CFP: [Theatre] Performing Islam/Muslim Realities

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Carolyn D. Roark
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Ecumenica (Formerly Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance)

Volume 5.2, Fall 2008

Performing Islam/Muslim Realities

Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance 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).

Ecumenica 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

• 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.

Updated deadline for submission is April 1, 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, which remains

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

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