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Call for nominations for REF2021

The Society for Dance Research is a nominating body for the upcoming REF2021 for Sub-panel 33.

We are therefore inviting SDR members to send us expressions of interest for nomination.

Please send a current short CV (no more than 4 pages) and brief statement identifying the role you are seeking nomination for, and outlining your interest in the role and related experience via attachment to both Victoria Thoms and Maria Salgado Llopis

The deadline to request a nomination is 17th November 2017, at noon.

The SDR Executive Committee will review all submissions and inform applicants of the decision.

Please note: there is a new role, that of interdisciplinary research (IDR) adviser (see ‘REF roles’ p.9).

Guidelines can be found at:,2021/downloads/REF_2017_03_Roles.pdf

We advise that anyone seeking nomination should be fully aware of the extent of the workload involved which includes extensive requirements leading up to and including the 2021 year of submission assessment

We would also like to draw attention to HEFCE’s guidance to welcome nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

SDR AGM 2017

The Society for Dance Research will be holding its AGM at the PoP Moves conference on Saturday 18th November, at University of East London from 12:45pm. SDR members will be notified and invited by email.

The PoP Moves conference is FREE for all SDR members to attend, below are full details and how to book:

PoP turns 10: Celebrating the Popular, Practising the Urban
Ticket registration can be found on the Eventbrite link.

Registration closes on Sunday 12th November.

As part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations, The PoP [Performances of the Popular] Moves committee, in partnership with the CPAD research group at the University of East London, invites you to our annual conference.

PoP turns 10: Celebrating the Popular, Practising the Urban 
Saturday, 18th November 2017, 09:45-18:00
University of East London, Stratford, London, U.K

The conference engages with intersections between popular practices and the Urban: the city as a space where culture is created, represented and disputed.

Keynote: ‘Urban Choreographies. The Power of the Aesthetic’
Professor Gabriele Klein, University of Hamburg

Speakers include:

“MAKE MY SKIN: Intimate Regeneration of the City”
Oriana Haddad, Embodimenta

Somaesthetics, Rhythm Tap and Populism – Urban Jungle
Dr. Christina Lovey, The Women’s Rhythm Tap Collective

“Mazurka in the Atlantic region – from rural Polish folk dance to trans-continental urban popular phenomenon?”
Stephanie Alisch, Humboldt University Berlin

The Uploading Movement(s): Understanding the Relevance of Black Lives Matter through Viral Dance
Angelica-Rose Gonzales, University of Roehampton

Flash mobs, Remixed:‘nationalising the global’ in Indian popular performance
Becca Savory Fuller, University of Exeter, with the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

From Globeleza to Karol Conka: Retracing Black Dancing Bodies in Brazil’s Mainstream Media since the Country’s Redemocratization
Dr. Cristina F. Rosa, University of Roehampton

Urbanising body in Japan: Popular dancehall culture in the early twentieth century
Dr. Yuiko Asaba, Royal Holloway, University of London

Danced dialogues: spaces of exchange in a northern barrio of Quito, Ecuador
Dr. Sofie Narbed, Royal Holloway, University of London

Moving Politically: Urban gentrification and Hip Hop Dance Theatre
Paul Sadot, University of Chichester

From the Popular to the Avant-Garde: Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: USA ‘Keepin’ it Cool’
Dr. Stacey Prickett, University of Roehampton

Collegiality and the Crew: Fixing ‘Broken Britain’ through Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance (2014)
Dr. Laura Robinson, University of East London

“Welcome to Las Vegas”: Architexture of Urban Liminality in So You Think You Can Dance and Step Up: All In
Dr. Elena Benthaus, University of Melbourne

Toyi-Toying: South Africa’s Popular Dance of Protest in Townships, Suburbs, and Shopping Malls
Dr. Sarahleigh Castelyn, University of East London

Queer Tango London: Does Integrating Queer Urban Dance Spaces mean Disintegration?
Dr. Ray Batchelor

“Titos of Manila: Queering Hip Hop Spaces in Manila”
Dr. J. Lorenzo Perillo, University of Illinois at Chicago
The conference will also host the Society of Dance Research AGM.
The final schedule can be found on our Eventbrite link

Registration Information 
Registration is essential for the conference. Please register via Eventbrite here. Registration closes on Sunday 12th November

Society of Dance Research members: Free*
Students/Unwaged: £20
Full ticket price: £40

*Please note that if choosing the Society of Dance Research (SDR) ticket option that all ticket holders will need to be signed up members to the society.

