Contributions are sought for the Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Race, a comprehensive reference source that investigates the relation between race and theater in the modern and contemporary world. The collection, edited by Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford) and Osita Okagbue (Goldsmiths), will include thirty-eight essays from both established and emerging academics, with a focus on how the performing arts have articulated understandings of race, and how (or whether) racial issues—at a community and institutional level—have impacted on, or been affected by, theatrical representations of race.

Proposals focusing on the intersection of theater and race in contexts of war, imperial and colonial encounters, political regimes that are based on or encourage institutional racism, as well as chapters investigating the bodily representation of the “Other”—particularly images of the non-European or representations of whiteness—are welcome.

However, priority will be given to the following topics:

  • Building empires through theater: theory and comparative perspectives
  • Racial issues on the Francophone stage
  • Staging race in the Hispanophone and Lusophone world
  • The Soviet Empire and its (theatrical) enemies
  • Theater and the Sino-Japanese War(s)
  • Armenian theater and the Armenian Genocide
  • Performances of Africans in Burma or African American GIs in Japanese theater
  • Staging the Other (or race) during the Vietnam War
  • Kurdish performances and borders
  • Performing race in contemporary Brazil
  • Race and the nation in Palestinian and Israeli theater
  • Native Americans between the stage and the museum
  • Non-European Others in tourist performances
  • Roma and traveling communities in European theater
  • Refugees in contemporary European theater (French, German, Italian)
  • Conquistadores in contemporary Central and South American performance
  • Non-Africans in indigenous African theater
  • White people in Asian theater
  • “Yankees” in European theater

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words and a short bio to the editors at by 28 February 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of March, and full chapters, ranging from 6,500 to 8,000 words, are due by 30 September.