This forthcoming issue of Platform considers labour through the creation and aesthetic analysis of theatre and performance. We follow Kathi Weeks’s (2011) contention that the lived experiences of work have thus far received little attention in political and cultural theory and propose that the material and aesthetic space of theatre can illuminate this daily and bodily dimension of work. In theatrical labour, aesthetic considerations link both the practice of making and the practices of performance. Yet, studies of the performance of work have also been critiqued for conflating dimensions of practice and labour (Wikström 2012). With these tensions in mind, this issue aims to examine the various theatres of labour.
In recent years, several scholars have analysed performance as if they stand in for labour practices in post-industrial societies. Unlike other contributions that examine labour and working conditions in the art industries (like Harvie 2013 or Kunst 2015), these scholars look at the stage as an allegory for contemporary working practices and forms of physical, emotional, and cognitive labour. Rather than macro-inspections of the industry and institutions within the field of cultural production, they employ aesthetic analysis to make claims about how, respectively, work is acting on bodies (Hamera 2012), disappearing the producer (Ridout 2012), implicating the recipient of services into the performative nature of the affective economy (Matthews 2017), or reading the (immersive) spectator as a neoliberal subject/worker (Alston 2016). The making and performing of such content also feeds into a discussion of the theatricalising of labour.
Taking our cue from these thinkers, the upcoming issue of Platform asks in what ways and through what methods can theatre function as a site where contemporary working conditions and practices are represented, critiqued, or celebrated? How does this focus on performance allow other kinds of work to be analysed as if they were performance? In short, how do the practices of performance inform an aesthetic reading of labour?
Platform invites contributions from postgraduate and early career researchers, who interrogate this tension between theatre as labour and the labours/practices of theatre.
Contributions may address but are not limited to:
- Performances, theatricalisations, and representations of labour, past and present, present and absent
- The lived experience of labour and its modes of institutional representation
- Labour vs. practice
- Performance as a space, place and/or site of labour
- Emotional, affective, and cognitive forms of labour
- Labour and/or practice as methodology
- Performative labour in/as aesthetic experience
- The dramaturgy, choreography or scenography of labour
- The transformation of visible and invisible forms of labour in practice
- Academic research in theatre and performance as labour and/or practice
We especially invite research-practitioners to share their work. Along with academic articles, we are also happy to consider new writing, performance writing, photographic essays, performance responses, and other creative works that speak to our themes. We would like to encourage submissions not only from scholars of theatre, performance and dance, but also from those working in literature, politics, philosophy, music, art history, media arts, film studies, cultural studies, geography, and other related disciplines. In addition, we are happy to consider interdisciplinary articles and provocations.
The deadline for submissions is 14 February 2020.
We invite abstracts (500 words) to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles published in Platform are usually 4,000 words, though other types of submissions can vary in length. Please keep this in mind when planning your submission. If the abstract is accepted, the deadline for the articles will be 30 April 2020.
Submissions should be original, unpublished work. If required, all images should be appropriately captioned and attributed. We ask that all potential contributors familiarise themselves with our submission guidelines.
With kind regards,
Meg Cunningham and Clio Unger, issue editors
Josephine Leask and Lisa Moravec
Who may submit?
Contributions are particularly welcome from postgraduate researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career academics in theatre and performing arts.
What to submit
We welcome the submission of academic papers, performance responses, photo essays, book reviews, interviews, and new dramatic writing. Platform particularly welcomes practice-based research papers. We are open to publishing alternative media and academic work. If you would like to submit such material, please contact us to enquire as to its suitability.
- Articles should not exceed 4,500 words (including notes and references). Reviews should be around 1,000 words. Photo essays should not exceed 2,000 words and 10 pictures.
- Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words. This should be included at the top of the article rather than in a separate document.
- Please also include an author's biography of no more than 50 words. This should be provided in the accompanying email along with academic affiliation.
- Submissions should be sent electronically as email attachments to email@example.com.
- By submitting to Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, you are asserting that your submission is original work, with all authors being appropriately credited, and all references appropriately cited according to MLA. You are affirming that this work has not been published elsewhere. Any potential issues in this regard must be flagged clearly to the editors in an email.
When submitting an article to Platform, please ensure it conforms to the following journal styles:
- Articles submitted should be in Word document format.
- Since the journal uses the double-blind review process, articles submitted should not contain the name(s) of the author(s). Please ensure that all identifying information has been removed so that we can send your article out to be reviewed anonymously.
- Please use the MLA citation system. For further details about the MLA style guidelines please consult the sixth or subsequent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Should a copy not be available, please consult the following short and alternative sources: Departmental style guide (helpful for basic MLA) and Diana Hacker’s style guide (Helpful for more difficult referencing problems).
- The list of Works Cited should have hanging indents.
- Platform uses the serial comma (also known as the Oxford comma).
- Quotes should be in single inverted commas (rather than double quotation marks). Quotes within quotes should be in double quotation marks.
- When a source is written by more than two authors, name only the first author and follow this with ‘et al.’
- The format for dates mentioned in text or in citations is the following: 29 November 2017.
- Articles can be written in either British or American English, but should be consistent in their usage.
- Line spacing for articles is 1.5 lines.
- For the grammatical dash, please use the em-dash (not the en-dash or hyphen), without spaces before and after the dash.
- If your article contains any images, then all images should be captioned with a figure number, image title, the place where the image was taken and who the image is courtesy of. Images should normally be in jpeg format. Authors must also ensure that they have the right to publish the image(s). If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to provide the in high resolution for the printed version of the journal.