2013 Special Topics Conference: Tactical Bodies

  • 19 Apr 2013
  • 21 Apr 2013
  • University of California Los Angeles • Los Angeles, CA


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Tactical Bodies:
The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects

A joint conference of the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Special Topics

and Dance Under Construction (the University of California Dance Studies graduate student conference)

Keynote speaker: Gabriele Brandstetter, Freie Universität Berlin

Closing comments: Susan Foster, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

April 19–21, 2013

University of California Los Angeles

Tactical Bodies will interrogate the possibilities and problematics of choreographic analysis. Choreographers, dance researchers and others have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been demonstrated across cultural sites as well as in a variety of disciplinary domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare both because of the manner in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution, and because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art form and area of study.

Tactical Bodiesprovides an opportunity to enrich the discourse surrounding “choreography” on the one hand, and on the other, to ask what the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies. We invite submissions from researchers in disciplines such as performance studies, curatorial studies, comparative literature, art history and criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, post-colonial studies, urban planning, education, and history, as well as art practitioners, curators, social justice activists, and scholars studying human behavior in the health and other sciences. 

Registration is now available.  Early Registration rates will end March 1st!

Conference Registration Includes:

  • Access to the three day conference including keynote and endnote address by dance scholars Gabrielle Brandstetter and Susan Foster respectively
  • A keynote performance and workshops by internationally renowned artist Tim Miller
  • Panels and round tables from an international array of scholars and practitioners from across many disciplines
  • Workshops by celebrated artists from within the field of dance
  • Receptions and refreshments

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