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Ecumenica Special Issue
Politics, Performance, and Religion
With the 2012 election just around the corner, and with religion playing such an important role in the public conversation on American politics, now is the ideal moment for a volume on this topic. Ecumenica will welcome submissions that explore the theme in any historical period and from any cultureâ€“not just the United States. The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores the relationship between religion/spirituality, culture, and theatre/performance studies. We will welcome any exploration of politics and culture that intersects with theatre and performativity. Ecumenica generally accepts submissions on a variety of topics and approaches to criticism, including theatrical performance and theatre history, dramatic literary criticism, social, political and cultural studies of theatre and performance, ethnographic explorations of performance traditions, and editorial commentaries on topics related to the performing arts.
Topics for this issue might include, but are not limited to:
Plays and performances that tackle religio-political subjects from a variety of perspectives, from activism and advocacy to satire.
Performative interactions between various faith traditions and national or international politics
Intersections or tensions between religious practice and policy or governance
Performance in or of Theocracies
Religious performativity in Secular/Pluralist public spaces
The performance of religious identity in politics, or political identity in religion
Performative political actionâ€“demonstrations, protests, parades, pageants, etcâ€“that have a religious character
â€śHot Buttonâ€ť issues of legislation
In addition to traditional scholarly articles, we publish interviews with individuals (actors, directors, teachers, playwrights, and others) who work at the intersections of theatre and religion/spirituality; profiles on individuals, organizations, and performances that fit within our field of inquiry; and, occasionally, excerpts from unpublished plays.
Ecumenica also seeks book and performance reviews broadly related to the issue topic. Deadline for submission is 15 November 2011. Inquiries and all material except reviews should be submitted in electronic format only to Carolyn Roark (cdr-at-ecumenicajournal.org). Book review inquiries and submissions may be sent to W. Barrett Huddleston (wbdh-at-ecumenicajournal.org), and performance review inquiries and submissions to Bradley W. Griffin (bwg-at-ecumenicajournal.org). The menus at left contain additional information, including submission guidelines, a style sheet, and the required cover page.