Choreographic Practices: Words and Dance

This special journal issue of Choreographic Practices - WORDS and DANCE - aims to draw together, contribute to and exemplify debates around the use of spoken word in current and future 21st Century dance practices as well as its place in the contemporary cultural landscape. more here

Deadline for full essays June 1st, 2016

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Sound – Traces – Moves. Soundtraces in Motion

Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung Annual Conference
November 18-20, 2016

Deadline for proposals for lectures, workshops, poster presentations, lecture demonstrations, performances and labs May 1st, 2016

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American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)
November 3 - 6, 2016

Proposal Deadline for Plenary Papers, Working Sessions, and Curated Panels  February 1st, 2016

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21 Century Performance and Research

University of Malta
Annual Conference of the School of Performing Arts — March 9-11, 2016

Call for Papers: Deadline January 15, 2016

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Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections and Directions
An SDHS Special Topics Conference - May 20-21, 2016

At The Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, and the Department of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University

For more information, please visit the conference micro-site

Call for Papers: Deadline February 15th, 2016
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Contemporary ballet is undoubtedly a recognizable genre for most dancers. It is identifiable and it appears to be flourishing. But, what is contemporary ballet? Does it need classification and definition so that we can historicize this moment in dance? The 2015 issue of Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes began to articulate some of the features of the genre. This conference will further the discussions emergent from the publication and broaden the scope with new voices.

NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts and the Department of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University will serve as the locations for this special topics conference. As it stands to initiate conversations about ballet that develop from the theme of exchanges, connections and directions, the conference offers an opportunity for those interested in contemporary ballet to meet in one of the presumed cultural capitals of ballet: New York City. We seek to bring together scholars, dancers, historians, critics, choreographers and teachers.

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Caribbean Fusion Dance Works: Rituals of Modern Society

University of the West Indies
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination — May 18-21, 2016

Call for Papers: Deadline January 25, 2016

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The annual meeting of the Western Society
for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS)

21 Century Performance and Research

University of Malta
Annual Conference of the School of Performing Arts — March 9-11, 2016

Call for Papers: Deadline January 15, 2016

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February 12-13, 2016
University of California, Riverside

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Deadline extended to October 1, 2015

The Other “D”: locating ‘D’ance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto
Toronto, CA

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Re-searching relevance: Questioning canons of music, dance and theatre around 1800
Trondheim, January 7th–9th 2016

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Muse of Modernity? Remembering, Mediating and Modernising Popular Dance
University of London

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Choreographic Practices (Intellect Press)
Special Issue: Out With Dance - In with the Public Realm

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Deadline October 15th

Improvisation and the Liberal Arts!
Special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation (Études critiques en improvisation)
Guest edited by Jason Robinson, Mark Lomanno, and Sandra Mathern

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2015 Interdisciplinary Performance Symposium
Florida State University

Florida State University's School of Dance will host the 2015 Interdisciplinary Performance Symposium on October 24, 2015. Please see details below for submission guidelines. Deadline for Proposals: August 31st 2015

We are seeking interdisciplinary proposals including: 

  • Original research presentations
  • Performances of works-in-progress
  • Participatory workshops
  • Alternative formats

Abstracts (250 words) describing the project should be submitted in a Word Document. Successful proposals will address the following:

  • Project’s contribution to interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Presentation Format
  • Interactive/participatory components of project (encouraged, but not  required)
  • Presentation’s use of time (Sessions typically 30 min. with audience engagement)

Submissions and additional questions should be sent to Amanda Sieradzki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The international Historical Dance Symposium
Burg Rothenfels am Main

Italy and the Dance
Dance in Italy, Italian Dance in Europe, 1400–1900
25–29 May 2016

For Barbara Sparti (1932–2013)

With our next Symposium we would like to honour Barbara Sparti, one of the leading dance researchers of the 20th century, who died in 2013. In keeping with the central emphasis of her research activities, the highly diverse dance culture of Italy—from the final phase of the Middle Ages to the time of the Risorgimento—is to be the main theme of the Symposium.

