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15th IBS Symposium

Registration for the 15th IBS Symposium (June 25-29, 2016) at the University of Oxford (UK) is currently open. 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)

Bertolt Brecht, The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar, trans. Charles Osborne (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

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 almost 2900 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation:

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-33 (1971-2008) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuchdigital, Bd. 1-33 (1971-2008)

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



Call for Papers:

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

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]

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


Contributions are being sought for a volume of essays on Bertolt Brecht's critical dialogue with Western social thought edited by Norm Roessler and Anthony Squiers. Deadline for abstracts is May 23, 2016. Please click here to download the CfP


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. ( Please feel free to contact the guest editors with any questions: Kristopher Imbrigotta (kimbrigotta[at] Per Urlaub (urlaub[at]


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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