Special Joint conference with Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, California, November 14–17, 2013

Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders

Call for proposals

In the second decade of the 21st century, historic events are shaping and shifting global orders, posing new challenges to Empire. Emergent economies, mediatized popular revolutions, the U.S. abetted and sponsored “War On Terror,” and unequal distribution of wealth are salient features, resulting from increased transnational connections and desires for mobility brought about by globalization. This conference invites a reflection on the impact that these developments are having on dancers and dances, and the ways in which practitioners and scholars understand dance practices in political, cultural, and historical terms.

Pursuing these reflections, the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) will hold a historic joint conference that also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Questions that will be explored include: What can dance offer in developing new approaches to the body and globalization? How does a global perspective help us re-think dances past and present? How do traditional dance research methods and/or study of historic dance forms contribute to critical dance studies at a time of shifting global orders? How are the borders of dance itself as a discipline and a practice changing with these global shifts?

By embracing the diverse definitions of dance, paying attention to its multiple genealogies, to the efficacy and the shifts it makes through movement, how can we intervene in critical discourses of power? Why is the intersection of dance and power a crucial juncture to explore?

Papers, panels, roundtables, and non-conventional forms of presentations (including performative papers, performances, and workshops) might examine how dance and choreographic attention to movement, flows, stops, pauses, turns, improvisation, and the like inform us about:

  • circulation, global flows and the collision of national, multinational, and transnational financescapes, mediascapes, ethnoscapes, technoscapes, and ideoscapes
  • material culture, intangible heritages, refugee migration, and labor
  • circulations of dances past and interventions in nation, knowledge, and power
  • mobilization, incarceration, policing of borders, social movements and protest
  • the intersection of indigenous, national, colonial, regional, and postcolonial performance practices
  • development discourses and the concurrency of traditional, modern, and postmodern dance practices
  • the politics, poetics, and aesthetics of dance theories and practices as counter-centric discourses
  • the institutionalization and/or diffusion of dance studies at the local and global levels

and other related issues.

The conference invites reflections on processes of decentering, in order to examine where and with whom dance takes place, which practices or movement materials are understood as dance, and to consider dance’s capacity to rethink power from an embodied perspective.

Organized panels and roundtables are especially encouraged.

Abstracts due April 29, 2013.

Please submit online at http://www.pmswebreg.info/cordsdhs2013/openconf.php.

Program Chairs: Priya Srinivasan (University of California, Riverside) and Yatin Lin (Taipei National University of the Arts)

SDHS publications

Studies in Dance History SDHS’s monograph series, published by University of Wisconsin Press, answers a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context. Read more...

[cover of 2015 Conversations] Issued yearly in early spring generally, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies reflects the dynamic and diverse membership of SDHS. We seek to bring you themes and debates current in the field of dance studies and the profession, alongside news from the international community of scholars in dance and related disciplines. Read more...

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