CfP IFTR Working Group Digital Humanities in Theatre Research, 9-13 July, 2018, Belgrade, Serbia

The Working Group Digital Humanities in Theatre Research of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) will be meeting at the next annual IFTR conference at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, 9-13 July, 2018. The call for papers can be downloaded here.

We are soliciting papers and project presentations that represent the full range of experience theatre scholars and practitioners have with Digital Humanities.

We are especially interested in topics that:

  • Introduce important digital humanities projects in theatre and performance studies.
  • Examine the theoretical implications of Digital Humanities for our research into theatre and performance
  • Explore new methodologies in theatre research based on digital technologies
  • Focus on digital theatre history and historiography
  • Discuss best practices for digital humanities projects in theatre and performance
  • Elaborate on innovations in academic curricula in theatre and performance studies inspired by the Digital Humanities
  • Investigate the challenges of crowdsourcing or the use of “citizen scholars” in Digital Humanities research.

Working groups are not required to address the theme of an IFTR conference but papers which enter into conversation with the theme are most welcome. The theme of the 2018 conference will be Theatre and Migration. Theatre, Nation and Identity: between Migration and Stasis.

Abstracts are due by Monday, 15 January, 2018 and are to be submitted through the Cambridge Core website where you can also find information on IFTR membership and a link to the conference website with full details of the conference.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the WG convenors,

Nic Leonhardt (LMU Munich, Director, Centre of Global Theatre History & Academy for DH in Theatre; ERC project Developing Theatre, LMU) &

Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland):

see you in Belgrade ! 

CfP: „Philanthropy, Development, and the Arts“, International Conference, 23-25 July, 2018

From 23-25 July, 2018, our ERC funded project Developing Theatre will be hosting its first international conference with a special focus on Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories and Theories. At the conference, we seek to interrogate the impact of philanthropy on the field of arts – visual arts, theatre, music, dance, opera, drama education, etc. –  between the 19th and 21st centuries. The conference aims at discussing the work, impact, successes and failures of private and corporate philanthropy and NGOs, including semi-statist organizations such as the Goethe Institut, or the British Council, from the perspectives of history, cultural history, political sciences, art and theatre history.

We are looking for paper proposals addressing the following aspects:

  • Shifting discourses of philanthropy in respect to arts and cultural funding
  • Philanthropic and NGO initiatives in the arts in countries such as Africa, India, Chile, etc.
  • From colonialism to philanthropy: the de/re-colonization of cultural aid
  • Philanthropy vs./ the state: how non-governmental can non-governmental organizations be?
  • Case studies on the private funding of arts and artists with a special focus on development
  • Case studies on field officers, representatives and ‘arts experts’ in charge of philanthropic foundations and NGOs
  • Soft power: arts philanthropy and cultural diplomacy
  • Other related topics will also be considered.

The complete call for papers can be downloaded  here.

Deadline for paper proposals: 30 November, 2017.

The conference will take place from Monday, 23 to Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 at Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, Munich.

A preliminary programme will be available by spring 2018.

For any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact PD Dr Nic Leonhardt, Associate Director of the Developing Theatre Project: