UPDATE: Nations Speaking: Indigenous Performances Across the Americas (9/15/06; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Roark, Carolyn D.
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Deadline amended:

Call for Papers

Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance

Volume 4.1, Spring 2007

"Nations Speaking: Indigenous Performances Across the Americas"
(Tentative Title)

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


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.

In addition to scholarly articles, the journal 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 bjtp_at_baylor.edu. 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

www.baylor.edu/bjtp <outbind://6/www.baylor.edu/bjtp> . 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.

Deadline for Submission is Sept. 15, 2006.

Carolyn D. Roark, PhD
Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance
Dept. of Theatre Arts
One Bear Place, Box 97262
Waco, Tx 76798-7262

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