Theatre Survey - Special Issue - "Asia and Theatre Historiography" due Nov 30, 2011

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Esther Kim Lee, Associate Editor, Theatre Survey
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Call for Papers

Theatre Survey
Special Issue edited by Esther Kim Lee, Associate Editor

"Asia and Theatre Historiography"

Theatre Survey invites submissions for a special issue on Asia and theatre historiography. Asia, as a geopolitical marker, has been used by theatre artists and scholars throughout history as a way to configure and explain their worldviews. From the imagined land of the exotic Orient in early modern Europe to the cosmopolitan consumer culture in the twenty-first century, Asia has functioned as an epistemological grounding for conceptualizing theatre and performance cultures around the world. This Special Issue welcomes essays that explore the intersections between Asia and theatre historiography with complex and nuanced case studies. Preference will be given to studies that unsettle and question Eurocentric uses of Asia as a cultural signifier and to those that illuminate the narratives privileged by theatre historians in documenting intercultural, transnational, postcolonial, and diasporic theatre and performance. While essays on Asian theatre will be considered, the editor is more interested in receiving studies that interrogate how Asia as a multi-layered concept has been framed and manifested in theatre history.

Please submit a full paper (25-40 pages) in electronic format and a brief abstract of the essay (ca. 250 words) to Esther Kim Lee (Associate Editor) at Be sure also to read and follow the "Submission Guidelines" on the Theatre Survey web page (at

Deadline: November 30, 2011