The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) has endorsed the statement “Learning Another Language: Goals and Challenges” issued by the Modern Language Association (MLA): http://www.mla.org/ec_language_learning

As an international organization of scholars and artists dedicated to the study of embodied modes of communication and expression, we support programs, policies, and opportunities at institutes of higher education that prepare future generations of scholars to read, write, and think in multiple languages. Indeed, some of the most compelling research projects among current graduate students in the field of dance studies have required young scholars to develop advanced fluency in several languages. These projects include translations and interpretations of ancient and classical dance writings, ethnographic fieldwork and oral histories, global arts policy analyses, and philosophical and scientific studies of the relationships between movement and language.

Though many consider dance the “universal” language, as dance scholars, we recognize that much of the future of dance studies is dependent upon maintaining and developing opportunities for new generations of scholars to attain fluency in multiple languages.

—Society of Dance History Scholars

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...

conferences
  • 2017 CORD + SDHS Joint Conference
    Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
    October 19-22, 2017
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
    Click here for the Call for Proposals
news

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

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

Updated 14 November 2016: Upcoming events

Updated 14 November 2016: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 14 November 2016: Job postings and opportunities for students

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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