CFP: Dancing under the Rising Sun: Japanese Colonialism and Dance (4/1/06; 12/8/06-12/10/06)

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Yukihiko YOSHIDA
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Dear list,

Here is conference on the influences of Japanese Colonialism on Dance.

Yukihiko YOSHIDA

2006 DRST¡ÊDance Research Society, Taiwan¡Ë ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Dancing under the Rising Sun:
The Influences of Japanese Colonialism on Dance in the Asia-Pacific Region

8 - 10 December 2006, Taipei National University of the Arts

Call for Papers

What did the Japanese colonialism bring to the colonized countries in the
Asia-Pacific region before the end of the Second World War? Political
hegemony or modernization? Uprooted traditions or transplanted new cultures?
How has this legacy of colonialism molded the dance scene in contemporary
situations in various Asian countries?
        As a result of the search for national identity in the postcolonial
era, Taiwan¡Çs reflections on the Japanese colonial influences have
continuously motivated the academic to examine the ideological and practical
impacts that have intertwined with or even dominated peoples¡Ç daily lives
in many aspects and on different levels. In the area of dance in particular,
Japan once served as the channel for the ¡Ènew dance¡É formulated in Europe
and America; moreover, the Japanese regime nurtured the first generation of
contemporary choreographers and dance educators in Taiwan. In recent years,
studies focused on this period have begun to accumulate and gained attention
among the academics and dance practitioners alike.
        Though many Asia-Pacific countries shared the common past of
Japanese occupation before 1945, their colonial experiences were hardly a
unified one. Different cultural schemes and historical courses contributed
to the complexity of regional developments. This conference is the first
attempt to gather, compare, exchange, and reflect on the experiences of
different countries and geographic areas. Diverse and even contrasting
interpretations of the influences of Japanese colonialism are expected, and
will surely broaden our understanding of how human beings connect themselves
to history, culture and society through dance. Dance practitioners, scholars
and historians, as well as researchers in culture studies and other related
social sciences, are welcome to participate in and contribute to this
dialogue. The conference¡Çs themes include:

1. Colonial modernity: influences of Japanese colonialism on various
dance practices and their relations to the social process blending
colonization and modernization.
2. Cultural hegemony and aesthetics: the influence of Japanese
hegemonic ideology on aesthetic conception which modified or formulated new
genres, styles and categories of dance.
3. Gender, class and national identity: the strategic production of
dances as the reflections of the newly-formed social stratification under
4. Other related topics.

The official languages of the conference are Chinese and English. Proposals
of the following forms are welcome:
1. research papers
2. theme panels
3. video/image presentations

Those who are interested in presenting should submit an abstract no more
than 500 words in Chinese or English before 1 April 2006. The abstracts will
be reviewed anonymously by the conference committee, and the result will be
announced by 15 May 2006. Please fill in the attached form of submission,
and send it along with the abstract by E-mail to Ya-ping Chen, PhD at An e-mail receipt will be sent to the applicant as
the confirmation of submission.

Conference Committee:
Dance Research Society, Taiwan (DRST)
Graduate School of Dance Theory, Taipei National University of the Arts
# 1, Hsueh-yuan Rd., Peitou, Taipei 112, TAIWAN

2006 DRST¡ÊDance Research Society, Taiwan¡Ë ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Dancing under the Rising Sun:
The Influences of Japanese Colonialism on Dance in the Asia-Pacific Region

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