4th–6th June 2020
Department of Theatre Studies
Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
The international symposium BRNO THEATRALIA CONFERENCE 2020, hosted by the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), is dedicated to historical avant-gardes and their development in Czechoslovakia and in Europe. It will be held on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the association of Czech avant-garde artists Devětsil.
Founded in October 1920 in Prague, Devětsil (”butterbur”), the most influential Czech avant-garde circle, linked artists across a very wide range of fields, from architecture to performance, from aesthetics to sociology. Its members, e.g. Karel Teige, Vítězslav Nezval, Toyen, Jindřich Štyrský, Adolf Hoffmeister, Josef Chochol, Jiří Frejka, Jindřich Honzl, Emil František Burian, Jiří Voskovec, and Jan Werich, were constantly following European avant-garde trends.
Only limited attention has been paid to the position and specificities of the Czech avant-garde in the European context. Hence, this is the main question the conference shall seek to answer. The aim is to present the Czech interwar theatre milieu as a crossroads of the European avant-gardes. This aim is closely related to the topic of the particularities of the avant-garde theatre in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia,...). A separate section of the conference will be dedicated to this topic.
We welcome paper proposals focusing on historical avant-gardes in all their artistic forms (theatre studies, performing arts, literature, translation, art history, cinema, photography,...) related to theatre. We propose the following topics:
Further suggestions contributing to the dialogue are welcome and will be considered.
Scholars from different fields as well as theatre practitioners, translators, historians of art, stage designers and theatre critics are warmly invited to join us and participate in the event either as speakers or as an audience.
Selected contributions from the conference will be published in a special issue of THEATRALIA (vol. 2022/1; the deadline for submission of the paper is April 30, 2021).
Paper proposals should include:
Please send the proposed title of the paper, abstract, biographical note, and other relevant information to the conference organizers (all three addresses below) no later than on December 15, 2019.
Conference fee for speakers: will be specified
On Behalf of the Project Organising Committee:
Pavel Drábek (University of Hull, Masaryk University)
David Drozd (Masaryk University)
Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Masaryk University)
Andrea Jochmanová (Academy of Performing Arts, Masaryk University)
Mariana Kunešová (University of Ostrava)
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