January 26-28, 2017
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)
Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425
Organized by Elke Huwiler, Suzanne Kooloos and Jan Lazardzig on behalf of the Research Group Historical Theatre Research.
Prof. Gabriele Brandstetter, Theatre & Dance Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. François Lecercle, Literary Studies, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
This interdisciplinary three-day conference sets out to discuss critical approaches to theatre and performance historiography. The focus lies on the relationship of text and performance. This relationship is in many ways fundamental to contemporary historiographies of theatre and performance. Where text stands in for traditions, genres and practices of written and codified knowledge which is often seen as stable, reliable and archivable, performance marks its opposite, i.e. the ever fleeting, elusive and traceless moment, prone to forgetfulness. Not only within Theatre and Performance Studies, but also in many other disciplines, text and performance (and their concomitant concepts) are to be understood as mutual dependent ways of practicing, knowing and archiving culture: whether it is the distinction of oral and scriptural cultures, the relation of archival and embodied memories, or the difference between tacit and codified knowledge. The conference looks at these relations from a historical as well as from a historiographical point of view. The aim is to come to a more reflected historiography of theater and performance by ways of identifying and historicizing scenes of differentiation of text and performance. From a methodological perspective, questions of translatability and codifiability, as well as experiences of loss, suppression and forgetfulness are of supreme interest.
The contributions to this conference shall look at text, performance and the production of historical knowledge in three main subject areas: Historiographies of Literature (Thursday), Historiographies of Dance and Performance Art (Friday), Historiographies of Theatre and Spectacle (Saturday).
The conference is open to the public, a registration is not required!
See for the conference programme and more information: www.tinyurl.com/historicaltheatre.