[Humanist] 25.218 cfp: Experiments in Theatre

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 218.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 10:54:26 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: cfp: Experiments in Theatre

Call for papers: “Experiments in Theatre:  New Directions in Science and 

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr‐journal.org)

Scope and Aims

In 2002, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews published a special number on 
Theatre and Science that became the springboard for key debates that 
have helped to shape and define the field.  Since then, several new 
books and dozens of articles have significantly expanded the scholarship 
on theatre and science, while a steady flow of new work for the stage 
has shown that the interactions between science and theatre continue to 
surprise, delight, and provoke audiences and readers around the world. 
Now, a decade on from that seminal 2002 issue, we are seeking 
contributions of articles of approximately 6,000 words on theatre and 
science that signal important new developments, directions, and 
explorations in this ever-expanding field.

The editors are seeking a cross-section of both established and emerging 
scholars and practitioners to contribute to this special number. 
Contributions might explore such issues as:

--How has the field evolved and expanded away from the focus on 
text-based “science plays” like Stoppard’s Arcadia, Wertenbaker’s After 
Darwin, and Frayn’s Copenhagen to a greater emphasis on performance in 
its broadest sense, through such diverse practitioners as Complicite (A 
Disappearing Number), Punchdrunk (Faust), Athletes of the Heart (Yerma’s 
Eggs), and Clod Ensemble (Performing Medicine)?
--How do theatre and scientific experimentation intersect and 
cross-fertilize each other?
--How has theatre engaged with relatively recent scientific findings and 
debates, such as those relating to climate change and global warming?
-- How do science and technology contribute to innovation in theatrical 
representation, particularly as digitization and “new media” have 
generated new kinds of performance?
-- Is there a poetics of scientific representation within the theatre?
-- Is there an ethical dimension to the theatrical representation of 
science?  Is ‘bad science’ ever justifiable in the theatre?
-- Theatre and science beyond the Anglophone and Western traditions.

•	All contributions will be peer-reviewed.
•	Articles may contain black-and-white illustrations (for which authors 
should seek any necessary permissions).
•	Articles should not exceed a maximum length of 6000 words.
•	For details about format see guidelines: 

Please send expressions of interest to by 30 October 2011 to the guest 
editors as listed below

30 October 2011: declare intention to contribute (title & abstract)
July 2012: submit first version
October/November 2012: reviewers’ comments & decision returned to authors
July 2013: final version due to the publisher
December 2013: issue published as ISR

Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (University Lecturer in Modern Drama, 
University of Oxford), kirsten.shepherd-barr at ell.ox.ac.uk
Dr Carina Bartleet (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Oxford Brookes 
University), c.e.bartleet at brookes.ac.uk

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
College London; Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western
Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org);
Editor, Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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