Reminder: Call for Papers STUDIA DRAMATICA 2/2015. "Spectator's Body, Emotions, Empathy"

18 June, 2015




Issue:Spectator’s Body, Emotions & Empathy


The last decades, audience and reception studies in theatre, film, media and video gaming debunked the long lasting illusion of the (so-called) spectator’s passiveness. Many theories and experiments from brain studies, neurology and psychology confirmed the fact that spectatorship is not a cold mirroring reflection activity, but an active, multi-level, complex, participatory one – even if one speaks about live performance or about film, audio or video art.

The new technologies provoked unbelievable changes not only in aesthetic, style and artistic offer, but also in terms of scientific knowledge about spectator’s cognitive, corporal and emotional processes. And, in fact, the spectator/cultural user is the ultimate beneficiary of artistic communication.

These are the reasons for suggesting a special, inter- and trans-disciplinary issue theme, focused on the investigation of spectator’s body, emotions and cognition processes.

We invite researchers and academics – from the fields of performing arts, film, media, gaming studies, but also from philosophy, sociology, psychology and neurology or other - to submit studies and articles, interviews with writers, performers and theatre/film directors. Any contribution of artists is welcomed, and also book or article reviews, if related to the theme.


The studies, articles or reviews may include, but are not limited to topics such as:


  • Performer’s Body and/in Spectator’s Body
  • The Engagement Spectator-Character-Avatar
  • Otherness, the Significant Other and Spectator’s Self
  • Spectatorship and Own-Body Knowledge
  • Emotion and Empathy in Spectatorship Processes
  • Spectator’s Body and Fictional Space’s perception/Immersion
  • Spectator’s Body and Sound Design
  • Visual, Sound, Haptic and Olfactory in Performance/Film
  • Performativity and Interaction: What are we expecting from the Spectator?
  • Corporeal and Verbal Violence on Stage/in Movies: Functions and Limitations
  • Spectatorship and Pleasure




Articles (that will be peer reviewed) will be sent in electronic format to the e-mail address of the editorial office till July 25, 2015:


or to the

Issue coordinator:

Professor Miruna Runcan PhD:

Or to the assistant editors:

Raluca Sas-Marinescu PhD:

Mihai Pedestru PhD:



Selected authors will be notified by October 1st, 2015.


Style Guide:


Name of the author(s) and presentation: Give the full author(s) name(s) and a micro CV in English (max. 600 characters). Full addresses should be keyed to the author’s names using numbers in superscript. In case of more than one author, please indicate the email, telephone, and fax of the author to whom the correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract & Keywords: The abstract (not exceeding 250 words) must be written inEnglish, outlining concisely the main findingsand major conclusions of the paper.Literature citations and figurereferences should not appearin the abstract. Include upto 8 keywords beneath the abstract for indexing purpose.


Text: Manuscripts should be typed (single spacing) on A4 paper (21 x 29.7 cm) leaving a margin of 4.5 cm all around. Authors should use IUGS terminology and metric units. All pages should be numbered consecutively and illustrations and tables must be printed incorporated into the text. The text should be in English or French.


References: All references cited in the text should be given in the reference list and vice versa. The reference list should be arranged alphabetically and chronologically, with the authors always listed with their last (family) name first. Journal and book titles must be spelled out in full or abbreviated and cited in the text. Include diacritical marks (accents, umlauts etc.) in all titles and names. For books and articles with non-English titles, please translate them into English and mention in parentheses at the end of the reference the original language. (This is not necessary for Spanish, German, Italian or French titles).





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