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EDITED COLLECTION: The Thing Itself -- Performance Phenomenology // DEADLINE 31 March 2014
full name / name of organization:
Stuart Grant, Monash University and Matthew Wagner, University of Surrey
We seek contributions from scholars and practitioners to a volume that will form the first comprehensive book on phenomenology and performance.
The term phenomenology is increasingly being employed to describe diverse approaches and tendencies in the study and practice of theatre and performance and throughout the humanities more generally. However, more often than the not, the term is not defined clearly and is used to mean a number of different things. This is partly caused by the nature of phenomenological philosophy itself. From Husserl’s original claim that phenomenology would be “the science of all sciences” to Heidegger’s observation that the term phenomenology does not denote a specific area of study but a method which derives its terms and procedures from the phenomenon being examined, to Merleau-Ponty’s assertion that it is not possible to give a clear answer to the question, “What is Phenomenology?”, the field has remained open to many broad definitions, practices and interpretations. The recent fashion for loosely inserting the term in all manner of studies exacerbates the problem. This book aims to lend some clarity to the situation, with particular reference to theatre and performance.
We seek contributions from scholars and practitioners to a volume that will form the first comprehensive book on phenomenology and performance. Contributed work should aim to fit into one of three broad categories:
1. General concerns (histories, genealogies, principles, etc.) regarding phenomenology and performance;
While the above categories reflect the interests and structure of the book, work that combines or cuts across these would of course also be welcome. Specifically, some of the key questions that contributions might address include:
• How might the history and development of the relationship between phenomenology and performance be productively charted and analysed?
Please submit abstracts of 500 words along with a cv to both editors – Dr. Stuart Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Matt Wagner (email@example.com) – by 31st March 2014. If accepted, full contributions will be expected by 31st October 2014; conventional essays should be between 6000-8000 words, and the length and format of contributions from practitioners will be determined in negotiation with the editors at the point of accepting the abstract. A proposal is being prepared for Palgrave MacMillan, with who we are currently in conversation.