An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance

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Performing Ethos
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Performing Ethos is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream. Of equal interest are those practices which are ethically motivated, and those in which ethical concerns are less clearly to the fore.

We seek to promote new ways of identifying and articulating positive paradigms for practice and scholarship in theatre and performance; to challenge assumptions, to interrogate practices, to open up a space for reflection and debate. By encouraging practitioners, philosophers and theatre scholars to participate, we aim to foster and disseminate appropriate discourses and methodologies for addressing ethical issues in theatre and performance.

Performing Ethos aims to identify and explore key ethical issues facing theatre and performance today. Acknowledging that ethical issues are always contextually determined, we wish to explore the range of ethical concerns and responses that arise within different cultural contexts. Contributions are welcome from a diverse range of professional and intellectual perspectives and moral and philosophical standpoints. Performing Ethos publishes full peer-reviewed articles, interviews, topics for debate, book reviews and reports of relevant events.

Submissions might consider, but are not limited to:

• Theoretical paradigms appropriate to ethics and theatre, and the relationship between them
• Ethics of representation (authenticity, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, age, disability, culture, beliefs,)
• Ethics of witnessing, participation and spectatorship
• Ethics in relation to inter- and intra-culturalism
• Ethics of applied and interventionist theatre, including community theatre, theatre for development, theatre and education, theatre and health
• Critical perspectives on ethically motivated performance
• Performance, ethics and the law
• Ethical practices in the creative industries (including training, authorship, employment, sustainability)
• The staging and performance of ethical questions
• Research ethics in theatre and performance

The journal normally considers articles of 5-7,000 words dealing with any aspect of theatre or performance practice, criticism or analysis with a focus on ethical considerations. Longer articles will be considered but no article should exceed 8000 words.

Performing Ethos will also include a 'Reflections' section. Items in this section may take the form of short meditations, provocations or case studies that will set the context of ethical enquiry in relation to the study of theatre and performance. These pieces may be between 500 and 1000 words and are intended to offer topics inviting further debate and articles; responses may be published in the following issue.

An interview in each issue sets out the work of a practitioner or agent in the field whose work is potentially of interest to the journal's readership, opening out the ethical dimensions of the interviewee's working practice. The interview has the particular capacity to generate encounters with people whose work is not otherwise widely available to an academic audience. Please contact the editor is you would like to propose a subject for interview.

Submission Details
Please send completed submissions to the Principal Editor, Carole-Anne Upton
All submissions must include full references and bibliography, and articles should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Before submitting any article, review or feature, contributors are asked to refer to the style guidelines available at Please contact the editors with any queries, or if you wish to discuss a specific proposal.