The XIVth International Ibsen Conference

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The XIVth International Ibsen Conference will be held at the Ibsenhuset Concert Hall in Skien, Norway, on 5-8 September 2018. The conference is organized by the Centre for Ibsen Studies in co-operation with Skien Municipality

Conference Program with Parallel Sessions


Main conference venue: Ibsenhuset Concert Hall, Lundegata 6, Skien

Friday afternoon venue (final session only): Telemark Museum, Brekkeparken, Øvregate 41, Skien


Wednesday September 5th

3:00 pm Registration

4:00 pm Opening remarks/greetings

4:30 pm Keynote: Xiaomei Chen, “Performing Ibsen in China/Teaching China in America Through Ibsen”

6:00 pm Reception at the Ibsen Museum Venstøp


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Thursday September 6th

9.00 am Keynote: Tore Rem, “Mediation and power: a typology”


10:15 am Parallel Sessions

1.1 Ibsen in Translation (chair: Anne Lande Peters)

May-Brit Akerholt: “Words as Springboard to Performance”

Astri Ghosh: “Translating Impoliteness to Hindi: Face Threatening Acts and Social Distance in Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and An Enemy of the People

Elham Alizadeh Ilkhanladar: “Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Iran: Manipulation and Reception”


1.2 Rethinking Women and/in Ibsen (chair: Joan Templeton)

Beret Wicklund: “Women’s Ideas of Power in Ibsen’s Dramas”

Wenche Torrissen: “Ibsen and ‘Second-Wave’ Feminism in Norway: An Interview Study of Norwegian Actresses Who Played Ibsen’s Female Characters in the 1960s and 1970s”

Anar Rahimov: “The Personal Power of Women in A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler


1.3 The power of psyche in Ibsen’s plays (chair: Giuliano D’Amico)

Marit Aalen: “The Power of Interpsychic Relations”

Gerd Karin Omdal: “The Power of Mysticism in Emperor and Galilean. A World Historical Drama

Ruth Schor: “Becoming Ibsenites: Informal Venues of Cultural Engagement in Late Nineteenth-Century Munich and Berlin”


1.4 Ibsen’s Influence on Other Dramatists (chair: Roland Lysell)

Chen Liang: “Religious Empowerment in Hybridization: Chinese Adaptations of Ibsenism in Cao Yu’s Thunderstorm

Lada Čale Feldman: “Nora and Hedda United: The Empowering Ambivalence of Miroslav Krleza’s In Agony

Janet M. Roberts: “‘Where Truth Might Live’: The Threads that Bind Ibsen and O’Neill”


1.5 Ibsen in a South Indian Context (chair: Krishna Sen)

B. Anandhakrishnan: “Ecotypes of Ibsen’s Plays in Malayalam”

Shaik John Bashur: “Examining the role of Henrik Ibsen in Telugu Theatre: From Relevance to Influence”

Kotla Hanumantha Rao: “Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and An Enemy of the People in Telugu Context”


11:45 am Lunch


12:30 pm Parallel Sessions

2.1 Ibsen: Film and Television (chair: Lisbeth Wærp)

Bruno Henriques: “Claire Underwood and the Power of Ibsen’s Women”

Anton Pluschke: “Happy is the Revolution of Tragedy: The Subversive Power of Happy Endings in Ibsen and SKAM

Azadeh M. Isaksen: “A Case Study of Gender-Based Power Relationships in Contemporary Iran: ‘Nora’s’ Performance on the Kitchen Table and ‘Torvald’s’ on the Dance Floor in Sara


2.2 Nature and Landscape (chair: Ellen Rees)

Elinor Fuchs/Read by Joan Templeton: “The Power of Landscape in Ibsen’s Final Play”

Mads B. Claudi: “Omnipotence and Impotence: Man vs. Nature in Ibsen’s Dramatic Works”

Keld Hyldig: “Ibsen’s Landscape Dramaturgy”


2.3 Stage Adaptations of Peer Gynt (chair: Sabiha Huq)

Abhimanyu Vinayakumar: “Challenging the alignment of text and Performance in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt

Sanda Tomescu Baciu: “A Peer Gynt Performance. The Power of Adaptation and Mediation”

Kamaluddin Nilu: “Ibsen Between Tradition and Contemporaneity:  Peer Gynt in the Sanskrit Performance Tradition”


