On the occasion of celebrating 30 years from its founding at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, the Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television is organizing the international conference New Horizons of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment which will be held from 11th to 14th September 2019 at the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment and the Faculty.

The Faculty of Dramatic Arts is an institution of higher education in the fields of dramatic and audiovisual arts, and is one of the four faculties that make the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 2018 the Faculty has celebrated an important anniversary – 70 years of work on creation and application of the highest standards of quality education for theatre, film, radio, television, culture and new media. Due to such a long tradition, high quality of curricula, distinguished professors and excellent conditions for studying, the Faculty of Dramatic Arts is the leading educational, artistic and cultural institution, supported by the government of the Republic of Serbia.

The Faculty of Dramatic arts is a member of ELIA, ENCATC, CILECT, and GEECT; founder of the European Film School (ESFS), the Festival of International Student Theatre (FIST), and (co)founder of the Festival of Mediterranean Theatre Schools OLIVE. Aiming to support an experimental approach to the development of dramatic and audiovisual arts, the Faculty has also founded the Interactive Arts Laboratory, the Performing Arts Laboratory, and the Laboratory for Experiencing Sound – Room 64.

The Faculty has signed numerous agreements and protocols of cooperation with higher education institutions from Serbia and abroad. By using the capacities of its’ Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television, the Faculty participates in many national and international scientific and artistic research projects, capacity development programs and programs that are supporting mobility of students, teachers and associates.

The Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television has been founded in 1989 at the initiative of dr Dejan Kosanović, then a full-time professor of the FDA back then. By following trends in research, transfer, and application of knowledge about dramatic and audiovisual arts for already thirty years, the Institute is developing scientific and artistic research at the Faculty. Thanks to that, in 1991, when the Institute got its first grant from the Ministry of Science, the Faculty has been acknowledged as a scientific institution, and from 2007 is officially accredited as such (according to the Law on science).

By nurturing the existing and creating new bonds with Serbian and international vocational public, the Institute is developing and implementing scientific and artistic research projects; participating in such projects carried by other faculties and institutes in Serbia and abroad; organising scientific conferences, symposia, gatherings, and counselling; publishing the Anthology of Essays by the FDA (categorised by the Ministry of Science as the leading national scientific journal – M 51), scientific and artistic monographs; processing, organising, archiving and encouraging (re)interpretations of data, information, and knowledge about dramatic and audiovisual arts. Profiled as such, the Institute enjoys the support of Serbian ministries for science, education, and culture; the European Union (TEMPUS, Horizon 2020, COST), the City of Belgrade, as well as numerous partner faculties and institutes such are the University of Hildesheim, FAMU from Prague (Filmová a televizní fakulta akademie múzických umění v Praze), La FEMIS from Paris (École national Supérieur des Métiers de l’image et du Son), Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography VGIK from Moscow (Всероссийский государственный университет кинематографии имени С. Гера́симова ВГИК), the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC), the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA), etc.

Aside the seven long-term scientific projects, and few artistic research projects, the Institute has organised almost twenty international conferences in the fields of theatre, film, media and culture. Among them, the most significant are: Media and Education (2003); Theatrological Thought in Serbia Today (2006), South Slavic Avant-garde and Late Avant-garde Between the East and the West (2007); Education, Art and Media in the Process of European Integration (2007); Dramatic and Post-Dramatic Theatre: Examining the Terms Ten Years Later (2009); Management of Culture and Media in Knowledge Society (2011); Performance Arts Artist: From the Role of the Rebel to the Role of Celebrity (2012); Pedagogy and Performing Arts (2013); Management in Dramatic Arts and Media – 21st Century Challenges (2013), Media, Democracy, Populism (2017), and Theatre Between Politics and Policies: New Challenges (2018).

With the international conference New Horizons of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment, the Institute for theatre, film, radio and television tends to view artistic, cultural and media practices in the context of complex processes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This revolution, as so far unseen fusion of technologies, that is erasing borders between physical, digital and biological spheres, significantly changes cultural practices and demands that they should be investigated with an interdisciplinary approach. That is why this conference will gather over hundred researchers in humanities and social sciences (cultural and literary studies, film and media studies, performing arts studies, studies of cultural management and policy, etc) who will open new, important issues of future development of arts, culture and media, as a cyber-physical systems, and try to offer some possible answers. In accordance with that, the main themes of the international conference New Horizons of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment are concerned with “digital” as social imaginary of today; cultural diversity and interculturalism; cultural memory and identity; new media formats; new challenges for cultural management and policy; cultural governance of data, networks and platforms; transformations of performing arts, film & media studies in the digital age; digital humanities, new methodologies and ecologies of „open knowledge“, etc.