Theatre Between Politics and Policies: New Challenges

Belgrade, Serbia

Organised by ENCATC member, the University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, this conference is an opportunity to explore innovative and provocative themes around theatre, politics, and policies

When analysing the relationships between theatre and politics in a contemporary context, we do not consider only the direct use of a political theme in theatre practice. Rather, we aim to rely on theoretical proposals that suggest the politicality of theatre is realised through the modes of representation on stage. This implies that, in order to have a political impact, it is no loner enough for theatre to point our political and social issues of the community. Instead, it needs to further its artistic strategies and models of production as elements and agents of theatre’s politicality.

On the other hand, the impact of public policies, or their implementation in the field of culture, is also reflected in contemporary forms of theatre practices. Thus, modes of funding and other forms of public and cultural management largely influence potential forms of theatre’s politicality. This two-way direction of a dynamic relation between theatre and politics enables scientific and theoretical thinking on contemporary theatrical expressions from difference angles and perspectives, some of these being: What political discourse we talk of in the context of theatre practice? What is the political reach of theatre in current social context and how is it realised? In which way do policies influence the impact of theatre? 

The conference organisers also have a call for papers and proposals. 

Academics, artists, theatre practitioners, and students are invited to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or workshops in key areas list below or may suggest other innovative and provocative themes. 

  • Meaning of theatre's politicality today
  • New theatre production models and strategies
  • Significance of participatory practices in contemporary theatre
  • Public policies and contemporary theatre forms
  • Politicality of hteatre and its social processes
  • Influence of new media on theatre's reflection of society
  • Theatre and community. 

The primaray language of the conference will be English, but proposals for presentations in Serbian are also welcome. 

Proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2017 to For individual contributions (presentations) the proposals should consist of an abstract and a maximum of 2,500 characters and a brief biography in English. The notification of acceptance will on 5 February 2018.

The registration fee for conference presenters is 40 EUR and 20 EUR for doctoral students. The conference and side programmes are open for all audiences and there is no registration fee. 

ENCATC CONTACT: Nina Mihaljinac


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Theatre Between Politics and Policies: New Challenges