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Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA - October 19-22, 2017

The conference programming committee invites proposals for papers, panels, round-table discussions, lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, dance works, and screen dances that address the question of how dance is transmitted across time, locations, contexts, and media, and the implications of this transmission in and outside the dance field. We invite proposals that engage the following questions and topics:

How is dance transmitted? By what corporeal and incorporeal means does it extend its reach? In what ways do dance forms and practices travel, and what residues do they leave behind, marking the event of their passing? How and why might some dance forms resist working in more common modes of transmission, desiring to reach some audiences and not others? When is this a practice of resistance and when might it be a practice of maintaining hierarchies? What is transmitted through dance—what histories, legacies, cultural values, theories of the body, etc.? How does dance materialize and re-materialize in different contexts? How does pedagogy evolve? What is the role of legacy? What are the stakes of different forms of transmission, and who benefits from these different forms of circulation?

With this conference, we seek to address where dance scholarship sits in the broader arena of dance transmission, with considerations of how dance might be tracked, or how it might be untraceable. We wish to explore common assumptions about the vestiges of dance, and less expected or less known ways that its traces manifest. We are further interested in how dance transmission interacts with educational and presentational practices, with efforts to document dance permeating the current legibility of dance as a cultural phenomenon. We look forward to submissions that evaluate the range of transmission processes, from one-on-one oral traditions to viral electronic circulations, and that weigh notions of intellectual property, material and immaterial culture, authorship, and spectatorship in the project of tracing dance transmissions.

Topics might include:

  • Digital and social media in dance’s transmissions
  • Encountering dance through its artifacts
  • Representing dance in media other than the body: writing, photography, painting, etc.
  • Grappling with silences or lacunae in the historical record
  • Dancing identities as transmission shapes discourses of race, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Globalization and locality
  • Modern and pre-modern histories
  • Notation and annotation
  • Scores and scoring
  • Embodiment and the politics of embodiment
  • Teaching and learning
  • Archiving
  • Curating
  • Dance in the museum
  • Patterns, traces, and choreography beyond dance
  • Cultural and intellectual property and strategies of containment
  • Role of time in transmission (simultaneity, repetition, reconstruction)
  • Role of space in transmission (architecture/design; public/private; affect and aurality)
  • Economies of movement
  • Cognitive studies
  • Nationalism and transnationalism

Although priority will be given to proposals that relate to the conference theme, we welcome proposals that address the full spectrum of dance studies and practice. We highly encourage fully formed panel and performance submissions.

A link for submitting your paper will be available soon and will be sent out via email.

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2017

Abstracts consist of 250 words plus 3 keywords; panels include additional 150-word rationale.

More information and submission form will be available in December at

Read the full Call for Proposals on the CORD website or the SDHS website.

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