Forthcoming issues

Volume 27 Issue 1

On Biopolitics

Issue editors: Simon Donger and Eve Katsouraki
Publication date: 12 December 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: 12 December 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: 16 January 2023

This edition of Performance Research offers critical examinations of contemporary performances of protest across the globe. Protest can be understood as theatre, and more particularly as a form of public manifestation that draws upon a wide repertoire of representational devices. This edition asks how protest feels, and who is doing the feeling? It considers the performativity of protest. It pays particular regard to the extent to which protest achieves change and the ways in which historical protests help to inform judgements of the conduct, legitimacy and efficacy of current protest actions. What historical instances are invoked to draw comparisons to current forms of activism and resistance? How do contemporary protests draw on historical repertoires of protest that reflect or extend beyond their specific political contexts? Do protest strategies and tactics need to evolve as languages of protest become a default mode of mainstream political discourse?

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