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Announcement of New Publication

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Masks: The Online Journal of Law and Theatre

Call for Papers

Masks: The Online Journal of Law and Theatre is a new multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal based at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. The journal's focus is on the intersections of law and theatre. Diverse scholarship exists on some of these intersections, including: courtroom as theatre; historical connections between theatre and the Inns of Court; lawyer playwrights; images of lawyers in popular culture; law in literature studies of plays; and legislative theatre. Masks seeks to bring together continuing scholarship in these areas and to provide a forum for discussions of new areas of research.

Masks welcomes paper submissions to be published in the inaugural issue. For its first issue, Masks aims to showcase the range of potential scholarship in this field, and encourages submissions on:

  • legislative theatre and other forms of participatory lawmaking (theory and application),
  • potential and current applications of sociodrama to law,
  • use of theatrical tools to elucidate and/or transform power,
  • theatrical tools in legal pedagogy (beyond role playing),
  • improvisation and the law (including connections between improvisation and negotiation),
  • playback in legal contexts,
  • theatre of the oppressed and social justice, and
  • studies of legal drama, particularly new dramas exploring developing legal themes.

Submissions are solicited from all scholars not only those working in the fields of Law or Theatre. Scholarship from the areas of sociology, psychology, social work, communication studies, literature, business and other fields which focus on the nexus of law and theatre is highly encouraged. As well, Masks encourages the submission of papers by graduate students (including LL.B. students) and plans to include one student paper per issue. Student papers will be included in the peer review process. Please send your submissions or any questions to editor@masksjournal.com.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts for consideration and feedback is 20 December 2007. This is not required, but if you want feedback from the editorial board before preparing your submission, it will be available. Submission of papers deadline is 31 January 2008. Notice of acceptance will be given before 1 March 2008.

Masks will be launched at a Law and Theatre conference in Vancouver, on 17-19 June 2008.

Web: masksjournal.com