Online Conference: Critical Theatre Ecologies

Critical Theatre EcologiesCDE Conference 2021 3–6 June 2021

Conference Registration is open until 31 May 2021

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Conference Programme:
Online Conference, hosted by the University of Augsburg, Chair of English Literature (Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke, Dr. Martin Riedelsheimer). All times given in local CEST (UTC+2)

Thursday, 3 June 2021

10:00–16:00 CDE PhD Forum

18:30-19:00 Conference Opening

19:00-20:15 Keynote: Ella Hickson in interview with Aleks Sierz followed by Q&A

Afterwards: opportunity for informal exchange on

Friday, 4 June 2021

10:30–11:30 Panel 1 Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway), “Climate Change Theatre and the Conundrum of Time”
Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway), “Staging the Great Acceleration: Caryl Churchill’s Far Away on Spike Island, 2017”

11:45–13:00 Keynote: Carl Lavery (Glasgow), “Ecologising Theatre”

14:00–15:00 Panel 2
Christian Attinger (Augsburg), “An ecology of plants: The post-manufacturing age in Philip Ridley’s Shivered and David Eldridge’s In Basildon”
Julia Rössler (Eichstätt), “Embodiment, Atmosphere, and Materiality: Ecological Aesthetics in the Theatre of Adam Rapp”

15:30–16:30 Panel 3 Kerstin Howaldt (Erfurt), Diffracting ‘Stabilized/Stabilizing Binaries’ of Climate-Change Theatre”
Anna Street (Le Mans) and Ramona Mosse (FU Berlin), “To Be Like Water – Material Dramaturgies in Unthinkable Environments”

16:45–18:00 Keynote: Martin Crimp in interview with Aleks Sierz followed by Q&A

Afterwards: opportunity for informal exchange on

Saturday, 5 June 2021

10:00–11:45 CDE Annual General Meeting

12:15–13:15 Panel 4
Linda Heß (Augsburg), “Playing the Petrocene: The Toxicity of National Discourse in Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill (2014) and Ella Hickson’s Oil (2016)”
Rowland Chukwuemeka Amaefula (Alex Ekwueme Federal University), “Eco-Drama, Multinational Corporations and Climate Change in Nigeria”

15:00–16:00 Panel 5
Leila Vaziri (Augsburg), “Isolation and Disgust – The Capitalocene in Contemporary Eco-Drama”
Jill Gatlin (New England Conservatory), “Performing Reception Justice: Audience Disturbance and Ecological Toxicity in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints”

16:15–17:15 Panel 6
Jamie Harper (De Montfort University), “Performing Resilience: Spatio-Temporal Reflexivity in Live Action Role-Play Drama”
Solange Ayache (Sorbonne), “‘It’s the intricacy of the forest… that’s the treasure’: Devising Ecological Theatre with Simon McBurney’s The Encounter”

17:30–18:45 Keynote
Theresa May (Oregon), “Kinship and Community in Climate Change Theatre”

Afterwards: opportunity for informal exchange on

Sunday, 6 June 2021

10:00–11:15 Keynote: Vicky Angelaki (Mid Sweden), “Writing in the Green: Imperatives towards an Eco-n-temporary Theatre Canon”

11:30–12:30 Panel 7
Heidi Liedke (Koblenz-Landau), “Queer Ecologies and Maritime Metaphors in Outbox Theatre’s And the Rest of Me Floats and Peter McMaster’s A Sea of Trouble”
Simon Bowes (Greenwich), “Embodiment, Occupation and Solidarity: Theatre Environment as Territory in three Tim Spooner Performances”

12:30–13:00 Conference Closing

Afterwards: opportunity for informal exchange on

Conference Organisers:
Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke ( )
Dr. Martin Riedelsheimer ( )

Anna Street
Maître de conférences / Lecturer
Theater & Performance Studies, English Literature
Le Mans Université
UFR LLSH, Av. Olivier Messiaen
72000 Le Mans

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