Conference 2009: Topographies: Sites, Bodies, Technologies

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Topographies: Sites, Bodies, Technologies
The Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference
in conjunction with the Dance Critics Association
Stanford and San Francisco, California June 19-22, 2009

The Society of Dance History Scholars 2009 Annual Conference, "Topographies: Sites, Bodies Technologies" begins on Friday, June 19, 2009 on the Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto, CA, and ends on Monday, June 22 at 4 pm. Sunday features programming tentatively at the Dance Collective in San Francisco. More information about the specific schedule of the conference will be available in March.

To help with your pre-planning, please refer to the following information regarding housing, transportation, and registration. Please contact the Stanford Guest House and Cardinal Hotel directly at your earliest convenience to book your preferred housing option.


Conference Arrival Information

• Links to Printable Maps
We encourage you to download and print both the Parking and Circulation Map (PDF) and the Printable Visitor Map (PDF) and bring them with you. The campus is quite large so we really do recommend that you determine, in advance, the buildings and street names for the conference. You might also want to use the searchable online map to find our exact locations.
To access the maps, please visit: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/maps.html
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• Conference Buildings
(All buildings in bold Italics are on the maps.)
Friday, June 19, 2009

  • Friday's Registration and Book Exhibit will be from 2pm - 6pm in the Lobby of the Annenberg Auditorium, and the Keynote Address will be held in the Annenberg Auditorium from 4 – 6pm. The Annenberg Lobby and Auditorium are in the lower level of the Cummings Art Building.
  • Friday evening’s reception and dancing will be held in the Courtyard of the Roble Gym.

Saturday, June 20 and Monday, June 22, 2009

  • Saturday's Registration and Book Exhibit will be from 8:30am - 5:30pm in room 105 of Building 200 (also known as the History Corner). This building is just a few steps from the Annenberg Auditorium -- you simply walk across the pedestrian path that is called Lasuen Mall.
  • All panels on Saturday and Monday will be held in the History Corner (Building 200), while all workshops and demonstrations will be held in the Roble Dance Studios in the Roble Gym.
  • The Saturday Plenary will be held in the Annenberg Auditorium.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

  • All events on Sunday, June 21st will be held in San Francisco. Please refer to the conference program for specific details.

To locate these buildings on the map: Look for the big Oval in the center of the map, follow the map South to the Main Quad, and you will see Building 200 in the very North East corner of the buildings that surround the Main Quad. From Building 200, look East across Lasuen Mall and you will see the Cummings Art Building.
To find Roble Gym on the map, continue looking South past Memorial Church and then just before Tresidder Union look West on Santa Teresa Street till you see the semi-circle in front of Roble Gym. Just as you turn onto Santa Teresa Street , note the Stanford Humanities Center, where our Closing Plenary session will be held on Monday afternoon. Additionally, note the Tresidder Union, which is where the cafés are, and where we will be meeting for our Working Groups lunches on Monday.
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• Travel from the Airports to Stanford University
Public Transit from the Airports

  • From SFO: Take the BART train (fare is $1.50) from SFO to the Millbrae Caltrain station. Take Caltrain to the University Ave Caltrain Palo Alto station. Fare is $4.00.
  • From SJC: Take Bus #10 (free of charge) from SJC to the Santa Clara Caltrain station. Take Caltrain to the University Ave. Caltrain Palo Alto station. Fare is $4.00.

From the University Ave. Caltrain Palo Alto station, take the free Marguerite shuttle Line A or B to campus (Marguerite only runs Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM – 8:30 PM, every 10-20 minutes ). For further Marguerite shuttle information, visit: http://transportation.stanford.edu/marguerite/MargueriteShuttle.shtml

For Caltrain fare and schedule updates, visit: www.caltrain.com/schedule.html

Walking from the University Avenue Cal Train Station

This is about a one mile walk to the History Corner (Building 200) and the Annenberg Auditorium (in the Cummings Art Building ). It is an additional 10-15 minutes to continue walking to the Roble Dance Studios.
From the Cal Train Station, take University Avenue west (cross the El Camino via the overpass, walking away from Downtown Palo Alto)and it becomes Palm Drive. Continue walking on Palm Drive all the way to the very end of Palm Drive at the Oval. Look on your map to find the buildings.

