The conference will last for four days and will feature four keynote speakers and a series of presentations, discussions, and artistic programs related to participatory practices in performing arts, community theater, peripheries, decentralization and decolonization policies in culture, North-South relations in theater policies and practices, independent performing arts scenes in South European countries, and relevant support systems for sectoral development.
The conference will particularly focus on policies, coalitions, and contemporary models of co-production and collaboration in the performing arts.
The event is part of the European project "Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition," which has been implemented from the end of 2020 until the end of 2024, with the support of the European Union through the “Creative Europe” program and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
The team leaders of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts for this project are Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić, professor emerita and Dr Jovana Karaulić, assistant professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Team members include Dr Maja Ristić, full professor, Dr Ksenija Marković Božović, research associate, Tatjana Nikolić, research assistant and Jelena Knežević, teaching associate.
The International Programming Committee is co-presided by Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić, Dr Jovana Karaulić, and Dr Luis Bonet, University of Barcelona. Members of the Programming Committee are also Giada Calvano, University of Barcelona; Dr Pedro Miguel da Costa, University Institute of Lisbon; Ricardo Lopez, University Institute of Lisbon; Dr Margarida Pereira Pestana, University Institute of Lisbon; Dr Emanuel Negrão, University of Montpellier; Felix Dupin-Meynard, University of Montpellier; Dr Ivan Medenica, Department of History and Theory at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts; Dr Snežana Banović, Academy of Dramatic Art, Zagreb; Dr Edin Jašarević, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Cetinje; Dr Jasmina Husanović, University of Tuzla; Dr Silvija Jestrovic, Warwick University, United Kingdom; Dr Aleksandra Jovićević, University La Sapienza Rome, Italy; Dr Ksenija Marković Božović, Institute for Theater, Film, Radio, and Television at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, and Tatjana Nikolić, Institute for Theater, Film, Radio, and Television at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts.
On the eve of the conference, on Monday, May 27, a meeting of the project consortium will be held at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. The consortium is composed of the University Institute of Lisbon, University of Barcelona, University of Montpellier, Bunker from Ljubljana, Pogon from Zagreb, Cultural Center of Cluj in Romania, Larboratorio Residencial Center in Mondaino, Italy; Perugia City Theatre Festival, Italy; PCAI, Greece; Pro Progressione from Budapest; Sardegna Theatro, French Theatre Network of Occitania region, Portuguese network of small towns Arte.Mrede, and the Catalan Cultural Network Transversal.
Before the conference, a book of abstracts will be published in electronic format. The conference results will be published in an international thematic collection with the contribution of the researchers from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts.