Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future explores the many ways in which dance engages us in a world of digital transformations, interdisciplinary and transcultural practices and pedagogies, and evolving cultural and social identities.  In this complex and rapidly changing dance environment, we can forget that knowledge of the past enriches and informs both present and future. The conference will thus interrogate: 

  • the lineage of influences;
  • current trends and practices, locally and internationally;
  • perspectives on a future dance ecology that is both sustainable and inter-connected.  

We invite abstracts for papers, panels and presentations from dance professionals working in artistic, community, pedagogical, academic, interdisciplinary and socio-cultural contexts that include but are not limited to:

  • multi-platform and evolving choreographic practices in the 21st century 
  • developing choreographers and dancers in diverse settings and genres 
  • approaches to dance education and training
  • understandings around dance creativity and innovation
  • dance-centred concepts of the body
  • dance partnerships with cognitive and neuroscientists
  • democratisation of dance through social media 
  • interactive dance – 2D and 3D mediating technologies in creating, experiencing and distributing  dance 
  • the place of dance in the health, disability, youth and environment sectors 
  • social activism and gender in dance 
  • culturally specific dance and evolving /hybridised traditions
  • issues around heritage, adaptation and re-versioning of dance works 
  • reflective practice strategies and practice-led research in choreography and performance
  • the place of the academic in documenting, critiquing and providing a community of scholarly practice   
  • foregrounding the voice of the artist in academic and social contexts  
  • dance and identity – creatively, performatively, philosophically 
  • supporting platforms for dance; the role of funding bodies, service organisations, curators, producers and agents including  the business, marketing and distribution of dance 
  • sites for dance – live and virtual.

Presentation formats

All proposals are to be submitted online and will include title of the presentation, name of presenters and their affiliation, 34 keywords (essential for reviewing and programming purposes), 250 word maximum abstract (not including bibliographical references) and 100 word maximum biography. For submission formatting please refer to style guide.

All proposal abstracts will be reviewed by an international panel against the following criteria:

  • conceptual clarity
  • quality of proposal
  • relevance of content in relation to the conference themes.

Scholarly papers: an abstract of 250 words maximum or a full paper (3500–5000 words), both of which will be double blind refereed by an international review committee as per academic research conventions.

Panel presentations: Panels may comprise up to five speakers, including the panel chair, presenting one topic from diverse viewpoints. Proposals are to be submitted by the chair in a 250 word maximum abstract which summarises the contribution of each panel member, accompanied by contact details and 100 word biography of each panel member.

Performative presentations: This format is designed to privilege the voice of practitioners through showing digital footage of a choreographic work or a community/teaching/video project they have undertaken. Proposals should comprise a 250-word concept statement of the practice/project, together with a 10-minute maximum online (Vimeo/YouTube) excerpt of recent work. Promotional footage will not be considered.

Please note that each accepted Performative Presentation is allocated 30 minutes to present, comprising: (1) video footage not to exceed 15 minutes max; (2) accompanying verbal/slide contextualisation of the project; (3) 10 minutes set aside for questions and answers from attendees. Presentations will be held in a university seminar-style room equipped with fixed seating and video presentation technologies. Presenters will not be able to alter the seating or space, and will have limited space for possible live demonstrations of movement.

Pecha Kucha style postgraduate presentations: Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are timed to be shown each for 20 seconds (7 minutes total). Research students are encouraged to present in this format. Initial submissions are in the form of a 250-word abstract summarising the topic, methodology and summary of the research to date, with an extra page of no more than 7 contextual/bibliographic references in APA style. If selected, more detailed instructions on the format will be provided. 

Note: All modes of presentation require a 250-word abstract in English or French and a 100-word biography, plus up to four keywords to identify themes relevant to your topic. Please complete the online application form and specify one of the above formats as your preferred choice. Selected scholarly submissions will form part of the online refereed conference proceedings following a call for full papers post-conference.  

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