Call for Screendance Papers/Panelists

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International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France)

The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented during the festival's second annual screendance conference in May 2014. The conference will be an international place of meeting for artists, scholars, curators and others interested in the practice of dance media and moving images. In light of feedback received following last year's events, this conference will be composed of thematic panels that allow for both brief paper presentations as well as ample discussion time. Panels will be moderated by recognized international screendance scholars. Select papers will be considered for a future publication of screendance essays.

Panelists will be selected by the festival's directorial team and panel moderators. Conference panels will be scheduled during the festival held May 12-17, 2014.

The conference welcomes abstracts in English or French that address any aspect of its three thematic screendance panels. Papers may choose to focus on individual artists and films/videos or larger themes and artistic movements. The conference welcomes diverse perspectives from a range of fields. Artists who wish to present papers about their own work are not eligible.

Sound & Screendance – presentations may examine any aspect of sound as an integral aspect of screendance, exploring how it collaborates with the moving image and choreography and to what effect. Papers may draw on fields such as sound art, film theory, and music history, in addition to other complementary areas of scientific and artistic research.

The Screendance Body - research focused on any aspect of representation(s) of the body in screendance practices from diverse perspectives, including but not limited to aesthetics, politics, philosophy, gender studies, sociology, disability studies, art history, dance history, etc.

Screendance Heritage Panel - research centered on any aspect of historical works of screendance or film/dance that may be analyzed from a screendance perspective, broadening our understanding of the genre and its richly layered past.

Additionally, the festival is pleased to invite university students (any level: doctoral, masters or undergrad) to participate in a roundtable discussion dedicated to their screendance research and/or screendance making practice. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work (academic or practice-based) in an open and informal setting, in the presence of festival directors, invited scholars, and other students. Participants are welcome to attend other conference events and festival screenings during the week of May 12-17, 2014.

Please note: There is no registration fee to participate in the conference or round table events, but the festival is unable to offer travel or accommodation support at this time. A limited number of host families may be available to house students who wish to participate in the round table event. The festival is available to provide letters of support/invitation should you wish to seek institutional funding to attend.

LOCATION: The conference and festival events, as well as hotels and restaurants are all located within short walking distance in the city center of Le Creusot, Burgundy. Panels will be held at the National Theatre and le Centre François Mitterrand. Le Creusot is only one hour's travel time from Paris via TGV train and 30 minutes from Lyon (also via TGV train). The festival team is available to assist with train and hotel reservation information and booking.


Panel paper proposals: send a detailed 500 word abstract and a C.V. (please do not forget to specify which panel you are applying for) to:


All submissions will be acknowledged. Responses will be sent by February 1.

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Marisa C. Hayes & Franck Boulègue, co-directeurs,
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