DIFA JAMU

8th Conference of Doctoral Studies in Theatre Practice and Theory

Politics and Community Engagement
in Doctoral Theatre Research

Registration for Speakers Visitors

Organising Committee

prof. PhDr. Josef Kovalčuk

prof. PhDr. Josef Kovalčuk

Vice-Rector for Science, Research, Strategies and Development Chair of the Subject Area Board for Doctoral Studies

Theatre dramaturge and theatrologist. As the dean of JAMU Theatre Faculty from 1990 to 1996 and again from 2002 to 2008 he was closely involved in organising regular international research and doctoral conferences at the faculty. He co-founded HaDivadlo, an experimental company, where he worked as a dramaturge from 1974 to 1996. From 1997 to 2002 he held a post of the artistic director of the drama ensemble at the National Theatre in Prague. From 2009 to 2013 he also worked as a dramaturge at Divadlo Husa na provázku (Theatre Goose on a String) in Brno. He has written articles and studies about authorial and studio theatres, which have been collected in the book Téma: autorské divadlo (Theme: Authorial Theatre). He documented the work of HaDivadlo in the books HaDivadlo (hry, scénáře, studie, dokumenty) – HaDivadlo (Plays, Scripts, Studies and Documents), Bylo jich pět a půl (There Were Five and a Half of Them) and Hvězdy nad Kabinetem múz (Stars above the Cabinet of the Muses). With Petr Oslzlý he co-authored the book Společný projekt Cesty (křižovatky, jízdní řády, setkání)  – The Common Project Roads (Crossroads, Timetables, Encounters). In 2016, he published the monograph Fenomén Hvězdy na vrbě (The Stars on a Willow Phenomenon). 

doc. MgA. Marek Hlavica, Ph.D.

doc. MgA. Marek Hlavica, Ph.D.

Vice-Dean for Research

Associated Professor at JAMU Theatre Faculty, where he is also currently employed as the Secretary of the Ph.D. study programme. He graduated in radio and television dramaturgy and scriptwriting from JAMU (2000) and he was awarded his Ph.D. in dramatic arts there in 2008. The topic of his doctoral thesis was concerned with performance studies. He worked as a dramaturge for Czech Television (documentary programs on theatre and literature, TV movies and series) and he also has extensive experience as a screenwriter of television films and series for various Czech TV stations. As a staff member at the JAMU Theatre Faculty he teaches creative writing, television genres, scriptwriting, and Czech TV history. His research interests focus on the history of Czech television films and series. His latest monograph was examining the history of television drama in the Brno Studio of Czechoslovak Television in the years 1961–1991 (2013) and he is currently working on a similar monograph discussing the production of the Ostrava Studio of Czechoslovak TV.

 

Mgr. et Mgr. Radka Kunderová, Ph.D.

Mgr. et Mgr. Radka Kunderová, Ph.D.

Conference Programme Chair

Assistant Professor and the director of the Institute for Theatre Research at JAMU Theatre Faculty. She has a longstanding interest in the political dimension of theatre, she has analysed how authoritative discourse reveals itself in theatre and theatre criticism both in historical context (mainly Communist regime in Czechoslovakia) and current productions. She has an ongoing interest in challenges related to artistic research, too. She presented at international conferences (e.g. IFTR, ELIA) and participated in international workshops. She has been involved in a number of research projects, e. g. Passage 23 E: Theatre and Theatricality from the Baltic to the Aegean (International Theatre Institute Berlin). She was a committee member of the Czech Association of Theatrologists, Czech section of AICT and Ministry of Culture grant committee for professional theatre. She has a longstanding practice in editing and conference organizing, e.g. she was a programme chair of the 7th Conference of Doctoral Studies in Theatre Practice and Theory CURRENT CHALLENGES IN DOCTORAL THEATRE RESEARCH (JAMU, 2015). She is a chair of the JAMU Theatre Faculty´s committee for publishing and a member of editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Theatralia published by Masaryk University in Brno. As a theatre critic, she has been an external editor of the Czech theatre magazine Svět a divadlo.

 

 

Mgr. Tereza Konývková

Mgr. Tereza Konývková

Organising Committee Member

Junior researcher at the Institute for Theatre Research of JAMU Theatre Faculty. The main focus of her academic interest is performativity generally understood as a way of constructing reality in which the human body (defined as a component of the “embodied mind”) and its motion are the essential creative elements. She applies these theses not to art but to cultural performances which she understands as a communication channel, through which interaction between the participants and spectators occurs in a shared space. She is mostly focused on the cultural performances of the Sokol movement and this implies the central issue of her research: how the Czech national identity in the Sokol movement was formed through cultural performances. She published partial results of her research in the peer-reviewed Revue Theatralia (2012, 2014, 2015); her study about the influence of classical culture on the Sokol movement was printed in the collective monograph In the Shadow of the Hellenistic Sun. She also actively participated in several conferences in the Czech Republic and abroad. She is a postgraduate student at the Department of Theatre Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno.

MgA. Jan Motal, Ph.D.

MgA. Jan Motal, Ph.D.

Organising Committee Member

Assistant Professor and senior researcher at the Institute for Theatre Research of JAMU Theatre Faculty. His research interests include phenomenological hermeneutics, philosophy of dialogue, the body–mind relationship and methodological issues of art research. His critical perspective unites philosophy, ethics, anthropology and aesthetics. The methodological approach he promotes  links first- and third-person methods so as to bridge the gap between the sciences and criticism, naturalism and social constructivism. In his work as a teacher he wants to spur the students of dramatic art towards a better understanding of contemporary cultural issues and to develop their facility for dialogue and understanding. He currently works at JAMU, while simultaneously teaching ethics at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. He published several articles in philosophical and art journals and also authored monographs on documentary film and theatre (Hermeneutics of historicity in essay film: Karel Vachek and Chris Marker. JAMU, 2013; The Beauty in Documentary Film. Masaryk University Press, 2014; The Existential Theatre of Daydreaming. JAMU, 2016). His latest book sums up his theory of art, presenting artwork as an instrument for dialogue (Dialogue Through Art. JAMU, 2016). As a contributing opinion writer he regularly comments on current public issues on the radio and other media; as an activist he frequently delivers public lectures and leads workshops.

Mgr. Anna Lahodová

Mgr. Anna Lahodová

Conference Organisation Coordinator

Head of the International Relations Office at JAMU Theatre Faculty. Her main focus is on relations and cooperation with international partners and partner universities as well as on international projects. At present, she specialises on the improvement of bilateral partnerships and hosting cultural exchanges.

 

 

 

BcA. Adéla Svídová

BcA. Adéla Svídová

Conference Student Manager

Student of event and theatre management at JAMU Theatre Faculty. Her specialisation is the development and execution of events (especially conferences and seminars). She spent six months at the European Association of Live Performance in Brussels to gain international experience of world theatre and art. At present, she is a member of the creative team that works on a new cultural strategy for the city of Brno.