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15th IBS Symposium

Registration for the 15th IBS Symposium (June 25-29, 2016) at the University of Oxford (UK) is currently open. Before registering for the conference, you will need to open an "account" at the website and then proceed to "book the event." The registration form includes the conference fee and choices for conference dinners and accommodations St. Hughs College in Oxford.

New Brecht books 

Margret Setje-Eilers, Hinter den Kulissen: Theaterfrauen des BE erzählen (Berlin: Neues Leben, 2015)

Bertolt Brecht, The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar, trans. Charles Osborne (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Questions about English-language performance rights of Brecht's plays? Click here for more details.

Drama Online is a new portal for Internet access to the works of major playwrights, including Bertolt Brecht in English translation.  For information, see:
For the 40+ selections by Brecht:

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

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-34 (1971-2009) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuchdigital, Bd. 1-34 (1971-2009)

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards 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 and guidelines, see:
or call New York City: (212) 505-5240



The IBS is sponsoring three sessions at the 40th annual conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, CA (Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016).

#47. 1956: Brecht, Death, and Socialism
Fri 10:30 am – 12: 15 pm, Royal Palm Salon 4
Moderator: Kristopher Imbrigotta (University of Puget Sound)
1) Mark Clark (University of Virginia) – Crisis and the Escalation of Contradictions: Brecht’s Intellectual Model in the Crucible of 1956
2) Sean Forner (Michigan State University) – Marxism, Post-Stalinism, Philosophy: "Socialist Freedom" in East Berlin, 1956
3) Helen Fehervary (Ohio State University) – Intellectuals on the Eve and in the Wake of Revolution: Bertolt Brecht, Johannes R. Becher, Anna Seghers, Georg Lukács
4) Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon University) – Making Poems for Adults: Brecht's Last Literary Project
Commentator: Jost Hermand (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

#147. Brecht / Reception Before and After 1956
Sat 8:00 am – 10:15 am, Sunset
Moderator: Paula Hanssen (Webster University)
1) Wei Zhang (University of Hawaii at Manoa): Dialectical Contradiction in a Postwar Milieu: The Chinese Influence of Lao Tzu and Mao Tzu Tung’s Philosophy on Brecht's Late Creation, 1950-1956
2) Anna Horakova (Cornell University): Brecht's Cultural Afterlife: 1956, Junge Kunst and the Early Didactic Plays of Heiner Müller
3) Vera Stegmann (Lehigh University) – Yoko Tawada's Art of Alienation
Commentator: Jack Davis (Truman State University)

#233. The Brechtian Turn
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm, Royal Palm Salon 4
Moderator: Paula Hanssen (Webster University)
1) Jost Hermand (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Brecht und die Literaturwissenschaft
2) Marc Silberman (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – “The Brechtian Turn" in der Filmwissenschaft
3) Kerstin Hensel (Berlin) – Eine Poetin zwischen Zeitenwende und Brechtian Turn
Commentator: Hunter Bivens (University of California at Santa Cruz)

The IBS is sponsoring one session at the annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Jan. 5-8, 2017):

Brecht, Affect, Empathy
Presiding: Theodore F. Rippey (Bowling Green State University)
Günther Heeg (Universität Leipzig) – The Power Station of Emotions: Brechts Theater of Affective Stasis
2) Hunter Bivens (University of California at Santa Cruz) – Brecht's Cruel Optimism or, What are Socialist Affects?
3) Claudia Breger (Indiana University, Bloomington) – Intertwining Verfremdung and Intensity: Brechtian Aesthetics and the Play of Affects in Godard and Fassbinder
Respondent: Marc Silberman (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

IBS Election
Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place. The nominees for 2016 and 2017 have been elected: Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2016 und 2017 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: Paula Hanssen (Webster University, St. Louis, USA) and Sylvia Fischer (University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida)

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