Theatrical Epistemic Communities
21.06.2018: Christopher Balme talked on „Theatrical Epistemic Communities“ at the conference „Dynamics of Interweaving Performance Cultures International Conference“ in Berlin.
The conference rook place at Akademie der Künste in Pariser Platz 4 from 21-24 June.
Here you can download the programme of the conference.
New Article by Gautam Chakrabarti
Mnouchkine’s L’Indiade ou L’Inde de leurs Rêves (1987–1988), based on the learning experiences which Hélène Cixous – who wrote the play for and with her – and she had had in India during their stay and travels there, was an almost ground-breaking exploration of Indic motifs and stagement-configurations. The play will be viewed here from the perspective of ‘total theatre’, as also envisaged in the Nāṭyaśāstra. Finally, this paper will also seek to engage with theatrical and ritual boundaries in Mnouchkine’s work by looking at the reception of Indic forms of ritual-theatre in L’Indiade.
KEYWORDS: Nāṭyaśāstra, Ariane Mnouchkine, L’Indiade, Hélène Cixous, total theatre, hybridity, Théâtre du Soleil, ritual-theatre, Partition of India.
Chakrabarti, Gautam. „‘The Empire Floats Back’: Ariane Mnouchkine, her L’Indiade and the Nāṭyaśāstra.“ Cracow Indological Studies [italics], Vol. XX, No. 1 (2018), pp. 31–68.
International Conference „Philanthropy, Development, and the Arts“, Munich, Germany 23-25 July, 2018
23.07.2018 – 25.07.2018:
International Conference, Philanthropy, Development, and the Arts. Histories and Theories, 23-25 July, 2018.
Carl Friedrich von Siemens-Stiftung, Munich
Philanthropic foundations and more broadly non-governmental organizations (NGOS) “step in when the state steps back”. Since the early 20th century the Rockefeller Foundation (founded in 1913) has invested hugely not only in medicine, local educational establishments or the sciences, but (since the 1930s) also in the arts and humanities, in numerous countries. The Ford Foundation, founded in 1936, still plays an important role in the promotion and sponsoring of the arts and cultural institutions in different parts of the world, as does the MacArthur foundation (est. 1970), to name but a few of the ‘global philanthropic players‘.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries researchers, scientists, representatives of the arts, organisations or projects have been subsidized by private as much as by public money. Philanthropic and NGO initiatives played an eminent part in cultural sponsoring in the aftermath of World War II, especially in the so-called emerging countries, where government aid was rare or even non-existent. They contributed to “development”, a core goal of the post-war period and the subject of intense critical interrogation in recent years.
Are philanthropic foundations therefore supporters of “global civil society organizations” trying to “humanize globalization”, (Anheier 2005) or are they driven by political power silently infiltrating the projects, individuals and institutions they support? “It is difficult to believe that philanthropy – literally, “love of all mankind”– could possibly be malignant” notes Inderjeet Parmar, thereby implying the opposite: philanthropy can be a cover for highly political and instrumental agendas (Parmar 2012).
At our conference, Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories and Theories, we interrogated the impact of philanthropy on the field of arts – visual arts, theatre, music, dance, opera, drama education, etc. – between the 19th and 21st centuries. Based on case studies of different geographic regions and from different disciplinary perspectives, the speakers discussed the work, impact, successes and failures of private and corporate philanthropy and NGOs, including semi-statist organizations such as the Goethe Institute, or the British Council, from the perspectives of history, cultural history, political sciences, art and theatre history.
The final programme can be accessed here.
Gautam Chakrabarti has written a report on the conference days.
- Final Report_Philanthropy-Conference
The ITI and the globalization of theatre in the Cold War
From 9 to 13 July 2018 annual conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) took place in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference theme is highly topical: Theatre and Migration. Theatre, Nation and Identity: Between Migration and Stasis. The programme can be downloaded here or from the conference website.
Rebecca Sturm gave a talk about „The ITI and the globalization of theatre in the Cold War“ on as part of panel „Economies of Theatre and Performance“. The panel takes place on Tuesday, July 10, 11:00-12:30, in room 214 of Faculty of Philosophy.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 694559)