125 Years Looking Forward

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Dance and History of Dance, Film and Film History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Local History

Call for book chapters

125 Years Looking Forward

A special edition to celebrate Lisbon’s Teatro Municipal de São Luiz 125th anniversary

Subject fields including but not restricted to Theatre Studies, Cultural History, Social History, Cinema, Dance, Performance, Visual Arts, Architecture, Urbanism

Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2018

Full chapters due: June 30, 2018


By occasion of its 125th anniversary, Lisbon’s Teatro Municipal de São Luiz will be publishing its first ever monograph. This special edition purports to look thoroughly into the theatre’s vast and polyhedral history while hoping to foster broader investigation, including innovative and forward-thinking research looking into the future of theatres and their social stance.

Given the wide spectrum of roles played by São Luiz and theatres in general, this edition will be done through a multidisciplinary lens which will contemplate though not being restricted to research in thematic areas such as Theatre Studies, Cultural History, Social History, Cinema, Dance, Performance, Visual Arts, Architecture and Urbanism.

Key events in São Luiz’s history are encouraged subjects and may be subject to multiple approaches – proposals concerning any of them should be especially clear about the particular perspective or position applied to the chosen research. Proposals concerning hitherto neglected aspects or little-known episodes of the theatre’s history should be thoroughly construed in terms of the significance of those aspects or episodes, their contexts and implications.

Broader ranging and concept-based proposals are encouraged to take into consideration topics like the role of theatres in the definition of city cartographies and urban social identities and politics, theatres as community builders, theatres as stages for post-colonial worlds, gender issues and the Anthropocene’s political responsibilities. Authors should take into consideration that only a small number of proposals completely unrelated to São Luiz’s history, current contexts, programming lines or prospective realities would be considered for publication.

In all cases, approaches must be easy to follow and accessible to the general and wide-ranging audience the book aims at targeting and which includes the civil society, academia, practitioners and policymaking communities both within and outside the art world.

Submission procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit an abstract of 500 to 700 words in either Portuguese or English until February 28, 2018, clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter as well as a working title. Authors will be notified by March 15, 2018, about the status of their proposals and be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters of 2500 to 3000 words in either Portuguese or English are due by May 30, 2018.

Important Dates:

- February 28: abstracts submission deadline (500-700 words)

- March 15: proposal acceptance notification

- May 30: full chapters submission deadline (2000-3000 words)

- June 15: chapter acceptance notification and review results returned

- June 30: final chapter submission

- September 1 to 15 –-translation revision

Publisher: This book is scheduled to be published by Teatro Municipal de São Luiz and Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda. It is to be released in a bilingual edition (Portuguese and English) in May 2019.

Contact Info:

Editor's Name: Vanessa Rato
Editor's Affiliation: CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Editor's Contact Information: vanessa.rato.cham.fcsh@gmail.com

Contact Info: 

Vanessa Rato

Editor's Affiliation: CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa