The International Federation for Theatre Research exists to promote collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organisations concerned with theatre research. To this end the Federation supports conferences and publications and assists its members in all such activities and projects.
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The drama queens are Elaine Aston and Geraldine (Gerry) Harris. We share a passionate interest in drama, theatre and performance spanning a wide range of media, along with a commitment to feminism. This blog reflects our professional identities as Professors working in Theatre Studies at Lancaster University but just as, if not more, importantly our pleasure in a 'girls' night out'(or 'in').
The following e-journals are all peer-reviewed, academically rigorous publications dealing with theatre and the performing arts.
CLA is an interdisciplinary journal that aims to relate literature and the arts to the exploration of consciousness. The journal publishes both scholarly and creative work, and publishes three to four times annually.
Didaskalia publishes papers on the topic of Ancient Theatre from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
e-misférica is the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute. This biannual publication explores the uses of and interrelations between performance and politics in the Americas and is published in Spanish, Portugese and English.
InTensions is an interdisciplinary journal published biannually by the department of Fine Arts Cultural Studies at the University of York in Toronto, Canada. The journal aims to compile work by scholars and artists whose works deal with the theatricality of power, corporealities of structural violence, and sensory regimes.
Liminalities aims to expand opportunities to share peer-reviewed work, to publish multimedia texts and projects that could otherwise be difficult to circulate, and to make work internationally accessible. The journal is published three or four times annually.
This journal aims to support the publication and development of New Zealand research on drama, music and dance in education and to contribute a NZ perspective to international dialogues in the discipline of performance studies.
Perfformio is based at the Centre for Performance and Literature, Swansea Metropolitan University. The journal publishes papers by academics and practitioners of the performing arts and allied disciplines twice annually.
Performance Paradigm is an interdisciplinary journal of theatre and the performance arts published annually in themed issues.
Platform is a performing arts journal aiming to publish high quality articles by postgraduates and early-career academics. The journal accepts both academic and practice-based papers, and is published twice per year.
Popular Entertainment Studies is an e-journal based at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and publishes two issues each year. The journal aims to stimulate debate and dialogue in the broad field of popular entertainment studies, and invites papers from a wide variety of disciplines.
Scenario is a bilingual (English & German) publication that examines the role of drama and theatre in language education. The journal is published twice yearly and is based at University College Cork, Ireland.
This site aims to promote Jewish theatre and performing arts around the world, and contains an extensive list of resources for the study of Jewish theatre, news about past, current and future events (including both performances and academic conferences), and a directory of practitioners.
The ASTR website offers users information on the society as well as conference information, membership details, access to the ASTR list-serve, CFPs and book review guidelines for Theatre Survey and information on prizes, grants and fellowships. The site's list of resources includes information on book publishers, job postings, Doctoral programs, and online primary and secondary sources.
The ATG is an online resource for applied and interactive theatre scholars and practitioners. The site offers a variety of resources divided into the major categories of the discipline, such as 'Boal Techniques' and 'Theatre in Education' amongst others. There is also an impressively long list of online resources and links to websites dealing with applied and interactive theatre practices.
The website of the ACTR provides information on the association and its initiatives, including its annual conference, membership, and list-serves in both French and English. The site also offers access to the association's journal, Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches Théâtrales du Canada.
The ATHE is an organisation that brings together individuals and institutions in promoting excellence in theatre studies. The website offers information on the association and its annual conference, as well as a variety of resources for both scholars and practitioners. There is also a useful list of job postings, information on grants and fellowships, access to the association's list-serve, and a list of journals of interest to theatre scholars. The site mainly pertains to North American opportunities.
The ADSA website provides information on membership, the association's annual conference, grants and prizes and publications. There is also a links section devoted to resources for scholars on Australasian drama studies.
The CASP website offers scholars and artists a vast collection of information on Shakespearean performance in Canada. An online anthology, a searchable digital archive, and a multimedia library with images as well as streaming audio and video are all available through the site, as are interactive learning tools for younger students and an extensive library of essays and documents. There is also an online bibliography and links to various other online resources.
The Hemispheric Institute approaches the study of the Americas from an interdisciplinary perspective that embraces scholarly, artistic, and political models. Their website offers information about the institute and its initiatives, as well as details on Encuentro, their bi-annual conference/performance festival and E-MISFÉRICA, the institute's online journal. The site also offers visitors access to an extensive collection of video resources.
The SIBMAS website contains information on the association itself, including membership and governance details, as well as a complete listing of the association's conferences since 1954. The site also offers links to national collections and, through the International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions, information on over 7000 collections of material relevant to theatre and the performing arts.
The IATC/AICT aims to bring together theatre critics from around the world. Their website offers information on the association, its members and upcoming events in both English and French.
The ICPS aims to foster communications and dialogue amongst different branches of performance studies. Their website offers information on the centre, including its mission and conferences, and publications. There are also links to the centre's partner institutions, related sites, and online resources.
The ITI was created as a joint enterprise by UNESCO and the international theatre community, and exists to promote dialogue and exchange between scholars and practitioners of theatre arts. While the site remains under construction, it aims to offer information on the ITI itself, as well as prizes and publications made available by the institute. The site also hosts the annual World Theatre Day and World Dance Day messages.
Dedicated to the creation of a new approach to performance studies, the International Research Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures, directed by Professors Erika Fischer-Lichte and Gabriele Brandstetter, brings together up to ten scholars from a variety of backgrounds each year. The website contains information on the project, CVs from current and previous Fellows, information on their projects, and a video archive.
The Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) aims to facilitate research on Irish theatre in its national and international contexts in terms of an engagement with the full spectrum of Irish theatre from page to stage. The field of Irish Theatre Studies is being transformed by new approaches to the rich history of Irish theatre and by the remarkable diversity of contemporary theatrical practice. ISTR was founded in order to develop and promote new and challenging ways of thinking about Irish theatre which engage with diverse contemporary historiographical, theoretical, cultural and performance frameworks.
PSI is an association devoted to fostering communication and exchange between scholars and practitioners in the field of performance. The website offers information on the association, its annual conference (including existing working groups) and awards.
The Society for Theatre Research is an organisation located in the United Kingdom, founded in 1945, and dedicated to the history and technique of British Theatre. The website offers information on the society, membership, publications, events, and links to other organisations.
This site is a collection of French-language writings on theatre hosted by l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
Theatron is an online resource that offers users digital reconstructions of a number of historically significant performance spaces, from the Theatre of Dionysus to the Drury Lane Theatre. You may need to download updates to view this site.
The UNIMA website offers multilingual information on the union, including membership info, events and training, as well as the union's electronic newsletter.
The World Performance Project is an interdisciplinary performance studies research group that runs performances, workshops, lectures and symposia on a variety of topics and promotes programs across departments at Yale. This site offers information on the project's current and previous initiatives, as well as providing archival materials in both document and video formats.