Practice-as-Research

Chair: Vida Midgelow
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'Practice-as-Research' (or sometimes 'Research-into-Practice', 'Practice-based Research', or 'Performance-as-Research'), in a performance studies context, is a methodology exploring the close relationship between theory and practice as forms of research.

This SDHS working group investigates dance practice as a research tool, and aims to understand underlying epistemological issues which can only be generated through a practical approach to studying dance.

The focus of this group is discussions and exchange of information concerning Practice-as-Research in university instructional settings. The group shall serve as a platform to share knowledge, goals, strategies, materials and research ideas.

  1. Topic of discussion for the working group include:
  2. What is Practice-as-Research in a performance studies context and how is Practice-as-Research in dance positioned within performance studies?
  3. How can Practice-as-Research be integrated into a university curriculum?
  4. What are the methodological guidelines for choosing appropriate methodologies for specific sites of artistic dance practice?
  5. How can Practice-as-Research as a new methodology be stabilized with traditional research methodologies? What is the academic value of Practice-as-Research?
  6. How can Practice-as-Research be disseminated? What are common Practice-as-Research documentation methods?

All those with interests in Practice-as-Research are invited to join the Practice-as-Research working group. In the meantime, inquiries about membership or about activities of members may be addressed by sending an email to the co-chairs of the group.

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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