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Theatre as Critique


Congress of the Society for Theatre Studies, Frankfurt and Gießen, 3.-6. November 2016

Under the heading “Theatre as Critique”, the organisers of the 13th Congress of the Society for Theatre Studies invite researchers to examine theatre as a critical practice. With the crisis of the classical groundings of both theatre and critique in mind, the congress aims at a reconsideration of, on the one hand, the history, theory and issues of theatre and, on the other, the concept of critique. At the heart of the debate, therefore, is not just the subject matter of theatre critique but rather critique itself. Plenary speeches and shorter contributions on 8 different subject areas will be complemented by performative formats, visits to the theatre, talks and scenic contributions from students of the Hessian Theatre Academy (HTA).

These questions can be discussed in various sections at the Congress of the Society for Theatre Studies. The following thematic emphases are thinkable:

1. Critical practices in contemporary theatre 2. Critique and normativity 3. Critique of the dispositive of the theatre in the past and the present 4. Theatre as a critical practice of thought and action 5. Critique of critique 6. Theatre studies as a critical practice 7. Critique and the public sphere in the theatre 8. Hostility towards the theatre

Significant academics and artists are intended as keynote speakers. There will also be a group of young academics that will present the results of their discussions in a keynote speech. We are also seeking suggestions for lecture performances or group presentations at a length of 60 minutes.
The congress will advance the internationalisation of German-speaking theatre studies by putting on a series of panels in English that will run parallel to the German-speaking panels. We would thus like to encourage contributors from abroad to submit abstracts. We will endeavour to provide funding for the travel and accommodation costs of contributors from abroad from the German Research Community (DFG). In order to be eligible for this funding, please submit your abstract by the 1st of April. For those of you who do not need funding, please send your abstract or suggestion for a panel (max. 500 characters) by the 30th of April 2016 to the following email address:

The organisers will arrange the financial means to free those whose suggestions for a lecture or a presentation are accepted from the conference fee, inasmuch as they do not have the opportunity to receive this funding elsewhere. Please tell us when you send us your suggestion if this applies to you.
For hotel reservations, please check the list of hotels on the congress homepage from the 1st of May on:www.theater-wissenschaft.de/kongresse
If you want to take part in the congress, please register on our website from the 1st of June 2016 on.

Organisers: The Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus Liebig University Gießen (Professor Dr Gerald Siegmund), and the Theatre Studies Chair of the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Professor Dr Nikolaus Müller-Schöll), in collaboration with the Hessian Theatre Academy (HTA), the Frankfurt LAB and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.