TERROR | inaugural conference
in Oslo

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On 14 and 15 September 2013, the National Theatre of Oslo hosted the inaugural conference of the TERRORisms project.

CONFIDENCE, FEAR AND PUBLIC FEELINGS. Terrorism wants to destroy the reliability of things and social relations and thus undermine the confidence in the world. Confidence in the world is more than a personal feeling. It is public, something that is shared with others. Destroying this confidence is always a kind of expropriation of something common. How does terrorism affect our society, our public feelings, our feeling of fear and confidence — but also, the media dramaturgy and even our language?

VIOLENCE, TERROR AND THEATRICALITY. Terrorism performs. It is a theatrical act before the eyes of the victim, before the eyes of the spectator — even before the eyes of the perpetrator. But what exactly does it perform? The power of some, the helplessness of others, the unreliability of the world? In what way can theatre deal with this theatricality? And how should we deal with the phenomenon of terrorism in theatre today?

Bringing together playwrights, researchers and theatre makers from all over Europe, the conference conveyed different perspectives and angles on terrorism(s). It was the starting point of a reflection opened to citizens, which was continued throughout the two-year duration of the project.



15 September 2013

9.30am | Registration and coffee

10am | Opening of the TERRORisms inaugural conference by Hanne Tømta, artistic director of the Nationaltheatret, Oslo and Dr. Ruth Heynen, director of the Union of European Theatres

10.15am | Conference Part I

PANEL 1: Terrorism and the Community. Confidence, Fear and Public Feelings.

1) Different perspectives and angles on terrorism(s) I:

Terrorism as an act to shatter our confidence in the world.

2) Different perspectives and angles on terrorism(s) II:

Terrorism as a phenomenon; how to understand terrorism today?

3) Panel discussion moderated by Mr. Johnsen and Mr. Görling

12.30am | Lunch and networking

2.15am | Conference Part II

PANEL 2: Violence, Terror and Theatricality.

1) Different perspectives and angles on theatre and terrorism(s) III: On theatre and terror. The dramaturgs’ response to terror interfering with our lives.

2) Panel discussion moderated by Mr. Johnsen and Mr. Görling.

4.30pm | End of conference


A conference moderated by

- Kai Johnsen, stage director, Norway

- Prof. Reinhold Görling, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany

Produced by the Union of European Theatres

and the National Theatre of Oslo, Norway.

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union