Call for Papers: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 9.1-2

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2022
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Intellect Books
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Call for Papers: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities Issue 9.1-2


Please send an abstract outlining your proposed article by 25 July 2022 (not exceeding 1000 words) via the DMAS webpage:


Full articles to be submitted on 1 August 2022 (Word count 5000-8000).


Issue Schedule:


25 July 2022: Abstract (not exceeding 1000 words) to be submitted via the DMAS webpage:

1 August 2022: Response from editors and, if successful, invitation to submit contribution

31 August 2022: Full article submission

1–30 September 2022: peer review period

1–31 October 2022: author revisions post peer review

1 November–December 2022: publication as Issue 9.1-2


View the full call for papers here>>


Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in western dance practices but Dance, Movement & Spiritualities provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. Contributions are invited from across disciplines. Articles may range from performance praxis and analysis, composition and aesthetics, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, community practice and holistic pedagogies. Example topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:


• The intersections between religion, spirituality and dance

• The meeting points between health, movement and spirituality

• The cultural production and historization of spirituality in relation to the growth of dance and movement practices

• Spirituality, gender and dance/movement

• The impact of secularization on Dance Education

• Connections between philosophy, spirituality and dance/movement

• The emergence and appreciation of new forms of spiritual dance in western contexts otherwise undocumented (both popular and academic)

• The documentation of spiritual forms associated with institutionalized religion

• Dance/movement forms aligned with non-institutionalized spirituality (evolving forms linked to New Age Spirituality and the holistic spirituality paradigm)

• Secular spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

• Postmodern spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

• Movement/dance forms conversant with Feminist Spirituality

• Embodied and somatic spiritualities

• Jungian/post-Jungian dance/movement forms

• The influence of non-western/eastern sacred narratives as they continue to inform western dance practice

• Intercultural, cross-cultural and multicultural perspectives

• Creative transformation and life-force celebration

• Shamanic dance traditions


We particularly welcome articles from colleagues working in transnational and transcultural practices and are keen to hear the voices of those typically underrepresented in our communities such as those from the global majority. We are also keen to hear from disabled and neurodivergent practitioners and scholars in the field to include them not as a separate issue but to reveal the real landscape of practice we know exists. We also welcome practitioners and scholars who are working at the intersections of Higher Education and professional practice and who engage in research-led practice.


Proposals are encouraged to look across disciplines, for instance between educational and professional practices and post-colonial studies, Queer studies, dis/Ability studies, to critically consider the ways in which dance, movement and spiritualties have been framed by more mainstream traditions to the exclusion of spirituality and its personal and cultural meaning/s in movement, dance, performance, and therapeutic practices. We encourage use of diverse methods of articulation beyond academic prose, including visual imagery, poetry and dialogues between practitioners e.g. mover and witness/analyst, educator/student, therapist/client.


Articles should be prepared using Intellect House Style – see Notes for Contributors which is available to download from


All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.


All contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.




Juliet Chambers-Coe

University of Essex, UK


Founding Editor


Amanda Williamson

The Centre for Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy and Coventry University, C-dare, UK