19 August, 2019 by Gilberto Icle | 0 comments


The BJPS, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that does not charge any submission or publication fees, invites submissions of unpublished papers: PERFORMANCE AND TRANSGENDER IDENTITY


Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença





The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies [Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença], an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that does not charge any submission or publication fees, invites submissions of unpublished papers within the scope of the general topic PERFORMANCE AND TRANSGENDER IDENTITY before the deadline of October 31, 2019.


The questions on transgender identity and identity politics emerge in distinct fields of knowledge, especially in the humanities, letters and arts. Included here is the debate surrounding the term itself, as it is, in a way, a field of political disputes.


Performing artists, mediators, etc. operate within the scope of the transgender issues. The contemporary stage and the performing arts have seen an increase in participation of trans artists and/or works that feature non-binary identities, queer movements, and intersexuality, among so many other possibilities that unsettle the epistemological limits known thus far.


These new performance practices must take center stage. It is both about new social practices and new possibilities of thinking and rethinking the relations we establish with our bodies and the bodies of the Other.


Such practices impose new forms of questioning on the research field, new possibilities for research and new epistemological problems. It is not only a matter of studying performances of a certain “type.” From the epistemological point of view, the word transgender applies to a range of elements that, while resisting the common definitions, broaden the possibilities of thinking and acting in the world.


From the theoretical point of view, it is not only a matter of thinking about performances of people who do not identify with their socially imposed gender, who live outside of dichotomies, who have transitioned, or who live and perform non-binary genders. More than that, it is a matter of thinking how theses everyday performances impose an epistemological rearrangement of the very idea of performance.


Performativity is in the core of this discussion, as well as the debate on resistance to the normative and, more specifically, heteronormative standards. In fact, this set of elements of gender performance and/or performativity imposes multiple approaches to performance research and practice.


What do trans people bring as markers to the performance? How do trans performances expand what we know concerning art, politics, resistance, and performativity? The field of relationships between transgender identity and performance is multiple and those are only some of the questions.


The vocabulary itself — the use of the terms “trans”, “intersex” and “transgender identity”— implies a fundamental discussion that, entangled with matters of performance or performance environment, depicts a field that is both conflictive and productive. In short, taking into account the particularities of each term seems to be inseparable from assumptions that underlie the study and debate of trans identities and performance.


In order to problematize the relationships between performance and transgender identity, the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies offers the opportunity to explore this topic from different perspectives. Theoretical essays, articles from empirical and/or historical research related to one or more of the following topics can be submitted:


-       Performance, transgender identity and performativity

-       Performance, transgender identity and politics

-       Performance, transgender identity and social movements

-       Performance, transgender identity and transphobia

-       Public policies for transgender people and performativity

-       Performance, transgender identity and spectacle

-       Performance, transgender identity and the contemporary debates of gender and sexuality

-       Performance and trans identities

-       Drag performance and transgender identity

-       Non-binary identities and performance

-       Transgender performances in conservative contexts

-       Performance, transgender identity and new epistemological approaches

-       Performance, transgender identity and resistance

-       Performance, transgender identity and modes of existence

-       Body, performance and transgender identity

Performance, theater, dance and the presence of transgender performers

-       Intersex identity and performance

-       Implications of the distinct notions of gender for the contemporary stage

-       Contributions of performance art to (trans)gender politics

-       Education, (trans)gender identity and performance

-       Performance of (trans)gender relationshipsQueer studies and performance

-       Transgender and intersex identities and issues of language and performance

-       Performance and non-binary identities

-       Transsexualism, transvestism and pathologizing gender performances

-       The transgender scene in the world

-       The body, bodies, nature, culture and trans policies and practices in performance

-       Trans militancies, social fights and performances

-       Epistemological challenges in performance research through trans practices

-       Ethical challenges in performance research through the trans practices


The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies accepts articles resulting from research conceptually linked to the fields of theatre, education, performance and other similar languages. It also accepts articles from interconnected, related fields, which establish a dialogue with the terms presented as the starting point for the discussion. Submissions should conform to the journal's standards and be posted directly into our submission system, where they will go through our general evaluation process. In order to submit a paper for this call, it is essential to select the proper section (Performance and Transgender Identity). We remind you that the journal does not charge for the submission or the publication and uses the double-blind peer-review system. The text can be sent in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French and will be published in two languages. Authors who send texts in Portuguese and Spanish (and those who are Portuguese speaking) will be asked to send a translation in English. The journal will provide the translation to Portuguese of those papers sent in English or French whose authors are native in these languages. Additional information can be found in our website,; our guidelines can be found in “Author Guidelines”.

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