2.4 Ibsen in a Comparative Literary Perspective (chair: Thomas Seiler)

John Lingard: “Enchanting Mermaids: The Ondine Figure in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm and Bjørnson’s Laboremus

Martin Humpál: “The Power of Imagination in Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea and Karen Blixen’s ‘The Dreaming Child’”

Kakhaber Loria: “The Power of Modernism in Ibsen and Vazha-Pshavela”


2.5 Contemporary Stagings of An Enemy of the People (chair: Ruth Schor)

Crina Leon: “An Enemy of the People (2016) – A Powerful Adaptation at the ‘Vasile Alecsandri’ National Theatre in Iaşi, Romania”

Tapati Gupta: Dynamic Power Play in a Contemporary Bengali Adaptation of An Enemy of the People


2:15 pm Parallel Sessions

3.1 Ibsen in Germany (chair: Jens-Morten Hanssen)

William Grange: “The Power of German Actresses over Henrik Ibsen”

Clemens Räthel: “Redecorating the Doll House: A Theatrical Approach to the Lasting Work of Henrik Ibsen”

Thor Holt: “Heim ins Reich: Ibsen on Screen and the Notion of Heimat in Nazi Germany”


3.2 The Media and the Monetary System in Ibsen’s plays (chair: Helge Rønning)

Clare Glenister: “Ibsen and the Power of the Press”

Klaus Müller-Wille: “Ibsen, the Power of Media and the Political Unconscious”

Lars August Fodstad: “Mediating the Power of Money: The Monetary Breakthrough in The Pillars of Society


3.3 Reflections by Directors (chair: Kamaluddin Nilu)

Heinz-Uwe Haus: “Ebb and Flow – Directing The Lady from the Sea on the Island of Aphrodite”

Mitsuya Mori: “Who is the Enemy of Society? Seeing Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People in a Japanese Perspective”

Ila Arun: “Ibsen and His Word Power”


3.4 The Political Backdrop for Global Ibsen Reception and Adaptation (chair: Cristina G. Baggethun)

Irina Ruppo: “Ibsen in Israel”

Victor Grovas Hajj: “Ibsen, Power and Politics in Mexico: Ibsen Meets the Avant Garde Director Seki Sano in Postrevolutionary Mexico”

Nino Mazmishvili: “Lack of Ibsen in Soviet Russia”


4:00 pm Parallel Sessions

4.1 Using the Power of Virtual Reality to Research Early Ibsen Performance (chair: Gianina Druţă)

Ellen Karoline Gjervan: “Creating Ibsen’s Virtual Theatrical Space – How and Why”

Julie Holledge: “Visualising Ibsen’s Designs and Stage Movement on the stage of the VR Komediehuset”


4.2 Hedda Gabler; new perspectives (chair: Astrid Sæther)

Olivia Noble Gunn: “Three Endings – and a Future? – for Hedda Gabler

Roland Lysell: “Hedda’s Power”

Fatemeh Arbabi: “The Influence of Iranian Cultural Context on Juni Dahr’s Hedda Gabler”


4.3 Ibsen Mashups (chair: Keld Hyldig)

Camila Bauer Brönstrup: “An Enemy in the Doll’s House – New Dramatic Structure as a Dialog with the End of Certainties”

Ye Rulan: “An Avant-garde Expression of Ibsen’s Dramas on the Contemporary Chinese Stage - Ibsen in One Take and The Integration of Filmic Language”

Liu Minghou: “From An Enemy of the People To China’s The Crowd


4.4 Textual landscapes (chair: Mads Claudi)

Benedikte Berntzen: “Ibsen’s Presentation of Unsteady Power: Fallen Power Structures and Their Ironic Presentation in John Gabriel Borkman, Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck and An Enemy of the People”

Gunnar Arrias: “The Wild Duck and the Power of Art”

Guan Yangyang: “The Play of Power: City Life and Urban Issue in Ibsen’s Plays”


6:00 pm Dinner at the Ibsen House


7:30 pm Film Evening Session at Parkbiografen. Keynote by Lisbeth P. Wærp: “Ibsen on Screen: The Power of Place”.

Film screenings (introduction by Eirik Frisvold Hanssen; piano accompaniment by Tormod Klovning):

The Pillars of Society. Thanhouser Film Corporation, 1911, USA, 10 mins.

A Doll’s House. Thanhouser Film Corporation, 1911, USA, 14. mins.

Hedda Gabler. Giovanni Pastrone, Gero Zambuto, 1920, Italy, 30 mins.


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Friday September 7th

9:00 am Artists panel chaired by Robert Mshengu Kavanagh:  “Using Ibsen to Empower Young People in Zimbabwe”


10:15 am Parallel Sessions

5.1 Peer Gynt and Adaptation (chair: Olivia N. Gunn)

Per Esben Myren-Svelstad & Sofija Christensen: “‘Akin to Peer Gynt’: The Power of Adaptation in Peer Gynt

Dean Krouk: “The Power of Selfishness: Will Eno’s Gnit as a Rewriting of Peer Gynt

Ellen Rees: “Two Early Silent Cinema Adaptations of Peer Gynt


5.2 Intertextuality, genre and characters (chair: Dean Krouk)

Mariam Maglakelidze: “Third characters in Ibsen’s plays”

Sandra Saari: “Fairy Tale Power in Two Comedies:  St. John’s Night and The Lady from the Sea

Ralf Räuker: “Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Brecht’s Baal and the interplay between Power & Vulnerability”


5.3 Ibsen Around the Mediterranean (chair: Bruno Henriques)

Anna Stavrakopoulou: “Ibsen and Women: An Empowering Encounter at the Dawn of Greek Feminism”

Eylem Ejder: “New Ibsen Stagings in Turkey from the Perspectives of Feminist Studies”

Cristina Gómez Baggethun: “"The Water is Corrupted": Fernán-Gómez’ Staging of An Enemy of the People (1971) as Agitation against Franco’s Dictatorship in Spain”


5.4 Ibsen and Philosophy (chair: Fredrik Engelstad)

Jørgen Haave: “Borkman and the Will to Power”

Sajad Rahmani: “Captain Alving and Karsten Bernick’s Struggle Against Societal Norms: A Nietzschean Perspective”

Mateusz Kucab: “Silent Musae? Ibsen and the Power of Muteness”


5.5 A Doll’s House and gender relations in a Chinese context (chair: Chengzhou He)

Sun Jian: “Ibsen and the Chinese ‘Noras’”

Kwok-kan Tam: “Nora in Power: Major Chinese Productions of A Doll’s House

Terry Siu-han Yip: “Ibsen and the Reshaping of Gender Relations in Modern Chinese Literature”


11:45 am Lunch


12:30 pm Parallel Sessions

6.1 Uses and Misuses of Ibsen (chair: Irina Ruppo)

Sabiha Huq: “Culturalism, Soft Power, and Ibsen”

Monica Emilie Herstad: “Ibsen and the New Feminisms: Towards a Backdrop of the Anthropocene”

Giuliano D’Amico: “‘Solguden’: Ibsen and the Power of Forgery”


6.2 Ibsen and Illusions of Power? (chair: Frode Helland)

Fredrik Engelstad: "Rosmersholm - illusions of power"

Siri Gullestad: "Emotional power as revenge"

Helge Rønning: "Private and Public Power in Ibsen's Dramas"

Ellen Hartmann: “Power and helplessness in Hedda Gabler”


6.3 Re-Worlding Ibsen (chair: Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman)

Shuchi Sharma: “Enduring Rebellion: A Cultural Adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Krishna Sen: “Ibsen and the Power of ‘Otherness’: Re-Worlding Little Eyolf and When We Dead Awaken in India”

Xuan Hu: “From Individualism to Collectivism: Peer Gynt Adapted to Represent the Family Value in Traditional Chinese Culture”


6.4 An Enemy of the People: Text and Context (chair: Kwok-kan Tam)

Jinghui Wang: The Power of the Minority versus the Tyranny of the Majority: On Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

Rezan Saleh: “The Power of An Enemy of the People in the Iraqi and Kurdish Theatre: A Cross History”

Mei-Fang Chang: Populism versus Solipsistic Elitism in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People


2:15 pm Parallel Sessions

7.1 Ibsen in Practice in Bangladesh (chair: B. Anandhakrishnan)

Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman: “Nora Speaks: A Doll’s House at Khulna University”

Mohammad Abu Sayed: “Ibsen in Theatre Practices in Bangladesh: A Sociological Study”


7.2 Eastern European Historical Perspectives on Ibsen (chair: Sanda Tomescu Baciu)

Elizaria Ruskova: “Ibsen and The Making of Bulgarian National Drama”