Shuttle Service from the Airports

Super Shuttle Airport Transit Service: 800.258.3826 or www.supershuttle.com

  • From SFO: $27.00 one-way ($9.00 each additional person). Pick up will be at Terminal 1 (across from Air Canada ) or Terminal 3 (across from United’s door #3). Operates 24 hours daily. Reservation required for return trip to the airport (3-stop max per shuttle trip).
  • From SJC: $26.00 one-way ($9.00 each additional person). Call to arrange pick-up.

Rental Cars

There are many rental car agencies at both airports. Have you tried Priceline.com for cheaper fares? You can “name your own price,” and typically you can find a price about 30-40% cheaper than published fares.

Taxis

  • http://www.call4cab.com/ 650-996-4200
  • http://www.bayellowcab.com/ 650-771-2255
  • http://www.1stbayareayellowcab.com/ 408-929-1234

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• On-Campus Housing Arrival Instructions

Those of you staying in the dorms on campus will be in Governor's Corners in the Adams Building, which is very close to the Roble Dance Studios. You can purchase a Visitor's Parking Permit when you check in.

Please refer to your maps to find the Governor’s Corner residences. On the searchable map, type in “Elliott.” http://campus-map.stanford.edu/

Look to the left-hand side of the map where it shows Lake Lagunita . You will see a building called Elliott Program Center . The Governor's Corner Front Desk is located on the first floor of the building. The front door faces in the direction of the golf driving range.

Note: The Stanford campus is very large, so make sure you know how to reach your destination before trying to go there. If you need directions or assistance, you can call the Residence Office, open from 8 AM (10 AM on weekends) to 10 PM, at (650) 723-1521.

The check-in is at the Front Desk and they are open until 8pm. If you arrive on Friday, June 19, 2009, you can get your key after 3pm, but you cannot enter the rooms until 5pm. Therefore, if you want to attend the Keynote Address at 4pm and if you need to stow your luggage until later in the evening, you can drop your luggage at Roble Gym. Roble Gym is very close to the Governor’s Corner, and it’s where the Roble Dance Studios are located. Enter Roble Gym, go to the Dance hallway on your left, and ask for Tony Kramer or Bee Davis. Later in the evening, the entire conference will move to Roble Dance Studios for a welcome reception and dancing. You can retrieve your luggage at that point. (If driving or taking public transit, follow the directions to Roble Gym at “driving directions," below.)

If you arrive at the Governor’s Corner Front Desk after 8pm, there is an after-hours number posted on the Front Desk door to call and someone will meet you to check in. Unfortunately, they will not be able to sell any parking permits after 8pm. So, if you arrive late you will want to purchase a Visitor’s Parking Permit as soon as the Front Desk opens in the morning.

If you have a car, you will need to purchase a Visitor’s Parking permit at the Governor’s Corner Front Desk. These are $4.50 per day.

Transportation Directions to Elliot Program Center and On-Campus Housing at Governor’s Corner:

Public Transportation to Governor’s Corner:

Follow the directions at “public transportation," above, taking the BART to Cal Train to the Marguerite Shuttle Line C. Ask the driver to drop you off at the corner of Santa Teresa Street and Governor’s Avenue. Walk down Governor’s Avenue directly to the Elliott Program Center . Remember that the Marguerite Shuttle does not operate on Saturday and Sunday, so if you arrive then you may have to take a taxi (numbers at “public transportation,” above).

Driving directions to Elliott Program Center and On-Campus Housing at Governor’s Corner:

From US 101 to Governor's Corner:
Take the Embarcadero Road exit off US 101, following the signs to Stanford University . Follow Embarcadero until you cross El Camino Real, at which point you will enter the Stanford campus. Turn right at Campus Drive , continue past Palm Drive , Quarry Road , and Welch Road , then turn left at Santa Teresa Street . Turn at the second right into the Governor's Corner parking lot, where you should park near the back. See below for walking directions from the parking lot to the Elliott Program Center.
From Interstate 280 to Governor's Corner:
Take the Alpine Road exit east off Interstate 280. Follow Alpine Road for about 3/4 mile, then turn right onto Junipero Serra Blvd at the first traffic light. Turn left at the next light onto Campus Drive West , which will take you into Stanford University . Turn right at Santa Teresa Street , then turn at the second right into the Governor's Corner parking lot, where you should park near the back. See below for walking directions from the parking lot to the Elliott Program Center .
From El Camino Real to Governor's Corner:
Drive north (south) on El Camino Real until you can turn left (right) onto Galvez Street (named Embarcadero Road before entering campus). Turn right at Campus Drive , continue past Palm Drive , Quarry Road , and Welch Road , then turn left at Santa Teresa Street . Turn at the second right into the Governor's Corner parking lot, where you should park near the back. See below for walking directions from the parking lot to the Elliott Program Center .

Walking directions from parking lot to Elliott Program Center :

Proceed on foot (away from Santa Teresa) to Elliott Program Center , where you can check in for on-campus housing. The front door faces in the direction of the golf driving range.

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• Shuttle Service from The Cardinal Hotel or the Stanford Guest House to the University’s Campus

Note that the Stanford Marguerite shuttle does not run on Saturday and Sunday. However, we have arranged for an extra Marguerite shuttle to run from the Stanford Guest House to Stanford on Saturday and Sunday -- see exact time below.

THE CARDINAL HOTEL TO STANFORD

Participants should take the Marguerite Shuttle from the downtown CalTrain Station located 3 blocks from The Cardinal Hotel. However, the Marguerite Shuttle does not operate on Saturday and Sunday. The Cardinal Hotel is a one-mile walk to Stanford's campus.

On Friday and Monday from the Cardinal Hotel to the Annenberg Auditorium or the History Corner: Walk to the Cal Train Station at University Ave and take the A or B line. Ask the driver to drop you off closest to the corner of Lasuen Mall and Serra Mall. See your map for walking directions.

On Friday and Monday from the Cardinal Hotel to the Roble Gym: Walk to the Cal Train Station at University Ave and take the C Line. Ask the driver to drop you off at shuttle stop closest the Roble Gym, corner of Santa Teresa and Samuel Morris Way.

**For Taxi Service, please see the numbers above

THE STANFORD GUEST HOUSE TO STANFORD CAMPUS

Participants should take the Marguerite Shuttle which runs M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., every 20 minutes. On Saturday and Sunday, the shuttle only runs in the morning and the evening at the times noted below.

Participants should follow the below schedule for transportation to and from conference events:

Friday, 6/19
The Marguerite Shuttles leave the Stanford Guest House every 20 minutes. Take a shuttle no later than 3:30 p.m. Get off at the Oval or ask your driver to drop you off closest to the corner of Lasuen Mall and Serra Mall. See your map for walking directions to arrive at the Annenberg Auditorium in the Cummings Art Building by 4pm for the Keynote Address.
Saturday, 6/20
- Take the 7:30 a.m. shuttle to arrive at Roble Gym.
- Take the 10:30 p.m. shuttle returning to Stanford Guest House.
Sunday, 6/21
- Take the 7 a.m. shuttle to arrive at Roble Gym to take buses to San Francisco .
- Take the 7:30 p.m. shuttle returning to Stanford Guest House.
Monday, 6/22
Shuttles run every 20 minutes. To go directly to the History Corner (Building 200) get off at the Oval or ask your driver to drop you off closest to the corner of Lasuen Mall and Serra Mall. To go directly to the Roble Dance Studios, ask the driver to drop you off at the shuttle stop closest the Roble Gym, on the corner of Santa Teresa and Samuel Morris Way.

