NJ- Call for Papers Special Edition

NJ Special Edition Drama Australia/Drama New Zealand: call for papers

We are seeking papers for NJ: Drama Australia Journal, Vol 42, Issue 2, 2018,“Dialogues across the Ditch”, a special edition sharing drama education practice and research from Australia and New Zealand.

NJ: Drama Australia Journal is an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal, published by Taylor & Francis, providing the drama education community with research, reflection and discussion of contemporary and innovative drama education practice and theory in Australia and internationally. Contributions are welcome from all sectors of the drama education community and from all parts of Australia and the world. Contributions to NJ: Drama Australia Journal may employ a variety of forms including but not limited to: research studies that may be critical, descriptive, empirical, ethnographic, historical or theoretical in nature; position papers; interviews and profiles of organisations or individuals. 

Special edition information

Dialogues across the ditch

The Drama Australia/ Drama New Zealand ‘Game Changer’ conference in Sydney in 2015 brought scholars and teachers together to celebrate drama’s capacities for innovation, transformation, collaboration and creativity. These conference themes provide starting points for this edition of NJ, which will continue the important critical dialogue between drama practitioners and researchers across the Tasman. This edition of NJ focusses on the uniqueness of our scholarship and practice in drama education. As southern countries, Australia and New Zealand share oceans, geographies and histories, as well as environmental and socio-political spaces and challenges. We also have our differences in these areas as well. For decades, drama education in this region has had a rich history of excellence and innovation in both practice and research and in many ways, drama educators in this region have been the game changers in our field. In this special edition of NJ you are invited to interrogate both what we share and also what is unique about our work and approaches to drama education. Drama educators from both Australia and New Zealand are invited to co-author a critical and research-based paper that explores the unique local contexts of drama practice and research, drawing upon our rich connections, but also our differences. We are particularly interested in scholarly exchanges that critically address concepts of community, history, place, pedagogy and personhood unique to this region.  

Prospective authors are encouraged to make contact with the guest editors if they require assistance with finding co-authors.

Publication Timeline for NJ Special Edition  

·         15 November, 2017 – Abstracts submitted for review;

·         15 December, 2017 – Feedback from editors;

·         30 March, 2018 – Submission of articles for peer review;

·         30 May, 2018 – Feedback provided to authors;

·         30 June, 2018 – Revised articles submitted;

·         30 July, 2018 – Editors recommend articles for publication process.

Note: Articles will be published online as soon as the publication process is complete. The full edition will go to print when all articles have been completed and author permissions submitted. 

Submissions should not exceed 5000 words, have been carefully edited by the author/s, follow the Chicago Author-Date style guide and may include:

·         papers offering insight into school and community drama practice

·         theoretical papers contributing to understanding of dramatic forms and processes

·         accounts of research from teacher-researchers and academics


Submission instructions

NJ: Drama Australia Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that:

-          the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work.

-          the manuscript has been submitted only to NJ: Drama Australia Journal; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.

-          the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.

Please follow this link HERE where you will find detailed instructions for contributing authors. The submission point is on the top right-hand side of the page. You will need to set up a ScholarOne account if this is the first time you have submitted an article.

For further information please contact the guest editors: 

Christine Hatton           Christine.Hatton@newcastle.edu.au

Tracey-Lynne Cody      T.L.Cody@massey.ac.nz