"Dance Studies and Peace Studies" Abstracts due: April 4; Conference: November 14–17, 2013

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Brandon Shaw / Brown University
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Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders

November 14–17, 2013

Special Joint conference with Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, California, USA.

Panel topic: "Dance Studies and Peace Studies"
Dance has earned its poetic status as a metaphor for peace, but not through fleeing from interactions with and representations of violence. The martial borrows from the fluidity, rhythmicity, flexibility, and grace associated with dance in its ubiquitous sword dances and martial arts such as capoeira. The contradirectional flow from the martial to dance is exemplified by fight scenes within dance pieces, the use of Aikido rolls in Contact Improvisation, and the influence of tai chi on Klein and release techniques
Through its longstanding intimate contact with the martial, what has dance learned that it might revisit upon the art of war? What does dance have to contribute to efforts toward and dialogue concerning forging peace? This panel seeks activists, scholars, and performers to address such concerns.
Presentations might address the following issues (but other topics are certainly welcome):
· How are dance outreach and dance therapy being used to create peace within and among communities and individuals with violent histories?
· How does a people's dance reflect societal structures, philosophies, and social values that foster or diminish violent interactions? What are efforts within such societies to reform or adapt such dances in light of their peace-making or violent potential?
· An analysis of dances and/or choreographies specifically addressing peace.
· An examination of metaphorical uses of dance for peace.
· An examination of metaphorical uses of militaristic and violent imagery in dance writing, choreographic exercises, or improvisational scores.
· The use of dance within and following near tragedy, from All's Well that Ends Well to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
· What understanding of the body and its representations, conceptual terminology, and analyses of performance and spectatorship do Dance Studies and Peace Studies have to offer each other?
· What are dancerly and choreographic aspects of protests against and resistance to war that have not yet received scholarly treatment?
· How have choreographers and/or dancers conscripted for war propaganda performed resistance to the ostensible message?
· How can dance foster a peace within as well as a war with the dancer's physical and mental well-being?
Please send a 250-word abstract and brief bio to: Brandon_Shaw@brown.edu.
Abstracts due April 4.