Executive Committee elections

A message to our members – we will be holding elections for the Society for Dance Research Executive Committee this autumn. There are four vacancies for general membership of the Executive Committee, with an additional three vacancies for the offices of Treasurer, Membership Secretary, and Newsletter Editor. An email and nomination form will be sent to your inbox on 1 September, or by post if you have not subscribed by email. The deadline for nominations is 21 September 2017. If you have any questions or have not received a nomination form, please contact us at

Call for Conference Contributions: Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness

Call for Conference Contributions:
Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness
18-20 April 2018
Royal Holloway, University of London

Please note: deadline now extended to Friday 15th September

What does dance bring to the current historical moment, rife with all its crises? Current political crises are characterised by a move to the right and include the resurgence of nationalism and fascism. War and conflict are causing humanitarian crises, including the mass displacement of people, which is met with a degree of indifference and inadequate response in the West. Crises also continue to exist on an environmental and economic level, with the two seemingly at odds with one another.

How does or might dance dismantle the notions underpinning these crises by engaging with memory, history and community in an embodied way?

Why might dance be one of the best ways to visualise the importance of history?

What do dancing bodies bring to the re-mapping of history?

What is the relationship between dance and the notion of the historical present, which necessitates movements backwards and forwards as a kind of vibration?

How does dance intersect with the opportunities and potential of the current historical moment (e.g. the digital revolution and semiotic democracy; alternative, autonomous communities; decoloniality and the refashioning of hybrid identities; postmodern transculturalism; queer futures; a plurality of artistic forms and aesthetics, fuelled by interdisciplinarity, etc.)?

Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness aims to explore the following topics:
• History / Historiography: How do we continue to practice dance history in an ahistorical moment? What might the strategies be to make history present and palpable in a time when the dance economy seems intent on innovation and spectacle at the expense of historical understanding?
• Arts Pedagogy: How do educators enable students to navigate the vast digital archive of knowledge and images? How do educators negotiate the need to learn the canon? How can dance help to question canon building? How can arts educators engender arts advocacy, civic engagement and political activism in students?
• Practice / Choreography: In a time when much conceptual dance disavows tradition and aesthetic histories of dance, what can temporality and engagement with history offer?
• Cultural memory: How might the notions of forgetting and amnesia influence conceptions of cultural memory? What is the importance of remembering and forgetting through dance and other physical acts and rituals in dealing with collective trauma?
• Digital context: How does dance provide ways in which to navigate the ever-present now, which is always there but at the same time inaccessible?
• Globality / Communities: How do dance and the wider arts address globality, the movement of bodies and the shifting of histories as a way to build and shape communities? How does dance help to mobilise the potential of collective agency? What role do corporeality and performance play in the gathering of people in protests?
We envisage these discussions and contributions to be embedded in scholarly and artistic frameworks concerning power, politics and economies.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and non-conventional forms of presentation (including performative papers, performances and workshops), related to the conference theme.

Deadline: Please send your proposal of 250-300 words to Iris Chan via by 15 September 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 November 2017.

Conference committee: Melissa Blanco Borelli (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Lise Uytterhoeven (London Studio Centre)

Publication: Contributions to the Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness conference will be considered for subsequent publication in a dedicated edited collection. More details will be announced in due course, but if you are interested, please consider how you might develop your conference contribution into a book chapter.

Dance Fields 2017

The Society for Dance Research will be present at Dance Fields 2017, from Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd April. We will present a panel on Friday 21st to launch the Legacy 35 project in celebration of the society’s 35th anniversary this year, while a panel discussion on the resonance of Dance Research in the field of Dance Studies will take place on Thursday 20th. We will be actively collecting stories and memories about the society throughout the conference so please come and contribute or share your thoughts with us at our table!
Dance Fields is a conference convened by Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University and Centre for Dance Research (CDR), University of Roehampton. Full schedule available here.