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Ergebnisanzeige "Where Culture and Politics Intersect. German Theatre and Reunification"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelWhere Culture and Politics Intersect. German Theatre and Reunification
BeschreibungSymposium: Where Culture and Politics Intersect
German Theatre and Reunification

Wo Kultur und Politik einander kreuzen: Deutsches Theater nach der Wende

This symposium arises from the research project funded by the Australian Research Council that addresses the broad question of how culture and politics are to be understood in relation to the complex challenges of the contemporary era.

Melbourne, Australia
School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne
Friday 15 - Saturday 16 September 2006
Convenor Dr Denise Varney

Keynote Speakers:

Assoc. Prof. Alison Lewis - Department of German, Russian and Swedish Studies, University of Melbourne
Dr. Birgit Haas - Lecturer in Drama, University of Exeter, UK (Macgeorge Visiting Speaker)
Anna Langhoff - Writer/ Director - Berlin

Draft Symposium Program:


Free Public Lecture by Dr. Birgit Haas - Macgeorge Visiting Speaker:
The Brecht Renaissance: German Playwriting since 1990

6pm - 7pm in the open stage, Arts Centre Building
Symposium Launch
Symposium participants are invited to welcome drinks in the foyer of the open stage after the Public Lecture.


Registration 9:30 - 10:30

Session 10:30-12:00
Dr. Denise Varney, Convenor, University of Melbourne
Welcome & introduction

Dr. Birgit Haas, University of Exeter (Keynote)
How Political is the New German Drama?

Lunch 12:00 - 13:00

Session 13:00 - 15:00
Anna Langhoff, Writer/ Director - Berlin (Keynote)
Title TBC

Sabine Zolchow, Archiv der Akademie der Künste (40 min)
The Isle of Berlin

Break 15:00 - 15:20

Session 15:20 - 16:40
Dr. Gert Reifarth, University of Melbourne (20 min)
Fostering Cultural Schizophrenia: East German theatres re-create the GDR

Dr. John Guthrie, University Cambridge (40 min)
Classical plays on the contemporary German stage. Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus adapted by Botho Strauss (Schändung) and Schiller’s Maria Stuart in Berlin.

Afternoon Tea 16:40-17:10 (Change of venue)

Session 17:10 - 19:00
Prof. Moray Magowan, Trinity College Dublin (40min virtual presentation)
What was the ‘Wende’ and what of the ‘Volk’? Fidelio’s questions and the Weavers’ answers

Dr. Laura Bradley, University of Edinburgh (40 min virtual presentation)
Contesting the legacies of Socialism: Brecht's Die Mutter in the Berlin Republic


Registration 8:30 - 9:30

Session 9:30 - 11:40
Prof. Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University (40 min virtual presentation)
Transnationalizing the German Theater

Assoc. Prof. Alison Lewis, University of Melbourne (Keynote)
German Reunification and the Postwar Alliance between German Politics and Culture

Morning Tea 11:20-11:40

Session 11:40-13:40
Dr. Laura Ginters, University of Sydney (40 min virtual presentation)
“Wir sind das Volk!” How a failed revolutionary wrote about the French Revolution – and thereby helped cause one 154 years later.

Charlotte Menin, Technische Universität Berlin (40 min)
Models for dealing with history: The history discourse of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Dr Birte Giesler German, University of Sydney (20 min)
"Staging the Genetic Debate and the performative force of history in Igor Bauersima’s futur de luxe"

Lunch 13:40-14:40

Session 14:40 - 16:40
Dr. Tara Forrest, Sydney University of Technology (20 min)
Acting out Prejudice: Schlingensief's Political Theatre

Dr. Ulrike Garde, Macquarie University (20 min)
Actor v. critic: A scandal in the German theatre scene and some underlying cultural and political issues

Bronwyn Tweddle, Victorian University of Wellington (40 min)
Pan-European Diplomacy and Eraritjaritjaka

Afternoon Tea 16:20-16:40

Session 16:40 - 18:00
Ralf Rauker, Edith Cowan University (20 min video)
Biomechanics, Ostermeier and the Wende
Panel Presentation (30 min)

Dr. Denise Varney, Convenor (30min)

Finish 18:00

Participants are invited to meet for an informal dinner at 18:30 Saturday, details to be advised closer to the date.

If you would like further information on the symposium sent to you, please email: (
The international keynote speakers at the symposium are kindly supported by the Macgeorge Visiting Speaker Award
in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Melbourne

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KontaktdatenName/Institution: School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia 
BenutzerführungDeutsch; Englisch
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur nach 1945; Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
Klassifikation19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.08.00 Gattungen und Formen > 19.08.02 Drama. Theater
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