Special Issue: "Sex and Sacredness" in Ecumenica Journal (4/20/09)

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Carolyn Roark, Ecumenica
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Ecumenica, a journal of theatre and performance, seeks submissions for our next special issue, tentatively titled "Sex and Sacredness," scheduled for publication in Spring 2010. It will be guest edited by Prof. John Fletcher.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores the relationship between religion/spirituality, culture, and theatre/performance studies. We will welcome any exploration of sex, sexuality, eros, and theology that intersects with the above. Ecumenica generally welcomes submissions on a variety of topics and approaches to criticism, including theatrical performance and theatre history, dramatic literary criticism, social, political and cultural studies of theatre and performance, ethnographic explorations of performance traditions, and editorial commentaries on topics related to the performing arts.

Topics for this issue might include, but are not limited to:
• Muscular Christianity, or other movements within religious traditions that work to integrate theology and gender/sexuality
• Performative interactions between various faith traditions and sexuality/gender/transgender
• Tantric or other sacred practices that include an erotic or specifically gendered element, including pagan, Wiccan, and shamanistic traditions
• Fundamentalist Christian encounters with sex, such as Book 22
• Plays/performances that deal with the crossroads of theology and/or religious practice and sex
• Sex and sexuality in theocracies
• Procreative (and recreative!) and Reproductive issues of faith traditions addressed by theatre
• performative semiotics.

In addition to traditional scholarly articles, we publish interviews with individuals (actors, directors, teachers, playwrights, and others) who work at the intersections of theatre and religion/spirituality; profiles on individuals, organizations, and performances that fit within our field of inquiry; and, occasionally, excerpts from unpublished plays. Ecumenica also seeks book and performance reviews in the same general areas of interest.

Deadline for submission is April 20, 2009. Material should be submitted in electronic format only to Carolyn Roark (cdr@ecumenicajournal.org). Inquiries regarding submission may be directed to the editors, and additional information, including submission guidelines and a style sheet, may be found on the journal's website (http://www.ecumenicajournal.org).

Ecumenica is peer-reviewed and adheres to an anonymous submissions review policy. It is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography, EBSCO, and ATLA.