15th IBS Symposium

Registration for the 15th IBS Symposium (June 25-29, 2016) at the University of Oxford (UK) is currently open. http://brecht.mml.ox.ac.uk/ibs-registration Before registering for the conference, you will need to open an "account" at the website and then proceed to "book the event." The registration form includes the conference fee and choices for conference dinners and accommodations St. Hughs College in Oxford.

New Brecht books

Margret Setje-Eilers, Hinter den Kulissen: Theaterfrauen des BE erzählen (Berlin: Neues Leben, 2015) http://www.eulenspiegel.com/verlage/neues-leben/titel/hinter-den-kulissen.html

Bertolt Brecht, The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar, trans. Charles Osborne (London: Bloomsbury, 2016) http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-business-affairs-of-mr-julius-caesar-9781472582720/

Questions about English-language performance rights of Brecht's plays? Click here for more details.

Drama Online is a new portal for Internet access to the works of major playwrights, including Bertolt Brecht in English translation.  For information, see:
http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/
For the 40+ selections by Brecht:
http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/playwrights/bertolt-brecht-iid-12335

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
Check this new website with almost 2900 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/BrechtGuide/

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-33 (1971-2008) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch digital, Bd. 1-33 (1971-2008):http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/German.BrechtYearbook

KURT WEILL FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAM – Deadline 1 November
The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational initiatives. For more information and guidelines, see: http://www.kwf.org/pages/grants-a-prizes.html
or call New York City: (212) 505-5240

 

Announcements

Call for Papers:

Modern Language Association Convention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 5-8, 2017
Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2016

1. Brecht, Affect, Empathy
Cold Brecht? Does critical distance imply the absence of emotions? Where do feelings come into play? Why is empathy necessary for a Brechtian audience? Send 200-word abstracts by March 15 to Ted Rippey: theodor [at] bgsu.edu

2. Brecht and Scandinavian Theater and Film
From his years in Scandinavian exile to his translations of Strindberg's plays, Brecht was profoundly influenced by Scandinavian theater. He, in turn, inspired later Scandinavian dramatists and filmmakers, from Ingmar Bergman to Lars von Trier. We invite papers for this panel that consider the ties-historical and current-between Brecht and Scandinavian theater and film. Send abstracts (200 words) to Kjerstin Moody: kmoody[at]gustavus.edu

NOTE: if your abstract is accepted, you must become an MLA member by April 1, 2016.

German Studies Association
San Diego, California, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016.
Deadline for abstracts: Feb. 8, 2016:

1. 1956: Brecht, Death, and Socialism
1956, the year of Bertolt Brecht's death, marked a fundamental turning point in the socialist world, with the "secret speech" of Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev in February denouncing the crimes of Stalin, liberalization efforts in East Germany, Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere, and ultimately the brutal crackdown on the Hungarian revolution and the arrest of Walter Janka, Wolfgang Harich, and others in East Germany in the final months of the year. Brecht's death in August of 1956 came in the middle of this momentous year, at a time of relative liberalization while the Berliner Ensemble was preparing for its first trip to London, before the crackdown of the year's final months. Would this year have been significantly altered if Brecht had not died in 1956? Is it possible that the crackdown in East Germany would not have occurred, or that it would have occurred in a different way? What was Brecht's role in the events of 1956, and to what extent did he serve as a role model and inspiration for East German reformers? To what extent did reformers elsewhere in the socialist world influence him? On the sixtieth anniversary of Brecht's death in 1956, the International Brecht Society invites brief proposals dealing with Brecht, socialism, and the year 1956 in East Germany and the rest of the socialist world. Send abstracts to Stephen Brockmann: smb [at] andrew.cmu.edu

2. Brecht and German Studies
Bertolt Brecht, returning to Europe in 1947 after more than 14 years in exile, entered a cold war context that had little room for his unorthodox Marxism and dreams of renewing the theater. Twenty years later, after the publication of John Willett's anthology Brecht on Theatre (1964) and the twenty-volume Suhrkamp edition of his "Gesammelte Werke" (1967), Brecht was becoming the touchstone for a new generation of literary, theater, and cinema artists and scholars seeking to redefine the relationship between culture and politics. Brecht, who had explored new approaches in the theater, in the cinema, and in his critical writings, faced new challenges and developed new strategies during the fascist reign in Europe. And during the brief, final years of his life in the GDR he responded to the context of a devastated, riven Germany with creative projects and dogged energy. This is the legacy that inspired the next generation who found in Brecht's oeuvre and attitude a model of cultural and critical engagement that came to define the turn in German studies. What impact did Brecht and his legacy have on the development of Germanistik and German Studies in Germany, the United States, and elsewhere? Would our field be the same without him, or would it be radically different? On the fortieth anniversary of the German Studies Association and the sixtieth anniversary of Brecht's death, we invite contributions that address aspects of Brecht's impact on German Studies during the past four decades. Send 200-word abstracts by Feb. 8 to Marc Silberman: mdsilber [at] wisc.edu

NOTE: To participate in the GSA conference, one must become a member by Feb. 15, 2016 (https://www.thegsa.org/index.html).

Brecht Yearbook (ed. Theodore F. Rippey)
Special Interest Section: TEACHING BRECHT
Guest Editors: Kristopher Imbrigotta (U of Puget Sound) & Per Urlaub (UT-Austin)

Brecht's works intend to educate. His plays have stimulated and provoked generations of theater audiences in all corners of the world, and the didactic dimension of Brechtian aesthetics has found proponents and opponents among directors and actors as well as scholars, teachers, and students. Brecht's works and theoretical writings quickly entered the teaching canon in a variety of disciplinary contexts: national literature departments, comparative literature, theater & drama, performance, and film studies. In addition, Brecht's plays are frequently performed in North American academic contexts, both in theater programs and - sometimes even in the original - by students in German Studies departments. Despite the presence of Brecht's work in this broad variety of settings, the impact and approaches to that work in the classroom have remained largely unexplored. Therefore, we invite contributions that investigate this presence and impact for a special section on TEACHING BRECHT in the Brecht Yearbook 41 (2016).
Manuscripts from scholars and practitioners in any discipline are welcome. April 15, 2016: Full manuscript due
Spring 2016: Peer-review process
The 2016 Brecht Yearbook is scheduled to publish in Winter 2016/17. We accept submissions in either English or German. Please follow the "Brecht Yearbook Style Sheet" as you prepare your submission. (http://www.brechtsociety.org/documents/ibs_yearbook_style.pdf) Please feel free to contact the guest editors with any questions: Kristopher Imbrigotta (kimbrigotta [at] pugetsound.edu) Per Urlaub (urlaub [at] austin.utexas.edu)

 

IBS Election
Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place. The nominees for 2016 and 2017 have been elected: Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2016 und 2017 wurde gewählt:

President: Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Vice President: Günther Heeg (Universität Leipzig, BRD)
Co-editors of 'Communications': Jack Davis (Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri) and Kristopher Imbrigotta (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington)
Secretary/Treasurer: Paula Hanssen (Webster University, St. Louis, USA) and Sylvia Fischer (University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida)