Humanities & Social Sciences

Call for Papers: XVth International Ibsen Conference “The Intermedial Ibsen"

Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

June 24-26, 2024

The XVth International Ibsen Conference will be held in Nanjing, China on June 24-26, 2024. The conference is hosted by Nanjing University, in co-operation with the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 1st, 2024.

The Intermedial Ibsen

The theme of the conference will be “The Intermedial Ibsen”. In light of new developments in intermedial studies in literature and arts, the intermedial approaches to Ibsen may include the images of artists in Ibsen’s plays, the intermedial reference to music and architecture, the Ibsen paintings by Edvard Munch, film adaptations based on Ibsen’s plays, remediations of Ibsen in musicals and dance theatre, intercultural performances of Ibsen, just to name a few.

We encourage all participants to engage with the main theme to enrich the conference discussion. Papers may address, but are by no means restricted to, the following thematic streams:

  • Intermedial Practice and the Canonization of Ibsen’s Plays

  • Ethical Criticism of Ibsen’s Plays

  • Directing Ibsen’s Plays

  • Comparative Studies on Ibsen and Chekhov

  • Ibsen Across Cultures: Exploring Intercultural Adaptations, Translations, Teaching, and Research

  • Re-visioning Ibsen: Stage, Media and Gender

  • What’s Wrong with the Well-made Play? Form and Structure in Ibsen’s Dramatic Writing

  • Ibsen’s “Debate” in the Intellectual History of Human Civilization

  • Representation of Ibsen’s “Body” in Different Media

  • Ibsen’s Plays in Germany

  • Changing Forms and Transforming Political Notions of Ibsen’s Plays

  • Other topics

Instructions for abstract submission

Submitted papers should be centered on the conference theme, and paper presentations should be planned for a maximum of 20 minutes. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long and should include a brief bio.The deadline is January 1st, 2024.

Please submit your abstract to:

Please include the following information at the top of the page:


Institutional affiliation, if any

3-4 keywords describing the presentation

Audio-visual requirements, if any

An announcement of the proposals accepted will be made no later than February 1st, 2024.  

Should you require funding, kindly contact us.

Contact Information

Ms. GUO Ankang, Nanjing University


Local Organizing Committee

Prof. HE Chengzhou, Nanjing University


International Ibsen Committee

Annette S. Storli, Ibsenhuset, Skien Municipality, Norway

Chengzhou He, Nanjing University, China

Ellen Rees, University of Oslo, Norway

Giuliano D’Amico, University of Oslo, Norway

Kwok-Kan Tam, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, China

Liang Chen, Fudan University, China

Liyang Xia, University of Oslo, Norway

Lisbeth Wærp (President), University of Tromsø, Norway

Mark Sandberg, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Sabiha Huq, University of Khulna, Bangladesh