*The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects*
A joint conference of the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Special
and Dance Under Construction (the University of California Dance Studies
graduate student conference)**
*Keynote speaker: *Gabriele Brandstetter, Freie Universität Berlin**
*Closing comments: *Susan Foster, UCLA Department of World Arts and
April 19-21, 2013
University of California Los Angeles
Call For Papers**
*Tactical Bodies* will interrogate the possibilities and problematics of
choreographic analysis. Choreographers, dance researchers and others
have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily
involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must
relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value
of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been
demonstrated across cultural sites as well as in a variety of disciplinary
domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare both because of the manner
in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution, and
because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art
form and area of study.
*Tactical Bodies* provides an opportunity to enrich the discourse
surrounding “choreography” on the one hand, and on the other, to ask what
the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies. We invite
submissions from researchers in disciplines such as performance studies,
curatorial studies, comparative literature, art history and criticism,
ethnic studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies,
post-colonial studies, urban planning, education, and history, as well as
art practitioners, curators, social justice activists, and scholars
studying human behavior in the health and other sciences.
We seek proposals that examine how choreography exists in multiple spaces
and also proposals that consider unexpected subjects–in short, how the
movements of bodies and objects inform our daily social, political and
economic lives. Choreographic terms such as *position*, *locality*, *
direction*, *pace*,*inclusion*, and *exclusion*, and the myriad ways in
which *movement* and *stillness* are expressed lend themselves to
theorizations of power and difference. We look forward to offering a forum
for textual and performative presentations that explore the function of
choreography within and beyond the context of dance with a focus on
activity that is not normally conceived of as dancing.
Possible themes include:
– The choreography of curating/Choreography as curating
– Choreography of spectatorship
– Arts production: the invisible labor of moving bodies in theatres,
museums and festivals
– Choreography of torture and punishment
– Migration, apartheid, social and geographical lines of separation and
– Mobilization, insurrection, and occupation in electoral politics,
protest and revolution
– Colonial and post-colonial maneuvers in global and local choreography
– Planning, urban movement, and architectural spatial arrangement
– Moving pedagogy in the choreography of the classroom
– Movement in the context of visual art
– Movement of non-human phenomena
– Choreographing meaning through the rhythm of the text
– Movement as a trope in theoretical discourse
*Genres of Participation*
We invite broad and innovative interpretations of the conference theme
through papers (both conventional and performative) and practice-oriented
presentations. 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 also
-Abstract (300 words max.) of your paper, presentation*, or proposed theme
for a panel, working group, workshop or roundtable discussion†.
-A half page bibliography for your research.
-Full name, contact information, institutional affiliation or professional
status, and brief biography (approx. 100 words).
-Specify whether a dance studio or lecture setting would best suit your
work in the comments section of the form.
-A paper/presentation cannot exceed 20 minutes. A panel, working group, or
round table discussion cannot exceed one hour with an additional 30 minutes
for open questions.
**** Performance-as-Research Proposals* should include a critical
description of the practice-based research engaging in artistic,
theoretical, epistemological or political themes relating to the
conference. Means of inviting critical engagement with the research should
also be indicated. Set up/strike for such contributions must take no more
than 5 minutes, and have minimal staging needs as no technical support will
be provided beyond a microphone and projection onto a screen as per a
conventional paper presentation. All presentations will be subject to the
20-minute time limit, and may be scheduled on a panel with conventional
†* **Panel, Working Group, Workshop and Roundtable Discussion Proposals *should
provide the full name, contact information, institutional affiliation or
professional status, and brief biography (approx. 100 words) for each
participant. Note that each panelist seeking to present must submit an
abstract (300 words max.) of their own work along with the abstract for the
For online submissions of proposals: Go to
Submission deadline: *November 16th, 2012*.
1. Go to <http://www.pmswebreg.info/cord2013/openconf/openconf.php>
http://www.pmswebreg.info/cord2013/openconf/openconf.php and click “Make
2. Complete the submission form. Be sure to include your 300 word or
less abstract on the form. This section should contain the abstract
for the panel’s theme for Organized Panel, Working Group, Workshop or
Roundtable Discussion proposals.
3. Attach your bibliography in the “File Upload” field.
4. In the comments box, please specify any special requirements you may
5. Click “Make Submission” to submit your form.
If you have additional supporting documents to upload, please follow the
1. Navigate to the submission homepage
2. Select “Upload File”
3. Select the upload type (Bio, Bibliography, or Supporting Docs).
4. Enter your submission ID and password and attach your file.
Click “Upload File”.
5. You may repeat this process to add up to two more additional files.