Call for papers for a special issue of African Performance Review

29 May 2013 12:05 PM | Deleted user

Submissions are invited for a special edition of the AFRICAN PERFORMANCE REVIEW on Popular and Social Dance in and out of Africa

The edition will be guest-edited by
Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn (University of East London, United Kingdom)


Central Theme of the Special Edition:

The main objective for this special edition of African Performance Review is to provide a useful introduction to current popular and social dance practices from Africa or that emerge as a result of the African Diaspora to a wider international community of students, scholars and practitioners. This proposed edition is a necessary response to the inclusion of a number of African and African Diasporic dance practices in performance, theatre, and dance studies programmes worldwide. The edition aims to not single out any one particular popular or social African/ African Diasporic dance style, nor a specific geographical location, nor a dance company or crew that makes use of popular and social dance forms in their choreography, rather the edition hopes to stress the current diversity and complexity of popular and social dance practices in and out of Africa; a snapshot of dance, dancers, and dance-makers at work today in this area.


Structure and Content:

The structure of the journal will map the landscape of current popular and social African and African Diasporic dance practices. The articles might involve a study of a social dance from a particular region, an examination of a training system used to support a popular dance practice, an investigation into how a dance practice explores African or African Diasporic youth identities, or, perhaps a study of the relationship between African-American and African dance practices. I am very much interested in the edition reflecting the current diversity and complexity of popular and social African and African Diasporic dance forms.



Should you be interested in submitting material, please take note of the foreseen timeline:


30th of July 2013

Deadline for Initial Submissions

19th August 2013

Send out to peer review

30th of September 2013

Reviewed submissions with peer review reports back to editor

14th  of October 2013

Peer review reports to authors

11th of November 2013

Reworked submissions back to editor for finalisation

December 2013

Publication of special edition of APR


Please note that all correspondence regarding to, and submissions for this special edition of APR must be submitted to the following e-mail address:

Please note in the email heading: APR

Please do contact me for more information if need be.
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