Performance Research News

PR to Increase to Eight Issues per Year

31 October 2016

Performance Research is pleased to announce that starting from 2017 we will be increasing publication from six to eight themed issues each year. 

The increase is a testament to the success, reach and range of the journal and we offer thanks to publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis, our guest editors, authors, artists and our many readers and supporters that have brought the journal to this significant point in its development.

The journal began its life in 1996 as a tri-annual publication; it rapidly increased to a quarterly in 2001 and then expanded to a bi-monthly publication in 2012 while maintaining our familiar 144 pp. format. Performance Research will continue to nurture and develop high-quality, scholarly writing, artistic-led research, academic investigation, and innovative curating and editing through provocative and groundbreaking themes.

In recent years we have conceived of, and received proposals for, so many themes of interest to the expanding field of performance research that we have been struggling to schedule them. This has obliged us to plan issues for publication some three years ahead. At the same time our 'Call for Proposals' for each issue receives on average six times the number of proposals we can develop through to publication in any one issue. So with some trepidation and relief in equal measure the Performance Research editorial team has welcomed the invitation to expand to an eight-issue annual volume.

To realize the eight-issue volume of Performance Research for 2017 we are bringing forward two previously unannounced themes – ‘On Proximity’ and ‘Under the Influence’ - and the CFPs for these issues can be found on the website. The inaugural eight-issue Volume 22 comprises:

PR 22:1 (February) On Taste
PR 22:2 (March) On Libraries
PR 22:3 (May) On Turning Animal
PR 22:4 (June) On Proximity
PR 22:5 (August) On the Maternal
PR 22:6 (September) On Names
PR 22:7 (November) Under the Influence
PR 22:6 (December) On Leftovers

We look forward to a new era and hope that the eight-issue volumes of the journal will continue to explore and illuminate the further reaches and less well-trodden areas of the field of performance and theatre arts.

Richard Gough & Ric Allsopp
on behalf of the entire Performance Research team,


including Helen Gethin, Sandra Laureri, and Siu-lin Rawlinson 
(who now work together to equally share the post of Managing Editor of Performance Research)