: Call for Papers: Otakar Zich and a Structural Approach to Art

Call for Papers

The peer-reviewed journal Theatralia


(published by Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
announces a call for the issue Spring 2020:

Otakar Zich and a Structural Approach to Art


Abstract deadline
30 April 2019

Submission deadline:
30 June 2019 (the main topic of the issue)
30 September 2019 (all other sections)

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Dear colleagues,

In the follow-up of the 2018 Theatralia Conference which focused on the work and personality of the Czech aesthetician Otakar Zich and the Prague Linguistic Circle, the peer-reviewed journal Theatralia: Journal of Theatre Studies is announcing a call for papers for publication in the issue of Spring 2020. 

Theatralia: Journal of Theatre Studies, issue 1/2020 ‘Otakar Zich and a Structural Approach to Art’ will be dedicated to theatre theory and the continuing legacy of the founding figure of theatre structuralism, Otakar Zich, and of the Prague Linguistic Circle. The journal is published by the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. It is a peer-reviewed, open-source humanities scholarly journal listed in databases such as SCOPUS and ERIH+. 

Czech music aesthetician, musicologist, theatre and literary theorist, composer and critic Otakar Zich (1879–1934) is a founding figure of modern theatre theory, and a great number of theorists have related their work to him and his concepts. The Department of Theatre Studies at Masaryk University has been conducting a research on Zich and preparing an English critical edition of Zich’s seminal work The Aesthetics of Dramatic Art (1931). It hosted a conference on Zich in June 2018, which focused on papers related to the exploration of the contexts, reception and critical heritage of Zich’s Aesthetics and other aspects of his oeuvre. The conference has opened a way for a reassessment of Otakar Zich and the structural approach to art and particularly, theatre. 

The Theatralia journal issue 1/2020 will mainly focus on the following fields related to Zich and the structural approach to art: theatre theory (and history), history and theory of music, and general aesthetics.  

The length of the articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and all articles should be in English. For stylesheet and formal requirements, please see http://www.phil.muni.cz/journals/index.php/theatralia/pages/view/authors.


Articles on other topics, as well as relevant reviews, reports, historical findings announcements and archival documents will be considered for publication.


Please, send your abstracts (150-200 words) to theatralia@phil.muni.cz or to the editors.

The issue 1/2020 will be published in April 2020.


Sincerely yours, 

Tomas Kacer (kacer@phil.muni.cz) and Svitlana Shurma (lanashurma@gmail.com), 

Issue editors 


Theatralia, Journal of Theatre Studies, ISSN 1803-845X (print), ISSN 2336-4548 (online), is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal issued by the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno, the Czech Republic, some of the issues being published in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, Olomouc.

Theatralia has been published in its present form since 2009. Published twice a year, each issue focuses on a particular topic from history or theory of theatre in the section called ‘Yorick’, while the articles on different subjects are grouped in the section called ‘Spectrum’. Articles in both of these sections are subject to a peer reviewing process.

The aim of the journal is to map theatre in its diverse language and genre forms regardless of time and territory.

The journal consists of scholarly articles, reviews and published archival materials of all kinds. It welcomes contributions by specialists from other institutions and also publishes articles based on outstanding student theses.


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Editorial Board

Chair of Editorial Board:

Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Masaryk University, Brno)


Members of Editorial Board:

Veronika Ambros (University of Toronto)

Zuzana Bakošová-Hlavenková (Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava)

Pavel Drábek (University of Hull)

Taťjana Lazorčáková (Palacký University, Olomouc)

Iva Mikulová (Masaryk University, Brno)

Miroslav Plešák (Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno)

Herta Schmidt (Munich)

Barbora Schnelle (Berlin)

Eva Stehlíková (Masaryk University, Brno)

Jiří Štefanides (Palacký University, Olomouc)

Jarmila Veltrusky (Paris)

Libor Vodička (National Museum, Prague)

Jana Wild (Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava)


Executive Editor:

Dominika Polášková (Masaryk University, Brno)