One central thematic area is to be the dance styles and forms which evolved in different regional, cultural and institutional contexts in Italy, their historical and stylistic development, their dissemination in Europe, their influence on other national dance styles, and their role (as style, as form, as cultural practice) in transmitting Italian culture in Europe. We likewise wish to examine the influences which emanated from other dance cultures (e.g. France) and left corresponding traces in Italy.

In this context, light is also to be shed on the artists who had a decisive share in this: Italian dancers, dancing masters, choreographers and teachers who worked in European palaces and major cities, spread Italian dance art in Europe and, conversely, absorbed a diversity of influences.

A further focus of the Symposium will be on the Italian contribution to the development of theatrical dance in Europe. Here we wish to concentrate on the characteristics of the Italian style and its distinguishing features vis-à-vis other “national” styles, but not neglecting the relationships between theatrical dance and theatre, especially Italian opera and also the influence of the Commedia dell’arte (e.g. with reference to the use of acrobatics and pantomime) on theatrical dance.

  • What influence did the French Bassedanse have on Italian dance style?
  • How widespread were Italian dances in Germany around 1500?
  • How successful were Italian dancing masters in spreading their dance culture in Europe in the 16th century?
  • What effect did Italian dance style have on the French Ballets de cour?
  • What is considered as “typically Italian” in dance theory discourses?
  • What insights into Italian dance culture are provided by iconography?
  • What significance did dance have in Italian opera?
  • What role was played by Italian dancers and choreographers in European theatres?
  • To what extent were wandering troupes involved in dance culture transfer in Europe?
  • How strongly did “foreign” styles influence Italian dance culture in the 18th and 19th centuries?
  • What traces of the original were left in the Baroque Forlana or in the Monfrina of the European ballrooms?
  • What role was played by Italian folk dance in European theatrical art?
  • How did political movements such as the "Risorgimento" influence Italian dance culture?

In addition to furthering the scholarly discussion, it is a particular goal of the symposium to present to interested dancers and dance enthusiasts the state of dance research today. The symposium will offer a wide range of activities from lectures, workshops, demonstrations, a book and music exhibition to evening dancing and a festive ball with live music.

Contributions not yet presented on the topics listed above are welcome. A publication is planned and will be available at the symposium.

The full call for contributions is available via this link. The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2015. For further information, contact Markus Lehner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dance and Culture Call for Proposals

“Dance and Culture” Area of the annual joint conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
The New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, LA
April 1–4, 2015

Papers, Lec/Dems, Panels, Roundtables, Film Screenings, and other formats are welcome

Area Chairs: Jen Atkins and Celeste Fraser Delgado

The deadline for proposal submission has passed.

Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism

The deadline for proposal submission has passed.

Interdisciplinary conference on “Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism” to be held at Trinity College Dublin on 2–3 July 2015. This event will seek to foster scholarly attention on the collaborative nature of poetic production, mediation, and reception across Britain, Ireland, North America and beyond during the age of modernism. It will welcome contributions on any aspect of the conference theme from researchers in fields such as drama, music, dance, film, visual and material cultures, publishing and media history, as well as from literary scholars. Keynote speakers will be Alex Davis and Peter Howarth.

Further details are available at:

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...

  • 2016 SDHS + CORD Joint Conference
    Beyond Authenticity & Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission
    Nov 3-6, 2016
    Pomona College, Claremont, CA

  • 2017 CORD + SDHS Joint Conference
    Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
    October 19-22, 2017
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
    Call for Proposals will be posted in November 2016
To presenters at the 2015 joint conference with CORD in Athens Greece. Guidelines for submission of conference proceedings may be found here.

SDHS announces this year’s award recipients. Awards will be presented at the SDHS/CORD conference in June.

Dance Chronicle announces Founding Editors’ Awards, honoring Barbara Palfy in 2015. Sponsored by Dance Chronicle and Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Conversations call for contributions: Dancing the African Diaspora. Guest Editors: Takiyah Nur Amin and Thomas F. DeFrantz. Note that the deadline for submissions has again been extended. It is now July 15, 2015.

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