Call for Contributions, vol 26: Technology and Theatre

460345_598785973474225_1122067268_oNordic 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 26 of Nordic Theatre Studies is Technology and Theatre. Despite the fact that the actor has always been considered the nucleus of performance, theatre has usually also employed technologies in stagings, i.e. stage machinery, lighting and sound, film, and computers. Especially since the 1980s, the influence of new technologies on the performing arts has grown considerably, raising several questions related to the ontology, aesthetics and ethics of theatre. Proposals sent to the thematic section should explore the theme of technology in theatre and its connections to other aspects of performance. We encourage proposals that examine how technology has changed not only the aesthetics and social functions of theatre but also our perception of the human. Topics could include:

• The influence of technology on the aesthetics and social functions of theatre (both historical and contemporary perspectives)
• The impact of the internet on performance
• Performers and technology
• Creating space through technology
• Forms of “technological theatre”
• Performances of technology in/as theatre
• Representations of technology in dramatic texts
• The reception of multimedia and technological performances
• Technology functioning as a mediator of performing arts
• Technology and the archiving of performance
• Technology and theatre research
• Post- or transhumanist approaches to “technological theatre”

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 Anneli Saro, anneli.saro@ut.ee, no later than October 1, 2013. The completed manuscript should be sent in before March 7, 2014. Manuscripts are to be submitted in English. The length of the article should be approx. 35,000 characters, 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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