Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies


Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria


Call for papers for panel: Theatres and Nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe


During 18th and 19th century, Europe experienced national revivals that eventually led to the creation of the modern nation states, and artists had a significant influence over these processes. This also applies to the creation and preservation of national identities in Central and Southeast Europe.

For example, Czech national theatre was opened in 1881, and it is considered as a milestone of Czech nationhood because it offered performances in Czech language since 1881. Theatres that existed before the official national theatre was opened were offering performances in German language, except certain translations from German, and the history of Czech’s theatre culture dates back to 12th century. However, public performances were opened during 1780s while the first play in Czech was performed in 1771. Building of the national theatre attracted help even from poor peasants who donated money as historical documents prove. This was because of the activities of Czech patriots who were collecting support, even among peasantry, to build a national theatre that will cherish national language and culture. Year 1881 is, thus, considered as the year of the official establishment of the Czech national theatre even though first performance in Czech language was displayed in 1771.

In Croatia, with success of Croatian national movement, first performance in Croatian language was displayed in 1840 even though the theatre in various forms, similarly to the Czech case, existed since 1607. Performances in German were sometimes displayed together with parts in the local dialect, or German performances were translated to local dialect, etc. Building of theatre and its positioning as a milestone of Croatian nationhood was supported and advocated by Croatian People’s movement that led Croatian national revival;however, there was no need for collecting help for building the theatre because the building existed. First official performance in Croatian language was displayed in 1840; however, the theatre was still under large influence of German language, and this situation lasted until 1860 when the audience interrupted German performance and demanded performances in Croatian language only. Croatian national theatre considers year 1840 as the year of its inception since that was the date when the first performance in Croatian language was displayed.

In Serbia, national theatre in Belgrade has been established in 1868 after amateur performances were displayed earlier in Kragujevac, which was the capital of Serbian Principality. Rationale for founding theatres was a fight against backwardness and illiteracy, and not fostering national identity because Serbia had an established national identity, and even though it was subordinated to large powers it did not have to fight for preservation of its identity like other countries in Central and Southeast Europe. Kragujevac is generally considered as the cradle of Serbian culture, which is also why Kragujevac region has an important place in one of the most famous Serbian 20th century writers Milica Jakovljević. In 1851, an idea for establishing the national theatre in Belgrade emerged, and due to the lack of a suitable place performanceswere displayed in various places such as hotels, breweries and restaurants. From 1868, Serbian national theatre offers regular performances, and it has been considered as a place of particular importance for Serbian culture and Serbian national identity.


Papers are invited (but not limited to) the following topics:


Role of theatres in 19th century CE and SE nationalism

Role of artists (actors, writers, performance directors) in 19th century nationalism in CE and SEE

Position of theatres in CEand SEE after the fall of Communism

Role of theatres in preservation of national identities in CEE and SEE in a post- national condition

Theatres in CE and SEE during the WWII

Popularity of theatres in CE and SEE

Theatres and cultural policy in CE and SEE

Theatres in national tourist offers in CE and SEE


We invite papers from all fields in social sciences and humanities. Historical perspectives are particularly welcome.

Paper proposals should be sent to by 1st April 2014.



The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.


We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.


Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Drinks and meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.


Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.


The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.





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