Deadline extended for 'The Gendered Subaltern and the Urban Theatre Space'

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Shuchi Sharma
contact email: 

Deadline Extended for Call for Book Chapters for Edited Volume

‘The Gendered Subaltern and the Urban Theatre Space’


deadline for submissions: 

30 November, 2020

full name / name of organization: 

Dr Shuchi Sharma

contact email:

Research articles are being invited for a peer reviewed edited book to be published by a reputed publisher tentatively in early 2021.   

The Gendered Subaltern and the Urban Theatre Space


Call for book chapters


Society as a whole operates through a power-play which is exhibited by the dominance of one group over the others. This dominance is asserted by and penetrates through the layers of class, caste, race, sex, and gender among others as it imbues the oppression at all levels while denying a voice to those in the subjugated position. The subaltern becomes the invisible being who is unable to articulate its identity amidst the lacunae resulting from the hegemonic silencing and their subsequent marginalisation.


The dilemma of the gendered subaltern is of the utmost concern as the group’s struggle may consist of layers of oppressed states vis-à-vis gender, class, and caste resulting in multiple levels of marginalization. This condition of the gendered subaltern can also be compared to that of the Other who is always defined by the existence of man as he assimilates such a social group through patriarchal dominance. However, the representation of such concerns has been taken up by various art forms, and theatre has incorporated such issues as a form of protest against patriarchal hegemony in present times. Women playwrights and theatre practitioners have placed such concerns in their works in order to study the scope for recuperation and acknowledgement of the predicament of the gendered subaltern. Even though the utterly marginalized female subaltern may belong to the rural and/or unorganised spaces, the representation of her concerns has been taken up by those working in the urban theatre spaces. The imbalance which situates her onto the periphery of dominant activity has been interrogated by playwrights and theatre activists who look forward to subvert the power structures through a portrayal of the gendered subaltern’s concerns and question the social constructs which, as a result, are unwinding into genders which are not just confined to man and woman, but the transgender as well who constitutes the gendered subaltern, away from the given categories by patriarchal institutions.


The proposed volume seeks to bring together cutting-edge research on representation of concerns of gendered subaltern at urban theatrical spaces. A number of international publishers of repute have shown interest in the volume. The volume is expected to be published by early 2021.


Original and unpublished research articles are invited (but certainly not restricted to) the following areas:

  • Politics of performance
  • Rape and gendered violence
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Me Too movement
  • Issues of class and race
  • Caste and tribal issues
  • Subversion and parody of heteronormativity
  • LGBTQ and body politics
  • Memory and Trauma
  • War and terrorism
  • Disability representation
  • Impact of pandemic on women theatre artists
  • Digital interventions in theatre

Submission Guidelines:

  • Articles should strictly follow latest MLA style guidelines.
  • The proposals should contain an abstract within 300 words, a maximum of four keywords, and a brief bio note of the author within 150 words.
  • The full papers (expected by 31st December, 2020) should be approximately 5000 to 7500 words in length, including notes and bibliography.
  • The abstract, keywords, bio-note and other credentials should be sent in a separate MS-Word file.   
  • Last date of submission of abstracts to the editor at is extended till 30 November, 2020.
  • Selected contributors will be notified by 7th December, 2020.