New Circus. New Architectures? | 2024

New Circus. New Architectures? | 2024

Contrary to the common understanding of circus as a nomadic artform, the development of the institutionalized modern circus is fundamentally connected to a process of settling down. From 1850–1950, many static circus buildings were constructed throughout Europe and beyond. Today, one might be tempted to speak once again of an international boom of circus. The solidification of contemporary circus as an artform has led to an increasing number of static circus buildings that serve as schools, residency spaces, centers for leisure activities and performance venues.

The objective of the conference is to examine the historical and contemporary circus buildings and building typologies, so that broader questions concerning artistic, social-cultural, and historical interrelations can be discussed.

The conference will be held at the Université libre de Bruxelles in collaboration with the Freie Universität Berlin and Latitude 50 in the frame of the L’année cirque et architecture.


Prof. Dr. Jan Lazardzig | Freie Universität Berlin
Dr. Franziska Trapp | Université Libre de Bruxelles


Please find the full version of the Call-For-Papers here.


© Image: Arnaud Pamalio. Le Cirque. Latitude 50. Belgium 2023

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