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  • 05 Feb 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Call for Papers: Performance Matters 5.1 (2019), Special Issue on Dance Studies in Canada. Deadline for abstracts: 15 March 2018


    In this dance studies special issue, we explore the productive possibilities of backspace. We approach the back in multiple senses: spatial, temporal, aesthetic, and kinesthetic. Back-story, backstage, background, back-work: although it is often hidden from view, the back is dense with cultural and political information. Any sensitive mover understands that even the most apparently frontal movement is supported, if invisibly and unconsciously, by the musculoskeletal infrastructure of the back. The back creates the conditions for the front.

    The kinesthetic concept of backspace opens toward an investigation of that which is not, perhaps, immediately evident—blind spots in our performance and dance histories. We seek to enact the potential of dance studies to speak beyond itself, carving out back-routes and other “ways into this country’s history and collective values” (Lindgren 2). Indeed, the politics of the back speak to ongoing and emergent concerns about historical and contemporary relationships of bodies, gestures, and pathways to raced, classed, and gendered vectors of privilege. Consider Rosemarie Roberts’ observations about the racial inequities imbedded in back entrances as “designated space[s] through which Black and Brown ‘help’ could walk” (4), and Laura Levin’s contention that “traditionally, women and other historically marginalized persons (non-white, lower class, queer, etc.) have been relegated to the background” (17).

    With this special issue, we seek papers that engage dance studies to approach questions of history, privilege, and kinesthetics “through the back” (Peeters). We invite essays that address and challenge “dance’s short-lived memory and poor sense of history” (Peeters 290). We ask: what does it mean to invest attention in backspace, both materially and metaphorically? How can we learn to sense the ways in which we accumulate and carry all that we leave behind?

    Our interest in the mobilization of dance-based knowledges within and with relevance to broader cultural issues is seeded in an awareness of the necessary interdisciplinarity of dance studies in a country where most dance scholars train and work in adjacent disciplines—bringing dance studies in through the proverbial back door. Attendant to the possibilities and limitations of the inter- and intra-disciplinarity of dance-based scholarship within a Canadian context, we invite papers that take up movement histories, contemporary practices and pathways, infrastructural supports, and techniques through the back—an otherwise that is emphatically embodied.

    Possible topics include:

    • Blind spots: invisible histories of dance and movement
    • Backgrounded bodies and stories: What can a continuum of sidedness bring to dance theory? (That which is behind becomes that which is beside with a pivot of orientation)
    • Back-up dance(r)s, chorus, corps
    • Back stage and background work, including infrastructural support for dance practice and scholarship
    • Anonymity (from the back), collectivity, particularity
    • Back-stories of dance practice and scholarship in a Turtle Island or Canadian context
    • Background music: the space/place of sound/music in dance analysis

     This call seeks a range of possible contribution formats:

    •  ARTICLES: Papers ranging from 7000-9000 words.
    •  MATERIALS: Creative responses including interviews, transcribed conversations, images, video and/or audio excerpts of performances or rehearsals, physical scores.
    •  FORUM: Responses ranging from 2000-3000 words to the following question about the background conditions of dance practice in Canada: How do you do dance studies? What methodologies do you engage? What do you move with or against?
    Abstracts, due March 15, 2018, should be no longer than 300 words and should include a short biography (100 words). Invited contributions will be due to editors by August 2018. Please send your abstract as a Word document to both Alana Gerecke ( and Mary Fogarty (

    Works Cited

    Ahmed, Sara. “Orientations: Toward a Queer Phenomenology.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 12.4 (2006): 543-74.

    Levin, Laura. Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

    Lindgren, Allana C. “‘The Other ‘D’ Keynote Address: Disciplinarity and the Future of Dance in Canadian Universities.” Performance Matters 2.2 (2016): 84-94.

    Peeters, Jeroen. Through the Back: Situating Vision Between Moving Bodies. Helsinki: Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, 2014.

    Roberts, Rosemarie A. “Dancing with Social Ghosts: Performing Embodiments, Analyzing Critically.” Transforming Anthropology: Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists 21.1 (2013): 4-14.

