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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Theatre and Performance Design

For a Special Issue on
Staged: Scenographic Strategies in Contemporary Exhibition Design

Abstract deadline
01 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Greer Crawley, Royal Holloway
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Lucy Thornett, University of the Arts London
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Staged: Scenographic Strategies in Contemporary Exhibition Design

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special double issue of the journal, Theatre and Performance Design, Spring/Summer 2022, Staged: Scenographic Strategies in Contemporary Exhibition Design, guest edited by Greer Crawley and Lucy Thornett.

In this time of rapid social and political change, curators are recognising that scenographic strategies can illuminate, explicate and problematise the multiplicity of historical, social and cultural meanings and emotions that are attached to objects and materials. Spatial designers, artists, architects and scenographers are being called upon to create innovative and original interpretive, presentational and experiential approaches to exhibition. They are increasingly being recognised for the central role they can play in the realisation of the visitor journey, through multi-sensory and multi-media experiences that inform, extend and enhance engagement and interpretation.

This special double issue will take a critical approach towards scenographic and theatrical methodologies used in permanent or temporary museum and gallery exhibitions and displays. It will build on an emergent body of scholarship that examines scenography’s potential for interdisciplinarity and its application outside performance contexts. In the migration from stage to exhibition, how might the underpinning scenographic principles be understood and articulated? This issue will consider how the content of exhibitions is revealed, imagined, experienced, contested, and animated through scenographic practices. Do these scenographic practices merely commodify experience and entice consumers through spectacle, or can these strategies foster meaningful engagement and participation?

We invite proposals that reflect a range of perspectives on scenography in exhibition contexts. We welcome both scholarly and practice-led research approaches, that could take the form of case studies or scenographic experiments.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

o Staging and narrative strategies for permanent or temporary exhibitions
o The spatial performativity and dramaturgy of exhibition spaces and architectures
o Scenographic visitor encounters
o Virtual, distributed or digital exhibitions
o Imagined museums and exhibitions
o Scenography in a wider disciplinary context of event and experience design
o Critical and creative re-appraisals of exhibition design
o Scenography as socially engaged practice within exhibitions
o Scenography’s role in addressing difficult issues such as racism, colonialism and climate crisis in exhibition contexts

Submission Instructions

In the first instance proposals should take the form of a 300 word abstract to be submitted to Editorial Associate Nick Tatchell at [email protected] by 1st September 2021 with accepted articles due in full by 28th February 2022. Articles usually range between 6000-8000 words.

All articles are subject to peer review.

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