ISSN: 17571979
Online ISSN: 17571987
First published in 2010
2 issues per volume
Current Issue:
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Volume 1 | Issue 1
Call for Papers

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Performing Ethos
is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream. Of equal interest are those practices which are ethically motivated, and those in which ideological concerns are less clearly to the fore.

We seek to promote new ways of identifying and articulating positive paradigms for practice and scholarship in theatre and performance; to challenge assumptions, to interrogate practices, to open up a space for reflection and debate. By encouraging practitioners, philosophers and theatre scholars to participate, we aim to foster and disseminate appropriate discourses and methodologies for addressing ethical issues in theatre and performance.

Call for Submissions

Contributions are welcome from a diverse range of professional and intellectual perspectives and moral and philosophical standpoints. Performing Ethos publishes full peer-reviewed articles, interviews, topics for debate, book reviews and reports of relevant events. Each issue is thematically arranged; themes for future issues are announced in the journal.

The first issue seeks to identify and explore key ethical issues facing theatre and performance today. Acknowledging that ethical issues are always contextually determined, we wish to explore the range of ethical concerns and responses that arise within different cultural contexts. Contributions are welcome from a diverse range of professional and intellectual perspectives and moral and philosophical standpoints.

The journal considers papers dealing with any aspect of theatre or performance practice, criticism or analysis with a focus on ethical considerations. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical paradigms appropriate to ethics and theatre, and the relationship between them
  • Ethics of representation (gender, class, ethnicity, morality, authenticity etc)
  • Ethics of witnessing and spectatorship
  • Ethics in relation to inter- and intra-culturalism
  • Ethics of applied and interventionist theatre, including community theatre, theatre for development, theatre and education, theatre and health
  • Critical perspectives on ethically motivated performance
  • Performance, ethics and the law
  • Ethical practices in the creative industries (including training, employment, sustainability)


Performing Ethos will also include a ‘Reflections’ section. Items in this section may take the form of short meditations, provocations or case studies that will set the context of ethical enquiry in relation to the study of theatre and performance. These pieces may be between 500 and 1000 words and are intended to offer topics for further debate and articles; responses will be published in the following issue.
Submission Details

Please send completed papers to Carole-Anne Upton

Short submissions for the ‘Imperatives, Obligations and Impossibilities’ section are also invited by this date. Please contact the editors with any queries, or if you wish to discuss specific proposals.

All submissions should include full references and bibliography, and articles should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Before submitting any article, review or feature, contributors are asked to refer to the guidelines available on the publisher’s website.

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