Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Dance Studies

Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Dance Studies Working Group
Chair: Lester Tomé
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The working group is a forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and artists teaching or researching Latin American, Latino and Caribbean dance. The group aims to promote and assess the development of this area of study, addressing the following questions:

  • What are the projects on which members are currently working?
  • What is the current stage of teaching and scholarship in the field of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean dance?
  • What are emerging topics, methodologies, theories and interdisciplinary approaches shaping this area of study?
  • What are the dance practices, dancers, countries, geographical areas and time periods that are receiving more or less attention from scholars?

The group also seeks to create opportunities for networking, collaboration and professional support. Members share information about resources for teaching or conducting research within this subfield of dance studies (news, job openings, sources of funding, residencies, calls for papers and conference panels, professional networks, libraries, archives, databases, periodicals, textbooks, websites, etc).

The promotion of links with scholars and artists from Latin America and the Caribbean is another goal of the group. Likewise, the group reaches to individuals and organizations working in areas that overlap with Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Dance, such as dance studies at large, musicology, anthropology, African diaspora studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

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...


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....”

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