Society for Dance Research Dancing in the Shadow of the First World War Call for Papers

29th November 2014

London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0BJ


 Confirmed Keynote:   Professor Theresa Buckland (University of Roehampton, UK)

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the Society for Dance Research seeks papers that explore dancing during this period. Contributions to the symposium may consider any form of dancing (whether theatrical, social or traditional). To commemorate the far reaching effects of the war, proposals are welcomed that consider the impact on practices outside Europe.

Questions that presenters may wish to consider in relation to specific contexts include:

  • What opportunities were prevented or created with respect to dance and social and geographical mobilities in the wake of World War One?
  • To what extent did the outbreak of World War One limit or free developments in dance artistically and/or socially?
  • What impact, if any, did World War One have on the traditional social categories (gender, race, class) in dance practices of the time?
  • What have been the historiographic concerns in relation to the use of primary sources from this period?
  • How can responses to the war be interpreted in relation to the work of specific artists or in changing styles of dancing?

We invite papers of 20 minutes in length. Please send a 300-word abstract including a title and a brief biography in Word format to:

Deadline for proposals: 30th July 2014

Please note that all those presenting papers must be members of the Society for Dance Research.

Please see for further information about the Society including membership

This symposium to be held together with the Society’s Annual General Meeting