CFP: [Theatre] JDTC: Glocal Dramatic Theories

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Jocelyn L. Buckner
contact email: 
jbuckner@ku.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS

GLOCAL DRAMATIC THEORIES

A SPECIAL SECTION
IN THE SPRING 2009 ISSUE OF THE
JOURNAL of DRAMATIC THEORY and CRITICISM

        The field of performance studies, with its receptivity to non-
Western practices and general inclination towards experimental forms, has
now inspired several generations of scholarship on how performance
practices travel across cultural and political borders. However, the
global migration of theatre and performance is also evident within the
reception and production of theory itself. One need only think of the
extraordinary travels of Aristotle’s Poetics through ancient and early
modern Europe and Arabia and of the Sanskrit Natyasastra through pre-
modern Asia to recognize the role syncretism (synthesis of disparate
cultural elements) and “glocality” (interpenetration of global and
local) has played in the history of dramatic theory. While some recent
anthologizers (e.g. Sidnell, Brandt) still present dramatic theory as a
strictly European discourse, others (e.g. Gerould, Bial) modestly hint at
global or glocal frameworks. A handful of major theories (Soyinka,
Thiong’o, Boal) have circulated widely, and a growing body of studies
(e.g. Balme, Fei, Dharwadker) recognizes theory itself as a fundamental
site of glocal negotiation.

        For this special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and
Criticism, we invite essays of 20-25 manuscript pages, exclusive of
notes, examining writings produced within glocal or syncretic contexts
outside Europe and the United States. These theories may be recent or
historical, and need not necessarily be produced within an explicitly
theoretical discourse (e.g. theoretical formulations produced within
religious, literary, philosophical or other discourses). They may have
been shaped through reception of Euro-American dramatic theory, e.g.,
local versions of Western dramatic aesthetics. They may attempt to
recover or modernize pre-colonial aesthetics, or make radical statements
seeking to move beyond both Western and local traditions. We seek
articulations and treatments of articulations that take the form of
theory, rather than of performance, whose intent is to lay out paths for
future practice or new understandings of prior models.

        Areas of possible concern might include:

• how difference is articulated, and how locality is framed within
theory
• the form and desirability of a new “national” drama vis-à-vis
other identity claims
• articulation of sub-national particularities through drama
• claims to universality, globality or sameness as distinct from
locality
• relation to (local or imported) notions of historicity,
periodicity and aesthetic or cultural development
• attempts to reconcile contradictory signifying frameworks

Inquiries may be directed to guest editor Evan Winet at
evanwinet_at_gmail.com. To submit a manuscript, please send an electronic
copy as a Word attachment (including mailing address, email, and phone
number in cover message). Manuscripts may also be sent (with personal
information indicated above) by mail to:

        Evan Darwin Winet, Guest Editor
        c/o
Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Department of English
The University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 3107
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
        evanwinet_at_gmail.com

All manuscripts must be received by October 15, 2008 to receive full
consideration.

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