Religious Life in the Time of COVID-19 (plus general call)

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Performance, Religion and Spirituality (Journal)
contact email: 

Performance, Religion, and Spirituality

prs-jorunal.org

Call for Papers, vol 3. no 1
With a special section on ‘Religious Life in the Time of COVID-19’

We invite authors to submit articles for the upcoming issue of Performance, Religion and Spirituality. We seek scholarly articles and reviews of performances and books, as well as contributions to our “Forum” section, which highlights practical work and profiles artists.

Topics should treat some aspect of religion and/or spirituality as, in, or through performance. PRS especially welcomes interdisciplinary papers that address a range of methodological perspectives, including but not limited to: religious studies, theatre and performance studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, political science, international relations, theology, applied performance or practice as research, and pedagogy.

In addition, for this issue, we are inviting contributions of field reports, short essays, video, or similar material concerning how contemporary religious life has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you part of, or do you work with, a religious community that has had to find a way to continue its rituals and public life without public assembly? Have you seen the development of new liturgies, new performance styles, new uses of technology, or new modes of understanding a sense of religious community in these difficult times? We are looking for a wide variety of reports on how the pandemic has affected the performance of religious life around the world. These reports may be scholarly or personal. They need not take the form of a traditional academic essay, and they may be contributed by scholars, religious professionals, artists, congregants, or anyone else who has a report to contribute. To encourage a wide variety of submissions, these reports will be edited, but not peer-reviewed. For more details, or with questions, please contact the editor.

PRS is an international, bi-annual, peer-reviewed and open-access journal devoted to expanding and deepening discussion about the performed and performative dimensions of religion and spirituality, as well as the religious and spiritual dimensions of performance. The journal promotes rigorous scholarship about the social, cultural, philosophical, and theoretical implications of religion and spirituality (which can include secularity and atheism) as aspects of theatre, the arts, everyday life, politics, language, history, and the sciences.

The journal is open to proposals for academic publications that take forms other than that of the traditional article. Scholars who wish to submit their work in a different form should simply explain the form their work will take in the email with which they submit their abstract.

Timeline:
Abstracts should be submitted by 15 June 2020. Articles will be due by 15 August 2020. Peer review will take place in the autumn, for publication in early November 2020.

Please send abstracts to j.edelman@mmu.ac.uk with the subject line ‘PRS 3.1 submission’ and your surname. Both the abstract and the author’s CV should be attached as PDFs or Word files.

About the Journal:

PRS is an international, bi-annual, peer-reviewed and open-access journal devoted to expanding and deepening discussion about the performed and performative dimensions of religion and spirituality, as well as the religious and spiritual dimensions of performance. The journal promotes rigorous scholarship about the social, cultural, philosophical, and theoretical implications of religion and spirituality (which can include secularity and atheism) as aspects of theatre, the arts, everyday life, politics, language, history, and the sciences.

We seek scholarly articles and reviews of performances and books, as well as contributions to our “Forum” section, which highlights practical work and profiles artists.

Author Guidelines:

Scholarly articles should be 20 to 30 pages in length, with endnotes placed under the title "Notes." Articles must be set in 12-point Times New Roman font, have one inch margins, and be double- spaced throughout (including endnotes). All submissions should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (author-date format), and they should be made in the form of a Word document or a rich text format document. A quick guide to the Chicago Manual of Style is available online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html All submissions of scholarly articles must include a 200-word abstract.

For general inquiries, or questions about the Forum section for artists and practitioners, please e- mail the current editor, Joshua Edelman, at j.edelman@mmu.ac.uk

For inquiries about reviews, please e-mail the current reviews editor, Edmund Lingan, at Edmund.Lingan@utoledo.edu.

PRS is affiliated with the Performance, Religion and Spirituality Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Researchers (IFTR) and the Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).