Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories & Theories - International Conference (23-25 July,2018)

20 June, 2018 by Nic Leonhardt | 0 comments

Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories & Theories - International Conference

The first international conference of the ERC project "Developing Theatre" (LMU Munich, Theatre Studies) will be taking place from 23-25 July, 2018. The preliminary programme is now online.

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.

At our conference, Philanthropy, Development and the Arts: Histories and Theories, we seek to interrogate the impact of philanthropy on the field of arts – visual arts, theatre, music, dance, opera, drama education, etc. –  between the 19th and 21st centuries. The conference aims at discussing the work, impact, successes and failures of private and corporate philanthropy and NGOs, including semi-statist organizations such as the Goethe Institut, or the British Council, from the perspectives of history, cultural history, political sciences, art and theatre history.

The preliminary programme is now online:

Further information on the conference will be regularly updated on the conference website, 


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Volker Berghahn Columbia University New York, Department of History

Prof. Dr. Inderjeet Parmar, City University London, Department of International Politics



PD Dr Nic Leonhardt & Prof Dr Christopher Balme 

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