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• Driving Directions

Parking is limited on campus, so these directions will send you to the parking areas most convenient to our conference. See detailed information in the next section below about parking.

From the San Francisco airport take Highway 101 South.

From the San Jose airport take Highway 101 North.

If you are going directly to the History Corner (Building 200) or the Annenberg Auditorium (in the Cummings Art Building), follow these directions:

From Highway 101, take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero becomes Galvez Street as it enters the campus. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus, past the stadium on the left, and to the stop sign at Campus Drive . Go right on Campus Drive . At the signs for the Cantor Art Center , go left on Lomita Drive where you will find Visitor Pay Parking machines. Park, then follow your map to the Cummings Art Building , about 5-8 minutes walk from parking on Lomita Drive . Or, see more parking spots, below.

On Friday after 4pm (and on weekends) you can park anywhere on campus for free, so if you are arriving just on time for the Opening Plenary and Keynote Address at 4pm you may decide to park at the Oval. In this case, you would take Campus Drive and then go left on Palm Drive . Continue all the way down to the end and park. Follow directions on your map to the Cummings Art Building , just a few minutes walk from parking at the Oval. There are also metered parking spaces near the Oval -- bring quarters.

If you are going directly to the Roble Dance Studios, follow these directions:

From Highway 101, take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero becomes Galvez Street as it enters the campus. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus, past the stadium on the left, and to the stop sign at Campus Drive . Go right on Campus Drive . Continue on Campus Drive past Palm Drive , Quarry Road , and Welch Road , then turn left at Santa Teresa Street . The Roble Dance Studios are in the Roble Gym, which has a semi-circle parking area in the front. After 4pm on Friday and on weekends you can park for free in any of the parking spots along Santa Teresa or in the lot opposite the studios. There are some parking meters in the lot and on Santa Teresa Street -- bring quarters. Or, see more parking spots, below

From Interstate 280 to Roble Dance Studios:

Take the Alpine Road exit east off Interstate 280. Follow Alpine Road for about 3/4 mile, then turn right onto Junipero Serra Blvd at the first traffic light. Turn left at the next light onto Campus Drive West , which will take you into Stanford University. Turn right at Santa Teresa Street , and continue to Roble Gym on your left.

From El Camino Real to Campus Drive:

Drive north [or south] on El Camino Real until you can turn left [or right] onto Galvez Street (named Embarcadero Road before entering campus). Turn right at Campus Drive , or continue on Galvez for Visitor's parking (see info below).

Additional driving directions can be found at this link: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/maps.html

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• Parking on Campus

Parking is limited on campus. Please print out the Parking and Circulation map and note all the areas marked with a green boxed P. http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/maps.html

Visitors may park in lots or spaces designated with a green “P” or an “E” sign. Parking in these spaces costs $1.50 per hour in quarters at meters, or by coins or cards at Permit Vending Machines, between 8:00am and 4:00pm., Monday through Friday.

All parking meters on the street only offer parking for 2 hours. All Permit Vending Machines offer parking up to 8 hours. The machines accept credit cards, cash or coins; you should have the correct amount of money if you do not use your credit card, since these machines do not issue change. Or, on Monday you can buy an all-day pass for $12 at the Parking and Transportation Center at 340 Bonair Siding. When you drive onto campus, instead of going Right on Campus Drive you would go Left and follow signs to Parking and Transportation.

On Friday and Monday after 4pm and all day Saturday and Sunday parking is free.

Those staying at Governor's Corners, however, must purchase Residence Visitor's Passes for $4.50 per day. These can be purchased at your front desk check-in at the Elliott Program Center.

