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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 Autumn Issue (Vol 7, No. 2): Staging Play, Playing Stages| is now released.

We're currently working on the first issue of 2014!

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?

Joseph Roach (Cities of the Dead), Diana Taylor (The Archive and the Repertoire), Marvin Carlson (The Haunted Stage) andRebecca Schneider (Performing Remains), to name only a handful of prominent scholars engaging with performance legacies, encourage us to re-think the lives of performance in different presents. Performance events leave physical traces, such as records of human experience, company photographs and recordings. They also can leave less tangible traces, such as the perpetuation of a recognisable image, the continued use of a particular performance practice in treatments of a text, a formally conceived production history, or a re-surfacing interpretation of a character or text. 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 has now closed. Please watch this space for our next call for papers.

Submissions should be 4,000 words in length, and accompanied by a 200 word abstract. Please submit papers to platform-submissionsrhul.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,

Will Shüler, Editor

The previous issue, Platform’s Spring Issue (Vol 7, No. 1): On Corporeality| was released in February 2013.


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