[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers—“Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance”

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ivetteromero posted: " The central theme for the 3rd Biennial International
Dance Conference is “Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance.” This
conference will take place on May 23-26, 2018, at the Errol Barrow Centre
for Creative Imagination of the University of the West I"
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[image: Dancing Scene in the West Indies 1764-1796 by Agostino Brunias
c.1730-1796]

*The central theme for the 3rd Biennial International Dance Conference is
“Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance.” This conference will take
place on May 23-26, 2018, at the **Errol Barrow Centre for Creative
Imagination of the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados. The
deadline for abstract submissions is February 15, 2018.*

*Description/Guidelines:* The University of the West Indies Errol Barrow
Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) invites proposals for papers;
movement workshops; performances; site-specific works; academic posters;
dance for the camera; theater, and multidisciplinary projects for the Errol
Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination 3rd Biennial International Dance
Conference, May 23rd to 26th, 2018. We welcome dance professionals,
practitioners and scholars across disciplines from around the world whose
research focuses on decolonization to contribute to dynamic discussions and
cultural encounters on the topic: *“Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging
Performance”.*

Colonialism strategically positioned the aesthetics of the dominant group
as a model under which any other cultural expression is held in a subaltern
state. It is argued that dance and the performing arts in general have, as
a consequence, been held under an imposition of a rigid, mono-cultural and
patriarchal aesthetic model. Globalization, on the other hand, as an
epistemological project of colonialism, perpetuates the invisibility of
uprooted cultures of countries from the Global South deemed “less
valuable”, which are strategically appropriated by the hegemonic high art.
According to the theoretical postulates of the Caribbean philosophers
Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire, decolonization begins with awareness,
opposition to hierarchies and institutions of socio-political power, and
the creation of forms of human solidarity.

This conference, therefore, asks practitioners to interrogate the
established structures and the creative individual, as well as
philosophical and educational processes, towards the search for
decolonization of the body and the form; and by so doing effect a
decolonization of knowledge specifically in dance but generally across
disciplines. We therefore invite responses to the following questions from
perspectives that include but are not limited to gender, race and social
class:

   - What is the impact of fusion forms in knowledge production, language
   and traditions?
   - How can the current category of contemporary dance be expanded to
   include a dancing body
   “other”?
   - Is there still a role for ritual to play in informing performance?
   - How do dancers negotiate the market forces in both their training and
   professional lives?
   - What possible changes in dance education may support the development
   of the awareness of self-identity among dance/performing arts students
   around the world mesmerized by the
   - commercialized styles broadcast by the media?
   - How is the discourse and performance of cultural difference negotiated
   spatially and physically
   - What kind of gaze focuses on the dancing bodies that reside in
   migration sites and in the Global
   South?
   - To what extent can dance forms “others” can be consciously
   diversified/hybridized while
   avoiding the pitfall of appropriation?
   - To what extent are the multi-culturalist/inter-culturalist projects
   valid?
   - In what way can the project of decolonizing dance as an artistic
   discipline be expanded?
   - Which bodies are allowed to show the dance and which are not?
   - What is the impact of a homogenizing aesthetic to creative forms in
   the periphery?
   - What is the responsibility of dance practitioners, cultural activists
   and dance scholars in the
   project of the decolonization of the body and in the production of
   knowledge?

*[. . .] Submission Guidelines*

   - Digital submission only – Mailed paper proposals will not be accepted.
   - Deadline for abstracts and videos: February 15th, 2018
   - Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2018
   - Submission date for publication of papers: July 15th, 2018
   - Conference registration fees: US$300 (early registration from December
   15th), US$350 after April 25th.
   - Abstract Submission Portal: https://catalyst.uw.
   edu/webq/survey/mcmains/346031
   - Proposal submission – contact: Neri.Torres at cavehill.uwi.edu

All accepted panelists must register and pay the conference registration
fee by April 25th, 2018.

For more submission details, see http://aswadiaspora.org/call-
for-papers-decolonizing-bodies-engaging-performance/

[Painting above, “Dancing Scene in the West Indies,” by Agostino Brunias
<http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/agostino-brunias-3824> c.1730–1796.
Source: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/brunias-dancing-
scene-in-the-west-indies-t13869.]
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