Call for Curated Panel: Development of Theatre Organizational Systems in the EU Countries

07 January, 2014

Call for Curated Panel: Development of Theatre Organizational Systems in the EU Countries

We are delighted to invite you to be part of the curated panel at the 2014 IFTR World Congress. It will be a preample to a new research programme held at the University of Lodz (Poland).

The programme aims to investigate the theatres' organisational systems in the context of modern theatre studies, which recognise theatre as an artistic and social phenomenon that operates for better or worse within limitations of the administrative and financial structures of the country. The research will focus on differences in-between selected countries in terms of historical traditions and origins of organisational structures of theatres. The analysis of administrative and financial reports concerning current states of cultural policies and models of theatre organisation will allow for describing the specificity of the development of European theatres as cultural institutions. The conducted examination of the countries’ systems of theatre organization will include theatres belonging to three sectors of contemporary economy, that is the private sector, the public sector, and non-governmental organisations (e.g. associations, foundations, informal groups). Additionally, the research will also take into account the organisation of audiences, artists’ trade unions, social reception and different kinds of theatre-related activities.

We welcome proposals for the panel that interrogate relations and tensions between theatre production and systems, i.e. administrative and financial structures, of EU countries. We are interested in proposals, which describe or analyse cases that illustrate conditions of theatre belonging to the above mentioned three sectors as well as more general and theoretical approaches to the topic.

Please send an expression of interest to the head of the research project Karolina Prykowska-Michalak ( or Daria Kubiak ( as soon as possible. Please note that abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and that the deadline for their submission to the conference organisers is January 15, 2014.


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