Parking options near Building 200 (see your maps):

  • The Oval
  • End of Palm Drive near Main Quad (Meters only)
  • Memorial Way<
  • Memorial Way at Galvez Street (Meters and Visitor Permit Vending Machines)
  • Burnham Pavilion
  • Serra Street, between Galvez Street and Arguello Way (Meters only – two hour limit unless displaying a visitor permit issued from vending machine)
  • Track House Lot
  • Galvez Street, between Nelson Road and Campus Drive (Visitor Parking Permit Vending Machine)
  • Parking Structure #1 near the Cantor Arts Center

Parking options near Roble Gym (see your maps):

  • Roble Lot on Santa Teresa Street opposite Roble Gym (meters, only 10 spaces)
  • Santa Teresa Street at the Stanford Humanities Center (meters, only 10 spaces)
  • Parking Structure #2 on Panama Street

Please refer to Stanford's Visitor Parking webpage for detailed information about parking: http://transportation.stanford.edu/parking_info/VisitorParking.shtml

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Housing

The Society is offering three types of housing options:

  • on-campus housing in university residence halls near Roble Gymnasium, site of many conference sessions;
  • off-campus housing at the Stanford Guest House nearby the campus;
  • off-campus housing at the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto.

Stanford On-Campus Housing Registration is Still Available!

Governor's Corners - On-campus residential housing

Stay on the beautiful grounds of Stanford University for the 2009 SDHS Conference A limited number of well-appointed private or shared graduate student on-campus housing rooms are still available in Governor's Corners. You can select from double or single rooms. All include shared bathrooms. These contemporary facilities are located within an easy 5-10 minute walk to the conference meeting rooms in Roble Gymnasium, and a 20-minute walk to the conference meeting rooms in History Corner.

All rooms include generous three daily healthful buffet meals.

Costs: Single occupancy with three meals per day: $117.90 per person; shared occupancy with three meals per day: $100.15 per person. All campus residences are non-smoking. Bed and bath linens are included.

Contact the SDHS office to make reservations for campus housing by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 205.978.1404.

Stanford Guest House - Off -campus housing

May 27 update: Rooms sold out; contact the Guest House to be put on a wait list.

The Stanford Guest House is located nearby the Stanford campus, accessible by car and /or shuttle. The Society will provide additional shuttle service to the campus in coordination with the conference schedule. The location is approximately 15 minutes from campus. The Guest House offers single and double rooms with full baths, in-room coffee, and Internet connections. Included in the room cost is a continental breakfast, served daily from 7:00-9:30 a.m. There is also a café located a few yards from the Guest House that offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options. To view the Guest House website, go to http://guesthouse.stanford.edu. At this time, the Stanford Guest House room block is closed. Conference participants may still contact the Guest House for general availability, but the SDHS rate is no longer available.

Stanford Guest House
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025-7015
Phone: (650) 926-2800
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Cardinal Hotel - Off-campus hotel in downtown Palo Alto

The Cardinal Hotel, built in 1924 and located in beautiful downtown Palo Alto , blends the Old World charm of a European style hotel with the modernity of this thriving city. You are minutes and steps from fine dining and enticing shopping attractions, including boutiques and specialty shops. Attendees can catch the nearby Marguerite Shuttle to campus (approximately 20 minutes). View the Cardinal Hotel atwww.cardinalhotel.com.

The Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto , California (CA)
235 Hamilton Avenue , Palo Alto , California (CA) 94301
Phone: 650-323-5101 Fax: 650-325-6086
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Costs: Single or double occupancy: $130 + $15.60 tax. Available rooms are limited, so reserve early. The room block will be held until May 18, after which time all rooms will be released.

Please use the following URL for direct attendee registration to get the SDHS rate: http://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=324938&hotelID=3787

Transportation

Attendees may fly into either the San Jose airport or the San Francisco airport. Both airports are located approximately 30 minutes away via the airport shuttle. Shuttle service from the airport is approximately $26 per person one way. Rental cars are available for approximately $150 per week.

The Society will provide special shuttles to and from the Stanford Campus to the Stanford Guest House and the Cardinal Hotel. More information will be available soon.

For the Sunday programming in San Francisco , a shuttle will transport attendees roundtrip from the Stanford campus to the ODC Dance Center in San Francisco. Times are preliminary: Leave campus at 9 am; return around 9 pm. A special fee of $25 will be required to support the bus costs. Attendees may sign up for the bus at the time of registration.

