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Cecilia Djurberg – Suède / Comex Candidature

My name is Cecilia Djurberg and I’m a Swedish theatre- and dance critic. I am 49 years old, based in Stockholm, and I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre History and Theory from Stockholm University. 

I am the theatre editor of Sweden’s largest newspaper Aftonbladet and I have worked as a professional critic, culture journalist and -editor for some 25 years; in news papers, in web magazines, and in the Swedish national public service radio. Since 2015 I produce a critical podcast, with discussions and conversations about performing arts. 

I have been a board member of the Swedish Association of Theatre Critics for many years. I held the presidency in our Swedish section in 2010-2016 and I am currently vice president.

For a long time I have studied the media development and the changing digital landscape, and worked hands on in it; with journalism, criticism, publishing and the social media. 

I have attended a couple of IATC:s conferences and congresses, my premiere was in Seoul in 2006, and in 2014 I presented a paper in the Beijing congress on theatre criticism in the Internet era. 

The role of the theatre critic, as well as the position and possibilities for theatre criticism and freedom of speech in the digital, changing realities are main topics of interest to me. As you may remember participated in the IATC-AITC online conference ”Redefining the Performing Arts in Times of the Corona Pandemic” in June 2020 and talked quite a lot about these topics.

I think it is crucial for us theatre critics to keep tracks with the new expressions evolving in both performing arts and in publishing, and to update our critical toolboxes accordingly. 

The current challenges and future possibilities for theatre criticism in the digital world are most definitely global issues in need of international discussions and exchange, and I think my knowledge and engagement in these subjects in combination with my Scandinavian perspective could benefit the IATC community. 

Therefore I would like to candidate to the executive committee of the International Association of Theatre Critics.