CDE Conference: Augsburg/Online, 3–6 June 2021


Online Conference, hosted by the University of Augsburg, Chair of English Literature (Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke, Dr. Martin Riedelsheimer)


Please note: the following is a preliminary programme and may yet change in some details. 


All times given in local CEST (UTC+2)




Thursday, 3 June 2021

  • 10:00 CDE PhD Forum

Hosted by Clare Wallace (Charles University) and Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg),

with presentations by

Sarah Busch (University of Freiburg)

Juliann Knauss (University of Graz)

Xi Luo (University of Freiburg)

Ondřej Polák (Charles University)

Leila Michelle Vaziri (University of Augsburg)


  • 18:30–19:00 Conference Opening

Opening addresses by
Prof. Dr. Christiane Fäcke (Dean of the Faculty of Philology and History)
Prof. Dr. Ute Berns (President of CDE)


  • 19:00–20:15 Keynote

Chair: Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg)


Ella Hickson in interview with Aleks Sierz

followed by Q&A




Friday, 4 June 2021

  • 10:30–11:30 Panel 1

Chair: Ute Berns (Universität Hamburg)


Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London), “Climate Change Theatre and the Conundrum of Time”

Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway), “Staging the Great Acceleration: Caryl Churchill’s Far Away on Spike Island, 2017”


  • 11:45–13:00 Keynote

Chair: Martin Riedelsheimer (University of Augsburg)


Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow), “Ecologising Theatre”


  • 14:00–15:00 Panel 2

Chair: Dorothee Birke (NTNU Trondheim)


Christian Attinger (University of Augsburg), “An ecology of plants: The post-manufacturing age in Philip Ridley’s Shivered and David Eldridge’s In Basildon

Julia Rössler (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), “Embodiment, Atmosphere, and Materiality: Ecological Aesthetics in the Theatre of Adam Rapp”


  • 15:30–16:30 Panel 3

Chair: Anette Pankratz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)


Kerstin Howaldt (University of Erfurt), Diffracting ‘Stabilized/Stabilizing Binaries’ of Climate-Change Theatre (Plays)”

Anna Street (Le Mans University) and Ramona Mosse (FU Berlin), “To Be Like Water – Material Dramaturgies in Unthinkable Environments”


  • 16:45–18:00 Keynote

Chair: Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg)


Martin Crimp in interview with Aleks Sierz, followed by Q&A




Saturday, 5 June 2021

  • 10:00–11:45 CDE Annual General Meeting


  • 15:00–16:00 Panel 4

Chair: Merle Tönnies (Paderborn University)


Leila Vaziri (University of Augsburg), “Isolation and Disgust – The Capitalocene in Contemporary Eco-Drama”

Jill Gatlin (New England Conservatory), “Performing Reception Justice: Audience Disturbance and Ecological Toxicity in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints”


  • 16:15–17:15 Panel 5

Chair: Clare Wallace (Charles University)


Linda Heß (University of Augsburg), “Playing the Petrocene: The Toxicity of National Discourse in Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill (2014) and Ella Hickson’s Oil (2016)”

Chukwuemeka Rowland Amaefula (Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike), “Eco-Drama, Multinational Corporations and Climate Change in Nigeria”


  • 17:30–18:45 Keynote

Chair: Martin Riedelsheimer (University of Augsburg)


Theresa May (University of Oregon), “Kinship and Community in Climate Change Theatre”




Sunday, 6 June 2021

  • 10:00–11:15 Keynote

Chair: Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg)


Vicky Angelaki (Mid Sweden University), “Writing in the Green: Imperatives towards an Eco-n-temporary Theatre Canon“


  • 11:30–13:00 Panel 6

Chair: Eckart Voigts (Technische Universität Braunschweig)


Jamie Harper (De Montfort University), “Performing Resilience: Spatio-Temporal Reflexivity in Live Action Role-Play Drama”

Solange Ayache (Sorbonne University), “‘It’s the intricacy of the forest… that’s the treasure’: Devising Ecological Theatre with Simon McBurney’s The Encounter”

Simon Bowes (University of Greenwich), “Embodiment, Occupation and Solidarity: Theatre Environment as Territory in three Tim Spooner Performances”


  • 13:00 Conference Closing