Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe

Conference presentations


Invited conference presentations

Keynote on “Theatre without Conflict”, 6th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, St Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, New York, USA, 10-12 June 2015.

Lecture tour of selected Canadian universities:

o   University of Ottawa, 19 September 2011, Opera and Consciousness

o   University of Winnipeg, 20 September 2011, Theatre Ethics and Consciousness

o   University of Saskatchewan, 21 September 2011, Methods for Reducing Stage Fright in Actors.

o   Ryerson University, Toronto, 22 September, Theatre, Ethics and Consciousness

“Methods for Reducing Stage Fright in Actors” at the research seminar series of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology research seminar series at Liverpool John Moores University, 7 November 2006

“Methods for Reducing Stage Fright in Actors” at the research seminar series at the International University Bremen, 14 November 2006

“Methods for Reducing Stage Fright in Actors” at the research seminar series of the 
Department of Theatre Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 16 November 2006

‘Boulevard Comedy Theatre in Germany’, Lecture, Institute of Germanic and Romanic Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 12 May 2005.

‘The Concept of Guru in South Asian spiritual and artistic traditions’, Research Seminar, AHRB Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance, 29 October 2004, SOAS, London, UK.

‘Unity in Diversity: Vedanta, the Disappearance of Self, and Theatre Theory and Practice’. Keynote lecture, 9th International Conference, ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas), 2-7 August 2004) Pamplona, Spain.

‘Consciousness, Theatre and Literature’, Pre-conference workshop (with William S. Haney II), Tucson 2002: Towards a Science of Consciousness. April 8-12, 2002, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

‘Praise and censure in Theatre Criticism’ Invited lecture, Theatre Criticism in the New Millennium. Zagreb, March 20-26, 2000.

The Importance of Stanislavsky for Intercultural Theatre at the end of the 20th Century, Panel discussion, 9th Biannual Festival of Small-Scale Theatres, November 6-9, 1997, Odense, Denmark.


Other conference presentations

Consciousness and the Oper Masterclass, World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research, 28 July to 1 August 2014, University of Warwick

Dancing Horses and Reflecting Humans. With Aurelia Baumgartner. Animal Encounters: Performance, Animality and Posthumanism. Roehampton University: 31 May 2014.

Consciousness, Theatre and Literature 4-hour workshop with Harry Youtt (UCLA) at 20th biannual conference Towards a Science of Consciousness in Tucson, Arizona, USA, 21-26 April 2014,

Consciousness and Composing for Opera, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Barcelona, 21-27 July 2013

Performance and Philosophy as Experience, Performance Philosophy, Guildford, UK, University of Surrey, 11-13 April 2013.

The Sound of the Opera Singer’s Voice: An Analysis of Current Critical Practice. Sound and Performance: Biannual conference of the German Association for Theatre Research. Bayreuth, October 2012.

Werktreue und Regieoper. Music in Performance conference, Rose Bruford College, London, October 2012

Modes of Collaboration and their Impact on a Dance Production in Progress. On Collaboration, University of Middlesex, 12 May 2012

The Philosophy and Vocabulary of Praise. Theatre and Performance Research Association – Cardiff September 2010

Opera and Spirituality. International Federation for Theatre Research – Munich, July 2010

English Biographical Plays about Famous Artists: the 21st Century What happens now – Lincoln July 201

“Consciousness and the Origins of English Dramatic Modernism”, Annual TaPRA conference, Plymouth, September 2009

“Alternative Aesthetics in German Theatre for Transformation “, Annual IFTR Conference, Lisbon, July 2009.

“Enchanted Theatre”; “Embodied Mind and Theatre: An application of the expression of human anatomy and physiology in Vedic literature”; “Make-believe versus “science” in selected seminal theatre productions, 1979 to the present”; “Empirical research into methods for reducing stage fright in theatre actors”. 11th International Conference of ISSEI, 28 July – 2 August, 2008, Helsinki, Finland.

