DANCE AND DEMOCRACY
13th International NOFOD Conference
June 14–17 2017
University of Gothenburg, Department of Cultural Sciences, Sweden
Call for Proposals
In what ways can dance (in its broadest definition) enable people to think about themselves, their communities, their environments, their past, their aspirations and their future in a new and transformative fashion? The 13th NOFOD conference is concerned with democracy, a word with Greek roots meaning ‘government by the people’. The concept of democracy takes on a variety of meanings in different times, places and contexts, but its characteristic key effects remain ‘different practices of inclusion and exclusion’ (Lena Hammergren 2011). In recognition of this, the conference invites contributions exploring and celebrating the multiverse of dance practices, theories, and histories in relation to democratic challenges in a global, yet always also local world.
Questions that may be considered include but are not limited to: Who are the dancer, student, and audience today? How can the increasingly problematic political situation for publicly supported dance education, institutions and independent initiatives in Nordic countries be critically and constructively addressed? What counter-forces and activist, alternative, and historically anchored approaches are in play? If dance takes place in a global world, what new strategies emerge in the local contexts, and how does the local affect the global? How do networks and social media actualize local and global questions? What happens with issues of identity production in a world where few things are given? How do the rhetoric and politics of value, quality and equality operate in various dance contexts? And how does practice-based and theorized research address such crucial questions?
Striving to embrace a plurality of approaches, in a shared, creative and illuminating space, the organizers warmly welcome you to Gothenburg, which is hosting the NOFOD conference for the first time.
For the upcoming 13th international NOFOD conference the NOFOD board welcomes practice-based, artistic and scholarly contributions. We encourage you to submit a wide range of proposals for presentations: movement workshops, paper presentations, lecture-demonstrations, roundtable discussions, lecture performances, conversations, as well as other formats.
Mats Nilsson, dance researcher and senior lecturer in ethnology, and deputy head of education at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Stacey Prickett, principal lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.
Tone Pernille Østern, dance artist and professor in Arts Education at the Programme for Teacher Education, University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.
Reykjavik, Iceland, 28 – 31 May 2015.
12th international NOFOD Conference
The realm of dance practice and research manifests itself in multiple ways. Within dance studies as an interdisciplinary field, the notions of dance, practice and research are constantly challenged – leading to fundamental questions such as: what is practice and what is knowledge? This, in turn, may open up new methodological questions. Possibilities and connections are created between methods in practice and methods in research, in ways that lead us to revisit and revise the concept of method as such, and as a consequence question different approaches to knowledge. This conference addressed the multiple understandings of methodologies in dance practice and research, in order to contest pre-conceived conceptions of methods and revise our understanding of doing and knowing.
- the expanded notions of dance/practice/research/method
- changing methods of dance practices
- pedagogical methods and challenges
- choreographic methods and practices
- the practice of research methods
- methodological questions and challenges in an expanded landscape of dance practice and research
- the consequences of these changes and challenges in terms of the understanding of knowledge
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