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   The 16th IBS Symposium / Das 16. IBS-Symposium

Brecht among Strangers / Brecht unter Fremden

Leipzig, 19-23 June 2019 / 19.-23. Juni 2019

Deadline for abtracts EXTENDED: 31 August 2018 / 31.08.2018

Call for Papers: English  /  Deutsch

More information here.

The Brecht Yearbook

1) Brecht Yearbook 42, "Recycling Brecht," with selected papers from the June 2016 Oxford Symposium, has now appeared with Camden House publishing. See the table of contents.

2) The new editor of the Brecht Yearbook has been appointed by the IBS President for a five-year term: Prof. Markus Wessendorf, who teaches in the Dept. of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa. His term begins with vol. 43 (2018). Please click on the "Brecht Yearbook" tab above for further details.

3) The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 43 (2018) will be published in October 2018. See the table of contents here.

4) Call for articles for the Brecht Yearbook 44 / 2019: special section on Brecht's dramatic fragments.

5) Two volumes (BY 36 / 2011 and BY 37 / 2012) have been added to the digital Brecht Yearbook with free access and searchability.

Communications from the IBS

The IBS journal has shifted from a print publication to a freely accessible online journal / blog.  Click here to see our new internet presence, updated about every 4-5 months!

Das Brecht-Archiv / The Brecht Archive (Berlin)

Check the new website of the Brecht Archive at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin:

Here you can also get access to the library holdings of the Brecht-Archive (OPAC) as well as the archival holdings (Archivdatenbank):

New Brecht books 

David Zoob, Brecht: A Practical Handbook (London: Nick Hern Books, 2018)

Ela Gezen, Brecht, Turkish Theater, and Turkish-German Literatur: Reception, Adaptation, and Innovation after 1960 (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018)

   Jost Hermand, Die Aufhaltsame Wirkungslosigkeit eines
   Klassikers: Brecht Studien (Berlin: Verlag Theater der Zeit, 2018)

Günther Heeg, Recycling Brecht: Materialwert, Nachleben, Überleben (Berlin: Verlag Theater der Zeit, 2017)

Erdmut Wizisla, Benjamin und Brecht. Denken in Extremen (Berlin: Akademie der Künste, 2017)

Christian Hippe / Annett Gröschner, Hrsg., Laxheit in Fragen geistigen Eigentums. Brecht und Urheberrecht (Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag, 2017)

Martin Kölbel und Peter Villwock, Hrsg., Bertolt Brecht: Notizbücher - Band 3: 1921 (Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2017)

Frank D. Wagner, Minima Hegeliana. Brechts Denkbilder (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2017)

Christian Hippe / Volker Issbrücker, Hrsg., Brecht und die Naturwissenschaften (Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag, 2017).

Nenad Jovanovic, Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, Peter Watkins, and Lars von Trier (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2017).

Joerg Esleben with Rolf Rohmer and David G. John, Fritz Bennewitz in India: Intercultural Theatre with Brecht and Shakespeare (Toronto: Toronto UP, 2017).

Milena Massalongo, Florian Vassen, Bernd Rupping (Hrsg.), Brecht gebrauchen: Theater und Lehrstück - Texte und Methoden. Milow: Schibri Verlag, 2017.

Questions about performance rights of Brecht's plays should be directed at the German Brecht publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag:

For English-language performance rights, here.

Drama Online is a new subscription portal for Internet access to the works of major playwrights, including Bertolt Brecht in English translation.  For information, see:
and click search for "Brecht"

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
Check this new website with over 2900 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation:

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-37 (1971-2012) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch digital, Bd. 1-37 (1971-2012)

Financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational initiatives. For more information, see:



The IBS at the German Studies Association Conference (27-30 September 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania):

1. “Time to resist. Is this a Brechtian moment?”

2. "Brecht and Music"

Co-sponsored by the IBS and the GSA Music and Sound Studies

(details to be announced)

The IBS at the Modern Language Association Convention (3-6 January 2019, Chicago, Illinois)
 "Brecht in/and Chicago: A Roundtable with Theater Directors"
(details to be announced)

IBS Election

Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place. The nominees for 2018 and 2019 have been elected:

Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2018 und 2019 wurde gewählt:

President: Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Vice President: Günther Heeg (Universität Leipzig, BRD) 
Co-editors of 'Communications': Jack Davis (Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri) and Kristopher Imbrigotta (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington) 
Secretary/Treasurer: Sylvia Fischer (Berlin, BRD)

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