*Call for papers:*
*Special edition of Intellect Journal*
*Puppetry – Communities, Identities and Transgressions*
We are putting together an edited edition and are looking for authors
interested in contributing to this volume. At this stage we would like to
see abstracts unless you have an already developed article.
We would like the edition to reflect the diversity of voices associated
with applied puppetry. If you are aware of any other potential
collaborators on the creation of this volume please pass on the call.
Please provide an abstract (200 words), indicating what you see as the
scope of your article. Please email to Laura Purcell-Gates at
firstname.lastname@example.org and Matt Smith at email@example.com.
Deadline: Friday 3 May 2019
We look forward to the response.
Laura and Matt
This special issue aims to provide insights and interrogations into the
wide range of practices that use puppetry in applied contexts.
Inspired by this increasing acceptance of puppetry as a vibrant theatrical
artform worthy of scholarly investigation, its practices have expanded and
developed in significance over the last decade. During this time puppetry
has been utilized in community settings including work in prisons, with
elder care groups and in arts for health projects. It has developed
practices in these settings in conjunction with Boal techniques, somatic
practices and breath work. While the scholarly discourse on puppetry is
developing, and there has been some attention to the application of
puppetry in certain therapeutic and educational contexts, there remains a
persistent gap in knowledge and analysis around the diverse applications of
puppetry in applied settings.
The focus of this edition will include the practices and the objects
themselves in practice. The intention is through documentation,
interrogation and analysis the articles open up how puppets and performing
objects negotiate complex communications, explorations and discoveries. We
are also interested in writing that explores how puppets facilitate the
emergence of relevant stories and issues.
The scope of the edition is to represent a range of practices in
communities across the globe in order to acknowledge applied puppetry as an
international practice. We are looking for articles that describe
practices, contextualise and debate within specific political and social
contexts. These articles could be framed within theories of embodiment, new
materialisms and object oriented ontology.
A particular focus on issues of identity, community and otherness refracted
through puppetry is a thematic thread through the edition. How bodies are
affected by the performing object could be considered.
Overall the intention is to provide an accessible scholarly text that
addresses the needs of students, researchers and general readership looking
for insights into how puppetry has been used beyond mainstream performing
arts spaces. This edition will be pioneering and unique in its contribution
to knowledge about applied puppetry and performing objects. The call is
also a response to recent important projects including *Objects with
Objectives* AHRC 2017-2018, TAPRA applied puppetry interim event 2018 and
the Broken Puppet symposia. We welcome contributions from both academics
and practitioners. The journal will be published in 2020.
Dr Laura Purcell-Gates
Reader in Drama
College of Liberal Arts
Bath Spa University
Artistic Director, Wattle and Daub