  • 05 Feb 2018 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     7th International Conference

    Power, Politics, and the Dancing Body

    Thursday June 28 to Sunday 1st July 2018

    In Association with Limerick Institute of Technology

    First Call for Proposals – January 2018

    Submission Deadline – Wednesday 14th February 2018

    “I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly.” – Twyla Tharp

    Dance and performance have always been forces for political and social change. Addressing issues of power, inequity, and hierarchy head on, Dance Research Forum Ireland (DRFI) – in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology – invites participation in its 7th biennial conference.

    For more information and to apply, visit: 

  • 12 Jan 2018 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are now available for the New York Public Library's Short-Term Research Fellowships. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018, and fellows must live outside the New York metropolitan area.

    Information on the fellowships is here:

    The application is here:

  • 12 Jan 2018 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For more information, please view the PDF.

  • 09 Jan 2018 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An exciting opportunity exists for a strong administrator to lead the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University. The ideal candidate is a collaborative facilitator who can navigate the unique needs of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while aiming to bring consensus amongst departments. The Department Head should be a persuasive negotiator and exceptional communicator.

    The Department Head provides active leadership in recruitment and retention, budget management, alumni relations, curriculum development, hiring and evaluation of faculty and staff, leading diversity efforts, and serving as producer for Tent Theatre. The Department Head also provides leadership to all areas of the department, including BA, BS, BFA, and BSE programs.

    Position is located in Springfield, Missouri. Start date is July 1, 2018.

    Interested candidates can find more information here: 

  • 02 Jan 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Artistic Researchers in Dance and Performance,

    I am pleased to bring your attention to the findings emerging from three surveys undertaken by the Artistic Doctorates in Europe' (ADiE) project.

    The surveys sought to gather insights into the experience and perceptions of doctoral research undertaken through dance and performance practice and includes the voices of candidates, supervisors and the wider cultural arts sector.

    The full report is available for download on the ADiE website.

    To give you a taster, the report concludes with some keys areas in need of further consideration:

    • There is ongoing tension between embodied artistic processes and those found in conventional academic work. These tensions continue to need attention in the development and delivery of Artistic Research methodologies and tools would assist artist researchers and their supervisors.
    • Artistic Doctorates needs adequate support within and without academic structures. The lack of resources (time, space, funding) needs to be addressed.
    • Candidates and supervisors need sufficient and appropriate training and Artistic Research environments in Higher Education need to be strengthened to ensure high-quality outcomes.
    • A productive, mutual dialogue between the cultural sector and research communities is still underdeveloped but is welcomed and needed. To develop this dialogue it would be fruitful to consider the differing frameworks and conditions that exist within academia and the cultural sector.

  • 19 Dec 2017 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding, ambitious dance research and movement practitioner who will contribute to the development of the undergraduate program as well as to the new proposed MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis. 

    To view the full job description, click here

  • 15 Dec 2017 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For additional information and to apply, please click here

  • 15 Dec 2017 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Researching (in/as) Motion

    Research intensives for artistic researchers and
    doctoral candidates
     in dance and body-based performance

     March 19th - 23rd  2018
    (Stockholm University of the Arts / Weld, SE)


    June 25th – 29th 2018
    (University of Chichester, UK)

    For additional information, view the PDF here.

    Curated as part of ‘Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Dance and Performance’ (ADiE) project these intensive workshops are offered for movement and performing arts researchers.

    The intensives at Stockholm University of the Arts /Weld (SE) and University of Chichester (UK) will enable you to develop, reflect on and share your own artistic research with an international group of participants and tutors. The weeks will offer opportunities to experience productive and meaningful research methods that are suitable to the fluid, increasingly interdisciplinary and global nature of creative research environments.

    Testing out embodied and somatic research methodologies that have been developed at the intersection of cultural and academic sectors, the intensives will provide opportunities to:

    • ·      research from/in embodied practice
    • ·      develop language/writing strategies
    • ·      place ‘composition’/ ‘the choreographic’ in research
    • ·      experience creative feedback / articulation strategies
    • ·      consider artistic research in relation to audiences
    • ·      reflect on research in the public realm (including discussions with arts/dance organisations and promoters.)

    Each intensive is also informed by its location and participants will be invited to engage with locally based artists and promoters. Facilitated by a group of leading artistic researchers / academics from across the UK and Scandinavia, the teaching team includes: Prof Rebecca Hilton, in collaboration with Anna Koch and Dr Camilla Damkjaer (SE), and Prof Jane Bacon, Prof Vida Midgelow, Dr Lee Miller, Dr Bob Whalley  and Dance4 Artistic Director Paul Russ (UK), amongst others (full details will be on the website).

