Research Colloquia

The research colloquia are open, quarterly events led by Anke Schäfer. Registration is required for participation. Please use the form below.

Upcoming research colloquium:

The next Research Colloquium is planned for  Thu 12. September 7:00 pm
Drama Therapy with Refugees in crisis regions

– Guest presentation of the qualitative study „Drama therapy as a mental health intervention for women in the shatila refugees camp, Lebanon“ (2022)  by the authors  Sara Sakhi, Dr. Lina Kreidie, and Farah Fardani (the later requested).

The study includes a field report with over 50 qualitative interviews on drama therapy interventions carried out in the Shatila refugee camp, south of Beirut. The Shatila Camp was founded in 1949 by the International Committee of the Red Cross and was actually intended to accommodate refugees from Palestine only for a short time. Today, people have been living here since they fled Palestine in the fourth generation. The Shatila Camp is the most populated refugee camp in Lebanon. According to estimates, there are now over 30,000 people in the overcrowded “transitional accommodation”, many of whom have fled Syria in recent years. The presentation will be held in English. We hope to provide via Zoom subtitling an AI simultaneous translation into German this time.

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Feel welcome to have a look on the documentation of our past research colloquia

Research circles

New: Research Circle “We do Research! – Doing research!”
In this new working group we develop specific and practice-based ideas for possible research projects in daily drama therapy practice.
Informed by arts-based approaches, this group is supervised by Sabine Koch and Anke Schäfer when required. – First online meeting planned in February 2024. Take part, join us!

Contact: Björn Kaltwasser,

If you have further suggestions for research circles, contact us. A working group should consist of about five people and meet quarterly. The findings that emerge at the meetings can be documented and be discussed in a special annual research circle colloquium.

Possible research circle topics could be (e.g.):

  1. Funding for drama therapy / “Theatertherapie” research projects
  2. What can research by non-academics look like?
  3. What could research tandems look like? Academics in exchange with practitioners

Please submit further suggestions:

Special research group on ritual research (Ingrid Lutz)

(further information will follow)

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