CALL FOR PAPERS –
Dossier: BLACK PO-ET(H)ICS OF (RE)EXISTENCE
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The Ephemera Journal, a Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies, edited by Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil (PPGAC / UFOP), is a new open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that does not charge any submission or publication fees. It is accepting submissions of unpublished articles for the Special Issue: Black Po-Et(h)ics of (Re)Existence. Papers should be submitted until September 15, 2020, for peer review. Papers should be published in its sixth issue, by December 2020.
In view of current trending socio-political issues in Brazil and abroad, while extermination of specific bodies and life precariousness politics are implemented, and their impact on contemporary scene, this thematic dossier proposes to gather papers, interviews, translations, reports and manifestos centred in the discussion of artistic practices that either produce novel fabulations about blackness or construct anti-hegemonic poetics and politics of the scene, and to investigate historical processes of violating, erasing, and silencing black people.
In current Brazilian theatre making, one can notice the significant trend of productions marked by political issues of strong identitary character. In a manner distinct from what has been configured as “political theatre” of Brechtian tradition (without excluding it), the necessity to intensify the relationships of art and life is seen in these plays, while stretching the borders of ethics and politics to create what contemporary performance scholar Ileana Diéguez Caballero (2011) calls “Liminal Stages/Scenarios” [Escenarios
Liminales], which is the narrowing of the space between the aesthetic dimension and the political nature of performance, several times resulted from radical experimentalism.
Thus, we name Po-et(h)ics of (Re)existence the artistic practices that investigate historical process of extermination, violation and invisibility of determined bodies, their cultural repertoires, subjectivities and epistemes, as those practices that produce novel fabulations about existences, while building anti-hegemonic poetics and politics of the scene, destabilizing established norms and canons so that they can promote multiplicity and polyphony of voices and the creation of other possible narratives. The expression embraces its developments in terms of theorization, reflection, and academic production, and also in terms of groupings, affect networks and common resistance grounds like feminist art collectives or urban quilombos, for instance.
Therefore, for this Special Issue, we are specifically interested in contemporary scene works connected to performativity / fabulation of black bodies, which carry the visibility of aesthetic-political issues in their central axes, i.e., connected to scenic-performance manifestations produced under an ethnic-racial perspective. In this sense, regarding the countless possible convergences of the theme, from the intersectionality key to the reverberations of the socio-political field on the po-et(h)ics and creation processes of the contemporary scene, for the next issue of Ephemera Journal we expect to receive manuscripts resulted from research linked to this proposal, exploring the theme in its different perspectives, variations and from multiple crossings, for instance (but not limited to):
• Engaged Black Theatre: contemporary possibilities.
• Blackness, [necro]politics and contemporary scene.
• Black decolonial performances.
• Black theoretical perspectives on the contemporary scene.
• Teaching and learning transgression: black feminist pedagogy and Art-Education.
• Pedagogic performance practices and anti-racist education.
• Black transsexual performances and other dissident aesthetics.
• Trauma and healing: marronnage, creation and affect networks.
• Liminalities in contemporary black scene.
• Black art activism, performance, and social movement.
• Novel fabulations on the black body
• Afro-futurism expanded: imagining possible futures.
Important! The Ephemera Journal also accepts, as in a continuous flow, articles of various themes (Fluxo Section) linked to the central scope of the journal, provided they are unpublished and result from bibliographic reviews, reports of investigations and experiments, academic researches and creative reflections on contemporary creation processes and important historical landmarks in the performing arts, accepting contributions from national and foreign authors. In addition, Section Happens also accepts streaming contributions in a variety of formats: interviews, book review and review of spectacles, festivals, etc. The researchers, Brazilian and foreign, can submit their texts for evaluation at any time, and it is not necessary to wait for the call to submit articles.
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Languages accepted: Portuguese, English and Spanish.