Conference 2018



Theatre Theory – Contexts / Histories / Potential of Structural Approach  

MAY 2018

Department of Theatre Studies

Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic


 An International Symposium The BRNO THEATRALIA CONFERENCE 2018, hosted by the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), is the second conference of a series of conferences connected to the journal THEATRALIA. The main theme further explores issues addressed on two previous Prague Semiotics Stage Revisited conferences.

Selected proceedings from the conference will be published in a special issue of THEATRALIA (vol. 2020/2; the paper submission deadline is October 31, 2019).

Czech music aesthetician, musicologist, theatre and literary theorist, composer and critic Otakar Zich (1879–1934) is considered the founding figure of modern theatre theory (Elam) and a great number of theorists have related their work to Zich and his theory. As part of a 3–year research project on Otakar Zich (Czech Grant Agency, 2016–2018), we are working on a critical edition of Zich’s seminal work The Aesthetics of Dramatic Art (1931) in English, its contexts, reception and its critical heritage. However, internationally, in the fields of theatre theory and musicology, only limited attention has been given to this seminal figure. Such is the starting point of the dialogue we seek to open at the conference. Among the topics we offer are:

  • terminological issues in contemporary theory of theatre
  • current issues of structuralism and/or semiotics of theatre
  • theatre theory in relation to performance analysis
  • the reception of Prague School theatre theory
  • post-structuralist and “post” post-structuralist developments in theatre theory
  • drama as literature and theatre.
  • individual theorists, their lives and works (eg. Jiří Veltruský as a semiotician and person; Otakar Zich – a crossover of theory of art and practice; Michael L. Quinn – a reception of the Prague School in English-speaking academia)

Further suggestions contributing to the dialogue are welcome and will be considered.

Scholars from various fields as well as theatre practitioners, translators, and theatre critics are warmly welcome to join and participate in the event either as speakers or audience members.

Paper proposals should include the following: 

  • paper title
  • abstract of 250–300 words
  • name(s) of the author/s
  • contact address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • short biographical note (of maximum a one-page CV)

Please send the proposed paper title, abstract, and biographical note and the other information to the conference organizers (both the addresses below) on or before October 31, 2017.

Conference Organisers:

1. Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Masaryk University),

2. David Drozd (Masaryk University),


Conference fee for speakers: 800 CZK


On Behalf of the Project Organising Committee:

David Drozd (Masaryk University)

Tomáš Kačer (Masaryk University)

Pavel Drábek (University of Hull)

Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Masaryk University, Brno)

Veronika Ambros (University of Toronto)

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