Cultural Brokers: Nomenclature, Knowledge and Negotiations of (Performance) Agents, Managers and Impresarios (1850-1930)
The time between 1850 and 1930 forms the heyday of the profession of agents, impresarios, and managers in the field of arts. As of the mid-19th-century the professionalization of these "brokers" and the establishment of agencies begin to emerge globally – based on the technological, media and infrastructural innovations back then. Particularly with regard to recent approaches in transnational historiography, cultural mediators gain in importance in their role as international tradeswomen and -men, or even as cultural ambassadors. The symposium aims at providing a forum for scholars from theatre history, American studies, history of law and economy from Europe and the U.S. for reconsidering the under-researched field of cultural/ artistic brokers, their practices, impact, and nomenclature.
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