CFP: [Theatre] CFP: Performing Islam/Muslim Realities

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Carolyn D. Roark
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The Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance (BJTP) seeks submissions
for a special issue titled Performing Islam/Muslim Realities. Conceived
as a collaborative project between the journal and the Arabic Theatre
Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the
issue is guest edited by Hazem Azmy (University of Warwick, UK) and
Marvin Carlson (Graduate Center of CUNY, US).

The BJTP generally welcomes submissions on a variety of topics and
approaches to criticism, including theatrical performance and theatre
history, dramatic literary criticism, social, political and cultural
studies of theatre and performance, ethnographic explorations of
performance traditions, and editorial commentaries on topics related to
the performing arts. The journal is particularly interested in
scholarship that explores the relationship between spiritual faith and
the arts. With this orientation in mind, this special issue on Islam is
open to any submission related to the many and multi-layered interactions
between “Muslim” life and faith, and theatre/performance studies.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Plays/theatrical productions/performative practices in which
Islam is a significant topic or in which Muslim subjectivities are
consciously foregrounded.
• Plays/theatrical Productions/performative practices in which
Islam serves as an invisible but crucial component.
• Performative aspects of Muslim ceremony and devotional life
• The impact of socio-cultural and political manifestations of
Islam on responses to public performances.
• The interaction between religion and Arabo-Islamic critical and
theoretical writings on theatre and performance.
• Interviews and profiles on “Muslim” theatre/performance artists
(whether or not they would define themselves as such, but with attention
to the implications of such religious/non-religious self-definitions for
their various public practices).
• Interactions between Islam and other faiths and/or cultures
(particularly via theatre translation); these may include interactions
taking place onstage or as performative readings of culture.

In addition to the above, the BJTP also seeks book and performance
reviews broadly related to the issue topic.

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2008. Material should be submitted
in electronic format only to Carolyn Roark (
Inquiries regarding submission may be directed to the editors, and
additional information, including submission guidelines and a style
sheet, may be found on the journal’s website

BJTP is peer-reviewed and adheres to a blind submission policy. It is
indexed by the MLA International Bibliography and EBSCO.

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