Call for contributions, RiDE 20.3

19 June, 2014

Call for Contributions

RiDE: the Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance 20th Anniversary Edition


20.3 Looking back and looking forward


Since 1996 RiDE has been a space for the exploration and analysis of all aspects of applied and social theatre and drama education. Over the course of twenty years much has changed within the subject areas, as have their boundaries.


On behalf of the Editorial Board, a small team has been tracing some of these shifting preoccupations and emphases by looking at the words that occur and recur in the titles of RiDE articles.


‘Education’, ‘school’, ‘development’, ‘ethics’, ‘community’ and ‘change’ are used regularly and frequently across the whole twenty years. Other terms have more recently come to the fore, with discussions focused on: disability; landscape, place and space; environmentalism; human rights; migration and asylum; memory; beauty; representation and aspects of identity among many other terms.


The twenty years of the journal have seen analyses of practices relating to performance and war, theatre in prisons, health education programmes, drama in classrooms both within and beyond the school curriculum, and process drama in a wide range of contexts. There have been considerations of: the history and archiving of applied drama practice; discussions about impact and how it might be judged or measured; and analyses of such concepts as power, politics, participation, aesthetics, narrative and culture. Articles have focused on work from all over the world, and the journal has published work by by scholars and practitioners internationally.


For the forthcoming twentieth anniversary issue, we are seeking a broad range of perspectives on aspects of drama education and applied and social theatre from your perspective, wherever you locate and situate your work.


Whether you regard yourself as practitioner or scholar (or both, or neither), whether you see your work and voice as established, as new, or as recently connected with the journal’s concerns, we’d like to hear about what influences and preoccupations form your critical practice within this broadening field.


We would like to invite you to send us a proposal for a short (1000 - 1500 word) piece in response to this call for papers. We want to engage as many voices as possible in this issue, so please circulate this call far and wide. All contributors will be invited to engage in conversations that will be convened to develop connections and networks across the field.


For established practitioners and scholars, how has your work changed and developed over time? For those newer to applied drama and performance and drama education, what draws you to the work that you do, and how do you understand yourself and your practice within a wider disciplinary context?


We are interested in reflections about context and time, important influences, key concepts and new directions. Where do you see your work going next? Are there places, communities, practices or ideas that are under-represented within applied and drama education scholarship? What questions will determine and define the next five, ten and twenty years of critical practice in this field?


All proposals, questions and suggestions to:

Proposals: 1st August 2014

First drafts: 1st December 2014

Digital conversations: February and March 2015

Final copy: 1st April 2015

Publication: August 2015.


Editorial team: Anton Franks, Paul Sutton, Colette Conroy.


RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance is a refereed journal aimed at those who are interested in applying performance practices to cultural engagement, educational innovation and social change. It provides an international forum for research into drama and theatre conducted in community, educational, developmental and therapeutic contexts. The journal offers a dissemination of completed research and research in progress, and through its Points and Practices section it encourages debate between researchers both on its published articles and on other matters. Contributions are drawn from a range of people involved in drama and theatre from around the world. It aims to bring the fruits of the best researchers to an international readership and to further debates in the rich and diverse field of educational drama and applied theatre.

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