Call for Papers: International Online Conference Brno Theatralia 2021

Published February 16, 2021

The international symposium BRNO THEATRALIA CONFERENCE 2021, hosted by the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), is dedicated to historical avant-gardes and their development in Czechoslovakia and in Europe.

The conference was intended to take place in 2020 on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the association of Czech avant-garde artists Devětsil. Founded in October 1920 in Prague, Devětsil (”butterbur”), the most influential Czech avant-garde circle, linked artists across a very wide range of fields, from architecture to performance, and from aesthetics to sociology. Its members, e.g. Karel Teige, Vítězslav Nezval, Toyen, Jindřich Štyrský, Adolf Hoffmeister, Josef Chochol, Jiří Frejka, Jindřich Honzl, Emil František Burian, Jiří Voskovec, and Jan Werich, were constantly following European avant-garde trends.
Only limited attention has been paid to the position and specificities of the Czech avant-garde in the European context. Hence, this is the main question the conference shall seek to answer.


The following topics are proposed

  • new results of research concerning the European avant-gardes
  • reception of the European avant-garde in the Czech milieu
  • contacts among the members of the Czech theatre avant-garde with the European avant-gardes; cooperation projects
  • reception of the Czech theatre avant-garde in Europe
  • new results of research concerning the Czech avant-garde
  • the legacy of the Czech avant-garde theatre theory
  • translation (from or into Czech)

See more information here.


Important dates

  • The proposed title of the paper, abstract, biographical note, and other relevant information to the conference e-mail contact (below) no later than February 28, 2021.
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: March 15, 2021.
  • Final paper submission deadline: April 30, 2021.
  • Publication of the conference papers, accessible to registered participants and audience only, at the website of the conference: May 10, 2021.

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