Mobility, Hybridity and Reciprocal Exchange in the Theatres of Early Modern Europe
Sponsored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University (NYU), NYU's Department of Comparative Literature, NYU-Madrid, and the Office of Global Programs at NYU
Theater Without Borders Conference - TransEuropa III '09
Conference hosted by:
Theater Without Borders Conference - TransEuropa II '08
TransEuropa I '07: Early Modern Drama between East and West
Istanbul 2006"Transnational and Transcultural Exchange in Early Modern Drama," Kadir Has University, Istanbul, May 15-19, 2006
Istanbul 2005"Theatre without Borders," Istanbul, May 14-19, 2005 kadir has university, istanbul cibali merkez campüsü
Masaryk University Centre Telc
Past Conference Papers:Conference Statement
This conference will focus on the transnational and intercultural aspects of Early Modern drama with a special interest in the theatrical relations between Eastern and Western Europe, and the role of the Venetian (and Italian) dramatic diaspora in shaping trans-European drama. A decade and a half after the ending of political divisions between Eastern and Western Europe, scholars of Early Modern drama have still not advanced very far in the serious work of representing the full picture of how early modern theater--plays, playwrights, players, theatergrams, genres and theories--travelled and reshaped the theatrical culture of Europe into a complex transcultural form. Nor have scholars developed sufficient theoretical and historical frameworks to discuss the differing kinds of influences, intertextualities, intercultural dialogues and transcultural performance practices created by the international character of early modern drama. Our conference aims to undertake both these tasks.
We welcome papers from scholars in comparative literature as well as from scholars in specific language traditions, for we assume that true interdisciplinary work will emerge best from collaboration among scholars who are deeply rooted in national literary traditions. All papers, however, should address the questions of the conference and consider how plays and players crossed borders, why and with what effects, whether aesthetic, dramatic, political or social. Papers may take up theoretical topics of relevance or consider such diverse subjects as translation, the role of audiences, the symbolic and real role of geography, the significance of utopian or aesthetic spaces in differing contexts, historical phenomenology, the authority of performance, or the links between drama and ideology.
As a research collaborative especially interested in performance practices, we also welcome papers and presentations from theatre professionals, dramaturgs and scholars on the performance of early modern plays, including contemporary (20th-21st century) stagings of those plays; or on early modern performance of scripted or unscripted drama.
We will welcome papers on the performance in Eastern Europe of early modern drama, including the work of comic performers like traveling commedia troupes in the 16th-17th centuries, but also the reception and interpretation of canonical dramatic figures like Shakespeare, Moličre, or Lope. In addition, papers on the influence of Eastern European theatre on Western theatrical traditions both in the early modern period, and in the present, with a focus on the work of modern directors and actors whose interpretations of early modern plays have helped shaped the modernist and postmodern theatre, will form a relevant part of our inquiry.
List of Confirmed Speakers
Directions and Travel Information
Airport Shuttles (CEDAZ) and Airport Taxis operate at fixed rates.
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Scheduled Shuttle Bus (CEDAZ) service operating between 6:00 and 21:00 every thirty minutes connects the airport with the city centre (V Celnici street) and stops at the Subway/Underground (Metro) A line station Dejvicka. The fare is 90 CZK (4.50 USD, 3.20 EUR, 2.15 GBP), or 60 CZK (3 USD, 2.20 EUR, 1.45 GBP) to the Dejvicka Metro station.
Note: all participants planning to use Airport Shuttles and Scheduled Shuttle Bus should proceed to the CEDAZ ticket counter in the Arrival Lounges of both Terminals of the Prague Airport. The counter is open from 7:00 to 22:00.
Municipal Transport Bus 119, running approximately every fifteen minutes, connects the airport with the station Dejvicka of the Underground (Metro), line A.
ATM machines providing local currency (koruna, CZK) are located in the Airport Arrival Lounges and in the vicinity of the conference venue and of both Guest Houses. They accept all major credit cards.
Directions and Options
Guest House A
Guest House B
THE VENUE AND HOW TO REACH IT
From Guest House A (Charles University Guest House)
From Guest House B (AMU Guest House)
The access to Rooms 104 and 111 will be marked by arrows. On May 16, Room 104 will be open for conference registration from 5 PM.
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