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Open Call: Proposals for 'On (Un)Knowns' for Performance Research

28 April 2020

The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), part of ELIA member Coventry University, calls for proposals and abstracts for the 26th volume of Performance Research entitled On (Un)Knowns.

This issue is concerned with the idea of knowledge in relation to performing arts practices, specifically in the context of creation, training, production, performance and spectatorship. Previous performance-related scholarship has recognised the knowledge-creating nature of practices in the field of dance and theatre, while critically calling into question the use of the term for its political motivations within the current ‘knowledge economy’ and attending to the lack of attention paid by academics to performing artists’ expertise. This issue aims to build on the foundations laid by this previous work, first by acknowledging that performing arts generates something akin to knowledge and, second, by inviting further critical interrogation of what such recognition achieves in the frame of evolving cultural and political contexts. The focus on practices also tilts this issue towards forms of knowledge that come from experience and the senses. Here we encourage contributors to be reflexive about how, in the context of an academic journal, such knowledge can be accounted for on the page. We are also looking for interdisciplinary approaches outside the arts and humanities that might contribute to the understanding of ways of knowing in the performing arts; and in alternative and diverse conceptualisations of the (un)known in the context of practice-generating knowledges or knowledge-generating practices.

Submissions addressing such topics are invited through long-form and short articles, essays and provocations as well the journal’s unique artist’s pages.

Publication is anticipated in March 2021.

The submission deadline is 15 June 2020.
For more information and to submit, please visit the website


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