    Indicative sessions include: “Daily morning practice”, “Walking and Talking Practice”, the “Techo Somatics Dance Party”, “Creative Articulations Process work (CAP)", “Subjectivity and ‘thing’ness’”, “Embodied awareness and creative languaging”, “Documentation and the public realm”, plus daily research presentations by leading movement researchers.

    The weeks will also be documented by ADiE such that they will, in turn, help provide examples of artistic research in process as part of an online resource for future doctoral candidates working in dance and performance.  

    The intensives are free – made possible by Erasmus Plus Support

    How to apply:

    The intensives are designed as a pair and are for researchers / doctoral candidates in dance, choreography and other body-based performance practices. We encourage applicants to attend both the Stockholm and Chichester intensives if at all possible, however we do recognize this may not be possible for all.

    To apply please send the following details to:

    1. Name:

    2. Contact Email:

    3. Home Address:

    4. Affiliation:

    5. State which week(s) you are applying for:

    • A. Both, Stockholm and Chichester
    • B. Stockholm University of the Arts, March 19th - 23rd  2018
    • OR
    • C. University of Chichester,  June 25th – 29th 2018

    6. Title and short description of your current artistic research project (100 words):

    7. Personal statement as to why you wish to attend the intensives (150 words):

    8. Indicate stage in your research project:


    Early applications are encouraged

    The final deadline for all applications is Monday January 15th 2018




    Travel, Venue and Accommodation details 

    Stockholm,  March 19th-23rd 2017

    Weld, Nortullsgatan 7, Stockholm

    School of Dance and Circus, Brinellvägen 58, Stockholm


    Part in double room at 2 kronor Hostel, Surbrunnsgatan 44, 113 48 Stockholm. Cost: 695 SEK/night per room (around 72 Euro) including linens and towel.
    Walking distance to both venues.

    (Note: This is the accommodation that has been reserved for those attending on a bursary)

    Other options
    Hostel Bed & Breakfast:

    Crafoord Place:
    There are of course other hostels in Stockholm a bit further away from the venues:

    Wasa Park Hotel:
    Elite Palace hotel:

    Hotel Rex:
    Hotel Hellsten:
    You can also look for hotels and hostels in Stockholm at 

    Parking: it is difficult to find parking within Stockholm city. We do not recommend bringing a car.


    Closest airports: Arlanda airport or Bromma airport.

    Ground travel from airport:
    From both airports: Flygbussarna, return ticket around 200 SEK (20 Euros)
    From Arlanda airport: Arlanda Express train, return ticket around 550 SEK (57 Euros)

    Local travel:
    To ride on all subways and buses in Stockholm, buy a SL-access card and load it with a minimum of 100 SEK (10,50 Euros) for a few trips, or buy for example a 72 hour travel card for 249 SEK (26 Euro) and travel as much as you like. More information here:

    Local info  / things to do:
    Where to see dance:
    Suggestions for museums, where to eat and more:

    Visa info:
    If you are a citizen of a country in Europe no visa is needed. Here is a link to information about which countries needs a visa to enter Sweden:

    Travel, Venue and Accommodation details


    Chichester  25th -29th June 2018



    The University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, PO19 6PE


    Directions: Directions to Bishop Otter Campus

    Campus Map and Parking: Campus Map and Parking


    University Accommodation (off campus): Stockbridge Student Village, Stockbridge Road, Chichester: University Accommodation

    £25 per night

    We strongly advise all participants to use this accommodation as it is close, very well priced and suitable quality. Details of how to book will be sent on confirmation of your place.

    (Note: This is the accommodation that has been reserved for those attending on a bursary)

    Parking at the accommodation site is to be confirmed – please check before you bring a car. 

    This accommodation is close to the train station, and approximately a 25 minute walk to the university. Advance booking is required to secure this option.

    For alternative accommodations:

    Premier Inn:

    Travel Lodge:

    You can also look for hotels and hostels in Chichester at 


    For all routes:

    FYI: The most convenient London airport is London Gatwick (LGW) with direct trains to Chichester. 

