22 October, 2015

Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies




The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies [Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença], an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal, will be receiving until 31 January 2016 new articles that fall within the broad theme of STAGING THE OLYMPICS.

In August 2016, the city of Rio de Janeiro will play host to the world’s biggest sporting event – the Olympic Games. More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in events that are punctuated by a series of spectaculars including its opening and closing ceremonies as well as the medal awarding ceremonies marking the conclusion of each event. The Games have often been caught up in controversy whether in relation to the illegal performance-enhancing drugs of athletes, the future host city selection process, or the social and economic benefits (or otherwise) of pre- and post-Games legacies, all of which have become increasingly permeated with tensions and interests that exceed the notion of sport as an end in itself. Further examples can be seen by the spectacle of bodies optimized by the HD (High Definition) television technologies and the use of recent innovations in picture capture technologies. In addition, the Olympics is a site for the performances of other bodies through the Para-Olympics – whose presence can be traced back to World War 2 invoking ideas of bodies marked by conflict (which can be further developed into considerations of the tensions brought by the binomial natural / artificial).


Moreover, considering the Brazilian context leading up to the Olympics in Brazil, it can be said that these elements compound one on top of the other where  following on from the unprecedented demonstrations against the World Cup in 2014, Rio 2016 promises to offer an international stage for those seeking to both promote Brazil’s emergence from the wings of its fellow BRICS countries as an economically successful nation of modernity and those staging protests as a new, diverse wave of politically complex agents for change (where once again the host country becomes caught up by the tensions that seek to reconcile high financial investments with local priorities and needs).

To mark the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games coming to South America for the first time, the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies [Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença], an open access online journal, aims to provide an opportunity for exploring the dual themes of protest and spectacle. Contributors might offer theoretical, empirical, and/or historical accounts of the impact of the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games on performance (and vice-versa) in relation to one or more of the following:


·      Rio de Janeiro and spectacle

·      Amateurism and professionalism in performance

·      Medals, the podium and ceremonies

·      Sport, performance and the city

·      The Olympics and The Para-Olympics

·      The Olympics as aesthetics

·      Staging the political in Rio 2016

·      Staging sexualities and the Olympic Games

·      The Olympics and notions of ‘community’

·      Performance, economics and the Olympics

·      Opening and closing ceremonies

·      Globalisation and internationalisation

·      Counter-Olympic stagings

·      The Olympics and the performative body

·      The Olympics and conflict

·      The Olympics, training, pedagogy, and performance


The journal expects to receive works derived from research with a conceptual engagement in the field of the Performing Arts and will give particular consideration to those utilising images and video to develop their reflections. Submissions should conform to the journal's standards and be posted directly to our submission system to follow the general evaluation process of the journal by clicking on the corresponding section (Staging the Olympics). The journal does not charge submission or publication fees and uses the double-blind peer-review system. The text can be in Portuguese, Spanish, English, or French, and will be published in two languages. Authors sending texts in Portuguese or Spanish will be required to send an English translation. More information can be found on our website,; our guidelines can be viewed under “Author Guidelines”.

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