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Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945

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Project "DevelopingTheatre" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙150˙083 €
 EC max contribution 2˙150˙083 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

This research project proposes a fundamental re-examination of the historiography of theatre in emerging countries after 1945 . It investigates the institutional factors that led to the emergence of professional theatre in the post-war period throughout the decolonizing world. The particular focus will be on the massive involvement of internationally coordinated ‘development’ and ‘modernization’ programs both East and West. The project will introduce the concepts of epistemic community, expert networks and techno-politics to theatre historical research as a means to historicize theatre within transnational and transcultural paradigms and examine its imbrication in globalization processes. This institutional and transnational approach will enable theatre studies to overcome its still strong national and local focus on plays and productions and connect it to current discourses on transnational history. The main objectives of this project are to: • examine how a global ‘epistemic community’ centred around theatre emerged in the post-war period; • investigate how ‘expert networks’ composed of government bodies, private foundations, transnational corporate philanthropy, local elites and individual artists sought to institutionalize particular forms and practices of professional theatre as an interconnected, transnational phenomenon; • develop a new interdisciplinary approach to theatre historiography by focusing on institutional structures, path dependencies and transnational imbrications rather than on works and authors. The principal investigator will bring to this project two decades of internationally recognized research into intercultural and global theatre. With its combination of institutional historiography and innovative research methods the project will provide a new foundation for current discussions of cultural policy and sustainability in emerging societies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Christopher Balme
Theatrical Institutions in Motion: Developing Theatre in the Postcolonial Era
published pages: 125-140, ISSN: 2165-2686, DOI: 10.1353/dtc.2017.0006
Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 31/2 2019-08-05
2019 Gautam Chakrabarti
From Moscow with love: Soviet cultural politics across India in the Cold War
published pages: 239-257, ISSN: 1753-3171, DOI: 10.1080/17533171.2019.1579475
Safundi 20/2 2019-08-05

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