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 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

Conference 2015, Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, a joint SDHS and CORD conference, was held June 4–7, 2015 in Athens, Greece.

For conference presenters, guidelines for the submission of proceedings may be found here.

View photos from the conference

news
To presenters at the 2015 joint conference with CORD in Athens Greece. Guidelines for submission of conference proceedings may be found here.

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

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

Conversations call for contributions: Dancing the African Diaspora. Guest Editors: Takiyah Nur Amin and Thomas F. DeFrantz. Note that the deadline for submissions has again been extended. It is now July 15, 2015.

Updated 8 June: Upcoming events

Updated 15 March: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 23 May: Job postings and opportunities for students

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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