Conference programme pdf: Theatre and memory wars conference program


26 April (Thursday)




Programme Venues
8:30 – 9:00 Registration Muitinės st. 7, foyer
9:00 – 9:30

Welcome speeches:


Muitinės st. 7,

room 207


9:30 – 11:00

Key-note presentation 1


Gintautas Mažeikis, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


“Opera in the First Circle of Hell”: Comparison of Gulag and Ghetto Theaters


Moderator: Edgaras Klivis


Muitinės st. 7,

room 207

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break Muitinės st. 7, foyer


11:30 – 13:00


Presentations: Strategies of Staging War


Darija Davidovic (University of Vienna, Austria):

Staging the testimony of war, staging the trauma of war- Oliver Frljics`s theatre of

fragmented time


Ida Krøgholt (Aarhus University, Denmark):

Reality-theatre of war. Negotiating the role of the theatre while examining consequences of war


Zane Radzobe (University of Latvia, Latvia):

Memory as form of resistance: reflection on history of war by Latvian directors of postsoviet generation


Moderator: Annelis Kuhlmann



Presentations: Dealing with politics of memory


Mischa Twitchin (University of London, United Kingdom):

Between Truth and the Inexplicable


Niklas Füllner  (Ruhr University,
Bochum, Germany):

Making your own story of it: Oliver Frljić’s Klątwa (Engl.: ‘The Curse’) in Warsaw as a theatre of emancipation


Kurt Taroff (Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom):

Loyal to a Fault:

Commemorating the UVF Centenary


Moderator: Knut Ove Arntzen

Muitinės st. 7,

rooms 207, 210

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

Piano piano,

Rotušės s. 4


14:30 – 16:00


Presentations: Performing Soviet Histories


Janne Risum (Aarhus University, Denmark):

The foreign-policy aspect of Mei Lanfang’s Soviet tour in 1935


Varvara Sklez (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia):

Performing history? World War II In Russian documentary theatre


Elena Gordienko (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia):

“The Red Wheel”: a theatre series about the Russian Revolution


Moderator: Meike Wagner



Presentations: Theatrical technologies of memory


Ruth Schor (University of Oslo, Norway):

Just say it! The rhetoric of revealing the truth in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm


Irma Erlingsdόttir (University of Iceland, Iceland):

Politics, History, and Memory in Hélène Cixous´s The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia.


Lina Klusaitė (Lithuania culture research institute, Lithuania):

Nostalgia and a Sense of the Soviet Past in the Performances „Green Meadow“ and „Zinc(Zn)“


Moderator: Thomas Rosendal Nielsen


Muitinės st. 7,

rooms 207, 210

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break Muitinės st. 7, foyer


16:30 – 18:00


Presentations: Representing War


Sarit Cofman-Simhon (Kibbutzim College and Emunah College, Israel):

Shooting and Crying:

Representing War Memories in Israeli Theatre


Stephen Elliot Wilmer (Trinity College, Ireland):

Dissensus and Counter-memories in the work of Yael Ronen


Maja Milatovic-Ovadia (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom):

Silent soldier will smile: performing comedy for reconciliation


Moderator: Rikard Hoogland



Presentations: Staging contested memories


Pentti Paavolainen (University of Helsinki, Finland):

Cultural Trauma of Civil War 1918 in Finnish Theatres: from silence to spectacles.


Samantha Mitschke (Independent Scholar, United Kingdom):

Channelling History, Contesting Memory: Theatre and National Narratives of 1939-45 in Britain and Poland


Karen Arnfred Vedel (University of Copenhagen, Denmark):

The performance of contested memories in museum exhibitions


Moderator: Magnus Thor Thorbergsson

Muitinės st. 7,

rooms 207, 210

19:00 –  Dinner and welcome party Holas, Laisvės al. 84B
22:00 – Conference club

Conference club

Kaunas City Chamber

Theatre Café

Kęstučio st. 74 A




27 April (Friday)


Times Programme Venues
9:30 – 11:00

Key-note presentation 2


Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, Israel


What is Niobe to Her? How Antigone Becomes Her Own Historian/From Sophocles to Bertolt Brecht


Moderator: Rūta Mažeikienė


National Kaunas Drama Theatre,

Laisvės al. 71

The Small Stage

11:00 – 13:00


ANTS Board Meeting




Muitinės st. 7,

room 307


13:00 – 14:30


Presentations: Trauma and detraumatization in theatre


Meike Wagner (Stockholm University, Sweden):

Theatrical De-Traumatization after the Napoleonic Wars


Annelis Kuhlmann (Aarhus University, Denmark):

Performing Amnesia. Performing Oblivion. Performing Memory Wars.


