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Experts in Theatre Studies from all over the world meet at LMU

Munich, 07/23/2010

This year’s World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research, organized by Theaterwissenschaften München (TWM)/Theatre Studies Munich at LMU, will be held in the LMU Main Building (Hauptgebäude, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, Georgenstraße 11 and Leopoldstraße 13) from 25 to 31 July. The general theme of the Congress is "Cultures of Modernity", and some 500 theatre scholars, practitioners and students from all over the world will take part. They will consider in particular how international and intercultural perspectives have influenced theatrical treatments of central aspects of modernist thought since the beginning of the 21st century.

The contributions presented will focus on three concepts: “modernism”, “modernity” and “modernization”. In the context of the Congress, “modernism” covers the cultural currents that began to make themselves felt at the end of the 19th century, and continued to influence theatrical practice well into the second half of the 20th. The term “modernity" encompasses the intellectual, technological and economic transformations (which also had their roots in the 19th century) that enabled Europe and North America to play the leading roles in the international community. Finally, “modernization” refers to a strategy conceived in the middle of the 20th century, which was intended to facilitate the transition of so-called underdeveloped countries into the Industrial Age in the post-colonial era. The Congress will investigate the implications of the three concepts for the theatre and theatre studies, and for the interaction between these two spheres.

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