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The IBS journal has shifted from a print publication to a freely accessible online journal / blog.  Click here to see our new internet presence, updated about every 4-5 months!

New Brecht books 

Reinhard Müller (Hg.), Bettina Nir-Vered (Hg.), Olga Reznikova (Hg.), Irina Sherbakowa (Hg.),
Carola Neher: gefeiert auf der Bühne, gestorben im Gulag. Berlin: Lukas Verlag, October 2016.

Bertolt Brecht, Me-ti: Book of Interventions in the Flow of Things, trans. and edited by Antony Tatlow (London: Bloomsbury, July 2016)

Hans-Thies Lehmann, Brecht lesen (Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2016).

Nenad Jovanovic, Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, Peter Watkins, and Lars von Trier (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2017).

Joerg Esleben with Rolf Rohmer and David G. John, Fritz Bennewitz in India: Intercultural Theatre with Brecht and Shakespeare (Toronto: Toronto UP, 2017).

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:
For the 40+ selections by Brecht:

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
Check this new website with over 2900 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation:

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-35 (1971-2010) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch digital, Bd. 1-34 (1971-2009)

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:
or call New York City: (212) 505-5240



The IBS in cooperation with the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus (Berlin) is sponsoring a Workshop on 23 June 2017 under the title "Working on Brecht / Baustelle Brecht".  Click here to download the CfP in English and German, or follow this link. Deadline for abstracts is: 15 March 2017.

Brechtian and Wagnerian Aesthetics Today
A special session for the Modern Language Association Convention in New York City, 4-7 January 2018, sponsored by the International Brecht Society. The IBS invites proposals on any aspect of the interplay between “Brechtian” and “Wagnerian” aesthetics - broadly conceived - in theater, music, film, television, or other media.  Please submit ca. 200 word proposals and a short CV by Friday, 24 March 2017, to Jack Davis:  jackdavis [a] Click here for the complete CfP.

The IBS at the MLA Convention (Jan. 2018)
The IBS is soliciting papers for the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, 4-7 January 2018, in New York City.  The topic: "Brecht in the Middle East."
Send abstracts of 200 words by 10 March to Ela Gezen (egezen [a] and Hatem Akil (hatem [a]  All presenters at the MLA convention must become MLA members by 7 April, 2017. Download the CfP here.

The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 40 (2015) appeared in December 2016.
For the Table of Contents click here.
IBS members and subscribers who paid dues in 2015 automatically receive this volume. Others can order the volume from the publisher, Camden House:

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)

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