Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Post-humans)Guest editors: Sita Popat and Sarah Whatley
Extended Deadline: 31st January 2017
Publication: Autumn 2017 in Volume 13, Issue 2
We are particularly interested in essays that examine cultural and political impacts of bodily extension in performance; experiences and perceptions of extended bodies for artists, performers and audiences; and ways in which performance theories and practices are questioning the boundaries of what it means to be a body. What constitutes an extended body, and how are bodily extensions portrayed in performance? Can extended bodies be considered as part-human, super-human, non-human, or post-human, and how does performance comment upon or interact with such categorisations?
We invite full essays of between 5,000 and 8,000 words that might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:
– The politics of bodily extension in performance
– Cultural representations of extended bodies
– Ethics and bodily extensions in performance
– Bodies in cyborg performance
– Performing avatars as extended bodies
– Post-human performance
– Designing the extended body for performance
– Prosthetics, disability, and performance
– Bodily extension and the performance of social identity
– Augmented bodies and superhumans in performance
– Choreographing for extended bodies
– Performing with bodily extensions
– Spectating extended bodies in performance
Essays should be formatted according to the Routledge journal style.
Source: Coventry University
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