Editorial: ON Children

Anderson, Gary and Senior, Adele (2018) Editorial: ON Children. Performance Research, 23 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1352-8165 (Accepted for Publication)

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So, what does it mean to compose a journal issue that attempts to look at our relationships with children under the problematic title ‘On Children’? The writing between these pages undoubtedly carries with it an attendant anxiety about objectifying, naming and otherwise categorizing children. Yet, at the same time, the focus of the title ‘on’ children deliberately sets out to occupy agap in theatre and performance scholarship that Nicholas Ridout called to our attention over a decade ago: ‘the question of children as theatrical performers is atopic in its own right, and awaits further study’ (2006:98‑9). Extending Ridout’s invitation to take seriously the appearance of children in a theatrical setting, ‘On Children’ hopes to foreground this problem of writing about children without reducing them to research objects. It does this by exploring the multiple roles that children occupy in relation to performance: children as collaborators, researchers, philosophers, activists, artists and political agents. In naming children as such, the contributions presented here cannot escape the violence of categorization. However, the process of creating this issue puts into practice the tension at the heart of performance research ‘on’ children, pushing back at the very boundaries of academic practice by actively including children as co‑editors, contributors, designers and ‘peer’ reviewers

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Performance Research on [date TBC], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1460439
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Gary Anderson
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 12:51
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2453

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