30 January 2008

CFP - Performing Islam/Muslim Realities (Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance; deadline: 15 March 2008)

CFP: Performing Islam/Muslim Realities

The Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance (BJTP) seeks submissions for a special issue titled Performing Islam/Muslim Realities. Conceived as a collaborative project between the journal and the Arabic Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Researach (IFTR/FIRT), the issue is guest edited by Hazem Azmy (U of Warwick, UK) and Marvin Carlson (Graduate Center of CUNY, US).

The BJTP generally welcomes submissions on a variety of topics and approaches to criticism, including theatrical performance and theatre history, dramatic literary criticism, social, political and cultural studies of theatre and performance, ethnographic explorations of performance traditions, and editorial commentaries on topics related to the performing arts.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores the relationship between spiritual faith and the arts. With this orientation in mind, this special issue on Islam is open to any submission related to the many and multi-layered interactions between "Muslim" life and faith, and theatre/performance studies. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Plays/theatrical productions/performative practices in which Islam is a significant topic or in which Muslim subjectivities are consciously foregounded.
  • Plays/theatrical Productions/performative practices in which Islam serves as an invisible but crucial component.
  • Performative aspects of Muslim ceremony and devotional life
    The impact of socio-cultural and political manifestations of Islam on responses to public performances.
  • The interaction between religion and Arabo-Islamic critical and theoretical writings on theatre and performance.
  • Interviews and profiles on "Muslim" theatre/performance artists (whether or not they would define themselves as such, but with attention to the implications of such religious/non-religious self-definitions for their various public practices).
  • Interactions between Islam and other faiths and/or cultures (particularly via theatre translation); these may include interactions taking place onstage or as performative readings of culture.

In addition to the above, the BJTP also seeks book and performance reviews broadly related to the issue topic.

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2008. Material should be submitted in electronic format only to BJTP editor Carolyn Roark:

Carolyn D. Roark, PhD
Editor, Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance
Dept. of Theatre Arts
One Bear Place, Box 97262
Waco, Tx

Inquiries regarding submission may be directed to the editors, and additional information, including submission guidelines and a style sheet, may be found on the journal's website.

BJTP is peer-reviewed and adheres to a blind submission policy. It is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography and EBSCO.