“Theatre and Ethics”, Annual TaPRA Conference, Birmingham, 5-7 September 2007.

“Ethical Implications of Theatre”. Annual IFTR Conference, 10-14.7. 2007 Stellenbosch, South Africa.

“Theater, Bewusstsein und Medien”. VIII International Congress of the German Association for Theatre Research, 12-16 October 2006, Erlangen, Germany.

“Consciousness and Dolan's utopian performatives” Annual TaPRA Conference, London, 7-9 September 2006

“Soft Dark Matter Research and Atmosphere in the Theatre”, International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress, August 7-13, 2006, Helsinki

Consciousness and Schiller’s concept of comedy. Towards a Science of Consciousness (Tucson 2006) April 4-8 2006, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

“The Body as Consciousness: Concepts and Implications “The Changing Body in Training and Performance. Exeter, 6-8 January 2006.

 ‘Theatre and the Vedanta Philosophy of Action’, Inaugural conference of TaPRA, 8-10 September 2005, Manchester,

‘The intercultural potential of Twelfth Night’, British Shakespeare Association Conference, 1-4 September 2005, Newcastle, UK

“The Spaces of Consciousness: New Possibilities for Contemporary Theatre”. 14th CDE conference, 2-5 June 2005, Bremen Germany

‘Consciousness (studies) and Friedrich Schiller’s  concept of comedy’, Laughing Matters: Comedy and Society, 15-17 April 2005, Portsmouth, UK.

‘Theatre for Transformation’, CPR conference Towards Tomorrow, 6-10 April 2005, Aberystwyth, UK

‘Interactive SOMA: Consciousness, Physics and Performer-Audience Interaction’, Annual SCUDD conference, Northampton, 18-20 March 2005

 ‘Soft Dark Matter Research and Atmosphere in the Theatre’, Theatres of Science: Crossovers and Confluences, 8-11 September 2004, University of Glamorgan, UK

‘Consciousness (Studies) and Utopian Performatives’ Political Futures. Alternative Theatre in Britain Today, 16-18 April 2004, University of Reading, UK

‘Articulating Practice through Heuristic Research’, SCUDD Conference 2-4 April 2004, Aberystwyth, UK

‘Spirituality in Shakespeare's The Tempest’, British Shakespeare Association Conference, 29 – 31 August 2003, Leicester, UK.

‘Simultaneity, Theatre and Consciousness’, 5th International CAiiA-STAR Research Conference and Workshop CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED 2003, 2 – 6 July 2003, Newport, UK

‘Consciousness Studies as a new Paradigm for Theatre Practice and Research’ Directions in Theatre Studies: New Theatre Voices of the Noughties? 24 May 2003, Sheffield University, UK

‘Veda Lila: The World as performance’, AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures, Workshop 4: Exporting, Translating and Recreating Performance, 12-14 May 2003, SOAS, London, UK.

‘The Relevance of Cultural Memory for Intercultural Theatre’, XIV World Congress of the IFTR/FIRT, 30 June – 6 July 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

‘Transportation and Transformation as a Result of Theatre Training. An Exploratory Study’, 5th conference of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, 14-17 September 2001, Scarborough, UK, with Elizabeth Valentine.

‘Finite and Infinite Spaces: Virtual Reality and Consciousness’, 3rd CAiiA Conference Consciousness Reframed, 23-26.8.2000, Newport, UK.

‘The Use Value of Peter Brook’s Mahabharata, ‘The Future of Beauty in the Theatre’, ‘Welsh Fairy Tale in Performance’, ‘Personal Identity and Shakespeare in Performance’, 7th ISSEI conference, 14-18.8.2000, Bergen, Norway

‘Development of Consciousness through Performance’, Common Grounds, April 14-16, 2000, University College Northampton, UK

‘Peter Brook and the Freedom of Intercultural Theatre’, Internationalism and the Paris Stage, October 14-16, 1999, London, UK

 ‘Beauty and Performance’, 5th Performance Studies Conference, ‘Here be Dragons’, 9-12.4.1999, Aberystwyth, UK.

