31 October, 2015

In 2016, the working group Theatrical Event starts research on a new subject. After theorising forms,
structures and strategies of theatrical events the working group now focuses on the relation between
theatrical events and their contexts.
We invite the submission of contributions on the following aspects:
- historical and geographical contexts;
- social, political, economical and institutional contexts;
- class, ethnicity, gender and religion;
- structure of the public sphere;
- hierarchy and power status;
- culture politics (laws, subsidies, censorship);
- education;
- mass media and social media;
- production: circumstances of the creation of theatrical events (employment, payment);
- reception: audience expectations, social structure of the audience;
- critics;
- art, aesthetics, literature, drama as well as style, norms and conventions;
- values.
Even though a wide range of case studies and sources is very welcome, one of the main research
questions connecting all contributions will be: which terminology – such as influence, adaptation,
negotiation, observation, dependence / interdependence, infusion, acculturation, interweaving,
inspiration – is applied to describe the relation between the theatrical events and their contexts? Which
implications does each terminology and methodology have?
The aims of the working group meetings in Stockholm are:
1. exploring different contexts of theatrical events.
2. reflecting different terminologies and methodologies used to describe and analyse the relation
between theatrical events and their contexts.
Therefore, submitted abstracts have to mention the terminology / methodology used in the research
project. The contributions should explicitly reflect the applied terminology / methodology.
Whilst new members are welcome to join, contributors are recommended to acquaint themselves with
the former work of the Theatrical Event working group. Please find a description and a list of the
working group’s publications on
Your proposals should contain your topic, research question, source materials as well as the
methodology and terminology used in the research project. Abstracts are to be submitted on the
conference website until 15 January 2016. Information on how to submit
will be available on the page.
All contributors are expected to circulate their texts three weeks before the meeting in Stockholm.
Participants wishing to apply for bursaries should do so by 1 December 2015. The application form is
available on
All correspondence should be sent to the group's conveners:
Dr. Beate Schappach:
Prof. Anneli Saro:
Prof. Willmar Sauter:

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