Tenth International Ibsen Conference

     The Ibsen Society of America and Long Island University welcome you to the website of The Tenth International Ibsen Conference, held under the auspices of the International Ibsen Committee.

June 1-7, 2003
Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University



Over a hundred fifty scholars from seventeen countries attended the 10th International Ibsen Conference, hosted by the Ibsen Society of America and Long Island University, Brooklyn, June 1-7, 2003. The conference's sponsors were The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The National Ibsen Committee of Norway, The Freedom of Speech Foundation, Oslo, the Long Island University Board of Trustees, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

The chief organizers of the 10th International Ibsen Conference were Joan Templeton, President, The Ibsen Society of America, and Errol Durbach, President, The International Ibsen Committee. The main venue for the Conference was the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University; a second venue was Scandinavia House in Manhattan, the cultural center for the Nordic countries. The conference was open-themed, with papers on multiple aspects of Ibsen's art, including Ibsen's dramaturgy, Ibsen's affinities with and influence on other writers, Ibsen in political and social contexts, Ibsen's reception, Ibsen in performance. Twenty-five concurrent panels and sessions took place over four days.

Plenary speakers for the 10th conference were Eric Bentley, seminal scholar, critic, and translator of modern drama, and Emeritus, Columbia University; Marvin Carlson, prolific, award-winning scholar of world drama and performance and holder of the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature chair at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and Inga-Stina Ewbank, distinguished Ibsen and Shakespeare scholar and translator of Ibsen for major British Ibsen productions, and Emerita, The University of Leeds.

The conference's theatrical event was a site-specific installation-performance based on Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, the creation of Ivan Talijancic, artistic director of the Wax Factory performance group. The performance took place at the Old American Can Factory, a multi-media performance space in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. For a review of an award-winning workshop production of the play and an interview with Ivan Talijancic, click here.

For the conference program, click here.

For conference papers available on line, including the three plenary speeches, click here.

Held under the auspices of the International Ibsen Committee, the International Ibsen Conferences take place every three or four years, with every other conference taking place in Norway. The 10th International Ibsen Conference was the second international Ibsen conference to take place in the United States. The earlier venue was Yale University, in 1989.

The 11th International Ibsen Conference will be held in Oslo in 2006, as part of the Ibsen Centennial Year in Norway. Information on this conference will be made available in 2004 on ibsen.net, the web site for the Ibsen Center in Oslo.

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