CALL FOR PAPERS STUDIA DRAMATICA 1/2017 - Narrative Structures in Contemporary Performing Arts

13 November, 2016 by Daniela Gologan | 0 comments

CALL FOR PAPERS STUDIA DRAMATICA 1/2017 - Narrative Structures in Contemporary Performing Arts

We are calling for a special, inter- and trans-disciplinary issue of Studia Dramatica, focused on the investigation of new narrative forms




Issue: Narrative Structures in Contemporary Performing Arts


In the last decades the dynamic  theatre teams, changes in directors’ role in a production and collective working models seem to have generated a reconsideration of narrative structures. The emerging performance and dance practices embodied narratives in unique and different ways.

The new technologies and the multitude of film and tv series built on modular structures have induced major changes not only in aesthetics, style and artistic offer, but also in terms of generating new narrative forms. Some contemporary theatre makers are considering the actor, playwright and director as equal members of a team, with similar creative responsibilities; in some cases, the writer merges with the director, or even the actor.

A number of questions arrise from the new ways of working together: Does the written text still have its importance in performance? Do all these innovations stand as a narrative turn in contemporary performing arts or are they just individual experiments with storytelling? What are the major determining factors of the narrative form? How is the audience engaged by such stories?

In order to attempt to answer these questions we are proposing a special, inter- and trans-disciplinary issue of Studia Dramatica, focussed on the investigation of new narrative forms.

We invite researchers and academics – from the fields of performing arts, dance theory, film, media, gaming studies, adaptation studies but also from philosophy, sociology, psychology and neurology, and others - to submit studies and articles, interviews with writers, performers and theatre/film directors. Any contributions from artists are welcome, and also books or article reviews, if related to the theme.


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

  • Alternative narrative in contemporary drama;
  • New narrative structures in dance and performing arts;
  • Storytelling techniques in performing arts;
  • Storytelling in devised theatre;
  • The importance of written text in theatrical performance;
  • The importance of a narrative framework in performance art;
  • Interractive performances;
  • Narrative and the social context in XXI century;
  • Documentary theatre making
  • New technologies and their influence on narrative structures and devices.



Articles (who will be peer reviewed) will be sent in electronic format to the e-mail address of the editorial office untill February 28, 2017:

or to the

Issue coordinator:

Raluca Sas-Marinescu PhD:

Or to the assistant coordinator:

Mihai Pedestru PhD:

Selected authors will be notified by March 20, 2017.


Style Guide:

Summary and keywords must be in English. Authors for whom English is not a native

language must have their manuscripts reviewed by a colleague who is fluent in English before submitting their manuscripts. Please use up to 8 keywords.

The Title should be informative but not longer than 15 words. Please supply a short title of up to 70 characters.

Name of the author(s). Give the full author(s) name(s). 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 in English, outlining concisely the main findings and major conclusions of the paper. Literature citations and figure references should not appear in the abstract. Include up to 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.

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 a 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).

Illustrations.Photographs, artwork and drafting are expected to be submitted in JPG,

PSD, EPS or TIF format, with a preferred resolution of 300 dpi. The artwork must be

sized to the text width of 6.5 cm (single column) or 13 cm (double column). Make

sure each artwork has a scale bar or specifically mention the scale in the caption. The

numbering of the illustrations (e.g., Fig. 3) or (Pl. II, Fig. 1 or Figs. 3-5) must correspond to their order of appearance in the text.

Review Process. The manuscript submission and peer-review process consists of the following steps: The Author submits a manuscript. One of the Editors assigns a member of the editorial board to manage the peer review and assigns a second member of the editorial

board to provide an independent review. The first member of the editorial board assigns the manuscript to at least two reviewers. The Reviewers review the manuscript. The first member of the editorial board collects the peer reviews and drafts a recommendation to the Editor. The second member of the editorial board provides the independent review to the Editor. The Editor reviews the two sets of reviews and drafts a decision that is sent to the Author.

How to Submit Your Paper: Please make sure you have read through these instructions carefully before beginning the submission process. Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.

Submission of a manuscript to Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai implies that

all authors have read and agreed to its



Preparing to Submit: Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:

All Authors

First and Last Names

Postal Addresses

Work Telephone Numbers (for Corresponding Author only)

E-mail addresses

Title (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)

Abstract (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)

Manuscript files in Word (Please make sure the "Language" is "English (U.S.)" via

Tools->Language->Set Language), WordPerfect, text, PDF, RTF or Latex format.

Cover Letter, including job title and institution for EVERY Author listed on the manuscript.

Figures/Images should be in TIFF, GIF, JPG, PDF, Excel, or Photoshop format.

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