Forthcoming issues

Volume 26 Issue 8


Issue editors: James Harding & Fraser Stevens
Publication date: 1 September 2022

This edition of Performance Research dives into the murky realities that belie undercover and covert undertakings. From domestic engagements to clandestine settings (of which some appear to be one and the same) this issue tackles the ethics, challenges, moral pitfalls, gendered realities, moments of necessity and artistic qualities of undercover practices. Many are topics that fall within the categories of ‘performing ground’ (Levin), ‘not–not identities’ (Schneider), ‘intentional concealment’ (Bok) and ‘dark play’ (Schechner). With an array of international contributors, this issue moves beyond the traditional and popular conceptualization of ‘undercover’ to question how society understands the covert, clandestine and hidden, and where theatre and performance intersect with such undertakings. ‘Undercover’ draws back the curtain on otherwise unseen practices and knowledge and allows readers to glimpse the hidden worlds beneath and within.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 26, issue 8 - Undercover

Volume 27 Issue 1

On Biopolitics

Issue editors: Eve Katsouraki and Simon Donger
Publication date: 1 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 Protest

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