Registration

Conference registration fees include all sessions, plenary presentations, workshops, breakfasts, and awards luncheon.

Bus transportation from the Stanford campus to the Sunday programming at the ODC Dance Center is an extra fee of $25 (USD). If you will need transportation from Stanford to the ODC Dance Center, please check that box on the registration form.

Registration Rates:

Before May 1, 2009 After May 1, 2009 Onsite Daily
Individual Member* $175 (USD) $195 (USD) $225 (USD) $95 (USD)
Student/Retired Member* $95 (USD) $115 (USD) $115 (USD) $65 (USD)
Non-Member $200 (USD) $225 (USD) $250 (USD) $115 (USD)

*Membership in SDHS or an affiliated organization is required to receive member rates. You may join SDHS as part of registering for the annual conference. Conference presenters must be members of SDHS for the current calendar year.

Affiliated organizations include: SDHS, CORD, DCA, ADG, SCDS/SECD, ASTR

Pre-registration for the conference is now closed. On-site registration is available throughout the conference at the registration table at Stanford, and at ODC Dance Center during the Sunday programming.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 19
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration and Book Exhibit
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Opening Plenary: Welcome by Janice Ross and Keynote Address by Peggy Phelan
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dancing in the Courtyard: "An Introduction to 1950s Rock'n'Roll Cha Cha"
Saturday, June 20
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m Registration and Book Exhibit
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sessions
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. SDHS Awards Ceremony and Business Lunch
1:30 – 7:00 p.m. Sessions
7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Curated Dance on Film
Sunday, June 21 Out-of-Site Sunday at ODC Commons in San Francisco
8:00 a.m. Buses leave for San Francisco
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bay Area Choreographers
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own in the Mission District
1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sessions
6:30 p.m. Buses back to Stanford
Dinner on your own
Monday, June 22
8:30 – 11:45 a.m. Sessions
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Working Groups Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Plenary

Click here for a PDF of the full schedule as of June 8.

The following dancers will be performing on the Sunday portion of the conference held at ODC Commons in San Francisco. Buses from Stanford to San Francisco will be provided for $25.00 roundtrip. Tickets for the bus must be purchased in advance (see above). Please reserve your seat for the Sunday Morning Showcase no later than Monday, June 15, 2009. Please call the ODC Theater box-office at (415) 863-9834 or e-mail your reservation requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Brenda Way
Patrick Makuakane / N? Lei Hulu I Ka W?kiu
Lizz Roman and Dancers
Kara Davis / Project Agora
Judy Smith / Axis (choreography by Alex Ketley)
Yannis Adoniou's Kunst-Stoff
Shinichi Iova Koga / inkBoat
Della Davidson Dance Company
Sean Dorsey
Robert Moses' Kin
Jo Kreiter / Flyaway Productions
Ledoh / SaltFarm - Butoh
Amara Tabor Smith and Sherwood Chen
Joanna Haigood / Zaccho
Amy Seiwert / Marc Morozumi
Lisa Wymore / Sheldon Smith Disappearing Acts
Jose Navarrete / Navarrete X Kajiyama Dance Theater

Proposal and Conference Theme Information

Inspired by the idea of "topographies" as the mapping of the physical features of a place or landscape, we invite presentations from scholars and artists that investigate moving bodies as they occupy, mobilize, and traverse diverse terrains.

While we welcome submissions on any new research in dance studies, we especially encourage papers that are organized around the conference theme of the mapping of sites, bodies, and technologies. Possible questions for investigation include:

How do we dance our locale?
How does place, marked by history and national struggles, change how we dance?
How can dance and new technologies create new sites of encounter?
Can we imagine different, even fantastic geographies of movement and exchange?

This year's conference offers a unique opportunity to explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Accommodations in Palo Alto will be available for rates between $89 and $150 per night. Transportation between Stanford and San Francisco will be provided at a low cost. Please join us for an encounter with different sites, bodies, and technologies in motion and transformation.

