Call for Papers


Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature

“Experiment in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media”

International Conference
University of Lodz
27-28 October 2017

The conference poses the question about the value and outcome of experiment in literary, theatrical, dramatic and cinematographic representations. Centuries of experiments in these disciplines culminated in the 20th century, with the rise of a number of alternatives to traditional modes of expression: realism and naturalism gave way to symbolism, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Theatre of the Absurd, Third Theatre, in-yer-face theatre, immersive theatre and other avant-garde movements. Most of these movements in the course of time have been accommodated into the mainstream or eventually institutionalised. Many experiments have also been stimulated by political conviction or produced, in their turn, a certain policy in the given area of the arts, creating an intersection between aesthetics and social concerns.

        The advent of new and accessible technologies has forwarded most recent experiments in film and media. The blurring of borders between genres and types of the arts in question, disintegration and fragmentation of categories, also generate the question about the definition of experiment and art as such, especially in the digital age of popular culture where everyone can become a film maker or media artist.

Suggested themes of conference papers (other topics are also welcome):

  • Experiment and intermediality
  • The politics of aesthetic experimentation
  • Experiment and audience reception
  • Experiment and conventional forms
  • Crypto-experimental spirit of older drama
  • Experiment and criticism
  • British experiments and the continental avant-garde
  • Minority voices
  • Failed experiments

Papers should be presented in English although the conference is open also to themes pertaining to other cultures than Anglophone ones.

Topics and abstracts (250 words) should be submitted by 30 June 2017. Conference fee: PLN 400 / EUR 100 (PLN 300 / EUR 70 for doctoral students). It includes conference materials, coffee breaks and the banquet.

For submissions and enquiries please contact:
dr Joanna Kruczkowska – secretary (

Organizing committee:

Prof. Jadwiga Uchman
Prof. Andrzej Wicher
dr Joanna Kruczkowska – secretary