Theatre between politics and policies: new challenges

Faculty of Dramatic Arts
23 – 24 March 2018
Belgrade, Serbia

Call for Proposals
Deadline: 31 December 2017


When analysing the relationships between theatre and politics in a
contemporary context, we do not consider only the direct use of a
political theme in theatre practice. Rather, we aim to rely on
theoretical proposals that suggest the politicality of theatre is
realised through the modes of representation on stage. This implies
that, in order to have a political impact, it is no longer enough
for theatre to point out political and social issues of the
community. Instead, it needs to further its artistic strategies and
models of production as elements and agents of theatre’s

On the other hand, the impact of public policies, or their
implementation in the field of culture, is also reflected in
contemporary forms of theatre practices. Thus, modes of funding and
other forms of public and cultural management largely influence
potential forms of theatre’s politicality. This two-way direction
of a dynamic relation between theatre and politics enables
scientific and theoretical thinking on contemporary theatrical
expressions from different angles and perspectives, some of these
being: What political discourse we talk of in the context of theatre
practice? What is the political reach of theatre in current social
context and how is it realised? In which way do policies influence
the impact of theatre?

We invite academics, artists, theatre practitioners, and students to
propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or
workshops in these areas, or to suggest other innovative and
provocative themes.

Key themes:

•    Meaning of theatre’s politicality today
•    New theatre production models and strategies
•    Significance of participatory practices in contemporary
•    Public policies and contemporary theatrical forms
•    Politicality of theatre and its’ social processes
•    Influence of new media on theatre’s reflection of society
•    Theatre and community


Individual presentations, proposals for panel discussions as well as
suggestions for workshops or other – experimental – formats are
welcome for the conference.

For individual contributions (presentations), the proposals should
consist of an abstract with max. 2,500 characters and a brief
biography in English.

Proposals should be submitted to email:
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2017
Notification of acceptance: 5 February 2018


All accepted abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts
(with ISBN number). After the conference the book with selected
papers will be published.

Please email any questions to: