Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance

Principal Editor - Carole-Anne Upton , Middlesex University (
Associate Editors

Reviews Editor –  James Hudson, University of Leeds

Performing Ethos is a double-blind peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream

Performing Ethos 4.2 and 5.1 & 2. 
List of articles (partial list):

Performing Ethos 4.2

  • A ‘Turn to the Species’: Una Chaudhuri reflects on some of the ethical challenges and possibilities that are emerging from a decade of ecological performance practice and scholarship  - pp. 103-111(9)
    Authors: Preece, Bronwyn; Allen, Jess; Chaudhuri, Una
    This is a research article focussing on the ethical challenges of ecological performance practice and scholarship.
  • Performed by ecologies: How Homo sapiens could subvert present-day futures - pp. 113-134(22)
    Author: Kershaw, Baz
    In this article, Kershaw argues that while humans assume that they possess agencies unique among the species, we are fundamentally performed by Earth’s ecologies and the only hope of averting our extinction is to perform more responsively and ethically with those ecologies.
  • What is YOUR ethic of performance and/as ecology? - pp. 135-138(4)
    In 100 words or less, Performing Ethos contributors and editors answer the above question.

Performing Ethos 5.1&2

  • Locating an Indigenous ethos in ecological performance  - pp. 17-30(14)
    Author: Woynarski, Lisa
    This article argues that an Indigenous ecological ethos is a necessary addition to thinking about performance and ecology.
  • Performing from Heidegger’s Turning  - pp. 37-51(15)
    Author: Grant, Stuart
    This article aims to describe aspects of the performance methodology and philosophy of the site-specific ecological performance group, the Environmental Performance Authority (EPA) and make an argument for the efficacy of the EPA’s work, through concepts from Heidegger’s later writings.
  • How to Duet with a Saguaro - pp. 53-64(12)
    Author: Eisele, Kimi
    Through a series of ‘somatic’ experiments, including one that involved standing with the cactus for an hour, the artist uncovers new meanings of both ‘duet’ and ‘performance’.
  • Mother Earth tied to the train tracks: The scriptive implications of melodrama in climate change discourse - pp. 87-99(13)
    Author: Mancus, Shannon Davies
    This article examines the way climate change narratives have mobilized melodramatic frameworks, by examining An Inconvenient Truth (Guggenheim, 2006) as paradigmatic.
  • Swimming with the Salamander: A community eco-performance project - pp. 119-135(17)
    Author: Kuppers, Petra
    This article uses community writing to explore the ethics and engagements of the Salamander Project, an eco-performance project by The Olimpias, a disability culture collective.
  • Temporary home: An ethical investigation into the ecologies of a homemaking ‘between wheat and pine’ - pp. 65-78(14)
    Author: Andersen, Mads Floor
    How can we produce performance events in an ethical manner, which are built ofs dialogues between the event and the ecological processes in which the event will take place? This article is an investigation of this question through a reflection on the making of Nomadic Arts Festival, Poland 2014.If you have more questions about this journal then please click here or email



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