‘Intellectual Narrative in the Theatre and Beyond’ and ‘Transformative Changes of Consciousness through Theatre’, 6th ISSEI conference, 16-21 August 1998, Haifa, Israel.

‘Changing Consciousness Through Theatre’, Towards a Science of Consciousness (Tucson III) April 27 - May 2, 1998, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

‘The Unity of the Arts in Indian Aesthetics’, Annual SCUDD conference, March 1998.

‘Self-Referral in Drama and Society’, The Profession in Contemporary British Drama, 6.3.1998, Senate House, University of London, UK.

‘Transformative Change of Consciousness through Theatre’, 1st Annual Conference of the British Psychological Association Section on Consciousness and Environmental Psychology (CEP): October 11 and 12, 1997, London, UK

 ‘Orientalism in Intercultural Theatre’, Beyond Orientalism, 12 4. 1997, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

‘The Practical Relationship of Consciousness and Performance: An Intercultural Approach’, The New Europe at the Crossroads, 3-7.8.1997, York, UK.

‘Hamlet's Procrastination: A Parallel to the Bhagavad-Gita’, Hamlet East and West, October 1996, Gdansk, Poland.

‘Consciousness and Theatre Aesthetics’, Consciousness Reframed. First Research Conference of CAiiA, 4. - 6. 7. 1997, University of Wales College of Newport, UK.

‘Language beyond speech and Indian linguistics’, CPR Conference Past masters: Artaud, November 1996, Aberystwyth, UK.

‘Historicity and Universality in Intercultural Theatre’, SCUDD Conference April 19-21, 1996, Scarborough, UK

‘Body Memory in Indian Aesthetics’ and ‘Consciousness and Theatre: Euro-Indian Conceptions’, 5th ISSEI Conference, August 1996, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

‘Consciousness and the Actor/Actress’, Actor/Actress on Stage, (IFTR Conference), 21-27.5.1995, Montreal, Canada

‘‘The Concept of Person in Indian Drama Theory’, Second Conference of the European Society for Asian Philosophy, 3-5.8.1995,  Exeter, UK

‘From Perfor­mance via Research into Performance Research’, SCUDD Conference, 6-7.4.1995, Birmingham, UK.

Drama and the Veda: Beyond Sacred and Profane’, Indian Dance in a Comparative International Context, 25-27.11.1994, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

‘The  Spectator's  Memory  from the Perspective of Vedic Science’, XIIIth  World  Congress  of  Sociology,  Section:  Theatre  Arts  Across  Boundaries.  18.7.-23.7.1994,  Bielefeld, Germany.  

‘The Theatre's Quest for Universality’, XIIth World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research, June 1994, Moscow, Russia.

‘The Function of Theatre in Society: A reading of the Natyashastra’, Moral and Society in Asian Philosophy, 26-28.8.1993, Nottingham, UK

‘The Aesthetics of the Natyashastra and Reception Theory’, Third  World  Congress  of  Theatre Sociology,  30.10.-2.11.1992, Lisbon, Portugal  

‘Indische Ästhetik und westliche Theaterwissenschaft’ Arbeitsfelder der Theaterwissenschaft, 19.-22.11.1992, Leipzig, Germany

‘Shakespeare and the Heterogeneous Classroom’ (seminar), Fifth World Shakespeare  Congress,   August  1991, Tokyo, Japan.

‘Promenade Performances as Festival’, International Congress of  Popular  Theatre,    April  1991, Barcelona, Spain.

The Natyashastra--An Ancient Approach to Audience Response Rediscovered’, World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research, 1989, Stockholm, Sweden

‘From Theatre to Film: Ronald Harwood, The Dresser’, The World of the Theatre in Film, November 1989, Venice, Italy

‘Hamlet at the Royal Court and at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz’, World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research, 1985, Glasgow, UK.