Call out for Papers for an Academic symposium related to our new Black Dance Archive

Friday 3 June 2016

The Society for Dance Research, in Association with State of Trust and Rimap (University of Bedfordshire) has put out a call for Papers for Dance, Diaspora and the role of the Archive. Date: Saturday September 17, 2016; Venue: University of Bedfordshire.


As the work of the Black Dance Archive Project is revealing, understanding and awareness of a particular dance style, artist or institution depends in part on how it is situated historically, how it is documented and remembered. As the field of dance research has expanded, the significance of archives and archival practices extends beyond concerns of recovering memory. Archives can provide avenues to investigate questions of authenticity, tradition and ownership, among other issues.


Papers are sought that explore the concept of the dance archive with particular reference to dancers and dancing of diaspora communities. Presenters are encouraged to engage with the Black Dance Archive Project, but papers that explore wider issues around archives are also welcome.


Abstracts/Proposals of no more than 300 words with an indicative bibliography and any technical requirements should be sent to

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