We would like to extend special thanks to Mrs. Alfred S. Wilsey, Mr. Warren Hellman, and the Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences and Department of Drama for supporting the 2009 SDHS Conference.

Other Topographies: Out-of-Site at ODC Dance Commons

To extend our artist/scholar dialogues, in addition to meeting at Stanford University, our presentations, roundtables, and performances on Sunday, June 21st will be held at ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco. We will move our conferencing through the topographies that mark the dance of the northern California bay and coastal regions.

Proposal Formats

We encourage proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables. We will also consider alternate formats such as seminars, topic-specific research groups, reading groups, forums, workshops dance inventions or interventions, demonstrations, or formats you may propose that rethink or redo the standard conventions for presenting scholarship, choreography, and performance. We stress the involvement of the dance community and all participants in the infrastructure of the creation and staging of dances. We invite artists and scholar/artists to make works-in-progress that we could encounter together; we invite engineers, scientists, and media artists to join us and present on their work in new media and technologies of motion. Interdisciplinary artists and researchers who experiment with motion, design, and/or corporeal studies are welcome to submit panels, papers, and roundtables. We hope to also have screenings of vintage dance on film and experimental dance media works.

Topographies Committee Members

The conference committee members include: Sherril Dodds, University of Surrey; Anne Fiskvik, University of Trondheim; Carrie Gaiser Casey, University of California Berkeley; Cindy Garcia, University of Minnesota; Anita Gonzalez, State University of New York, New Paltz; Anthea Kraut, University of California Riverside; Katherine Mezur, University of Washington Seattle (chair); Jacqueline Shea Murphy, University of California Riverside; Sara Rubidge, University of Chichester; Priya Srinivasan, University of California Riverside; Arden Thomas, Stanford University; Yutian Wong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Graduate Awards and Grants for 2009

In recognition of Selma Jeanne Cohen's great contributions to dance history, the Society of Dance History Scholars inaugurated an award in her name at its 1995 conference. The Selma Jeanne Cohen Award aims to encourage graduate student members of SDHS by recognizing excellence in dance scholarship. Up to three awards will be offered at each conference. Each award includes an invitation to present a paper at the annual conference, waiver of the registration fee for that conference, and a grant to help defray costs of attending the conference. Awards are based on the originality of the research, the rigor of the argument, and the clarity of the writing.

Papers submitted in competition for a Selma Jeanne Cohen Award must be based on unpublished research or interpretation and must be designed for oral delivery within twenty minutes, including use of audiovisual aids. (Papers running eight double-spaced pages are ideal.)

Students interested in applying for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award should follow the regular guidelines for conference submission and check the appropriate box on the submission form. If proposals are accepted by the program committee, a full-text version of the paper will be due by 15 March 2009 at the SDHS Office. The full-text version should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Society of Dance History Scholars offers Graduate Student Travel Grants, aimed at encouraging broad graduate student participation in its annual conference. Each year three grants will be made to graduate students to help defray the costs of attending the annual conference. Applications for the next round of Graduate Student Travel Grants are due at the SDHS office by 15 March 2009. Please download the application form from www.sdhs.org. Although postal submissions may be sent to the SDHS office at 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham AL 35216, email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are strongly encouraged.

Any student member of SDHS enrolled in a graduate degree program and engaged in dance research is eligible. Students need not have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference in order to apply. Although applications from students presenting papers are encouraged, applications from students interested in attending a Working Group or simply listening and learning also are welcome. In all cases, applicants must persuade the evaluation committee that attending the conference will further their research. There is no presumption that presenting, participating in a Working Group, or simply attending is the most grant-worthy application.

Individuals are eligible to receive a Graduate Student Travel Grant only once during their graduate career. Although student members of SDHS may apply for the Travel Grant and the Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize or Gertrude Lippincott Prize in the same year, they may not accept both a travel grant and a prize in the same year. Applicants must be current (paid-up) members of SDHS at the time of applying for the Graduate Student Travel Grant. Contact the SDHS accounts manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify membership status.

