the Black Theatre Review Vol. 2 No. 1: Afrofuturism

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2023
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the Black Theatre Review (tBTR) is a biannual online, peer-reviewed journal published by the Black Theatre Network (BTN). BTN is dedicated to the exploration and preservation of the theatrical visions of the African Diaspora. The goal of tBTR is to explore the scholarship, history, and performance of Black peoples and cultures wherever they are expressed throughout the world.

tBTR is accepting submissions for tBTR’s second publication, Vol. 2 No. 1, to be published in July of 2023.

We are pleased to invite submissions that respond to and interrogate the beauty and performativity of Afrofuturism in Black theatre history, performance, dramatic literature, digital humanities, artistic leadership, pedagogy and praxis. In the wake of Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the new FX series of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, we would be remised if we did not also invite meditations on Afrofuturistic expressivity within dramatic literature like Black graphic novels, and film and television. Among the many intellectual opportunities for this issue, we invite authors to:

●      uncover histories and probe new legacies being created in Afrofuturism (i.e. the late Billy Graham, most known for his work on Marvel's Luke Cage - Hero for Hire, Jungle Action's The Black Panther, and the work his granddaughter, Shawnna Graham, is doing to preserve his legacy),

●      investigate the ways Afrofuturistic expressivity has historically looked forward to and engaged the possibilities for the future,

●      explore plays, productions, graphic novels, online content, film/TV with dramaturgies situated between realism and speculation,

●      wrestle with the ways in which Afrofuturism expands the boundaries of the Black imagination,

●      examine the possibilities of Black speculative fiction to provide an escape from racism, anti-Blackness, and the trauma of white supremacy, and

●      consider the ways in which Afrofuturism engenders joy and hope.

tBTR seeks to publish original papers, book and performance reviews, technical and design notes, theoretical frameworks and perspectives, case studies, and works of multimedia. All issues will be centered on specific themes (as in the case of Afrofuturism above). Special issues devoted to performance pieces and particular artists will occasionally be published as well.This issue of tBTR will be published online.

Last Date for Submissions is March 1, 2023. Early submissions will, however, receive preference in the review and publication process. Revision or Acceptance Notification is April 9, 2023 (with any subsequent revisions due by May 9, 2023). Please upload your full manuscript on our website at