    Ground travel:

    For up-to-date information on  train fares and times, check:

    Trains go directly from Gatwick Airport to Chichester (approx: 1 hour travel time)

    Cost: £16 (single journey) £25 (off peak return within one month).

    From London Victoria, trains depart every half hour between 0600 and 2230.

    The journey takes approx. 1 hour 45 mins.

    Trains from Brighton (1 hour)

    Trains from Portsmouth Harbour (40 minutes)

    Trains from Southampton Central (55mins)

    Local travel information  

    The University of Chichester is within a 20min walking distance from Chichester train station. 

    (and a 25 minute walk from Stockbridge accommodation which is on the same road as the train station in the opposite direction to the University).


    Plusbus ( is a saver bus ticket for Chichester and the surrounding urban areas only:

    Day Price:  £2.40

    7 days:  £10.40

    Taxi services (easiest from train station):

    The main town is between the University and the train station. It is a lovely, small city and easy to navigate. 

    Local food outlets:

    Most major supermarkets (e.g Waitrose, Tesco Metro, M&S, Co-op are all in the city area). Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, LIDL, ALDI are on the outer ring roads.

    Healthfood stores in Chichester:

    Manuka Whole Foods

    Grape Tree Feel Good Foods:

    Luckes with vegetarian, gluten free options:

    There are many pubs, restaurants and cafes in Chichester.

    For coffee connoisseurs: Coffeelab

    Local info / things to do:

    Chichester Festival Theatre:

    LANO Yoga:


    Leisure Centre:

    Nuffield Health and Fitness Centre:

    Trampoline Park:

    Cathedral :

    Pallant House Gallery:

    Novium Museum:

    Canal Trips:


    Local Tourist Destinations:


    West Wittering:


    Visa info:
    If you are a citizen of a country in Europe no visa is needed. Here is a link to information about which countries needs a visa to enter the UK:




  • 11 Dec 2017 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DISCO! An Interdisciplinary Conference
    University of Sussex
    21-23 June 2018

    From its origins as a New York City subculture amongst gay, black and Latino/Latina practitioners, and its transition into the mainstream, to its subsequent lives across international scenes, disco poses pivotal questions about the entanglements of art, industry, identity, and community. Disco is the site of many significant and lasting debates in popular culture, including those surrounding the figures of the DJ and the diva, the status and significance of dancing bodies, the tension between what is authentic and what is synthetic, and the historic maligning of society’s others.

    This major interdisciplinary international conference aims to examine and expand these debates. We therefore invite researchers from a range of academic backgrounds to re/consider disco cultures in their shifting historic and social contexts. We hope to explore disco as a tentacular phenomenon that reaches across multiple sites of production and consumption, from music and dance to fashion and film.

    Keynote Presentations by:

    Melissa Blanco Borelli (Royal Holloway, University of London)

    Tim Lawrence (University of East London).

    Potential points of entry:

    Disco as interdiscipline: music, dance, film, fashion, culture, fandom

    Disco as place: Disco reaches beyond its NYC origins. How has disco travelled? What are its different geographic and cultural contexts?

    Disco as space: What kinds of spaces are explored by disco - its dancefloors, its clubs, its streets, its towns?

    Disco as identity: Disco’s queerness, disco’s blackness, disco’s Latino/a-ness, disco’s women. Who made disco and for whom was it made? What other disco populations exist out there today? Considering disco’s appropriation by white-dominated culture.

    Disco as history: Disco has outlasted its heyday in the 1970s. What were its historical roots and what have been (and will be) its futures?

    Disco as affect: sweat, strobe, glitter, ecstasy, sex, stamina

    Death to disco: How has disco been attacked? Exploring backlash, homophobia, racism, and rockism

    We welcome proposals for conference papers of 20 minutes but also for pre-formed panels, roundtable discussions, or formats that allow for the presentation of praxis (installations, lecture performances, for instance).

    Please send a 300-word abstract, along with a short biography and indication of the format of your proposed presentation to: by Friday 2 March 2018.


    Mimi Haddon (Lecturer in Music, School of Media, Film and Music)

    Michael Lawrence (Reader in Film Studies, School of Media, Film and Music)

    Arabella Stanger (Lecturer in Drama: Theatre and Performance, School of English)

    CFP online:

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