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Dance in Dialogue Book Series Announcement

Editors Anita Gonzalez, Katerina Paramana, and Victoria Thoms are pleased to announce the launch of the new book series Dance in Dialogue with Bloomsbury Publishing. Dance in Dialogue critically explores the intersections between dance, performance, and disciplines such as critical theory, law, psychology, women’s studies, visual cultures, gender studies, history, cultural studies, social theory, language, geography, political economy, philosophy, history, ethnography, anthropology, and sociology. It fosters interdisciplinary approaches and conversation as a mode of knowledge production. The focus is on the spaces in between and the affordances and potentials of contemporary dance and performance, practice as research, screen dance, ballet studies, and popular and community dance when brought into dialogue with other disciplines. Dance in Dialogue is an initiative developed with the support of the Society for Dance Research.

The series will offer two distinct, but symbiotic publication formats: a collection of short books emerging from curated conversations on topical issues in relation to the field, entitled In Conversation; and a collection of book-length monographs and/or edited collections, entitled Moving Forward.

The editors are very interested to discuss your ideas and hear about possible projects. Please contact us via

Call for membership

There are three vacancies for general membership of the Committee, with an additional three vacancies for the offices of Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and Events Secretary. If you would like to stand for election, please e-mail (or post) the following completed SDR nomination form 2018 to

Please also indicate if you are standing for general membership or for the office of Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and Events Secretary.

If you are standing, it is not vital that your proposer and seconder actually sign the nomination form. Just indicate who they are, and proposers and seconders can contact me (details below) to confirm as much.

The deadline for receipt of the nominations is 1st of September. Shortly afterwards, we will send out ballot papers, and the poll will close on 1st of October. The results will be confirmed before the Annual General Meeting at the end of October.

If you have questions in the meantime, please email me at or write to me to Middlesex University, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries: The Burroughs, Hendon (London NW4 4BT).


Choreographic Forum: Call for Co-curators

The Society for Dance Research is looking to appoint three co-curators who, in collaboration with the Executive Committee, will be responsible for running the Choreographic Forum for a two-year period from January 2019.

The Choreographic Forum is an initiative aiming to support an exchange of thoughts on current dance and choreography. It is set up as a series of roundtable discussions, during which we reflect on a performance that we have watched, in a theatre or elsewhere in London and beyond. We meet 2-3 times a year, and each session begins with short statements by invited speakers who then lead the discussion.

The aims of the Choreographic Forum are:
– To bring together diverse participants (students, scholars, artists, dance enthusiasts) in an open and accessible discussion platform
– To promote a wide range of choreographic work crossing the boundaries of genre, scale, venue, etc.
– To help to shed light on the performances from different perspectives through inviting guest speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds
– To work in partnership with kindred organisations

These are voluntary positions.
The Society for Dance Research will make a contribution towards the cost of theatre tickets and travel.

Plans are underway for the live-streaming and video recording of future Choreographic Forum discussions, so as to increase their reach, longevity and impact.

We invite expressions of interest from individuals or teams of people, who wish to play a role in influencing and shaping the field of dance research through these events. Please send a brief statement (no more than 500 words) in which you outline how you plan to serve and broaden the membership of the Society for Dance Research through curating the Choreographic Forum discussion events.

Expressions of interest should be sent to no later than Friday 28 September.

Independent Administrator recruitment

The Society for Dance Research is seeking an independent, organised and motivated Administrator to manage and support the Society’s administrative, financial, marketing and communication needs.

The role is an independent freelance position for an individual with at least three years’ experience in arts administration, is able to work independently and from their own base. Some experience or knowledge of the UK dance academia, board management, charity governance, events coordination, finance management, and strong marketing skills are required. Experience of working with WordPress, MailChimp, Eventbrite, Google Drive, and social media platforms is desirable. The role will suit someone who identifies as an all-rounder, and is highly organised, numerate, adaptable, with excellent written/verbal communication skills, and ability to manage own workload.

Start date: Early April 2018 with handover
Contract: Freelance part-time (approx. 2 days per month)
Deadline for applications: Monday 19 March 2018

For full details and job description please download the Independent Administrator recruitment information – 2018.

Tickets available for Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness

Tickets are now on sale for our three-day conference in April – Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness.

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 April 2018, 09:30-17:00
Royal Holloway, Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX
Book tickets via Eventbrite HERE.

Keynote speakers announced:
Wednesday 18th April: Dr. Prarthana Purkayastha
Thursday 19th April: Dr. Efrosini Protopapa
Friday 20th April: Dr. John Perpener

We are looking forward to welcoming our speakers as well as 45 presenters who will contribute with papers, panel discussions, and performances throughout the conference. Follow our Facebook page as we announce the schedule and more information in the coming weeks.

Ticket information:
1-day and full 3-day conference tickets are available, with discounts for SDR members and students/unwaged.
Price: £40 – £140
Bookings are via Eventbrite

Campus accommodation can be booked here.

Ticket sales will close on Wednesday 4th April 2018.