Call for submissions!

Provocations: drama+dance in education, volume 2

Holding Space and Bearing Witness

through Drama and Dance

The second edition of Provocations: Drama+Dance invites contributors to consider how we hold space and engage students with storying through acts of deep listening, seeing, and presencing. We are interested in your drama and dance teaching and learning stories. We welcome the voices of teachers, teacher-artists, and students.

Here are some provocations that we hope might stimulate a story, an article, a review, or an art expression:

What does holding space and bearing witness mean to you? To your students?

How have acts of bearing witness transpired in your drama or dance space? How do you hold space?

How have you helped to nurture a courageous space? How is a courageous space different than a safe space?

How have you designed your space, physically and socially, to encourage deep listening, seeing, and reflecting?

How are relationships to community (e.g. Indigenous elders, artists, families, natural world) creating new spaces for bearing witness through drama and dance?

What are scholars and practitioners writing about holding space and bearing witness? What resources may support our practice in this regard?

Publication of Volume 2: May 1, 2023

Submissions accepted: May 1, 2022 - midnight (ET) December 1, 2022

Please review guidelines for submission below.

Here is the submission form to be completed.

Please submit questions and comments here.

Submission Guidelines

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to a new publication entitled Provocations: drama and dance in education.

Provocations aims to stimulate lively conversations and critical thinking about drama and dance education, and arts-infused teaching and learning strategies. Contributions that profile action research and teacher and student inquiry are most welcome.

We are also interested in pieces that are focused on pedagogical strategies of major interest to educators of all instructional levels. Provocations invites commentary, creative expression, and well-considered ideas in various forms: articles, poetry, visual arts, film, photography, etc. Provocations also provides a platform for student voice; we invite you to consider submitting student thoughts, reflections and creative expressions.

Provocations' audience consists of educators, K- post-secondary, who want to learn more about effective teaching techniques, share their own classroom discoveries and research, and have a platform for interacting with others.

Every issue of Provocations will include the following featured components:

  • Soliloquy (editorial): 500-1,000 words

  • Folio (articles, stories): 1,000 and 4,000 words

  • Cue2Cue (book & resource reviews): 600-1,000 words

  • Touchstone (reflections, poetry, imagery): up to 3 poems or images; written reflections up to 600 words or two-minute audio recordings. Original art works should include an artist statement of approximately 50 words.

Format & Style Requirements

  1. Submissions will include:

  • Title

  • Author’ Name

  • Email Address

  • Bio (200 words) and photo

  • Manuscripts: include an abstract (100-150 words)

  • Media: photos, artworks, illustrations , video or audio files are attached/uploaded to the Submission Google form

  1. Manuscripts (articles, stories, reviews, reflections)

Here is quick guide highlighting common reference examples: Quick APA reference guide

An explanation of the APA style can also be accessed at the Purdue Online Writing Lab

  1. Multimedia

  • When including video, audio or imagery within an article, be sure to use web-optimized formats, e.g. y=YouTube, vimeo, quick time, etc. Embed hyperlinks (text or still image) within the body of the article.

  • When submitting video, audio or imagery as stand-alone files for inclusion in the Touchstone section of the journal, provide a text or image link.

  • When submitting video files, please provide a text link or still frame from the video in the article.

  • Upload/attach all media files to the Provocations Submission Form

  1. Permission and Copyright Protection:

  • When submitting video, audio, or imagery files, you must ensure that you have permissions for inclusion and have submitted copies of signed permissions prior to publication.

  • Include signed permissions of all individuals appearing in photos or video.

  • Permission form (please request when making submission)

  1. Length

The journal is organized into the following 5 sections, and the length of contributions for each section have been determined as outlined below. You are welcome to state your preference of section, but final decisions are at the discretion of the editorial board.

  • Soliloquy (editorial): 500 - 1,000 words.

  • Folio (articles, stories) : between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

  • Cue-to-Cue (books & resources reviews): 600-1,000 words

  • Touchstone (reflections, poetry, imagery): up to 3 poems or images; written reflections up to 600 words or - minute audio recording. Original art works should include an artist statement of approximately 50 words.

  • Contact (student voice with teacher reflection/analysis ): photos, videos, stories, samples of student work- written or visual, etc. Student work must be accompanied by a teacher introduction or reflection/analysis)

Additional Considerations and Requirements:

  • A call for submissions will be released six months prior to each publication, with a deadline of 3 months in advance of the release date. Provocations also maintains an open call for submissions, for consideration in upcoming editions.

  • Submissions must be current and newly developed for this publication. Creative modalities of expression are welcome.

  • We accept a wide range of forms, styles and formats including, but not limited to, articles, video-recorded or written interviews, stories, illustrations, photos, zines, audio recordings, etc.

  • Student work is welcome, with verification of permissions.

  • All submissions must include a brief summary of content (50-100 words).

  • Illustrations, graphics, photos, are welcome additions to manuscripts. Quality and resolution must be sufficiently high for publication (typically at least 300 dpi), and photo credits must be included.

  • English, French and multilingual submissions are welcome. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents and formatted following APA-7 style guidelines.

  • Please note that all accepted submissions may be edited. Edits will be returned to authors for consideration and approval prior to publication.

  • All submissions will be acknowledged with a return email within two weeks of receipt.

Please complete this submission form.

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