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Appel à contribution • Dance Under Construction XIII : Re-imagining Archives in Motion, avril 2012, États-Unis

Dance Under Construction XIII : Re-imagining Archives in Motion

will be hosted at University of California Riverside, Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 2012.

•Date limite de réponse à l’appel : 17 février 2012

Conference Description

Dance Under Construction (DUC) is an interdisciplinary forum for presenting
graduate student work theorizing dance, performance, and the body. It
originated as an initiative of the graduate students of UCLA’s Department
of World Arts and Cultures and has been hosted by various UC campuses. DUC has grown to an annual student-run event for dance and performance
scholars, as well as those in related disciplines. Designed for the
development of intellectual inquiry in a supportive and rigorous
environment, the conference offers students a chance to explore through
experimental modes of research and performance. This interdisciplinary
event provides a rare and important discursive space for the stimulation
and presentation of cutting-edge research in topics related to the body as
a site of cultural identification.

Call for Papers and Performances

“The archive” may evoke a concrete collection of books,
articles, and mircofilm contained within a library or museum, yet digital
media have allowed remote access to archives to become increasingly
commonplace. At the same time, several legal systems have begun to
recognize indigenous song and dance as legal evidence, highlighting what
performers have known all along—that performance is also a way to archive
and analyze the human experience. A near-mythic topic in dance research
assigned with as much scholarly primacy as perplexity, "the archive" and
theoretical notions thereof continue to complicate methods and modes of
dance inquiry concerned with records of the past.

Charged with the task to shape the contours of dance studies
documentation and discourse, this graduate student conference seeks to
explore constantly changing notions of the archive. Through paper
presentations, performances, workshops, and working groups, the conference
will probe the relationship between source materials and uses of them,
trouble the dichotomy between written and performed work, and re-imagine
scholars’ and performers’ interactions with repositories of information.

We encourage participants to think about the many forms that an
archive could take, whether digital, embodied, in memory, or in daily life,
and to consider how each of these archival manifestations impact “the”
archive. Can the archive be enacted or performed or must it be tangible and
stable ? How can the acts of performing and archiving interrelate ? How are
identity politics tied to archival creation and use ? How do live
performances change (or what remains) when they are documented and
archived ? How has digitization impacted the permanence of archives, and how
are these new digital archives policed ?

Proposals might address the following issues/questions :

● access to archives and issues of power
● issues of copyright and performance
● re-imagining “the” archive
● how archives can be used and enacted
● issues of permanence, ephemerality, and instability in archives
● nostalgia and the archive
● memory as a form of archive
● capturing the live performance
● bodily archives
● reconstructing dances from archival materials
● body politics of archives and archival work
● economic aspects to archival work—both access to and creation of
● regulating the digital archive
● issues of translation, whether cultural, linguistic, or otherwise

We invite broad and innovative interpretations of the
conference theme through papers and performances. Work that utilizes and/or analyzes multiple mediums such as dance, film, text, and other performance genres is encouraged. Proposals for panels, working groups, workshops, and roundtable discussions are especially welcome. We would like this conference to be an opportunity for graduate students to come together, collaborate, form connections, and receive feedback on their work,
regardless of the state of their research. It is understood that all of the
research presented will be, in some sense, in progress. DUC aspires to
foster a community and network of support for dancers and scholars, so
please come excited to talk about your work and to engage with the work of

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

To apply, submit an abstract (250-300 words) of your paper,
performance, or project. Please include your full name, contact
information, institutional affiliation, brief biography (approximately 100
words), and indicate all technological and space requirements. Specify in
your application whether a performance space or classroom setting would
best suit your work, and please plan not to exceed a time limit of 20
minutes for a presentation or performance or up to one hour for each
working group or workshop. Applications should be submitted in .pdf format
to by *February 17, 2012*. A
confirmation email will be sent upon receiving your proposal.

Please title the subject line of your application e-mail as follows :
*DUC Proposal – (Your Last Name) – (Your presentation type, e.g. “Paper
Presentation” / “Performance” / “Workshop” / ”Working Group”)*

An applicant may submit ONLY ONE proposal for ONE of the presentation
categories described above.

For more information, please contact dance_under_construction@yahoo.com.

There will be a registration fee of $25 to present at or attend the
conference. Stay tuned for more information concerning registration,
lodging and airfare, and other DUC-related activities happening at UC-
Riverside that weekend.

Feel free to forward this email to whomever you think might be interested
in this interdisciplinary conference.


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