CfP: "Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission"

Monday, February 1, 2016 (All day)

Issues of authenticity and appropriation, although fraught, remain pertinent. For the 2016 joint conference, we call for papers and presentations which critically interrogate issues around the choreographies of tradition, innovation, and appropriation in dance. How do moving bodies counter, resist, support or negotiate ideologically constructed notions of these complex terms? How do authenticity and appropriation structure the legal, political, economic, aesthetic, and theoretical approximations of dance? Under what conditions does the transmission of movement between bodies become framed as ‘appropriation’; and what assertions of ownership, identity, or history underlie this framing? How is the transmission of movement between bodies, and across apparent boundaries, framed in terms of rights, property, propriety, or in some other manner?

Topics to consider:

  • The role of whiteness in the discourse on the ‘authentic’ and ‘appropriation’
  • Transcultural, transhistorical, and dialogic embodied exchanges
  • Historical and contemporary power relationships in dance
  • Copyright and property rights in dance
  • Heritage, tradition, and property in indigenous dance
  • The role of the archive in generating visibility and invisibility
  • The role of taxonomy, choreography, and codification in the generation of pedagogies of the ‘authentic’
  • Nation, modernity, and folklore in light of scholarship on migration and neo / decolonial and postcolonial theory

We encourage submissions of papers, panels, roundtable discussions, lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, performative engagements, individual and collaborative presentations, or posters. We highly encourage fully formed panel and performance submissions.

The committee will also consider general submissions not directly aligned with the conference theme.

Submissions are due by February 1. Submission instructions are available on the conference website.

Debut Panel Submissions

For the first time, graduate students and early career scholars who have not previously presented at CORD+SDHS have the option to apply for a Debut Panel that includes mentorship from a senior scholar. The scholar will mentor Debut Panel participants by reading papers in advance, providing feedback, and moderating the panel at the conference.

Panelists have fifteen minutes to present their papers (submissions should be approximately eight pages, double spaced), and there will be a maximum of four panelists per Debut Panel.

Interested applicants should indicate that they are applying for a Debut Panel on their conference proposal submission by February 1.

Applicants will receive general conference acceptance notices in May. If applicants are accepted to the general conference, they must submit their conference paper for Debut Panel consideration by June 15. They will be notified if they are selected for a Debut Panel by August 1. Debut Panel Mentor Faculty will contact panelists by September 1 to coordinate feedback.

Applicants who are accepted for the conference but not chosen for a Debut Panel are still invited to present their research at the conference.


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