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Conference information

  • Conference date:
    18 – 20 May 2017
  • Deadline for proposals:
    6 March 2017
  • Notification of acceptance:
    15 March 2017
  • Deadline early bird registration:
    15 April 2017
  • Deadline late registration:
    1 May 2017


  • Aarhus University

Re-think Theatre, Dramaturgy and Performance Studies: Re-search, re-consider, re-make

As a field of knowledge and expertise, how is Theatre, Dramaturgy and Performance Studies able to meet the challenges of the world today?

In an attempt to re-sist the increasing pressures on the humanities from within our discipline – and with a spin on RETHINK, the theme of Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture 2017 –this conference engages with the state-of-the-art in the Nordic and Baltic countries:

  • How are core concepts, such as the work of art, the audience, dramaturgy, theatricality, theatre history, etc. being re-examined?
  • What are the ways in which we (re-)engage methodologies of experimentation, documentation, analysis and dissemination?
  • How are existing divides being addressed (or perhaps re-paired) and new partnerships being built inside and outside of academia?
  • In what ways does the current condition re-shape how we research and teach theatre, dramaturgy and performance studies across educational programs?

The conference overlaps with International Living Theatre (ILT) Festival (May 18 – 21, 2017) under Aarhus as European Capital of Culture in 2017.

ANTS – Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars.

Keynote speakers

  • Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Perfomance and currently Associate Dean of research and innovation at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
  • Imanuel Schipper, lecturer and researcher at different universities and art academies in Germany and Switzerland.
  • Anneli Saro, Professor of Theatre Research and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu (Estonia).

Read more about them here.

Tickets to scheduled performances

Participants in the ANTS conference can buy tickets to the scheduled performances with a discount by booking through the conference-site no later than May 1, 2017


Collaboration with ILT2017 (International Living Theatre biennale, 2017)