Conference announcements and calls for proposals
Symposium on Embodied Artful Practices — 2014
A little about the symposium…
The terminology that inscribes the body brings us to descriptions of the corporeal body, the phenomenological body, the inscribed body, the politicised body, the signified body, the sexualized body—all of which have contributed both to our conceptualization of the body and its relationship to knowledge and to our understanding of how we inhabit our bodies and perceive others’ bodies. (Leavy, 2009, p. 199)
The Canadian Society for Dance Studies/la société canadienne d’études en danse, a group of artists and scholars researching and practicing in the field of dance, including in interdisciplinary contexts, such as dance theatre, dance and cultural studies, and dance education, announces the 2014 Symposium on Embodied Artful Practices, July 2–4, 2014, at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, B.C.
This biennial symposium celebrates the scope and depth of an embodied practice we have come to know of as dance. This year our theme is Embodied Artful Practices. The symposium will be held in the heart of downtown Vancouver, at the historic Woodward’s department store that has been redesigned and re-purposed as the home to SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts.
We have scheduled the Symposium to lead into the Dancing on the Edge Festival, which is a longstanding event showcasing some of Canada’s finest local and national dance artists (July 3–12, 2014).
This symposium will comprise a rich array of scholars/practitioners/artists contributing in the form of workshops, presentations, dialogue forums, roundtables, films, performances and curated panels.
A little about embodiment…
Scholars of embodiment have offered various perspectives on the body. Celeste Snowber (2008) writes of the body as a sensual force awakening self to the world, as simultaneously a location and experience of embodied presence: “In whatever stage of life one is at, there is always the body as a fertile place for discovery and growth.” (p. 145) Sherry Shapiro (2008) writes of the body as a conduit and barometer of tacit cultural inscriptions, calling our attention to the complicity of our engagements through a culturally prejudiced embodiment: “The body here is understood as the concrete material inscribed by cultural values, attitudes, and beliefs and as the vehicles for transcending our limited social identities.” (p. 261) A simple gesture or action holds the history and unfolding narrative of culturally inscribed beings. David Abram (1996) links the sentient body with the world of objects:
thus my divergent senses meet up with each other in the surrounding world, converging and comingling in the things I perceive. We may think of the sensing body as a kind of open circuit that completes only in things, and in the world. (p. 125)
Thus, when we consider embodiment, we recognize that we embody in action through our interactions with others. Our histories and narratives in relationship to place and time, relationships and experiences remembered, and newly realized are an ongoing unfolding of new possibilities and understandings.
As Shapiro (2008) claims, dance is a birth rite not a privilege and acts as an important informative tool for all of us. In dance, “the body becomes the site of social commentary using memories of personal experience and social construction through both an affective and a cognitive cultural process.” (Shapiro & Shapiro, 2002, p. 215)
Call for participation
With this symposium, we hope to bring together an interdisciplinary group of moving thinkers on the intertwined topics of embodiment and artful practice. Among the topics presenters/performers might consider are issues that arise at the intersection of artful embodied practices such as place, gender, community, belonging, ethnography.
We invite proposals for various forms of presentation, including keynotes, workshops, performances, roundtables, films, and exhibitions.
- Workshops will run either 60 or 90 minutes in a studio space
- We will have the use of both studio and theatre spaces for performances
- Roundtables will run concurrently throughout the 3 days
- We will have the use of a theatre space for film screenings
- Exhibitions in the form of digital photographs will be curated and projected.
A few details…
The Symposium on Embodied Artful Practices s scheduled to take place from, July 2–4, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, B.C.
For now, mark your calendar for an event that will be truly breathtaking!
The Section on the Status of Women (SSW) will sponsor one or more panels for the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 59th Annual Meeting, to be held November 13–16, 2014 in Pittsburgh.
