Calls for Papers

“Theatre and Memory Wars”

Call for special issue article proposals

ditors of the international journal Nordic Theatre Studies (NTS) invite scholars of theatre and performance to submit article proposals for the issue on theatre and memory wars.

The issue of ”memory wars” relates both to the political violence and armed conflicts of the past and conflicting memories of the violent historical experiences in contemporary societies. The confrontation of different and often opposite interpretations of history appears particularly relevant with the recent rise of the rhetoric of war (information war, new cold war, hybrid warfare, war on terrorism, etc.) often relating to (or rooted in) the prior historical conflicts and their popular or institutional memory in different states and social groups.

World War II and the violence of the Holocaust, as well as post-war occupations, mass deportations and political persecutions had a crucial impact on the cultures of history and memory in different countries around the Baltic sea and still support deep divisions along social and ethnic lines and along the lines of regional and European identities. The issue of memory wars has a broad appeal as it can focus on the conflicting, inconsistent and agonistic nature of historical evaluations and memories.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Memories of wars in theatre productions, performances and re-enactments;
  • World War II in European theatrical memory;
  • Performing conflict and sharing memories in contemporary theatre;
  • Contest, conflict and consensus in collective memory;
  • Practices and performances of memory, memorials, commemorations and reenactments;
  • From agonism to antagonism: memory, democracy, participation, theatre;
  • Nostalgia, ostalgia and counter-memories in Eastern Europe.

Please find the NTS style guidelines at

The schedule for contributing:

  • The deadline for the submission of article proposals (abstracts): 15 October 2018;
  • Notification of acceptance: by 1 November 2018;
  • Submission of full article: 1 March 2019;
  • Peer-reviewing: March – September 2019.

Please send your proposals to Edgaras Klivis:

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. Authors who attended the “Memory War” conference in Kaunas may also submit proposal regardless of whether they are from the region or are writing about the region.


Nordic Theatre Studies, Vol. 32, no. 1.

Theatre and the Anthropocene

While many indigenous peoples have performed rituals and ceremonies related to the protection and conservation of the earth and its inhabitants, seeing continuity between all living creatures including plants, animals and humans, theatre artists have often addressed similar themes through plays on war, exile, migration, and the threat of nuclear disaster. Recently, ecological themes and environmental sustainability as well as animal rights have entered the performance (as well as the philosophical) area.

The Anthropocene has been defined as the present geological epoch in which the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity are being slowly disrupted by human intervention. The term has become commonly used since 2002 when Paul Crutzen argued its importance in a Nature article, and since then scientists have debated its credibility and possible starting point, suggesting the end of the eighteenth century (with the birth of the industrial revolution) or 1945 (with the commencement of nuclear weapons testing).

The notion of the Anthropocene raises important questions that concern the sustainability of the planet.  With seas rising and becoming inexorably contaminated, with fish life and plankton dying because of climate change and pollution from plastic, oil, and other forms of human waste, with the destruction of coral reefs (such as the Great Barrier Reef), with the endangerment and extinction of animal species, with huge tracts of land in Africa being leased by China to feed its own population, with African governments encouraging their citizens to go abroad in order to send back foreign income to sustain their national economies, with aggressive mining operations, fertilization, and over-cultivation of land, with the ubiquitous burning of fossil fuels and the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the resultant climate change, with deforestation, drought, desertification, poverty and hunger in the global south forcing increasing waves of migration, with periodic oil disasters and emissions of radiation from nuclear power plants as well as the continual threat of nuclear war, with the rapid increase of the world population to 7 billion (estimated to increase to 10 billion by 2050), Elon Musk has offered a wake-up call by proposing that we need to colonize Mars.

For this issue of Nordic Theatre Studies on “Theatre and the Anthropocene” (to be published by 2020), scholars are encouraged to submit essays relating to the importance of some aspect of the Anthropocene for theatre and performance studies.  We would welcome papers examining how different performances, genres of performance, artistic/practice-based research, and contemporary theatre and performance at large have engaged with aspects of the Anthropocene.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Theatre, performance and animals (such as Beuys, Castellucci, etc.)
  • Indigenous culture and performance
  • Indigenous wardenship of nature in ritual or drama
  • Theatre and technology
  • Theatre and ecology/environment
  • Activism and eco-performance
  • Theatre and artificial intelligence
  • Theatre and climate change
  • Theatre and the nonhuman/posthuman
  • Theatre and migration/refugees
  • The anthropocene and related societal/natural/ecological
    changes/spectacles as performance

Abstracts (200 to 300 words) and a short biography (50-100 words) should be submitted to Prof. Steve Wilmer (, editor of Nordic Theatre Studies, or Prof. Karen Vedel (, co-editor, by 1 September 2018. Applicants will receive decisions by 1 October 2018. Articles based on accepted abstracts are due by 1 April 2019. The length of the article, which must be submitted in English, should be approximately 5,000 to 6,000 words (including footnotes and references).

Nordic Theatre Studies is a peer-reviewed journal, registered with Scopus and Web of Science, publishing two issues a year. The journal is divided into a thematic section, an open section for other topics, and a book reviews section. The journal also publishes occasional shorter essays (which are peer-reviewed and can use a more personal approach). Specialising in Nordic and Baltic theatre research, it prioritizes articles that relate to some aspect of Nordic or Baltic theatre and performance, or that have been written by a scholar resident in a Nordic or Baltic country. It has been a print journal since 1988, and recently converted into an online publication so that it is freely accessible to scholars around the world. (See