As a consequence of the rigours (in the worst possible sense of the word) of the ever more quantifying audits of the institutional quest to measure the worth of research outputs, members of our department (which includes site-specific performers, applied theatre makers, actors, scholars of indigenous performance, anthropologists of performance, Asian performance scholars, a classicist, a storyteller, theatre historians, scholars of musical theatre, a sound artist, and myself - most of whose published output concerns phenomenology of performance) have been asked to nominate 10 journals which represent the "most reputable and credible" journals in the field.
Apart from the obvious absurdity of the request, the impossibility of capturing the broad interdisciplinary spread of our work, and the welcome proliferation of necessarily highly specialised journals which reflect the rapidly changing and developing nature of our field, does anybody have any suggestions as to how I might reply to this request (in a way which won't offend the delicate souls in the faculty research office). We are of course making representation to the various deans and pro vice deans to have the project reflect reality, but in the meantime the faculty is determined to put this through.
I have been publishing in a mix of philosophy journals and specialist performance journals as relevant special issues arise, but I would like to put forward two or three leading journals which are sympathetic to work which may have more to do with philosophical aspects of performance and applications of philosophy to the understanding of everyday performative phenomena rather than writing about theatre and other aesthetic performances. Where have members of this group been publishing their more purely philosophical work?
This is such a silly business, but as it is currently framed it will affect such things as funding, promotion, advancement etc.
Any ideas or suggestions would be most gratefully received.