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Platform: Postgraduate Journal of Theatre Arts


Postgraduate Journal of Theatre & Performing Arts   


Platform is a refereed electronic journal devoted to postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers, and entry-level academics in the fields of theatre and performing arts. Platform, as the name suggests, works to provide a space for postgraduate researchers and entry-level academics to have their work circulated through online publication. It’s run by postgraduates for postgraduates and operates a peer and academic review system, which ensures that contributors not only have the opportunity to publicise their research, but also receive valuable feedback.

Platform is published twice a year, with each edition covering a broad range of topics, making it possible for diverse research interests to be covered in each volume.

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We are pleased to announce that Platform’s new Spring Issue Vol. 10, No. 1: Are We On The Same Page? (Spring 2016) is now released.

We're currently working on the next issue of 2016!

Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 10.2: Theatre and Crisis


This forthcoming issue of Platform investigates the ways in which theatre has engaged and continues to engage with ideas of crisis and disaster. In the early twenty-first century, we face manifold crises that are increasingly shaping modern life: climate change, economic recession, terrorism, and the ongoing European refugee crisis. Others, meanwhile, perceive a sense of crisis in our political systems or in the ways in which we relate to one another in today’s society. All of these concerns have found voice in the theatre in recent years, spanning a multitude of theatrical forms from performance lectures on global warming to analyses of the banking crisis.

Looking further back, theatre has long engaged with the crises of its time, animating the stage with humankind’s troubles and anxieties. Some of the theatrical forms to engage with ideas of crisis in the past, such as tragedy, retain their potency today. As the recent resurgence of Greek tragedy in British theatre has demonstrated, these ancient plays are still able to speak to our present day politics and conflicts. And as we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, his plays continue to be used by theatre-makers globally to resonate with current challenges.

Theatre’s relationship with crisis is also a theme that is generating increased debate among theatre and performance scholars. In the coming months, the TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group will be exploring the ways in which tragedy reflects various twenty-first-century crises, while a conference at the University of Birmingham is looking at theatre and performance that deals with the relationships between environment and economy at a time of accelerating ecological crisis.

We hope that this edition of Platform can extend current discussions about the intersection between various theatrical forms and the multiple social, economic and ecological crises we face in the early twenty-first century, as well as exploring how theatre has engaged with crisis in the past.

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

  • Theatre and ecological crisis
  • Theatre and the economic crisis
  • Theatre and migration
  • Theatre and war
  • Performing crisis
  • Theatrical treatments of past crises
  • Dramaturgies of crisis
  • Crisis and tragedy
  • Staging crises of identity
  • Theatre and social crisis
  • Protest/Activism
  • Performing personal crises

Along with academic articles, we are also happy to consider new writing, performance writing, photographic essays, performance responses, and other creative works that speak 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, philosophy, 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 Friday 27 May 2016.

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.

With kind regards,

James Rowson and Catherine Love, Editors

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