This special issue of Feminist Review will explore theatre as a site for feminist agency and intervention in a variety of national, international and transnational contexts. Theatre has historically been and continues to be a powerful site of intervention in dominant modes of power and repression, addressing questions of cultural imperialism and identity through popular drama and performative practices. Some examples that stand out are the Sistren Collective of Jamaica and street theatres in India that deploy alternative media for self-empowerment. International in scope and situated in the context of postcolonial studies, this proposed collection seeks essays that will draw on the past as well as the contemporary world in an attempt to engage with the following questions:
How does theatre facilitate and transform our understanding of intellectual and political production and practice about and by women?
In what ways have women utilized theatre to intervene in colonial and contemporary ideologies and forms of power?
How do locally developed forms intervene in global systems of power?
How have feminist commitments to gender self-empowerment enabled socially productive, transcultural concepts of theatre?
How has theatre engaged and participated in imperialistic constructions of women through its thematic and aesthetic apparatus?
How does theatre become a space for providing critiques of received histories?
How have traditional forms been redeployed to produce an oppositional politics and practice for female self-empowerment?
Deadline for submission of papers is 31st March 2005.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Standard length articles are 5000-6000 words, and should be accompanied by 6 keywords, a 300 word abstract and a biographical note on the author. Shorter pieces (500-1000 words) can be submitted for publication in our dialogue section. Please send electronic submissions to Sadhana Sutar at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also ask for a style sheet, or contact the issue group at this address, if you would like to discuss a possible contribution.
Nandi Bhatia, Ph.D.
Department of English
University of Western Ontario
London, ON N6A 3K7
Phone: (519) 661-2111, X85817
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