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European Journal of Theatre and Performance

The objective of the journal is to become an open window onto Theatre and Performance. It is a place in which to develop our discipline as well as to search for new directions. It will stimulate a close dialogue between theory and practice, and between theatre and performance scholars and artists across Europe.It is a space where theatre can reflect and be critical about itself, and a space intimately connected with the world that surrounds it. Starting from the local, it is also a place in which to question the global and to promote boundary-crossing, taking in consideration European backgrounds and the variety of methodologies and theoretical approaches to our field. It also will work to enable a number of languages to be used within the journal.

Each issue of the European Journal for Theatre and Performance consists of four recurring sections that have their own aims and scopes, but which are all intended to contribute to the journal’s overarching objectives to stimulate a close dialogue between theory and practice, to navigate between local traditions (of research and practice) and global tendencies (within and beyond Europe), and to promote historical and contemporary perspectives on the performing arts.

  • The Essays section presents innovative research on theatre and performance through scholarly articles that may develop in-depth case studies, critical assessments of research methodologies, or discussions of emerging tendencies within the field of the performing arts. EJTP welcomes articles that address topics of specific urgency within theatre and performance (both from a practical and theoretical point of view), providing new and refreshing perspectives on the performing arts by valuing the importance of local practices and scholarly traditions, yet always against the background of internationally shared terminologies and discourses. EJTP alternates between a general Essays section, for which contributions can be submitted freely and on a continuous basis, and a themed Essays section, for which a Call for Papers on a specific theme is issued.
  • The Artist or Scholar in Focus section is another alternating feature within EJTP that highlights the work of either EASTAP’s Associate Artist or Associate Scholar, who are selected yearly. The Artist in Focus section is aimed at presenting the work of important contemporary performing artists through textual and visual information, enriched by their own voice (through interviews, manifestos, etc.) as well as contextualising essays that provide in-depth discussions of the poetics and interests of the artists. The Scholar in Focus section provides a refreshing look either at a scholar’s pioneering career who made a significant contribution to the field of theatre, dance, and performance studies.
  • The From the Archives section offers a carefully curated selection of archival documents relating to the history of theatre, dance, and performance with a specific focus on those histories that are relatively unknown to wider (and predominantly English-speaking) audiences. The section aims to paint a vivid picture of theatre, dance, and performance histories by not only offering textual accounts of the figures and topics under scrutiny, but also by including photographs of performances or artists and scans of documents as they can be found in archives.
  • The Book Reviews section provides profound and critical discussions of monographs, edited volumes, or special journal issues recently published within the field of theatre, dance, and performance studies with the aim to keep readers of the journal informed on how the scholarship in the field is advancing. EJTP’s Book Reviews section covers not only English-language publications, but also important work published in other languages (e.g., Italian, German, Portuguese, French, etc.).

Each of these sections has their own convener. For any inquiries, please get in touch with the responsible convener (see “Contact us”).