Theatre and Statelessness

14 October, 2015

Critical Stages – the online journal of the IATC

Special Issue on “Theatre and Statelessness in Europe”


Call for contributions to a special issue of Critical Stages on the theme of  “Theatre and Statelessness in Europe”


Editors:Azadeh Sharifi and S. E. Wilmer


Topic of Special Section:


With the number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa rising rapidly and demonstrations for and against refugees and immigrants taking place in many cities,migration has become a major issue in Europe. Despite the large number of deaths in sea crossings, the member states of the European Union have thus far failed to agree to share the responsibility for housing new immigrants and asylum seekers. While a few EU states have been welcoming them, most have been constructing new barriers to keep them out, such as Spain’s heightened security border fence in Melilla, Bulgaria’s 150 kilometre fence with Turkey, Hungary’s new 175 kilometre fence with Serbia, and Britain’s enhanced Channel Tunnel defenses.

In reaction to the crisis, Critical Stages is hosting a special section on “Theatre and Statelessness”. We are interested in publishing articles (of about 4500 words) about how theatre makers (such as Ariane Mnouchkine, Christoph Schlingensief, Elfriede Jelinek, Donal O’Kelly, David Edgar, etc.) and/or theatre institutions (such as the Ruhr Triennale, the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, the Maxim Gorki Theatre and the Theatertreffen in Berlin) have responded to this issue.

Application procedure:

Abstracts of approximately 250 words (and a brief biog) in Microsoft Word should be submitted to Dr. Azadeh Sharifi ( and Prof. S E Wilmer (


Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2015

Deadline for confirmation: 15 January 2016

Deadline for first drafts: 15 May 2016

Feedback: 15 June 2016

Final drafts: 15 September 2016

Publication: December 2016

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