Performance, Religion, and Spirituality Call for Abstracts

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Performance, Religion, and Spirituality (Journal)



Performance, Religion, and Spirituality

General Call for Abstracts and Papers

Volume 1 Issue 2, Summer 2018


Authors are welcome to submit articles or abstracts for the general issues of PRS at any time.


PRS is an international, bi-annual, peer-reviewed and open-access journal devoted to expanding and deepening discussion about the performed and performative dimensions of religion and spirituality, as well as the religious and spiritual dimensions of performance. The journal promotes rigorous scholarship about the social, cultural, philosophical, and theoretical implications of religion and spirituality (which can include secularity and atheism) as aspects of theatre, the arts, everyday life, politics, language, history, and the sciences.


We seek scholarly articles and reviews of performances and books, as well as contributions to our “Forum” section, which highlights practical work and profiles artists.


Topics must treat some aspect of religion and/or spirituality as, in, or through performance. PRS especially welcomes interdisciplinary papers that address a range of methodological perspectives, including but not limited to: religious studies, theatre and performance studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, political science, international relations, theology, applied performance or practice as research, and pedagogy.


Author Guidelines:


For authors who would like to vet an idea with the editor before proceeding to writing a full article, please submit your academic CV and an abstract of no more than 500 words.


For issue 1.2, please submit your recent CV and abstracts of no more than 500 words by March 1, 2018 to Claire Maria Chambers at Invitations will be extended by March 31, 2018. Full papers will be expected by the end of May, 2018, at which point papers will go out for peer review. The issue is due to be published late July.


For those interested in submitting a paper in progress, scholarly articles should be 20 to 30 pages in length, with endnotes placed under the title "Notes." Articles must be set in 12-point Times New Roman font, have one inch margins, and be double-spaced throughout (including endnotes). All submissions should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (author-date format), and they should be made in the form of a Word document or a rich text format document.  A quick guide to the Chicago Manual of Style is available online: All submissions of scholarly articles must include a 200-word abstract.


For inquiries about the Forum section for artists and practitioners, please e-mail the current editor, Claire Maria Chambers, at


For inquiries about reviews, please e-mail the current reviews editor, Joshua Edelman, at


PRS is affiliated with the Performance, Religion and Spirituality Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Researchers (IFTR) and the Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).