DanceHE Early Career Symposium: Dance in the 21st Century: Questioning methods of practice, pedagogy and research

Dance in the 21st Century: Questioning methods of practice, pedagogy and research

DanceHE Early Career Symposium, hosted by:

University of Bedfordshire 7th April 2016

This one-day event is aimed at dance artists and scholars working in higher education who consider themselves to be in the early stages of their academic career, including those working as sessional or ad hoc lecturers. It also welcomes more experienced and established academics wishing to engage in innovative and upcoming practices.

The event celebrates the increasing diversity of those in the early stages of dance academia from a range of perspectives, including:

  •         Those who are new to HE dance lecturing or research
  •        Those who are undertaking research roles in HE contexts
  •        Those who engage in HE as visiting or sessional lecturers
  •        Those who are in the process of or have recently completed their PhDs
  •        Those who work professionally in the industry and are engaged HE in some form
  •        Those who have worked in other teaching contexts and are interested in moving into HE

It aims to provide an open and constructive environment for those new to academia in a traditional symposium format. The event will showcase the exciting and innovative work of upcoming academics that might be located in research, practice or pedagogy. A focus on methodology provides the opportunity for early career academics to question and reflect upon approaches to their work.

Open Call for Contributions

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals and/or groups who would like to contribute to the day.  Contributions may be in the form of individual paper presentations (20mins), shared panels (1 hour), or a workshop (1hour).

Recommended Themes

The below are indicative and not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please feel free to submit a proposal that extends the range of recommended themes.


What themes are being explored by early career academics today? What are the key issues for early career academics conducting research? What new insights can we contribute to knowledge and to methodology?


What approach do we have to pedagogy as early career academics? What innovative approaches are being developed?


What does it mean to be a practitioner working in higher education? What are the relationships between research, pedagogy and practice?


Please include:


Title of Proposal:

Outline proposal (250 word max)

Type of presentation:

Technical or space requirements:

Email Contact:

Please submit to the Early Career Chair Rachel Farrer at —


Submission Deadline — December 20th 2015

Notification of acceptance will be given by email on — January 28th 2016

This event is free to DanceHE members or those affiliated with a DanceHE registered university. If you or your institution is not a member yet please visit the link below for all the information that you will need to get started.

There are a limited number of £25 travel bursaries available to support attendees without full time institutional support. To apply for a bursary please write a short statement (300 words) outlining how attendance at the conference would support your current research and practice. The conference committee will review these independently in order to award bursaries as fairly as possible.

For further information and any questions about the event please contact

Rachel Farrer