SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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 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...

conferences

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.

news

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....”

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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