Theater at the Decline of Anthropocene

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Pamietnik Teatralny / Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences

Pamiętnik Teatralny, a bilingual Polish-English academic quarterly published by the Institute of Arts, Polish Academy of Sciences, invites submissions of articles for a thematic issue focused on theater at the decline of anthropocene.

In the face of the unfolding climate catastrophe, we want to look at how the performing arts respond to the decline of the Anthropocene: at the artistic, institutional, and theoretical level. Today, the need to change the way art is made, to be guided by environmental principles – not only in terms of resource consumption, but also in the way human relationships are shaped in collaborative work – is voiced more and more strongly. Artists are also increasingly experimenting with the non-human, exploring potential interspecies alliances and foregrounding the importance and agency of entities hitherto ignored or treated with anthropocentric superiority. Research into these practices may draw inspiration from various philosophical currents that help understand these issues, such as posthumanism, new materialism, object -oriented ontology, or speculative realism. We also encourage the contributors to test the applicability of these methodological perspectives in researching the history of the performing arts.

Suggested topics include:

  • theories of the performing arts in the face of the decline of the Anthropocene;
  • climate catastrophe in art (case studies);
  •  ecology and ethics in art production;
  • the entanglements and alliances of the human and non-human in the performing arts;
  • impact of the considerations on the decline of the Anthropocene on our historical thinking.

DEADLINES: Full texts (ca. 4,000 to 6,500 words in English) should be submitted using the electronic system provided on our website by April 31, 2023:

Author Guidelines are available under this link: