CFP: Indigenous Performances Across the Americas (no deadline; journal issue)

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Volume 4.1, Spring 2007

Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance seeks essays for a special issue,
to be guest-edited by Christy Stanlake. We welcome essays that explore
performance in, and performative aspects of, the indigenous communities of
the Americas, including North, Central, and South America. Over the past
two decades, American Indian theatre has been actively growing, at both a
grassroots level and in professional theatre. Along with the increase in
theatrical work has been a growing circle of American Indian theatrical
publications (in anthologies and UCLA's Project HOOP series.) Institutions,
like the National Museum of the American Indian and the Mashantucket Pequot
Museum are collaborating with Indigenous performance artists to create
venues for performative exchanges and conversations across Native Nations.
Therefore, now is an opportune moment for a special issue of the journal
dedicated to the topic.

We are especially interested in submissions that seek to move beyond a
tendency (sometimes called "academic tourism") to fetishize indigenous
peoples and their cultures. Topics for this issue may include plays written
for the theatre, performance artists or groups, and popular performances,
including non-manuscript based traditions such as music, dance, and
oral/storytelling practices. We also welcome articles that consider the
complexities facing artists, companies, publication, and performance within
the debatable context of boundaries, identities, and nomenclature
surrounding native communities—i.e., the debate of "indigenous" vs. "Native
Americans," "American Indians," "First Nations People," "Aboriginal," etc.
. Because BJTP has a particular commitment to scholarly inquiry surrounding
the intersections of spirituality and theatrical performance, we are
interested in submissions related to this area of research; however, we
will avoid the ethnographic study of religious traditions and seek instead
articles that consider: the problem of preserving sacredness of ritual
performance in the face of outside curiosity, the ways that theatre
considers interactions between native peoples and the religious/cultural
traditions of their own or others' communities, and other appropriate
topics of sacredness and spirituality that may arise.

Currently, the journal especially seeks book and performance reviews and
interviews related to the featured topic. Documents can be submitted in
electronic format only to the editor Carolyn Roark at
Inquiries regarding submission and subscription may be directed to the
editor, and additional information, including submission guidelines and a
style sheet, may be found at This publication is
peer-reviewed and adheres to a blind submission policy. Baylor Journal of
Theatre and Performance is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography.

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