The Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies in Thurnau (Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater in Thurnau, fimt) is creating an electronic journal Act. Zeitschrift für Musik & Performance. It is an international and interdisciplinary publication intended to provide a platform for essays, reviews and columns at the intersection of the disciplines musicology, theatre studies, dance studies and media studies. Act places particular value on methodological plurality and on supporting young academics.
The object of our interest is the entire spectrum of music theatre, spefically in regard to performance contexts. Work positioned within individual disciplines as well as on their methodological boundaries is encouraged. Areas currently underrepresented in research are also to be illuminated.
The range of themes in Act embraces all cultural expressions in the field between music and performativity such as:
* opera, operetta, musical theatre
* dance theatre, spoken theatre
* music theatre of the 20th and 21st century
* performance art
* concert culture, performance culture
* visual arts
* phenomena of pop culture and everyday performance
* film, television, radio, internet and video games
Act will appear twice a year as an internet journal. As well as two to five essays and an editorial, each issue will contain a review section (in the form of review essays) and a section for columns and announcements.
As an open-access journal, Act is free of charge both for authors and readers. Contributions will be made available in online and print versions and archived on document servers.
All essays received will be submitted to a fully anonymous peer review process.