Open Call for New Editorial Board Members: Early Theatre


Open Call for New Editorial Board Members: Early Theatre

June 2022


The editors of Early Theatre invite expressions of interest from scholars interested in serving on our editorial board.

For more information about Early Theatre as a whole, please read our About the Journal webpage. For more information about the responsibilities and opportunities involved in serving on the editorial advisory board, please consult our new terms of reference, which we recently developed in response to the RaceB4Race executive’s 2020 call for greater transparency, accountability, and equity in journal publishing.

Board members will now serve five-year limited terms (renewable for a maximum of one additional term). In addition to attending one virtual meeting per year, members will advise on policy and practice; aid in identify suitable peer reviewers; provide peer review of submissions (usually a maximum of twice per term); and help in one additional leadership and/or advisory capacity (for example, serving on bi-annual prize adjudication committees; participating in community building, outreach coordination, and active recruitment of new submissions; helping to develop a working group focused on equity, diversity, and/or accessibility; mentorship of student editorial assistants, new peer reviewers, or new contributors; or another area of intervention of particular interest to the member in question).

Support from the editorial board is central to helping make Early Theatre a more equitable publication venue with particular attention to race, disability, sexuality, and gender. To help make the field of medieval and early modern literary studies more welcoming to a wider variety of voices, we actively invite applications by scholars from communities that have been historically underrepresented in scholarly publishing and in medieval/early modern studies. While new board members will include scholars with their own records of peer-reviewed publication as well as subject expertise in areas relevant to Early Theatre’s focus and scope, we also seek applications from individuals who may not have significant prior publishing experience but who are interested in learning more about, and contributing to, scholarly communication in the fields of medieval and early modern drama and performance. We will reserve at least one seat on the board for an early career researcher.

We are particularly keen to receive expressions of interest from scholars whose research aligns with the following subfields and/or who could help us with the following priority areas:

  • medieval studies
  • archival/records-based theatre history
  • performance studies (including Performance/Practice as Research)
  • disability studies
  • premodern critical race studies
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • lived experience/experiential knowledge that will enhance our commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion

If you are interested in self-nominating but have questions, or if you wish to recommend we reach out to a colleague who would be particularly well-suited to serve as an editorial board member, please contact the editors at  

To apply for editorial board membership, please complete this online form by 1 September, 2022.

Review of applications and selection of new advisory board members will be undertaken by the editors, Melinda Gough and Erin E. Kelly, in consultation with a subcommittee of the current editorial advisory board.

We anticipate being able to announce the results of our open call no later than December, 2022.