Extracts from our latest Performing Arts journals
Applied Theatre Research and Punk & Post-Punk

Intellect's Performing Arts portfolio has two forthcoming journal issues, which will be available in time for Christmas. The first is Punk & Post-Punk 1.3, which is a special issue devoted to punk in Russia. The second is the inaugural issue of our latest Performing Arts journal, Applied Theatre Research. Both include excellent and diverse academic articles but to get our readers prepared here are extracts from the editorials that will be published in each issue respectively.

Applied Theatre Research, Editorial: Innovation, continuity and conversation
By Penny Bundy and John O’Toole, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Welcome, readers, to a journal that is both new and not-new, familiar and unfamiliar. This is the first number of the first volume of Applied Theatre Research, published by Intellect Books. It shares much of its editorial policy, its acronym and most of its title with a journal you may already know and use: The Applied Theatre Researcher, formerly (from 2000 to 2012) published by Griffith University in Australia, and since 2003 also incorporating the IDEA Journal. As the editors of both, we are delighted to be setting out with Intellect, with a fresh and handsome look, a much greater visibility and simplified ease of access for both readers and authors.  We are also very pleased to be retaining our links with Griffith University, and with IDEA (The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association): from time to time, we will publish special editions devoted to IDEA Congress papers and IDEA projects, and we intend to remain a significant voice in the international drama and theatre education conversation. Our policy – as well, we hope, as our appeal to our readership – has been updated, but not much changed; as our website indicates, Applied Theatre Research is:

the worldwide journal for theatre and drama in non-traditional contexts. It focuses on drama, theatre and performance with specific audiences or participants in a range of social contexts and locations … Educational uses of theatre are an important part of the journal’s brief.

We have retained and expanded the distinguished and truly global team of peer reviewers on our Advisory Board. From this edition onwards, we are now publishing regular reviews of significant applied theatre publications, and we welcome Professor Michael Balfour as Reviews Editor. The Editorial Board now comprises Professor Balfour, Associate Professor Peter O’Connor as our General Adviser and ourselves. 


Punk & Post-Punk Editorial: The elephant in the room? ‘Post-socialist punk’ and the Pussy Riot phenomenon
By Ivan Gololobov and Yngvar B. Steinholt

A special issue with a number of articles on punk in Russia, but no mention of Pussy Riot? Is this another example of academic research out of touch with the burning issues of our time? In one sense: yes. The time frames involved in peer-reviewed academic publishing are ill-suited to the swiftly changing agendas of world media. The abstracts to this issue were written around the time of Pussy Riot’s foundation and the initial manuscript deadline preceded the infamous punk prayer and subsequent arrests by a month. In another and more fundamental sense: no. Pussy Riot is not part of the Russian punk or music scenes as such. Whilst the band calls itself ‘punk’ and its actions take the form of flash gigs in public places; this form of punk rock is a vehicle for actions of social protest following the demands of a political-artistic agenda. Below we provide a brief overview of the Pussy Riot phenomenon in the context of Russian punk. For those interested, an extended exploration of the argument will be available shortly on the web pages of the journal Popular Music and Society.

Over the last few months much attention in Russia and abroad has been given to the arrest, trial and conviction of three members of the feminist punk-band Pussy Riot. They were eventually sentenced to two years imprisonment for religious hatred following their performance of a ‘Punk prayer’ before the altar of the Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow on 21 February 2012. Pop and rock stars from Madonna, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and Bjørk to Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Faith no More have expressed their support for the arrested women, alongside Russian artists and celebrities such as Yuri Shevchuk, Nikita Dzhigurda and Viktor Shenderovich.

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