Call For Papers- Due June 1!

23 April, 2021 by Julia Moriarty | 0 comments

Call For Papers- Due June 1!

For this issue of Etudes, we seek Scholarly Essays (4000-5000 words), Notes from the Field reflections (1500-3000), and Design Essays (2 images, each with caption and 250 word abstract – see below.)

Call for Papers - DUE JUNE 1

In addition to our usual acceptance of general theatre and performance studies scholarship, our themed section in this issue is:

Who we are. What we choose to be. How we define ourselves, and how we are defined.
As the world around us shifts, complicates, and expands, the ways in which we view ourselves, and others view us, influence how we interact with our world. For the themed section of our next issue, we are launching a call for papers that explore identity and the ways in which performance can present, subvert, deconstruct, and interrogate the idea of identity/ies on individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels.
For this special section of Etudes, we seek Scholarly Essays (4000-5000 words), Notes from the Field reflections (1500-3000), and Design Essays (2 images, each with caption and 250 word abstract – see guidelines below).

Scholarly essays might include or address:
  • A critical performance analysis that engages the staging of identity in historical and/or contemporary performances.
  • A particular playwright, designer, or director’s (historical or contemporary) staging of identity.
  • A discussion of identity and the ways in which real world identities affect performance dramaturgies.
  • Theatre that engages and challenges audience’s understanding of identity in new and innovative ways.
  • A reflection on institutional expression of identity.
Notes from the Field submissions might include or address:
  • Notes from rehearsal, devising, and/or performance as the exploration relates to identity from the point of view of one or more specific practitioners within the process.
    • How did text shape identity in rehearsal/performance?
    • How did the work in the rehearsal room shape conceptions of identity?
    • How did director/designer collaboration enhance, incite, or interrogate questions of identity?
    • How did the collaborators’ expressions of identity inform the process?
Design Essays
  • Design essays from theatre design practitioners and design students should speak to the idea of identity on stage in performative ways – the expected and the unexpected.
While we will consider non-themed submissions of Scholarly Essays and Notes From the Field, only themed Design Essays will be considered.

Submission Guidelines (for themed and unthemed submissions):
  • Critical Essays should be 4000-6000 words including notes. 
  • Notes from the Field submissions should be 1500-3000 words, and discuss how the process of creating a theatrical production of some kind shaped or was shaped by concepts of identity as illuminated by one or more of the artists involved in the process.
  • Design essays should include two artifacts of the designer's own work that express identity through design. Set, costume, lighting, and prop design photos are welcome, as well as images from devised work. Sound files may also be considered. The two design artifacts can be paired in conversation with each other, or serve as independent representations of the designer's work. Each image or sound file should be accompanied by credit caption information and a short paragraph of approximately 250 words (or fewer) that broadly answers the question, 'how is the idea of identity expressed or at work in each of these designs?' For specific questions about design essay submissions, contact
EligibilityEtudes is a peer reviewed online theatre and performance studies journal for emerging scholars, dedicated to the unique voice of the individual scholar. We invite the submission of scholarly manuscripts, media, performance reviews, manifestos, etc. covering any range of topics within the theatre and performance studies realm. We highly encourage works of performative writing and academic playfulness. This is a place to try things out, take some risks, and expand the definition of what is considered rigorous publishable material. Submissions of any and all theatre-based scholarship will be considered.

Note: If you plan to submit an essay that draws from a dissertation chapter or book chapter, please adapt this material into essay length and form, ie..., articulate a thesis; keep literature review to a minimum; and keep the essay to an appropriate scope for a 5000 word essay.

All submissions (including audio or video) must be accompanied by a cover page that includes your name and affiliation, title of submission, email and phone number, brief personal bio, and brief abstract (150-300 words). The submissions themselves should, if possible, be stripped of anything that identifies the author. Identity should only be noted in the cover sheet.

Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate permissions to use any non-original content within their submissions.

Submissions must not be under consideration for any other publication.

Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to  If your submission cannot be sent via email (for example, large video files), please email us and we will work out the easiest method of delivery.

Manuscripts should adhere to most recent MLA guidelines and should be submitted in MS Word format. Please use in-text citations and a works cited page, and any notes should be included as footnotes rather than endnotes. And try to be certain that there is one space between sentences rather than two. Please do not put your name in the manuscript document. While our online format makes our length requirements very flexible, we ask that papers not exceed 6,000 words (including footnotes and works cited). When additional media such as videos or photos are included in a manuscript submission, please send those additional elements separately rather than embedding them in the document file. Please do be sure to indicate in your file where the elements should be included.

Audio pieces should be submitted via email in mp3 format. Video pieces should be submitted in mov or mp4 formats, preferably 640 pixels in width. Videos will need to be submitted via file transfer site, vimeo download or other secure source for large file transfer.  Please be sure to email the editors to discuss video submission. Though it is not required, some written component (in addition to the required cover page) to accompany and contextualize your project may be advisable.

We are looking for evocative photography to populate our website, and we are hoping that some folks will be willing to share images of the exciting work you are doing! These images will not be peer reviewed and may be submitted at any time. You must own the rights to a photo in order to submit it. Any photos used on the site will be given appropriate credit.

We do not currently have the capabilities for hosting web-based projects, but do hope to in the future. Please feel free to contact us if you have ideas in this area.

All submissions will be blind reviewed by two reviewers from our editorial board (listed in the ABOUT section). Please note that, with many video or audio submissions, true anonymity may not be possible, but such pieces will still be fairly reviewed.

The mission of this journal is to provide publication opportunities for those who haven't had many yet, so we are primarily looking for submissions from scholars who fit that description - graduate students, early career faculty, largely unpublished independent scholars or artists, etc.

Etudes supports the Creative Commons option for alternative licensing protections. Authors retain ownership of their work, while allowing certain usages. We do ask that, if your work is shared again later in another source or form, you cite Etudes as the original source of publication. The Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license under which we operate allows readers to download and share your work, but only with appropriate attribution. They may not alter your work in any way, or use your work commercially without your express permission. If your materials contain elements that are under another copyright, it is up to you (the author) to secure the appropriate permissions to include those elements in publication of your work.

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