Conference announcements and calls for proposals

Oxford Annual Dance Symposium at New College, University of Oxford.

An annual meeting for scholars and practitioners to discuss aspects of court and theatre dance, including music, performance practice, social and literary links during the long eighteenth century, organised by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp. For more details, lists of publications arising from the symposia, and calls for papers for the upcoming symposium, see the symposium website

16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, in association with the Oxford Centre for Life Writing at Wolfson College, will take place in Oxford on 15 & 16 April 2014. Keynote speaker: Shearer West.

DCA Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Gary Parks Scholarship

The Dance Critics Association is pleased to offer the 2014 Gary Parks Scholarships, named for the late, well-loved reviews editor for Dance Magazine. His position there made him a point of contact for dance writers around the world, and a friend and mentor to many people in the field. This scholarship, to the DCA annual conference, is designed to encourage that same sense of collegiality.

This year the DCA will offer two scholarships of $250 for emerging or experienced writers to attend the annual conference in Philadelphia, June 12-15, 2014. (DCA will make fewer awards if criteria are not met.)

The Emerging Writers’ scholarship is designated for a critic with less than three years of professional experience. The scholarship includes complimentary admission to the entire conference and up to $250 to cover travel and lodging expenses. It is hoped that offering an opportunity to interact with established colleagues in the field, both formally and informally, will be of benefit. The recipient will be required to attend and complete writing assignments for the Kamikaze Workshop. Additionally, the recipient will be required to attend the entire conference and write an article detailing an aspect of the conference for the DCA News, topics and deadlines to be negotiated with the editor.

The Experienced Writer’s scholarship was established to support critics who, because of great distance from the conference site or challenging financial reasons (freelance writer or staffer with no financial support from publication), could not otherwise attend the conference. The recipient of the Experienced Writer’s scholarship will be expected to attend all conference events and panels and report on an agreed upon topic for the DCA News, deadlines to be negotiated with the editor.

To apply:

All applicants must submit three published reviews or critical essays, along with a cover letter. The cover letter should specify which scholarship — emerging or experienced — is being requested, state professional qualifications and discuss why the applicant feels that he or she would benefit from attending the DCA conference. Any special circumstances that you feel are relevant should also be addressed, including financial need, the fact that the applicant specializes in a particular form of criticism or that English is the critic’s second language.

Submit materials via email to Ali Duffy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The emerging writers’ scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis. The experienced writers’ fellowship will be awarded via a lottery. Deadline for receiving applications is Thursday, May 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified by May 18, 2014 in time to make arrangements to attend the conference. Questions? Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Gary Parks Scholarship exists with the generous support of the critical community. If you would like to help us extend this opportunity to our colleagues in the field, please seriously consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Gary Parks Scholarship Fund. Send your contribution, marked “Gary Parks” in the memo line to: DCA, POB 1882 Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10013.

What A Previous Gary Parks Scholar Says:

“I was a relative newbie when I received the Gary Parks Scholarship. It was wonderful to meet folks who, despite less than ideal circumstances, keep on writing. I felt welcomed into this world. Elizabeth Zimmer’s no nonsense voice is still in my head when I take pen to paper. Dance writing friends are a must for survival in this difficult business.”

Nancy Wozny
2004 Gary Parks Scholar
Houston, Texas

SDHS publications

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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.


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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