Call for Papers/Abstracts

18 Dec 2013 3:10 PM | Anonymous member


Dance and Gender:

A Collection of New Research & Inquiry

Wendy Oliver & Doug Risner, Editors

We are seeking proposals and contributions for a collection of original research articles ranging from 4000 to 7000 words. As the first empirically-based research volume of its kind on dance and gender, the collection presents a range of new qualitative and quantitative research studies from professional, applied, educational, and popular culture realms.

The aim of the collection is to interrogate the workings of gender across the lives of dancers, choreographers, directors, dance teachers and educators, students of dance, teaching artists, administrators, producers, recreational dancers, community workers, somaticists, therapists, and dance activists, among others who dance or make dance their livelihoods. The book also offers new research on the economic, political, social, media, and (multi)cultural systems in which dance and gender function, especially those systems which produce social inequality, promote gendered stereotypes and assumptions, and deny access, agency, and human dignity. A volume of empirical, research-based chapters and case studies that critically explores the production, representation, function, and outcomes of gender in dance is long overdue.

Prospective contributors are encouraged to consider the questions below from a variety of research paradigms and perspectives. We welcome papers that employ diverse methodological approaches from quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs. Possible topics and questions include, but are not limited to:

  • ·         How does gender influence dancers’ professional and personal lives?
  • ·         What social, economic, cultural, and educational systems continue to position western theatrical dance and its training as female?
  • ·         How does the feminization of dance contribute to gender inequality, bias, and gendered assumptions in the workplace, education, administration and research of dance?
  • ·         How are questions about gender made more complex by simultaneously considering social class, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ageism, and ability in dance?
  • ·         In what ways do gender differences impact teaching and learning in dance?
  • ·         What are the relationships between gender and power, authority, leadership and funding in dance?
  • ·         In what ways does gender determine who gets to dance, study dance, perform dance?
  • ·         How and under what circumstances does the gendered body inscribe someone who dances?
  • ·         Where does popular culture’s mediated image of gender reproduce or challenge dominant stereotypes about dance?
  • ·         How do children who dance understand gender?
  • ·         In what ways does gender impact student scholarship awards and apprenticeships, professional dancer casting, salary, contract renewal, and promotion?

Contributors will address questions about dance and gender through original (unpublished) research-based chapters and case studies rooted in analyses from dance studies, women’s and gender studies, dance education, men’s and boys’ studies, critical theory, cultural studies, somatic practice, critical feminist theory and pedagogy, childhood studies, critical race theory, adolescent development, and gifted and talented studies, among others. It is anticipated that the book will become a primary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and faculty, researchers, scholars, and others whose interests intersect gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, ability, education, and the arts.

Because of the nature of this research-based volume and the time that will be necessary for contributors to design and conduct their research studies, we have not confirmed a publishing contract at this time. Please see the following timeline of submission deadlines:

Proposal Abstracts: DUE February 28, 2014 [Early submissions appreciated]      

Please submit a 500-word proposal abstract (including research methodology), working bibliography and CV (with publication record) as email attachments to the editors (email below) by February 10, 2014. Proposal abstracts will be reviewed within three weeks of submission. Full papers will be due December 31, 2014.                    

Please submit proposal abstracts to the editors at their email addresses listed below:

Wendy Oliver, EdD, MFA, is Professor of Dance and Women’s Studies and Chairperson of the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film at Providence College.  She is editor of the forthcoming Jazz Dance:  A History of the Roots and Branches, with Lindsay Guarino (University Press of Florida, 2014), and also edited Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts since 1960 (Peter Lang, 2001) with Deborah Johnson, among other books.  She has authored articles including "Body Image in the Dance Class," (JOPERD 2008) and "Reading  the Ballerina's Body:  Susan Bordo Sheds Light on Anastasia Volochkova and Heidi Guenther ( Dance Research Journal 2005).  She is the author of Writing about Dance (Human Kinetics, 2010) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dance Education.

Doug Risner, PhD, MFA, is Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Wayne State University, where he has served as Chair and Senior Assistant Chair of the department. He is the author of Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (Mellen, 2009), Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader (Cambria, 2014) with Mary Anderson, “Rehearsing Heterosexuality: Unspoken Truths in Dance Education” (Dance Research Journal, 2003), “Challenging the ‘Boy Code’ in Dance Education” (Research in Dance Education, 2007), and “Bullying Victimization and Social Support of Adolescent Male Dance Students: An Analysis of Findings (Research in Dance Education, forthcoming). Risner served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dance Education from 2006-2012, and is Associate Editor (US) of the international journal, Research in Dance Education.

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