Call for Contributions:
Guest editors: Guest Editors: Ramón H. Rivera-Servera and Cindy García
At the 1991 Society of Dance History Scholars annual meeting which focused on Dance in Hispanic Cultures, Sally Banes announced “la onda próxima“ or the emergence of a U.S. Latina/o postmodern dance scene in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s. Notably, Banes’ presentation made legible that Latina/o choreographers embraced Latina/o, rather than Hispanic, as a banner for the directions of a dance practice born from within and invested in exploring the experiences of Latin American-descent communities living in the United States. The postmodern approaches Banes identified privileged the experimental formalisms of the booming downtown New York dance scene at the time but also connected to the long history of social, folkloric, and concert dance among Latina/o communities in the U.S. Since the late 1990s a new wave of scholars has turned to the archives, stages, screens, and social settings of Latina/o dance in the United States and has produced critical scholarship on contemporary and historical U.S. Latina/o dance practices and their continuing influence not only within local Latina/o communities but in the national and international dance circuits as well.
This volume of Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies seeks to showcase and broaden understandings of U.S. Latina/o dance. We seek short contributions (not to exceed 2,000 words) in various forms, including thinking pieces, reports from the field, introductions to archival repositories, theoretical provocations, interviews, critical dialogues, photography, illustrations, visual images or performative representations of dance.
Submissions might address, but are not limited to, the following:
- What is U.S. Latina/o dance?
- How do U.S. Latina/o dancing bodies and choreographers theorize latinidad?
- How do historical Latina/o dance practices impact contemporary practices?
- How do U.S. Latina/o dancing bodies and practices inhabit spaces of the social, the concert stage, and the internet?
- What is the relationship between U.S. Latina/o dance and other dance practices?
- What is the cultural, social, or political significance of the differences in Latina/o dance practices?
- What is the significance of representations of U.S. Latina/o dancing bodies and practices in popular culture?
- What tensions and debates emerge within historical and contemporary understandings of U.S. Latina/o dance?