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Dance Studies Association Conference 2018


Proposals due 8 January 2018

The Dance Studies Association is hosting our second conference in Valletta, Malta 5-8 July 2018. We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, dance works using outdoor or indoor sites, and screendances that address our theme, “Contra: Dance & Conflict.” 

While often used as a metaphor for peace, the reality of dancing, dance-making, and scholarship surrounding dance is often one of conflict. Yet, as a venue for interaction, friction, and potential energy, conflict can be as creative as it is destructive. This conference seeks to celebrate and examine conflicts and contentions in:

Social dance: Dance-offs; cyphers and battles; dancing for social mobility; dance competitions.

Politics: Cold War aesthetic arsenal; ballet de cour; rivalry or stylistic differences within and between dance styles; choreographic responses to crises

Activism: staged actions of resistance, choreographies of protest; politically-themed work; conflict resolution

Dance Techniques: conflicting notions of safety, empowerment, aesthetics, nationality, and lineage

Choreography: conflict in devising and collaboration; choreographer-dramaturg-dancer-composer dynamics; fight choreography; partnering

Dance (in) education: theory versus/and/in practice; conflicting pedagogical strategies and goals; dancing in higher education and professional training dilemmas

We seek scholars, dancers and other performing artists, choreographers, performance-based activists, and arts administrators and organizers to address questions including:


Abstracts consist of 250 words plus three keywords. Panels should include an additional 150-word rationale. Please see FAQ and contact i with any questions.

Abstracts for Proposals are to be submitted to by 8 January 2018. 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 also encourage fully-formed panel and performance submissions. 

For Guidelines, see

Information regarding travel support, the Selma Jeanne Cohen award, and debut panels see:


Review and Program Committees:



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