Gianina Druţă: “The Power of Critical Discourse in Fashioning Henrik Ibsen’s Reception on the Romanian Stage”

Maija Burima: “Staging of Ibsen’s Plays in Latvian Theatres in the 21st Century in the Context of Power Relations”


7.3 Thematic Approaches to Ibsen’s Power (chair: Ståle Dingstad)

Thomas Seiler: “The Power of Memory”

Joan Templeton: “Ibsen’s Power Aesthetic”

Nicole Jerr: “Ibsen’s Bourgeois Sovereigns”


7.4 Feminism and Performativity in A Doll’s House (chair: Liyang Xia)

Aiping Wang: “Tarantella: A Performance with Performativity”

Jung-Soon Shim: “After A Doll’s House: Feminist Discourses in Early Modern Korean Theatre and Beyond”

Li Yinbo: “On Ibsen's Changing Idea of Religion and His Dramas”


7.5 Ibsen’s Historical Contexts (chair: Tore Rem)

Madelen Brovold: “Norwegian anti-Semitism in Ibsen’s Era”

Heidi Karlsen: “The Discursive Context of Nora’s Slamming Door: Gender Discourses in Norway in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century and Nora’s Decision to Leave Home”

Thomas Rasmussen: “The Power of Danish Satirical Magazines over Ibsen’s Late Plays”



4:00 pm Parallel Sessions (Brekkeparken, Øvregate 41, Skien)

8.1 Ibsen’s Impact in the Middle East (chair: Sajad Rahmani)

Fatemeh Moradi: “An Analytical Investigation of the Impact of Ibsen's Plays on the Works of Nizar Tawfiq”

Nima Salehian: “The Collapse of the Autocratic Tyranny of the Traditional Family as the Collapse of the Authoritarian State in Light of the Works of Henrik Ibsen”


8.2 Media and Politics (chair: Klaus Müller-Wille)

Mariam Nodia: “The Political Influence on Ibsen’s Reception in the Periodicals of Georgia”

Chengzhou He: “Ibsen and the Long March of Chinese Revolution”

Frode Helland: “Ibsen and Politics”


8.3 Performance and Pedagogy (chair: Wenche Torrissen)

Tove Ilsaas Pharo: “Exploring Ibsen’s Texts Through Enactment: A Methodology for the Secondary and Tertiary Education Seminar Room”

Abheesh Sasidharan: “Pendulum of Power and Knowledge: Shifting the Engagement of Director to Pedagogue in Production Process”


8.4 Ibsen’s Life and Work in Context (outdoor session) (chair: Jørgen Haave)

Jon Nygaard: “Ibsen – and the Water Power of Skien”

Ståle Dingstad: “Ibsen in Context and the Power of Biography”

Astrid Sæther: “Ibsen and his ‘Princesses’: Male Power at Play on the Female Psyche”


7:00 pm Conference Dinner at the Ibsen House


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Saturday September 8th

9:00 am Keynote Early Career Researchers Plenary Panel: Women Theatre Practitioners and the Global Spread of Ibsen’s Plays (chair: Julie Holledge)

Liyang Xia: “Silent Noras”

Svein Henrik Nyhus: “Ibsen Actresses on the American Stage: Two Cases of Artistic Autonomy”

Jens-Morten Hanssen: “Nora and the System of Solo Guest Performances”


10:30 am – General Meeting

12:00 pm Lunch


Bus to Oslo. More information will follow.


The opening of the International Ibsen Festival

The end of the conference has been scheduled to allow time for conferees to return to Oslo to the opening of the International Ibsen Festival at the Nationaltheatret.  The conference organisers are collaborating with the Festival administration to make sure that participants will be able to secure tickets to the opening. We will notify conferees as soon as the schedule for the festival is announced.


Free/discounted theatre tickets

The conference organisers have secured forty tickets at a 35% discount to the premiere of “The Master Builder” at Nationaltheatret and sixty free tickets to the dress rehearsal of “Peer Gynt” at Det Norske Teatret on Saturday, September 8. “The Master Builder” opens the Ibsen Festival and begins at 6 pm. The dress rehearsal of “Peer Gynt” begins at 5.30 pm.

More info about “The Master Builder”

More info about “Peer Gynt”


Centre for Ibsen Studies and Skien Municipality
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