CFP: Dance & Culture (11/14/06; 4/4/07-4/7/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Libby Smigel

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - "Dance and Culture" Area of the annual joint conference of the
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Marriott Copley Place
April 4-7, 2007
  Papers, Lec/Dems, Panels, Roundtables, Film Screenings, Other Formats
  Deadline for proposals: November 14, 2006
Contact: Libby Smigel MFA PhD, &

  The "Dance and Culture" area of the national PCA/ACA solicits proposals on all areas of dance and culture in North & South America and/or on popular culture worldwide. All methods of inquiry are welcome. Participants are encouraged to consider interdisciplinary connections of their research and the diverse interests of their potential audience.
  In the past three years, the "Dance and Culture" area has directly sponsored or co-sponsored 10 to 14 panels over three days of the four-day conference. Last year, the announcement of a new world dance resource, headed by dance anthropologist Joan Erdman was launched at our conference. "Dance and Culture" also sponsors screenings of dance anthropology field work as well as seminal dance films.
  Topic areas of particular interest include:
  * Dance's role in fiction and drama (e.g., Shakespeare, Austin, Tarkington, Fugard, Thackeray, Tolstoy, Moliere, Alcott, among many possibilities)
* Dance as signifier in advertising
* Dance as a dramaturgical device in film and/or musical theatre
* Popular dance as visual text
* Dance and carnival in cultures
* Dance and gender
* Dance in nightclub cultures worldwide
  Other topic areas featured at PCA/ACA conferences in the past include: American pop dance abroad (including eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa), Latin American dances in U.S. and European nightclubs, dance prohibitions, the process of learning traditional dances, liturgical Christian dance, dance and advertising, dance and semiotics, dance and gender, American modern dance, dance in American musicals, dance and drag, African American dance traditions and innovations, the role of dance in African society, dance as identity, codification vs. improvisation in dance cultures, dance in the Cajun culture, among many others.
  To submit a proposal, include the following information:
  Title(s) [for group: panel title if more than one presentation or paper is included in proposal, as well as each individual title]
Name(s) of participant(s) as they want them displayed in the conference program book
Short bio/background of each participant (not more than about 50 words)
Full contact information for each participant (mailing address and email – email is essential, as most conference information is communicated by email and online)
Abstract of paper or panel or session (not more than about 100-150 words)
Format (e.g., individual paper of about 20 minutes, panel of 3 or 4 papers, roundtable discussion, lecture/demonstration, etc.):
AV Needs: IMPORTANT! The conference organizers will book and pay for ONLY a DVD Player and TV display/monitor in each of the presentation rooms. Talk to your campus IT staff for further clarification of how to connect a laptop to this equipment if you intend to bring yours. International visitors: If you burn a DVD, you should ensure that Region 1 coding or Region 0 is chosen.
  Send your proposal by email (Word or WordPerfect for PC documents or paste it into the email): and
Libby Smigel, MFA PhD
Area Chair for Dance and Culture, PCA/ACA
1120 Meurilee Ln
Silver Spring, MD 20901-2111
(301) 681-9845
Deadline for receipt by email: November 14, 2006
  Presenters may deliver only one formal paper, but they may also participate as a panel chair, discussant, or respondent. Presenters must be members of either the Popular Culture Association (PCA) or the American Culture Association (ACA) in the year that they participate.
  Panelists will be notified of acceptance by November 24, 2006. To appear in the printed conference program book, the associations ask that you pre-register for the conference. You may pay online through the Acteva link or by mailing in the registration form with your payment. Payment information is found on the following webpage.
  Full conference information, including registration, local arrangements, tentative conference program (when acceptances are sent), and information on the associations, can be found at
  The PCA offers a roommate and ride connection service. Visit
  A list of alternate accommodations and hostels will be compiled and distributed with letters of acceptance.
  Awards for Graduate Students and International Participants: The two associations sponsor competitive awards for graduate students and international presenters from any discipline who are presenting at the annual convention. If you want to apply for this support, go to this webpage and click on the links to various travel grants listed in the lefthand toolbar.
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