Reconstruction Working Group
Chair: Jody Sperling
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Members of the Reconstruction Working Group are scholars and dance practitioners who share an interest in uncovering and vitalizing our dance heritage through reconstructions, restagings, and re-creations. Besides engaging in lively discussions at scheduled meetings at the annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, members of this working group often pursue further exchange. Discussions may touch on research methods, theoretical grounding, practical strategy, and documentation technique. Reports of projects completed and those in progress are welcomed.

The group is interested in the re-embodiment of dance of any ethnic or national group, of any period and form, whether it be stage dancing, recreational dance, entertainment and spectacle dancing, ritual and religious dance, or some form that refers to these genres. Members of the group recognize reconstructed performance as scholarship that enriches studio practice, dance history, and dance studies. It promotes reconstructed dance as a tool for inviting dance into the humanities curriculum.

Anyone sharing the interests of this group is encouraged to join the next scheduled meeting. Inquiries may be made by sending an e-mail message to the chair of the group.

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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