Calls for Papers, Panels, & Publications

Volume 5, Issue 5.1

Black Theatre Network, a national organization of theatre scholars and practitioners, is pleased to announce its call for papers for the next edition of its online scholarly peer reviewed journal, CONTINUUM:  The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance.  

This special issue is titled "Staging Lydia: Directing, Dramaturgy and Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond." We welcome articles that examine and analyze Diamond's work from any of these perspectives. The journal’s managing editor, Denise Hart is the guest editor for this issue. 

Submissions should be no longer than 6250-6500 words in length and must follow Chicago Manual of Style formatting.  An abstract of up to 250 words should accompany the manuscript, as well as a one-paragraph biography of the author.  Electronic submission instructions and a submission form can be found at  Our deadline for submissions for Volume 5, Issue 1, is Monday, September 24, 2018


Continuum: The peer reviewed Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance

Denise Hart, editor

Call for Contributors: Fences Study Guide

The August Wilson Society (AWS) invites contributors willing to enthusiastically assume various roles in constructing an online Study Guide—just in time for the upcoming film adaptation of Fences. The AWS Study Guide supports the Society’s mission to keep August Wilson’s life and legacy ever in the forefront for current generations. To that end, the Guide will serve as a multi-faceted yet practical teaching tool that bears our distinct signature. The Guide will provide high school and college students as well as general readers and theatre lovers a foundational understanding of the various cultural, historical and social implications of the film, with emphasis on the play as antecedent and ultimately the primary text.

The editors seek contributions regarding the following: 

- Graphic Designer (for a study guide cover image—please submit a jpeg file) 

- Biography on Wilson

- Background of the Pittsburgh Cycle

- Background of the Hill District, with emphasis on employment and housing and so-called ‘Urban Renewal’ in Post-WWII America

Fences from stage to screen (with emphasis on Wilson’s declaration of “I want a black director”) 

- African retentions within Fences

- The Past as Present in Fences (implications of slavery, Jim Crow, Great Migration, etc.) 

- Black men’s realities in the 1950s

- The impact of WWII on African American soldiers

- The status of education in Post-WWII America, with emphasis on the Black community

- Care for the mentally ill in Post-WWII America

- The exploration of themes and metaphors: fences, baseball, death, etc. 

- A select bibliography for must reads and further reading

- Suggestions for class based projects

- Reviews of the film

We also welcome contributors to offer additional topics not listed above for consideration and possible inclusion in this Study Guide. 

If you are interested in contributing, please email the following information to Artisia Green ( and Chris Bell ( full name, title, institutional affiliation, and topic(s) of interest or suggestion. 

The deadline for complete submissions is January 2, 2017. The study guide will go live on January 9, 2017. 

Submitted essays should be 3-5 pages in length (1500-3000 words), double spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and should be drafted in accordance with the third edition of the MLA Handbook (please use footnotes). Entries should be clear, concise, objective, informative, and accessible to both high school and college students as well as a general readership. If graphics are included (which are encouraged), please provide copyright information.

For BTN Members:

If you have a call for papers, panels, or publications that you'd like to have shared with the broader BTN audience, please email your call to Only current members' requests will be considered.