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Platform 7.2: Staging Play, Playing Stages

Posted on 20/08/2013

Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 8.1: Performance Legacies


In the wake of Peggy Phelan’s influential work on the ontology of performance—identifying performance as that which ‘cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations’ (Unmarked 146)—theatre and performance studies scholars have encouraged us to revisit, revise and contest how ‘ephemerality’ relates to performance, asking: what remains? What haunts? What lasts? In short, what legacies does performance leave behind?

These concepts were the catalyst for a postgraduate conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, ‘Performance Legacies’, which this issue was inspired by, but departs from.

Platform invites postgraduate and early career researchers with an interest in the theme of performance legacies to submit articles or performance documents, which may take as a point of departure any of the following themes:

·         Performance legacies

·         Performing legacy

·         Theatre legacy

·         Drama legacy

·         Dramatic legacies

·         Haunting or ghosting

·         Surrogation

·         Archives and alternative archives

·         Performance remains

·         Genealogy and heritage

·         Re-writing or writing over

·         Non-textual legacy

·         Canon theory

·         Invisible texts/unspoken language

·         Actor legacies

·         Designer legacies

·         Production legacies

Along with academic articles, we are also happy to consider new dramatic writing, performance writing, interviews, photographic essays, performance responses, and other creative works that speaks to our themes. We would like to encourage submissions not only from scholars of theatre, performance and dance, but also from those working in literature, politics, music, media arts, film studies, cultural studies, geography, and other related disciplines. In addition, we are happy to consider interdisciplinary articles and provocations.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 1 October 2013.

Submissions should be 4000 words in length, and accompanied by a 200 word abstract. Please submit papers to platform-submissions@rhul.ac.uk.  

Submissions should be original, unpublished work. If required, all images should be appropriately captioned and attributed. We ask that all potential contributors familiarise themselves with our submission guidelines. http://www.rhul.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/platform/submissionsguide.aspx

With kind regards,

Will Shüler, Editor; Diana Damian and Sara Reimers, Guest Editors


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