CfP: Theatre during the Yugoslav Wars

17 March, 2015

University of Vienna

Department for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies


Theatre during the Yugoslav Wars: Call for Papers

Conference: 19th – 21st November 2015, Vienna

Conference organisers: Stefan Hulfeld, Jana Dolecki, Senad Halilbasic


The purpose of the conference is to examine theatre activities during the Yugoslav Wars between 1991 and 1995, focusing on Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The socio-political and historical contexts greatly influenced how the theatre of that time and place functioned and also led to some new specifically theatrical forms and phenomena.

Topics related to war, crisis, the ‘enemy’, and national and post-Yugoslav questions permeated both the official, state-governed theatres as well as the non-official ones.

Furthermore, the conditions of theatre production and its reception were highly impacted by the physical proximity of the front lines.


Theatre artists from Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo will talk about their work experiences during the Yugoslav Wars. Scholars from various universities will give lectures and participate in round-table discussions about the current state of research in this area. The main goal of the conference is to examine the scholarly work currently being conducted on the topic of war theatre in this specific region and period and to establish a networking space for artists and scholars in the field.

We will gladly accept conference papers offering new content on the subject of theatre during the Yugoslav Wars.


All submissions should include a short abstract (max. 1 page, in English) and a CV.

CfP deadline: 18th April 2015

Submissions to be sent to:

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