CfC: Nordic Theatre Studies No. 24: Phenomenology

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CfC: Nordic Theatre Studies No. 24: Phenomenology

Time: March 31, 2011 to October 1, 2011
Location: Worldwide
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Organized By: Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen
Latest Activity: Apr 3, 2011

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Nordic Theatre Studies, the leading academic journal for theatre scholars writing on all aspects of Nordic theatre (including the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and for Nordic and Baltic theatre scholars writing on any aspect of theatre, invites researchers to contribute to our next issue. The journal is divided into a thematic section and a section open for a broader scope of topics.

The theme of issue number 24 of Nordic Theatre Studies is Phenomenology. Proposals sent to the thematic section should explore the theme of phenomenology and its conceptualizations, applications and problems within theatre and performance studies. Phenomenology is an emerging approach, which entered into theatre studies via the so-called performative turn in the 1990s, which shifted the attention from the performance as a staged artwork to performance as a contingent event. Phenomenology is the methodological backbone of such seminal studies in performance analysis as Erika Fischer-Lichte’s Ästhetik des Performativen (2004) and Willmar Sauter’s The Theatrical Event (2000). Overshadowed by the impact of the concept of performativity, however, phenomenological theory and methodology still need to be more fully developed within theatre studies. We encourage proposals that further the exploration and development of this field. Topics could include:

  • Theoretical discussions of the phenomenological foundations and their application within theatre studies
  • Don’t mind the gap: phenomenology and semiotics
  • The gains and pitfalls of ‘an erotics of art’ (Susan Sontag)
  • The historian’s choice and use of source materials
  • The situated researcher and the death of positivism
  • Phenomenology and dance
  • Phenomenology as a strategy of positioning audiences in performance (time, space, body, gaze, agency)
  • Phenomenological research in the training and creative processes of the performer
  • Phenomenology and interculturalism
  • Phenomenology of the dramatic text
  • Case studies with a phenomenological perspective


Proposals for contributions (both to the thematic section and to the open section) should be presented in a short abstract (not exceeding 300 words) and sent to the Editor-in-Chief Magnus Tessing Schneider,, no later than October 1, 2011. The completed manuscript should be delivered before March 6, 2012. Manuscripts are to be submitted in English. The length of the article should be approx. 35,000 signs, including punctuation marks, blanks, notes and references.

Nordic Theatre Studies is a peer-reviewed journal, and all articles are read and commented on by the journal’s international board.


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