Call for Papers

Contemporary Theatre Review, Issue


Issue editors: Caridad Svich and Roberto Gutierrez Varea


Extended Deadlines:

Proposals (250 word abstract) – October 15 2010

Full draft (5000-6000 words*) – January 15 2011

* Contributions to the 'documents' section may be negotiable in terms of length. Please consult the editors.



As globalization calls us to imagine a geography of equal access, built on trade agreements and relationships of mutuality, it inspires ongoing critical interrogations in theatre, applied theatre, and performance, impacts the form and content of new writing and theatre-making, the uses of new technology, and the shift in how work is funded, supported, and staged (immersive, site-responsive and site-specific).


The emergence of the global South, however, invites back into the picture the idea of parallel spaces in unequal relationships of interdependency. Are we experiencing a new spin on last century’s “first/third world” model best suited for current neoliberal ideology, or is this indeed a new paradigm, wherefrom a new construction of memory and a performative praxis are re-defining spaces of exclusion? Is this South opening to opportunities where new work is being created and staged in theatres, community halls, and non-traditional performance venues?


What comes to mind when the word South is mentioned? In this issue of CTR, we wish to explore the vast range of associations that the word conjures in our contemporary imaginary, and also how to move away from simple binaries especially where definitions of north against south are concerned, including, but not limited to


South as in the southern hemisphere or nations in the southern hemisphere

South as zone of resistance to exclusion from global narratives

South as space of solidarity and belonging

The southern voice, tongue, utterance of a given city, region, country or countries

The performing political body and its south/sexuality (as affirmation of self? as confirmation of “northern” rationality…?)

The imagined “Sur” of South America and “el cono sur” of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay

The south as pole of magnetic reference (“el sur es nuestro norte”)

Mythologies of southern-ness, frontier and terra incognita

How does southern theatre, its performance and touring networks differ from the northern/western model? 

Has the South replaced the East as “exotic other,” and/or has it deepened its postcolonial subalternality?


We invite essays, articles, interviews with theatre and performance makers, and short reflections and polemical pieces for our upcoming issue.


Please send your proposals to Caridad Svich at

And to Roberto Varea at

Roberto Gutiérrez Vare

Associate Professor,
Performing Arts and Social Justice

Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA)
College of Arts and Sciences

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