• E-mailulla.kallenbach@uib.no
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    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
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    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

I am Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, where I am heading the Theatre History and Dramaturgy Research Group.

I am also steering committee member of the Centre for Historical Performance Practice (CHiPP), Aarhus University, Denmark, and President of the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars.

I am currently heading the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe (see more under Current Projects).

I hold a MA in Text and Performance (2005, King’s College London/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and an MA in Theatre Studies for which I received the University of Copenhagen’s Gold Medal for the dissertation ‘Space and Visuality in the Drama Text’ (2007). In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the Mind – Imagination on the Stage’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 as the first comprehensive study of the cultural history of imagination in the context of theatre and drama.

Prior to joining the University of Bergen, I was a Carlsberg Foundation research fellow in Comparative Literature at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark with the project Imagining Imagination in Philosophy and Drama 1960-. 

I teach and supervise students in a broad range of topics, mainly related to dramaturgy, theatre history and historiography.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Svend Borberg: Mellemkrigstidens fortrængte forfatter. Nordica.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Levels of presence in the drama text: be-tween close and distant reading. Orbis Litterarum.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Svend Borberg: Punktummet, der ikke blev sat. Uopdagede værker fra en dramatiker med europæisk udsyn. Peripeti. 24-39.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Harold Pinter's Old Times and the play of indistinction. Orbis Litterarum.
  • Show author(s) (2020). The ethics of imagining and the dramaturgy of spectatorship. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. 41-55.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Towards a Spectatorial Approach to Drama Analysis. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2018). “Beautiful Dream” or “Loathsome Delusion”: Imagination and Ideality in Nineteenth-Century Denmark. European Romantic Review.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Feigning History: the early modern imagination and the theatre. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) (2014). The Disenchantment of the Wonderful - A Doll’s House and the Idealist Imagination. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Værk/fantasi/virkelighed: Salò og det interaktive teater. Kulturo.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Henrik Ibsens Et Dukkehjem.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Travelling through Europe 1788 – A digital mapping of mobility.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Transgressing Borders: Practices of Mobility and Cultural Exchange at The Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Presentation of the ArtEx Database.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Illusion, ideality and the “theatrical mind” of Johanne Luise Heiberg – between the real and the imaginary in the 19th century.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Hvad er dansk teater?
  • Show author(s) (2022). How to perceive perception (and make the invisible visible) in digital drama analysis and what to do when you can’t?
  • Show author(s) (2022). Holbergs komedier i digital dramaanalyse.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Forskerens bruk av digitale arkiv: digitale udfordringer i teaterforskningen.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Dramaturgy and Imagination.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Digital challenges and possibilities in theatre research.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Artistic exchanges at the Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Artistic Exchanges: On the Nordicness and Europeaness of the First Nordic National Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Ethical dramaturgies, dramaturgies of spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Preface. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Introduction: Mapping Theatre. Nordic Theatre Studies. 5-8.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Introduction: Theatre and Technology. Nordic Theatre Studies. 7-7.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2017). Min arm - min forestilling: Gæstespil af Team Teatret på Edison. Peripeti.
  • Show author(s) (2017). "I am in blood step’d in so far…” Macbeth, Teatersalen Odeon, Odense Teater. Peripeti.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2021). Det historiske blik. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
  • Show author(s) (2016). stage / page / play – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theatre and Theatricality. Multivers.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Djævelens billede - maskens magt - fra karneval til Dario Fo. Multivers.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2022). En verden af forestillinger. Skuespil & illusion.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The Theatre of Imagining: A Cultural History of Imagination in the Mind and on the Stage.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2017). Tilfældighedernes spil. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvem er Hamlet. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Forestillinger om fantasi. Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Kongen og Narren i King Lear. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Dømt til undergang: om den tragiske karakter. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Historien om historien på teatret. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Meningsløs vold? Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Fantasi i frit spil. Teater 1.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2014). The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the mind – imagination on the stage.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2021). Demaskeringen af idealismen – om historicitet og dramaturgi i Et Dukkehjem.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Introduction.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Imagination at play.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Fantasiens teaterhistorie.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Imagining Absence: Performance in the Text.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Macbeth - The Catastrophe of Regicide and the Crisis of Imagination.
Encyclopedia article
  • Show author(s) (2020). Læsedrama. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Freytags pyramide. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Forord.
Introduction, musical or theatrical programme
  • Show author(s) (2008). ’Hvem er Lorca?’, ’Tidsliste’, ’Historien bag Blodbryllup’, ’Det sanselige og det surreelle’, ’La Baracca’.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Hvem er Lorca?
  • Show author(s) (2021). Fantasiens flow og kreativitetens kaos: om styring og ustyrlighed i en teaterproces. 221-236. In:
    • Show author(s) (2021). Leg & Litteratur. Syddansk Universitetsforlag.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

PI of the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe. The project explores how the theatre was a “window to the world,” an essential agent for offering the public experiences of foreign cultures and for negotiating cultural identities at a time when international travelling was still rare. Using state of the art digital tools, we are currently developing databases and mappings that will allow us to analyse how artists travelled and how travelling influenced the repertoire and performance practices.

In 2020-21, I have also been participating in the pilot project Danish theater archives in the digital era in research and teaching under DeiC (Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation) and Royal Danish Library’s Cultural Heritage Cluster exploring Ludvig Holberg’s comedies.