Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945

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Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945


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Theatrical Epistemic Communities

This subproject has the twin aim of 1) elaborating theoretically the concept of a theatrical epistemic community and 2) tracing historically its consolidation and differentiation in the pre- und post-WWII period.

Philanthropy and Theatrical Development

In this sub-project, theatre and media historian Nic Leonhardt investigates funding policies and Activities of both the Rockefeller and Ford Foundation in the realms of culture and theatre.

Theatrical Heterotopias in Conflict Zones

This sub-project traces the impact of foreign funding on theatre with additional examples from the visual arts and music in the Occupied Palestinian Territories from 1983 to the present day.

'Theatre Artists from Postcolonial India in the Eastern Bloc, 1950-80

This sub-project aims to focus on, primarily, Soviet and East German cultural politics and institutional frameworks that were engaged in training and influencing budding Indian theatre artists during the Cold War

Festival Networks

This sub-project focuses on four art festivals on the African continent as nodes in a postcolonial Pan-African, diasporic and cosmopolitan network of an expanding theatrical epistemic community, and inquires into the ways in which this network generates new forms of performance culture at the dawn of independence.

Theatre Experts for the Third World: ITI and the globalization of theatre

This sub-project examines how the International Theatre Institute coordinated ‘international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts’ and support for ‘third world’ theatre in the Cold War era.


  • 15.05.2019 · News

    Lecture by Judith Rottenberg

    „Un art nouveau pour une nation nouvelle“. Nation building und globale Zirkulation in der Kunst des unabhängigen Senegal more

  • 01.01.2019 · News

    New Article by Gautam Chakrabarti

    This paper seeks to explore certain prescriptive theorisations of the Nāṭyaśāstra and link them, in a comparative vein, with the often radical directorial approaches and experiments in post-WW2 European dramaturgical practice, especially as seen in the work of the eminent French metteur en scène, Ariane Mnouchkine (1939–), who founded the avant-garde stage ensemble Théâtre du Soleil in 1964, in Paris. more

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