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. The aim is to reassess the Czech interwar theatre, built up at a crossroad of the European avant-garde. This aim is closely related to the topic of the particularities of the avant-garde theatre in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia,...) and of the way individual European countries influenced each other in this respect. We welcome, therefore, paper proposals focusing on historical avant-gardes in both the Czech as well as in the European milieu related to theatre: in the field of theatre studies, performing arts, dance, music, art history, architecture, cinema, photography, ethnography and folklore, literature, translation...
The conference 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.
We propose the following topics:
new results of research concerning the European avant-gardes
reception of the European avant-garde in the Czech milieu
contacts among the members of the Czech theatre avant-garde with the European avant-garde; cooperation projects
reception of the Czech theatre avant-garde in Europe
new results of research concerning the Czech avant-gardes
the legacy of the Czech avant-garde theatre theory
translation (from or into Czech)
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 email contact (below) no later than on January 31. 2020.
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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