General Information


We are happy to present the Conference Schedule of the symposium as well as the detailed Book of Abstracts. Also, you can find here more details about Keynotes and Round Tables, as well as Theatre Productions, Scenic Presentations, Workshops and the concluding Gala Dinner.



Many thanks to all of you who sent in such a high amount of thrilling proposals! We successfully completed the selection process and informed all invited contributors. You will find here the abstracts of the selected papers in advance of the symposium.

If you were invited to participate in the symposium, the organizers would be happy to support you in applying to your home university or other funding agencies for support in covering travel and other participation costs.

Call for Papers

Bertolt Brecht was confronted with the alien throughout his life. He was exposed to it everywhere he lived, and in all venues he inhabited, he was as a stranger among strangers. Furthermore, he made the experience of the alien into the linchpin of his entire artistic project. Brecht’s intensive confrontation with the alien is more relevant now than ever in an era when, on a daily basis, fear and hatred of foreigners continue to demonstrate a fundamental inability to live among strangers even (or especially) in a period of increasing globalization and of societies affected by migration. With Brecht though, we have to work toward a theory as well as a practice of a contemporary »theater among strangers.«

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Following the conclusion of the symposium, the organizers plan to publish selected contributions in the Brecht Yearbook or in the IBS journal e-cibs (=electronic communications of the international brecht society). Joining the IBS is not a requirement for participation in the symposium. However, only members of the IBS will receive a free copy of the Brecht Yearbook, which will include the proceedings of the Leipzig symposium. Further details about the work of the International Brecht Society and its publications, about membership benefits as well as about previous IBS symposia, can be found at the website


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