop as current restrictions are eased, the public are allowed back into theatres and can gather in other indoor and outdoor spaces? What have we learnt from lockdown about the possibility of more sustainable practices, new aesthetics and reaching more diverse audiences? How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to imagine more creative and inclusive practices and processes in a post pandemic age?

Staging the Future invites an international panel of academics and practitioners, including award winning designer Rae Smith, to discuss these issues and consider not only the threats but also the potential for new developments for designers and makers at this critical moment in the production and staging of theatre.

Contributors include: Arnold Aronson, Columbia University; Thea Brejzek, University of Technology, Sydney; Mike Pearson, Andrew Filmer, The National Theatre, Wales, and collaborators on The Ever After Project; Rosie Elnile, Designer and Associate Artist, The Gate Theatre, London and Paul Handley, Production and Technical Director National Theatre. Staging the Future is convened by Professor Jane Collins and Dr Sophie Jump, (Wimbledon College of Arts) with Professor Emerita, Eileen Hogan, University of the Arts, London and is supported by Research at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

For booking search ‘UAL Staging the Future’ or click here

Theatre Research International
ISSN: 0307-8833 (Print), 1474-0672 (Online)
Editors: Dr Fintan Walsh Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Dr Silvija Jestrovic University of Warwick, UK, and Dr Tanya Dean Ulster University, UK
Editorial board

Theatre Research International publishes articles on theatre practices in their social, cultural, and historical contexts, their relationship to other media of representation, and to other fields of inquiry. The journal seeks to reflect the evolving diversity of critical idioms prevalent in the scholarship of differing world contexts.

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Cambridge is delighted to be offering a 30% discount on key titles in Theatre Studies and Performance, as well as free access to book chapters and journal articles, to mark this month’s American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR) 2020.

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science 
Editor: Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr, University of Oxford

The Cambridge Companion to International Theatre Festivals
Editor: Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, Ontario

Rediscovering Stanislavsky
Author: Maria Shevtsova, Goldsmiths, University of London

Performance, Modernity and the Plays of J. M. Synge
Author: Helene Lecossios, Université de Lille

The Globalization of Theatre 1870–1930
The Theatrical Networks of Maurice E. Bandmann

Shakespeare, Technicity, Theatre
Author: W. B. Worthen, Columbia University

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