Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Book Review Policy IJCAIP

August 2011


This announcement may be of interest to publisher's seeking book reviews:

The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP receives numerous requests from publishers to review new books in the field. IJCAIP Journal is an independent international academic journal which, unlike traditional journals, is free, available and accessible worldwide and does not charge membership or subscriber fees to access our full text research articles, journal archives and other onsite information.

Due to the volume of requests we receive from other publishers we would like to inform those seeking book reviews that, in addition to providing a copy of the book sent by mail , in order to support and sustain our journal operations, we also charge a nominal book review administration fee of 100 for book reviews to cover administration costs and reviewer time which can be paid electronically to IJCAIP through Paypal. Once the payment is received and the book arrives reviews are generally completed within 3 or 4 wks. At the discretion of the editor some of these reviews may be published at our IJCAIP blog “Arts Crossing Borders” or in the IJCAIP Journal. Please be advised, however, that payment, and a completed review does not necessarily guarantee publication in IJCAIP journal.

Kindly contact our office at if you would like to arrange a book review through The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and we will provide further instructions.

For individuals seeking book reviews these requests will be considered on an individual basis and as time allows.

Thank you sincerely for your interest,

Most respectfully,

C.L. McLean, Executive Editor, Publisher

IJCAIP Journal

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Playbuilding as Qualitative Research Links Methods with hands on Practice

New Book Reviews

"In Playbuilding as Qualitative Research Joe Norris has created a book that demonstrates the educator’s passion while generously sharing practical knowledge in collective playbuilding as qualitative research. A distinctive feature of this book are Norris’s detailed descriptions and process based examples..invaluable for educator, student or practitioner. Drawing on playbuilding and participatory experience as Co-founder and Artistic Director of Mirror Theatre, active and group based illustrations link theory to method effectively showing how collective creation and playbuilding are applied for social change with examples such as ‘Understanding Prejudice Through Mime’ and script examples from the project ‘Respecting Diversity and Preventing Prejudice’, commissioned by The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, Alberta. This is a topical book for challenging times, a hands on research resource that inspires action. As the creative arts gain momentum as a transitional force for participative change Joe Norris offers in this AERA award winning book the best of his methods to be put to work by researcher or practitioner in arts based qualitative research for social justice and the betterment of communities at home and abroad."

C.L. McLean, Executive Editor, International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice

" This book not only met all the criteria for the [AERA Outstanding Book Award], it exceeded every criteria. Norris bridges arts-based research, qualitative research, and playbuilding grounded in rich theories and create dialogue for various social justice issues. The committee members exclaimed not only about the accessibility, utility of this book, but the ways in which this book challenged our thinking, made us imagine how the audience participation might look like at the end of the scenes and the fertile ground for much needed dialoguing.... Congratulations Joe Norris. "

- American Educational Research Association

"Joe Norris' book 'Playbuilding as Qualitative Research' is an outstanding resource for students and researchers interested in dramatic approaches to social research as well as arts-based inquiry more generally. It is extremely well-researched, accessibly written, and overflowing with robust examples that draw readers in. A gem!"

- Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College

"There have long been gaps and questions in the story of how group constructed performance pieces and playbuilding actually become part of an accessible route towards valid qualitative research in theater. Joe Norris reclaims the voice of the theater practitioner in this latest addition to the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series. In Playbuilding as Qualitative Research he expertly guides the reader through the theory, techniques and experience of this participatory research approach in a way which will open the genre to the many, many theatre and arts practitioners who will be able to better join the dots between their own teaching and practice and its potential contribution as research."

- Jim Mienczakowski, Abu Dhabi Education Council

"Devising and performing theatrical work are sometimes perceived by non-practitioners as mysterious and elusive processes. But Joe Norris\'s Playbuilding as Qualitative Research accessibly documents the empirically-grounded and socially-conscious productions of Canada\'s renowned Mirror Theatre for a broad readership in the communities of education, sociology, social work, human communication, film and media production, and the arts. Norris persuasively makes the case for playbuilding as a genre of qualitative research that adheres to the principle tenets of inquiry in which art-based research and research-informed art are collaborative, emergent, data-driven, relevant, and ethical acts for audiences\' social concerns and needs. Joe Norris\'s rigorous scholarship and sensitivity to lived experience weave together to present an engaging narrative of how qualitative researchers--not just theatre artists--can elegantly dramatize the salient issues of our lives for community reflection and action. "

- Johnny Saldaña, Arizona State University

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Saldana Brings Ethnotheatre Research from Page to Stage

We are pleased to announce the recent release of the book "Ethnotheatre Research from Page to Stage" by IJCAIP Advisory Board Member and Professor of Theatre, School of Theatre and Film, Arizona State University, Johnny Saldana. Saldana is well recognized as an international leader in the field. The book has been published by Left Coast Press and "covers the preparation of a dramatic presentation from the research and writing stages to the elements of stage production. Saldaña nurtures playwrights through adaptation and stage exercises, and delves into the complex ethical questions of turning the personal into theatre. Throughout, he emphasizes the vital importance of creating good theatre as well as good research for impact on an audience and performers. The volume includes multiple scenes from contemporary ethnodramas plus two complete play scripts as exemplars of the genre."