Transnational Influences: CFP for special issue of NTS

CFP for special issue of Nordic Theatre Studies

Transnational Influences: Theatrical Interactivity in the Nordic/Baltic Region and Beyond

While theatre activity has always crossed borders, theatre studies have normally been written from local or national standpoints. To break this pattern, this  number of the journal will feature transnational connections and interactivity, artistic migrations, and transcultural borrowings across geographical boundaries. It will focus both on individual and collective efforts, artistic touring and exchange, border crossing, transnational connections and the blurring of national and transnational identities.

Theatrical exchanges between Nordic and Baltic countries and between Nordic/Baltic countries and abroad are the focus. These could be at institutional levels between governments or theatre institutions and companies or between artists or concerning artists abroad and/or in exile. It will also consider exchanges between national subjects and non-national minorities within countries. It will trace and analyze both the push and the pull behind the artistic migrations and theatrical exchanges, the (mis)interpretations of the Other around inter- and transnational performances, and the outcomes of this interaction.

We will welcome articles dealing with current or historical theatrical exchanges, especially ones in which tangible evidence can be adduced showing the effect of these transnational exchanges. These could include transnational migrations of writers, directors, actors, dancers, dramas, performances, and theatre companies, and their ideas and ideologies and their effect on their new environment, e.g. theatrical developments as a result of transnational theatrical exchange. Articles might utilize theoretical approaches to address problems of subjectivity, identity, agency, etc.

Abstracts (200 to 300 words) and a short biography (50-100 words) should be submitted to Mikko-Olavi Seppälä ( by 30 September 2019.

The schedule for contributing:

  • The deadline for the submission of article proposals (abstracts): 30 September 2019;
  • Notification of acceptance: by 15 October 2019;
  • Submission of full article: 1 March 2020;
  • Peer-reviewing: March – May 2020.

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Editors of the issue:

Dr Mikko-Olavi Seppälä
Prof Hanna Korsberg
Prof Anneli Saro

Nordic Theatre Studies is the leading academic journal for theatre researchers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and for all scholars writing about theatre and performance related to these countries.