Cariad Astles (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom):

Dissent, protest and dialogism in puppet theatre as a response to dictatorship in Chile


Moderator: Stephen Elliot Wilmer



Presentations: Personal testimonies, autobiographic memories


Jurgita Staniškytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania):

This is (not) how it happened:

autobiographic narratives and fictional memories in post-Soviet Baltic theatre


Jakob J. Podber (Southern Illinois University, United States of America):

Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland:

Struggling with the Memory of the Holocaust


Mihai Florea (University of Bristol, United Kingdom):

BANDIT – I’ve Come to Make Your (Hi)story Ugly


Moderator: Karen Arnfred Vedel

Muitinės st. 7,

rooms 207, 210

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break Muitinės st. 7, foyer
15:00 – 16:30


Presentations: Performing (post)colonial subjectivities



Grit Köppen (University of the Arts, Germany):

Colonial Pasts and Anti-Colonial Acts in Contemporary Theatre


Knut Ove Arntzen (University of Bergen, Norway):

Clashes of Memory in Arctic Drama and Sàmi Theatre -in-between an asthetic or postcolonial perspective


Birgit Kleist Pedersen (University of Greenland, Greenland):

Cultural and Political Implications of the Three General Waves of Greenlandic Theater


Moderator: Janne Risum



Presentations: (Ant)agonisms in theatrical public sphere


Thomas Rosendal Nielsen (Aarhus University, Denmark):

“War – You should have been there”: dramaturgy of irony and pathos in virtual war memories


Veronika Zangl (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands):

Scrutinizing memories. Theatre as a space of producing antagonisms


Edgaras Klivis (Vytautas Magnus University,  Lithuania):

Agonist stage: (radical) democratization of memory in Legionnaires of Ģertrūdes ielas teātris


Moderator: Ida Krøgholt


Muitinės st. 7,

rooms 207, 210

18:00 – 21:30  Performance The Forest Brother at National Kaunas Drama Theatre

National Kaunas Drama Theatre, Laisvės al. 71

The Main Stage

19:00 – Performance The Tin Ring at Vytautas Magnus University Theatre

Vytautas Magnus University Theatre,

S. Daukanto st. 27

22:00 – Conference club

Conference club

Kaunas City Chamber

Theatre Café

Kęstučio st. 74 A




28 April (Saturday)


Times Programme Venues
10:00 – 11:30

Key-note presentation 3


Milija Gluhovic, University of Warwick, United Kingdom


Searching for Common Ground: Performance, Testimony, and Small Acts of Repair


Moderator: Jurgita Staniškytė


V. Putvinskio st. 23,

room 103

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

V. Putvinskio st. 23,


12:00 – 13:30

Presentations: History along gender lines


Josefine Brink Siem (Aarhus University, Denmark):

When Reality Trumps Fiction: Hauntologies of the New Cold War


Raz Weiner (Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom):

Of Hills and Wheels: Tilda Death in the IDF Disabled Veterans’ Club


Gintarė Narauskaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania):

A play on memory in the Lithuanian drama theatre: the image of man and manliness in the context of  historic memory


Moderator: Irma Erlingsdόttir


Presentations: Conflicting theatre historiographies


Jana Dolečki (University of Vienna, Austria):

Performing Remembrance and the Politics of Theatre Memory: The Case of “Croatian Theatre”


Ina Pukelytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania):

Jewish theatre in Lithuania: Between Collective and Cultural Memory


Rikard Hoogland (Stockholm University, Sweden):

Swedish theatre repertoire in time of threat of war.


Moderator: Wilmar Sauter


V. Putvinskio st. 23

rooms 103, 106

13:30 – 14:00

Closing discussions + coffee


V. Putvinskio st. 23

room  103, terrase

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:00

Nordic-Baltic Network Meeting


V. Putvinskio st. 23

room 103

19:00 – Closing Evening

Conference club

Kaunas City Chamber

Theatre Café

Kęstučio st. 74 A