AAC: Czech Historical Avant-Garde in the European Context



Czech Historical Avant-Garde in the European Context

4th-6th June, 2020

Department of Theatre Studies

Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic


The international symposium BRNO THEATRALIA CONFERENCE 2020, hosted by the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), is dedicated to historical avant-gardes and their development in Czechoslovakia and Europe. The aim is to reassess the Czech interwar theatre, bulit up at a crossroads of the European avant-gardes. This aim is closely related to the topic of the particularities of the avant-garde theatre in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia,…) and of the way individual European countries influenced each other in this respect. We welcome, therefore, paper proposals focusing on historical avant-gardes in both the Czech as well as in the European milieu related to theatre: from the field of theatre studies, performing arts, dance, music, art history, architecture, cinema, photography, ethnography and folklore, literature, translation…

The conference will be held 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, 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.

We propose the following topics:


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

Further suggestions contributing to the dialogue are welcome and will be considered.

Scholars as well as theatre practitioners, translators, historians of art, stage designers and theatre critics are warmly invited to join us and participate in the event either as speakers or as an audience.

Selected contributions from the conference will be published in a special issue of THEATRALIA (vol. 2022/1; the deadline for submission of the paper is April 30, 2021).

Paper proposals should include:

  • the title of the paper
  • an abstract of 250-300 words
  • the name(s) of the author(s)
  • contact address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • institutional affiliation
  • short biographical note (maximum 300 words)

Please send the proposed title of the paper, abstract, biographical note, and other relevant information to the conference email contact (below) no later than on January 15, 2020.

Conference Organisers:

  1. Andrea Jochmanová (Academy of Performing Arts, Masaryk University): ajochmanova@mzm.cz
  2. Mariana Kunešová (University of Ostrava): mariana.kunesova@osu.cz
  3. Kateřina Šalounová (Masaryk University): 217442@mail.muni.cz

Contact: theatralia.conference@phil.muni.cz

Conference fee for speakers: will be specified


On Behalf of the Project Organising Committee:

Pavel Drábek (University of Hull, Masaryk University)

David Drozd (Masaryk University)

Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Masaryk University)

Andrea Jochmanová (Academy of Performing Arts, Masaryk University)

Mariana Kunešová (University of Ostrava)


Citer ce billet
Julien Schuh (2020, 10 janvier). AAC: Czech Historical Avant-Garde in the European Context. PRELIA. Consulté le 17 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/t0ec

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