Scottish Journal of Performance — Issue 4

6 July 2015

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I’m happy to announce the publication of Volume 2, Issue 2 of the Scottish Journal of Performance, which can be viewed here or downloaded as a PDF. Co-editors Ben Fletcher-Watson and Kirsty Kay have put together another thought-provoking and diverse issue which includes articles on clowning, relaxed performance, marathon running in prison, El Sistema, and several book reviews.

This is the last edition of SJoP that I’ll work on. Having helped establish the journal back in 2012, it’s time to move on. I’m very proud of what we created and would like to thank all those who’ve worked on, written for, and funded the journal over the last few years. Special thanks to my colleagues Ben Fletcher-Watson and Bethany Whiteside, the original editorial team who guided SJoP from nascent idea to fully-fledged academic journal. We’ll be leaving SJoP in the very capable hands of “the next generation”: Kirsty Kay (University of Glasgow), Bede Williams (University of St Andrews) and Lucy Hollingworth (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). The best of luck to all involved!

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Co-editor vacancy at the Scottish Journal of Performance

26 February 2015

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The Scottish Journal of Performance (SJoP), the journal I co-founded, is looking for a Co-editor to join the editorial team. The journal was started at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews in 2013. If you are interested in joining our team, please take a look at our website to find out more about the journal and browse recent issues: http://www.scottishjournalofperformance.org. We are currently preparing the fourth issue for publication in June 2015, so if you apply, you must be able to begin in March.

Full details, including a person specification and job description, can be found in this application pack. The job would ideally suit a doctoral candidate associated with one of the following fields: Performing Arts, Drama, Music, Dance, Television and Film Studies, Performance Studies, Performance Art. Please note that you do not need to live in Scotland to carry out this role, as almost all SJoP business is conducted digitally, but if you are not studying at a Scottish HEI, your field of research must focus on Scotland to a large extent.

As someone who’s been involved with SJoP since the beginning, I can thoroughly recommend being part of the team. It’s hard work, but enjoyable and immensely rewarding. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 13 March 2015.

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Scottish Journal of Performance — Issue Three

7 January 2015

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I’m pleased to announce that the third issue of the Scottish Journal of Performance is now available online. Editors Ben Fletcher-Watson and Kirsty Kay have curated a diverse and interesting collection of articles: Laura Bissell and David Overend write on the creative and nomadic potentials in the daily commute; Alistair MacDonald discusses his recent compositions for clarsach, discovering its potential to explore themes surrounding Scottish heritage and identity; and Rui Pedro De Oliveira Alves’s provides a historical survey of the trombone in Portuguese 16th- / early-17th century visual art.

The issue also includes several book reviews, including appraisals of All work and no plays: blueprints for 9 theatre performances by Ontroerend Goed, Embodied knowledge in ensemble performance by J. Murphy McCaleb, The actor and the camera by Denis Lawson and The reflexive teaching artist: collected wisdom from the drama/theatre field edited by Kathryn Dawson and Daniel A. Kelin, II.

The deadline for submissions to our fourth issue is 5pm on 9th January 2015. Possible submission formats include audio and video recordings with commentary, practitioner reports, reflective journals and scholarly articles.

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Scottish Journal of Performance Issue 2

13 June 2014

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I am happy to announce that the second issue of the Scottish Journal of Performance has been released today and is now available online at www.scottishjournalofperformance.org.

Editors Bethany Whiteside and Ben Fletcher-Watson have assembled a diverse range of papers for this edition including a timely eyewitness account of the spectacular opening ceremony of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk by Claire Warden, a Bourdieusian examination of training trajectories into ballet and contemporary dance by Lito Tsitsou, and a report by Bethany Whiteside from the British Dance Edition 2014 (held for this first time in Scotland) which illustrates that “many of the deliberations in the macro dance world are shared by dance researcher and worker alike”. There are also reviews of newly published books by authors Stella Bruzzi, Stacey Prickett and Peter Harrison, amongst others.

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Call for papers – Scottish Journal of Performance

12 April 2014

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The Scottish Journal of Performance, the peer-reviewed journal which I manage, has issued the following call for papers.

The Scottish Journal of Performance is a peer-reviewed open access journal which promotes and stimulates discussion, development and dissemination of original research, focusing both on performance in Scotland (contemporary and historical) and / or wider aspects of performance presented by scholars and reflective practitioners based in Scotland. We invite contributions from a wide and diverse community of researchers, providing opportunities for both established and early career scholars to submit work. We encourage a wide range of research methods and approaches, including practice-led research and practice as research. The first issue was published in December 2013.

We welcome submissions for our third issue. Possible submission formats include audio and video recordings with commentary, practitioner reports, reflective journals and scholarly articles.

Performance in this context encompasses a wide range of arts and entertainment and takes as central themes dance, drama, film, music and television. The research field of the Scottish Journal of Performance takes as a key focus the creation and execution of performance in various contexts. Examples include the role and value of performance, performance education, teaching and learning in performance, theory and practice, performance psychology, community performance, performance in society (class, economics, ethnicity, gender, religion), youth performance, performance aesthetics, research methods and methodologies. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Deadline for submission: 5pm, 27th June 2014.
Publication date: December 2014.
Information for authors: Information and Style Guide (.pdf)
Submission method: By email to: submissions@
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