Theaterwissenschaft München



Global Theatre Histories (DFG-Koselleck-Projekt)

Modernization, public spheres and transnational theatrical networks 1860-1960

Research project (Reinhart Koselleck Project), sponsored by the German Research Foundation DFG

Principle Investigator
Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme

Host Institution
University of  Munich (LMU)

60 months, April 2010 - December 2015

The aim of this project is to investigate the emergence of theatre as a global phenomenon against the background of imperial expansion and modernization in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will link two previously separate scholarly debates: ›global or world history‹ and recent discussions on the emergence of a ›transnational public sphere‹. The project aims to provide a major corrective to existing theatre historiographical principles and research agendas by linking theatrical modernism (as an artistic practice) and modernization in its political, economical and institutional manifestations. The temporal coordinates of the project parallel the acceleration of colonialism and imperialism leading ultimately to political decolonization in the early 1960s and finally the end of the East-West division in 1990. The main focus will be on hitherto under-researched phenomena: theatrical trade routes facilitating the movement of theatre artists and productions; the creation of new public spheres in situations of cross-cultural contact in multiethnic metropolitan centres and the dynamics of theatrical modernization in non-Western countries.

PD Dr. Nic Leonhardt
Associate Director
Global Theatre Histories
Theaterwissenschaft München (TWM)
Georgenstr. 11, 80799 München, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 – 5941