The Conference of Doctoral Studies in Theatre Practice and Theory has been organised as a biennial event by the Theatre Faculty of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno, Czech Republic, since 2003.
The conference provides a platform on which different concepts of doctoral studies and research in the field of theatre practice and theory can be contrasted
The event has been attended by over one hundred doctoral students from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia who have come here to introduce their research in progress to an international audience and discuss common methodological issues.
The faculty perceives doctoral studies as a potential think tank responding to current trends in the most up-to-date and innovative way, which is why it pays them such close and consistent attention.
The Theatre Faculty has organised the international doctoral conferences since 2003. The founders of the tradition were prof. PhDr. Josef Kovalčuk, prof. Mgr. Petr Oslzlý a prof. Pentti Paavolainen of Helsinki Theatre Academy. The conference was originally profiled as a discussion forum of doctoral students of theatre schools. In addition to the Czech Republic and Finland, the founding countries were the United Kingdom, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
Since 2015, the conference has intensified its interdisciplinary character, and it is headed towards an issue-based definition of its topic; in 2015 it was focused on artistic research.