Volume 2: Creators 

Call for Proposals: Women’s Innovations in Theatre, Dance, and Performance

Volume 2: Creators

Co-edited by Indu Jain, Jill Lane, and Elliot Gordon Mercer


This volume devoted to “Creators” is broadly conceived to include choreographers, playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, as well as artists who traversed or redefined these categories. We conceptualize creators as those who generate the worlds that are inhabited by performers or materialized by designers and crafters; those who shape such worlds through the realms of texts, bodies, gestures, sounds, scores, frames, communities, ecosystems, archives of feeling, and/or dreamscapes; those who have radically reconsidered the world-building capacities of art.

This volume seeks to engage a feminist historiography across a broad temporal and geographical scope while illuminating the workings of power in the production of history and foregrounding the “intimate” relationality of local and intersectional contexts, both in the Global North and Global South. We eschew canonicity, teleology, and notions of comprehensiveness.

We seek contributions on creative innovations that disrupt or work outside of dominant narratives of feminist/women’s art movements. We aim to situate creators in relation to intersectionality; coloniality or post-coloniality; migrations, diasporas, and transnational circulations; compositional methods and processes; multiplicities and hybridities of genres; genealogies of practice; networks of influence; legacies and lineages; iconoclasm; or ideas of historical sedimentation and amalgamation.

We invite contributions that forward critical engagement with:

Contact Jill Lane (jl24@nyu.edu), Indu Jain (ms.indu@jdm.du.ac.in), and Elliot Mercer (elliotmercer@uchicago.edu) if you have questions.

Abstracts submitted should be 250 words, and include a working title and a description of the methodological approach. Potential contributors should also include a brief (150 word) bio. These should be combined into one MS Word document (Times New Roman, 12-pt, single-spaced) for submission.


New extended deadline for submission of abstracts is April 15, 2023.  Abstracts should be submitted online HERE.