Forthcoming issues

Volume 27 Issue 1

On Biopolitics

Issue editors: Simon Donger and Eve Katsouraki
Publication date: 24 October 2022

For Foucault, biopolitics and biopower concern the management of populations seen as machines for production wherein increased productivity across domains is organized unequally with the production of wealth focused on certain sectors (industrial, military, pharmaceutical, etc.) over others. This themed edition critically examines numerous problems resulting from an organization of power anchored in ideological taxonomies of biological life in relation to performance. Our starting hypothesis urgently asks whether biological life—having been captured by the field of power—has become an essential issue of control under the premises of care and progress, with various critical implications attached, as recently seen in the face of the SARS-CoV 2 pandemic.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 27, issue 1 - On Biopolitics

Volume 27 Issue 2

On Touch

Issue editors: Martin Welton
Publication date: 21 November 2022

This special issue deals with touch as it appears, is deployed, applied and experienced in the production and reception of performance. However, rather than continue to perpetuate a dyadic account – of touching and being touched – in which it remains a fundamentally passive receipt of sensory information about other things, the issue's authors give attention to the active, the multiple and the mysterious in the act of touching. To reduce touch to sensation alone would be to obscure the tension and release inherent to the acts of hefting, grasping, stroking, pressing and testing that are shaped and afforded in acts and events of performance. Even more than this, as the issue's authors attest, to attend to these acts is to describe an aesthetics – a knowing in sensing – in the admixture of bodies, environments and events.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 27, issue 2 - On Touch

Volume 27 Issue 4

On Protest

Issue editors: Andy Lavender and Julia Peetz
Publication date: 1 December 2022

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 27, issue 4 - On Protest