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 2014 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

SDHS Special Topics Conference, “Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies”, March 26–28, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

Conference 2015, Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, a joint SDHS and CORD conference, will be held June 4–7, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Applications are now being accepted for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award and the Graduate Student Travel Award.

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