CFP: As Seen On TV - Special Section in Spring 2010 Issue of JOURNAL OF DRAMATIC THEORY AND CRITICISM

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Brian Herrera, Guest Editor
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CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: October 1, 2009) for a Special Section in


Brian Herrera and Henry Bial, Guest Editors
For this special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, we invite essays of 20-25 manuscript pages, exclusive of notes, exploring the intersection of broadcast television with live theatre and performance.

Despite growing interest in digital technology and new media, the field of theatre and performance studies has not yet come to grips with the most seen performance medium on the planet. What is it about television that so frustrates or repels theatre and performance scholars? Is it television's curious relationship to liveness? To ephemerality? To narrative? To the archive? To the "popular"? To the technological? For this special section, we seek essays, manifestos, and other writings that rehearse new ways theatre and performance studies might engage with the televisual. Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to: the gaps or aporias exposed in dramatic theory and criticism when our methods are applied to televised performances; the influence of television aesthetics on/in live theatre and performance (and vice versa); the uses of televisual documentation in theatre and performance historiography and pedagogy; the particularities of televison as a site of performance analysis, in contrast both to live performance and also to other digital media; "reality television" as performance; the ontologies of the televised event; the performative dimensions of emerging broadcast techologies; and questions of experiential context and technological mediation.

Please direct submissions and queries to both Guest Editors:
Brian Herrera and Henry Bial

Manuscripts should be submitted as attached files in either MS Word or .RTF format. Please include your name, mailing address, e-mail, and phone number in the cover message. For questions regarding formatting or other issues, see the JDTC website at, or e-mail the managing editor at . Manuscripts must be received by October 1, 2009 to receive full consideration.