The Dance Studies Association is hosting our second conference in Valletta, Malta 5-8 July 2018. We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, dance works using outdoor or indoor sites, and screendances that address our theme, “Contra: Dance & Conflict.”
While often used as a metaphor for peace, the reality of dancing, dance-making, and scholarship surrounding dance is often one of conflict. Yet, as a venue for interaction, friction, and potential energy, conflict can be as creative as it is destructive. This conference seeks to celebrate and examine conflicts and contentions in:
Social dance: Dance-offs; cyphers and battles; dancing for social mobility; dance competitions.
Politics: Cold War aesthetic arsenal; ballet de cour; rivalry or stylistic differences within and between dance styles; choreographic responses to crises
Activism: staged actions of resistance, choreographies of protest; politically-themed work; conflict resolution
Dance Techniques: conflicting notions of safety, empowerment, aesthetics, nationality, and lineage
Choreography: conflict in devising and collaboration; choreographer-dramaturg-dancer-composer dynamics; fight choreography; partnering
Dance (in) education: theory versus/and/in practice; conflicting pedagogical strategies and goals; dancing in higher education and professional training dilemmas
We seek scholars, dancers and other performing artists, choreographers, performance-based activists, and arts administrators and organizers to address questions including:
Abstracts consist of 250 words plus three keywords. Panels should include an additional 150-word rationale. Please see FAQ and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Abstracts for Proposals are to be submitted to proposals.sdhscordconference.org by 8 January 2017. Although priority will be given to proposals that relate to the conference theme, we welcome proposals that address the full spectrum of dance studies and practice. We also encourage fully-formed panel and performance submissions.
For Guidelines, see http://www.sdhscordconference.org/page-1803938.
Information regarding travel support, the Selma Jeanne Cohen award, and debut panels see: http://sdhscordconference.org/2018-Awards/.
Graduate students and early career scholars who have not previously presented at DSA (or under the CORD+SDHS joint conference) have the option to apply for a Debut Panel that includes mentorship from a senior scholar. The scholar will mentor Debut Panel participants by reading papers in advance, providing feedback, and moderating the panel at the conference.
Panelists have fifteen minutes to present their papers (submission should be approximately seven pages, or 1500–1750 words, double spaced). There will be a maximum of four panelists per Debut Panel.
Interested applicants should indicate that they are applying for a Debut Panel on their conference proposal submission by December 11. Applicants will receive general conference acceptance notices in February. If applicants are accepted to the general conference, they must submit their full conference paper for Debut Panel consideration by June 1. They will be notified if they are selected for a Debut Panel by May 1. Debut Panel Mentor Faculty will contact panelists by June 1 to coordinate feedback.
Applicants who are accepted for the conference but not chosen for a Debut Panel are still invited to present their research at the conference.
Conference Program Committee
Takiyah Nur Amin, Davidson College
Karima W. Borni, Middlebury College
Ramsey Burt, De Montfort University Leicester
Jo Butterworth, University of Malta
Yaping Chen, Taipei National University of the Arts
Meiver De la Cruz, Oberlin College
Thomas F. DeFrantz, Duke University
Jens Richard Giersdorf, Marymount Manhattan College
Nicole Haitzinger, University Salzburg
Jasmine Johnson, Brown University
Janet O'Shea, UCLA
Stacey Prickett, University of Roehampton
Danielle Robinson, York University
Malaika Sarco-Thomas, University of Malta
Brandon Shaw, University of Malta (Chair)
Kin-Yan Szeto, Appalachian State University
Sarah Whatley, Coventry University