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A Relational View on Artistic Practices from Africa and the Diaspora
The present volume brings together contributions which explore artworks – including literature, visual arts, film and performances – as dynamic sites of worlding. It puts emphasis on the processes of creating or doing worlds, implying movement as opposed to the boundary drawing of area studies. From such a processual perspective, Africa is not a delineated area, but emerges in a variety of relations which can reach across the continent, but also the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic or Europe.

Contributors are: Thierry Boudjekeu, Elena Brugioni, Ute Fendler, Sophie Lembcke, Gilbert Ndi Shang, Samuel Ndogo, Duncan Tarrant, Kumari Issur, CJ Odhiambo, Michaela Ott, Peter Simatei, Clarissa Vierke, Chinelo J. Enemuo.
Praktiken und Verfahren des Übens in den Künsten
Künstlerische Produktionsprozesse sind durchzogen von Praktiken, Handlungen und Verfahren, die man als Übungen bezeichnen kann. Der Band Üben üben untersucht die Praxis des Übens auf Probebühnen, in Ateliers, Werkstätten und Übezellen, auf dem Papier, im Kopf und zwischen Körpern im Raum. Übungen zielen auf Selbstbildungsprozesse, durch die das Subjekt ein Verhältnis zu sich selbst und anderen konstituiert. Übungen operieren auf der Schwelle von Disziplin und Überschreitung und haben eine soziale Dimension; sie finden in spezifischen Institutionen statt, deren Normen sie fortschreiben. Dies scheint im Widerspruch zur Forderung nach Kreativität, Originalität und Individualität zu stehen. Die Untersuchung konkreter Übungsszenarien macht implizite Normen und Ansprüche kenntlich. Erschlossen wird ein transdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld der Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft, der Kulturvermittlung, der Musikpädagogik und der Philosophie.
From tenth-century South India to twenty-first-century cultural events, from the court assemblies to the public space: Attentive Minds takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of avadhāna, a complex and long-living performative art of India whose practitioners showcase highly developed cognitive skills (like attention, ability to multitask, memory) and specialized knowledge.
With the help of epigraphic and literary sources and field research, Hermina Cielas reconstructs avadhāna’s history in its socio-cultural context and provides a detailed systematization of the art. Her multifaceted study investigates the cultural phenomenon scarcely known outside of India. It explores avadhāna’s multiple forms, from games and puzzles, through a display of mnemonic or motor skills, to multilingual literary feasts.
Makam, Composition and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire
Between 1600 and 1750 Ottoman Turkish music differentiated itself from an older Persianate art music and developed the genres antecedent to modern Turkish art music. Based on a translation of Demetrius Cantemir’s seminal “Book of the Science of Music” from the early eighteenth century, this work is the first to bring together contemporaneous notations, musical treatises, literary sources, travellers’ accounts and iconography. These present a synthetic picture of the emergence of Ottoman composed and improvised instrumental music. A detailed comparison of items in the notated Collections of Cantemir and of Bobowski—from fifty years earlier—together with relevant treatises, reveal key aspects of modality, melodic progression and rhythmic structures.
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This publication brings together current scholarship that focuses on the significance of performing arts heritage of royal courts in Southeast Asia. Royal courts have long been sites for the creation, exchange, maintenance, and development of myriad forms of performing arts and other distinctive cultural expressions. The first volume, Pusaka as Documented Heritage, consists of historical case studies, contexts and developments of royal court traditions, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Gewalt und Wissen sind intrikat verwoben. Das Wissen um Gewalt kann ihre Kritik ermöglichen. Es kann aber auch Teil der Gewalt selbst sein, etwa wo das Wissen um Lynchings, Folter oder Genozide als offenes Geheimnis und Drohgebärde zirkulieren. Welches Wissen haben Täter*innen, Zeug*innen und Überlebende von Gewalt? Welche Funktion kommt dem Szenischen bei der Produktion dieses Wissens zu? Wie erzeugen oder konterkarieren wissenschaftliche Anordnungen selbst Formen der epistemic violence?

Der interdisziplinäre Band konturiert das Verhältnis von Gewalt und Wissen, Öffentlichkeit und Subjektivität entlang von Positionen aus den Kultur- und Geisteswissenschaften. Er enthält darüber hinaus Beispiele künstlerischen Widerstands und gibt antihegemonialen Stimmen Raum. Im Fokus stehen zum einen das Lager als historischer Knotenpunkt des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts und zum anderen mediale Dispositive und performative Verkörperungen von Gewalt.
A peer-reviewed series on topics in early modern forms of theatre, theatricality and drama. Contributions may come from any of the disciplines within the humanities, such as theatre studies, musicology, literary history, art history, book history, church history, social history, cultural history, and history of ideas. The series aims to open up new areas of research or new approaches to early modern drama. It publishes monographs, collections of essays and key text editions.

The series publishes an average of one volume per year. The series' editor-in-chief is Jan Bloemendal.
New Directions in International Theatre and Performance
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Published in association with the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), this series is a platform for innovative scholarly work that takes seriously the pledge of the international. We ask: what promise does this term hold for Theatre and Performance Studies today? First coined in the late eighteenth century to define a space for inter-state relations, the term has since migrated from law to political and cultural practice, retaining connotations of an ever-expanding, progressive vision of global cooperation. Theatre and Performance Studies have long pursued the promise of the international, from re-thinking “national” canons to developing novel theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of theatre and performance. The series publishes both monographs and edited volumes that represent and at the same time critically interrogate these very processes. We thus invite submissions that examine the evolving diversity of performances from Eurasia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. We seek to become an intellectual home to manuscripts that contain an overtly international or transnational dimension, explore new historical, methodological and geographical frontiers, and address pressing contemporary concerns.

For information on the IFTR and its annual conferences, please see the organization’s website:

For inquiries regarding the Series, please contact the Editors, Milija Gluhovic ( and Emine Fişek (

Interested authors are invited to submit proposals for collected volumes to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens.
We read the book, and the book is reading us. In his later novels, Charles Dickens uses the interaction between characters and their audiences within the fiction to dramatise his growing understanding of the pivotal role of spectatorship and choice in a more democratic society. Egotists of all stripes, intent on bending the world to their singular will, would appropriate the power of spectatorship by taking command of the detachment necessary for choice. Dickens’s pluralistic art of sameness and difference redefines that detachment, and liberates choice both inside and outside the novels, for the relationship between characters and their audiences within the narratives actually inscribes our own relationship with them in the performance of reading, a reflective doubling of the fiction upon the reader across time with moral consequences for our spectatorship of our own lives.