The SSW seeks to sponsor papers that relate to the topics of women, music, and sound. We are particularly interested in sponsoring papers that indicate direct engagement with feminist, queer, and gender theories and/or relate to ongoing debates in music and feminist/gender studies. We are accepting both organized panels and individual papers that can be grouped into organized panels. All Abstracts should appear in one paragraph (250 word max) and demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology. Abstracts that identify presenters, fellow researchers, or other participants will be automatically disqualified. An individual paper presentation is 20 minutes long and is followed by 10 minutes of discussion. An organized panel session is 1.5 or 2 hours long and consists of three to four papers. Organized panel proposals should include a panel abstract (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) and abstracts for the individual papers. Student papers are eligible for SSW sponsorship, and all student papers on women and music that are presented at SEM are eligible to compete for the Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize. Please note that SSW sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance to the conference, and the SEM Program Committee does not give preference to sponsored sessions. Participants whose proposals have been accepted for the program must be SEM members and must pre-register for the meeting by July 1, 2014.
Call for papers Białystok — Warsaw, June 23–26, 2014
Dolls and Puppets as Artistic and Cultural Phenomenon
The presence of dolls and puppets has been a constant feature of life throughout the history of humankind. The use and perception of dolls and puppets reflects people’s attitudes towards the world and other people as well as spiritual concerns. In academic discussions this phenomenon is usually treated in relative isolation. Theatre historians have their own vision of the history of dolls and puppets, as do art historians, ethnologists, film connoisseurs and historians of literature. These various views do not, unfortunately, often enter into direct dialogue. The main aim of the conference Dolls and Puppets as Artistic and Cultural Phenomenon, organized by the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw, and the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in Warsaw – Department of Puppetry Art in Białystok, is to gather specialists from various fields to share a wide spectrum of reflections on dolls and puppets. Researchers interested in the following subjects are kindly welcomed:
- The theme or motif of dolls and puppets as themes and motives in painting, graphic art, drawing and sculpture
- The theme or motif of dolls and puppets in literature, music, and theatre - Dolls and puppets in the visual culture of the 20th and 21st century
- Dolls and puppets as an art medium
- Unusual sculptures resembling dolls and puppets (ancient art)
- Mechanical dolls and puppets
- Esthetics of dolls and puppets
- Dolls and puppets in ritual
- Dolls and puppets as literary, philosophical, political and social metaphor
Submissions from disciplines such as art history, theatre, literature, music, anthropology, sociology, history, film studies are especially encouraged. Relevant topics from any historical period are acceptable. The conference is focused mainly on the presence of dolls and puppets in European culture, but analyses of the influence of African and Asian traditions on European culture (and vice versa) are by all means highly welcomed. The concluding session of the conference will include a panel discussion of the outstanding problems in the fields in question and the perspectives for future research.
The conference is designed to be a platform for the exchange of opinions, ideas, and historical documentation, as well as the starting point for a publication. Our plan is to publish a collection of articles offering an interdisciplinary academic survey of the topic of dolls and puppets. Such a book, which could be a substantial compendium of knowledge about this important artistic and cultural phenomenon, is unquestionably lacking and much-needed.
The conference will be held during the 7th International Festival of Puppetry Schools, held in Białystok (for information about previous Festival programs, see: www.atb.edu.pl/festiwal.html). Participants in the conference are warmly welcomed to take part in the Festival.
Conference fee: 70 Euros
Dr. Kamil Kopania (Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw; Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Department of Puppetry Art in Białystok; www.ihs.uw.edu.pl/instytut-2/struktura-instytutu/dr-kamil-kopania)
Institute of Art History
University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in Warsaw
Department of Puppetry Art in Białystok
ul. Sienkiewicza 14 15-092
Oxford Annual Dance Symposium at New College, University of Oxford.
An annual meeting for scholars and practitioners to discuss aspects of court and theatre dance, including music, performance practice, social and literary links during the long eighteenth century, organised by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp. For more details, lists of publications arising from the symposia, and calls for papers for the upcoming symposium, see the symposium website http://www.new.ox.ac.uk/annual-oxford-dance-symposium.