Book CFP: Postdramatic Theatre and Form

29 March, 2016 by Michael Shane Boyle | 0 comments

Book CFP: Postdramatic Theatre and Form

Call for papers for a new collection called "Postdramatic Theatre and Form"

Postdramatic Theatre and Form

Call for Submissions

Editors: Shane Boyle, Matt Cornish, Brandon Woolf


Call for Submissions

Postdramatic theatre has become an important category for discussing and reflecting on contemporary performance. As conversations about postdramatic theatre have proliferated over the past decade, however, so too have the meanings of the term and the practices it is presumed to describe. Postdramatic Theatre and Form will examine the stakes of continuing to use “postdramatic” as a lens for studying performance today.

 This edited volume will advance the scholarly discourse on postdramatic theatre and also provide a collection of highly teachable essays. We invite contributions that examine how the category of  the “postdramatic” creates a pressing need to interrogate theatrical form. As well as studying formal elements of postdramatic theatre, essays submitted for consideration could compare postdramatic theatre to other performance forms or deploy an expanded understanding of form itself:

  • What formal elements give shape to postdramatic theater? Essays might consider the “aspects” identified by Hans-Thies Lehmann--space, time, media, bodies, and text--but could also move beyond this catalogue.

  • What distinguishes postdramatic theatre from other contemporary forms of performance, such as Live Art, postmodern dance, the avant-garde, or devised performance? What does postdramatic theatre today share with historical theatrical forms or genres of non-Western performance? What is occluded by using the term “postdramatic” to understand those forms? 

  • How does the practice of postdramatic theatre challenge conventional modes of artistic production--the formal structures of ensembles, the institutional forms that present performances, and the forms of labor theatre requires? What is at stake when postdramatic theatre becomes a brand useful for marketing and for funding applications?

A timely investigation of both the aesthetic structures and political infrastructures of contemporary performance, Postdramatic Theatre and Form will refine what we mean, and what we don’t, when we speak of postdramatic theatre.

 If you would like to contribute an essay to Postdramatic Theatre and Form please submit a 500-word abstract with a brief bio by April 15, 2016 to the editors at Please note that all contributions accepted by the editors will be subject to additional peer review at a later date facilitated by our publisher.

Expected Timeline:

April 15, 2016 -- 500-word abstract and brief bio

June 1, 2016 -- Selection of essays; email responses to potential authors

Early Winter, 2016/2017 -- Full manuscripts due

 Please contact the editors at with any questions.




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