Kamikaze Writing Workshop
San Francisco and Palo Alto, June 19-22, 2009

A three-session workshop in looking to dance and writing what you see. Learn to write on deadline to tight word limits. Enliven your prose with active verbs. Prune the "dead wood" from your sentences. Meet for an introductory session, view and write about two evenings of performance, and meet twice to share and critique your own and others' reviews. No "auditing" permitted; all participants will write.

Participants confront the reality critics face when they encounter new work and file reviews 12 hours after the final curtain. They learn to use language in sharp and economical ways, be focused and observant, select relevant details and shape a review around a dominant idea. Most importantly, they learn to pay attention to their own prose, and to reflect accurately the events transpiring onstage.

Schedule:

Friday June 19, 11 am-1 pm: Opening session at Dancers' Group in SF. Be prepared to move and to write.
Saturday evening June 20: Participants attend either the film session at the SDHS/DCA conference in Palo Alto or a performance in San Francisco
Sunday June 21, 1-3 pm: Session two at Dancers Group in San Francisco during the lunch break. Participants bring typed, double-spaced review of 300-500 words
Sunday night: Participants attend a performance in San Francisco
Monday June 22: Participants bring a second review and may attend either or both: Kamikaze session three in Palo Alto from 11:45 to 1, and at Dancers' Group in San Francisco from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Instructor:

Elizabeth Zimmer has been writing about dance on both coasts of North America since 1972. She served as the dance editor of New York 's Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. Now a dance and theater critic at METRO, she has taught writing across the country since 1993, has studied many forms of dance, and appeared in the work of several New York choreographers. She edited Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Envisioning Dance for Film and Video (Routledge, 2002), and developed a dance history curriculum for teachers in urban schools.

**Registration for this workshop is open to all SDHS/DCA Conference Registrants free of charge. If you are interested in attending the workshop and do not plan to attend the SDHS conference, the cost for the workshop is $100.00. This workshop is available to only a limited number of registrants. After the available spaces have been filled, we will accept names for our waiting list. To register for the workshop, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . At the time that you request to register for this workshop, you must be pre-registered for the conference or pay the $100.00 workshop fee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone at 205-978-1404 or toll-free at 1-888-748-7347.**

Framing Movement/Workshop in Screendance at the upcoming SDHS Conference in conjunction with DCA<

This is a mentored collaborative group project focusing on the video camera as a tool for articulating movement as screendance. Facilitated by Douglas Rosenberg, the group will work with ideas about active looking, site specificity and other elements of screendance production.

We will collectively seek out and isolate moments of movement as they occur in the seams and in-between spaces of the SDHS conference, stitching the resulting archive into a screendance, creating a topographical/digital map of the landscape of bodies in motion, a moving landscape and a site of embodied technology.

Bring Macintosh laptop w/Final Cut Pro or iMovie, a fire wire cable to transfer footage (or other appropriate cable) and a camcorder. Not everyone needs to have these tools as we can share what is available.

Logo credits:
Photo: Sonja Zugic
Design: Stefanie Okuda

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 2012 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...

conferences

Conference 2014: Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing
A Joint Conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
13–16 November 2014
Hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

Conference 2015 will be held in Athens, Greece. Dates and other details will be available later this Spring.

news

The SDHS Board of Directors election takes place during the final two weeks of February. All SDHS members may vote. Please log in and then click here to view candidates’ biographies. Ballots will be available beginning on Feb. 15.

SDHS announces the November 2013 awards, including de la Torre Bueno Prize® Special Citations.

Proceedings of the 2013 joint NOFOD/SDHS conference are now available.

Proceedings of the Special Topics Conference 2013: “Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning” are now available.

Call for proposals for contributions to Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes (Guest Editors: Drs. Kathrina Farrugia and Jill Nunes Jensen). Note that the deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014.

Updated 3 April: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 3 April: Job postings and opportunities for students

Updated 24 February: News and announcements from SDHS members: “The American Society for Theatre Research is now seeking nominations for the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize....”

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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