25. 1. — 26. 1.

The Days After – An International Online Theatre Studies Conference

Published January 12, 2021

For the 100th anniversary of the premiere of R.U.R. at the National Theatre in Prague, ATI, in collaboration with the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, The Society of the Brothers Čapek, and Silesian University in Opava, will host an online international theatre studies conference.

The conference will take place on 25-26 January 2021 on the Zoom platform and will be held in English. The program will be published is available here. Contributions will be published in a collection of conference proceedings following the event.

„25 January 2021 will mark the 100th-anniversary R.U.R.’s premiere at the National Theatre in Prague. Written in 1920 by Czech writer, dramatist, and journalist Karel Čapek as a comedy, the play coined the word “robot”, which, along with its title, gained worldwide notoriety in the following years. The play marked the emergence of a thread of science-fiction themes in the Čapek’s novels and plays, while his drama The White Plague has taken on a special urgency in light of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Both plays warn of the ethical and existential dilemmas of modern civilization in the form of global threats linked to the negative effects of machines and technology, totalitarianism, armaments, or pandemics. On one hand, artificial intelligence has become commonplace, a helpful part of our everyday lives that can even compose music and paint pictures, while, on the other, it raises ethical dilemmas and concerns as strong as those articulated 100 years ago.“