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Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Friday 30th June 2017, University of Surrey, Guildford

BSA Early Career Forum Regional Event


Contemporary queer studies increasingly focus on broad areas of sociological concern. It is therefore common to find early career researchers working on issues relating to sexuality across the humanities and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity leads to exciting new areas of research. However, early career researchers can often find it difficult to connect with other researchers.


This one-day workshop event will provide a forum for discussing the past, present and future of queer research, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities faced by early career researchers. This broad theme will allow for discussions to take in theoretical issues, methodological problems and structural challenges that face the early career researcher working in areas of queer and sexuality studies.


We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers:

Dr Zowie Davy, De Montfort University

Dr Yiu-Tung Suen, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Registration Costs:

BSA Members £10

Non Members £25


There will be a limited number of free spaces for unwaged or unaffiliated individuals. Please contact for more details.


Organising committee: Kirsty Lohman, Katherine Hubbard, Andrew King

If you have any questions about the event, please email:


Mountainsides talks – Performing Landscapes: Mountains project

You are warmly invited to the last part of our Mountainsides talks curated as part of the Performing Landscapes: Mountains project.

All bookings can be made from here:  and if you have time please do look around the rest of the website and make contact if you have any questions or would like to contribute to the project in any way.

What is Mountainsides?

 Mountainsides is a series of public conversations between prominent mountaineers, climbers and hikers and academics of theatre, performance and cultural studies.  Each event will be introduced by a concise ‘micro-lecture’ on the theme, followed by contributions from each speaker. The majority of the time will be given over to animated conversation, robust debate and productive interjections from the floor.

What shared languages are there between climbing and performing and what gets in the way of a good conversation? How are terms such as, risk, composition, light, narrative, movement and training understood in the two domains? How far is it true to say that climbing is a form of performance and can learn from the languages of theatre and performance studies? And what are the key ideas in hiking and climbing that resonate with the live art of performance?


6th June 2017

Since the use of beacons on hilltops to fast track the news of the Trojan war, the manipulation of light has been an essential element of mountain environments.  But how has this relationship been exploited in recent years? What explains the fascination with night walking where beacons become night torches? And how has the technology of theatre crept into mountainsides to enhance their topography and to engage new audiences?

Focusing on light as a little understood phenomenon in both theatre and on mountains, Creative Director of performance company, NVA, Angus Farquhar and climber and writer of Moonwalker, Alan Rowandiscuss the practicalities and potentialities of mountain light.


 Full details of the series and future events are on our website:

The series is curated by David Shearing and Jonathan Pitches with the help and support of the project’s advisory board and its formal partner, Kendal Mountain Festival.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the School of PCI at Leeds.

Best wishes

Professor Jonathan Pitches

Chair in Theatre and Performance

AHRC Leadership Fellow

School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Call for Submissions – Choreographic Practices special issue

Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 1st 2017

Choreographic Practices special issue


Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis

Guest edited by Sondra Fraleigh and Robert Bingham

This issue is dedicated to exploring questions that connect dance and performance to a global context of environmental crisis.  We invite submissions that consider how the choreographic, broadly conceived, interrogates and illuminates the nature of environmental crisis, explores the relationship of human and other-than-human world, and/or charts pathways towards a more sustainable and equitable future. In light of a growing sense of urgency around the need to change dominant patterns of thinking and practice in relation to planetary resources, we invite, in particular, submissions taking intellectual and aesthetic risks that push authors and readers alike to consider anew our place in the world as humans.

We do not set limits on how environmental crisis is defined, welcoming submissions that connect dance and choreography to contexts of global warming, climate change, Anthropocene, species extinction, environmental justice, colonialism or other frameworks that focus on specific local or global crises and histories.  We also welcome proposals that critique the notion of environmental crisis and its urgency.

In keeping with the aesthetic and intellectual ethos of Choreographic Practices, we invite diverse perspectives taking the form of critical essays, creative documentation, blogs in print, visual essays, dialogues, interviews and debate. We encourage submissions in both conventional and alternative modes of writing, including performative and visual essays.

We are seeking a broad range of perspectives addressing dance practices in relation to environmental crisis.  Possible areas of focus in this respect include:


Aesthetics of environmental crisis in dance and performance

Animal studies and the human animal in dance

Cultural studies, crisis, and dance

Dance and performance in the Anthropocene

Dance and somatic pedagogies in the Anthropocene

Dance, spirituality and ecology

Dance, capitalism, and crisis

Eco-criticism and dance

Ecological frameworks for dance and performance

Eco-psychology and dance


Environmental dance

Movement arts and environmental humanities

Site-specific dance and the environment

Somatic psychology, dance and ecology


Submission Guidelines

It is our intention to publish this special issue in Spring 2018.  Please submit completed contribution by July 1, 2017 to

If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Sondra Fraleigh or Robert Bingham (guest editors for this special issue): or

Instructions for Authors

  1. Full article should be approx 6,000 words or equivalent in other formats. Include article title, abstract (200 words) and 6 keywords.
  2. Shorter submissions and submissions employing nontraditional modes of writing are also welcome. Include article title, abstract (200 words) and 6 keywords.
  3. In another document, please include author’s name, affiliation and biography (200 words), and contact details, including postal and email addresses.
  4. Format: Word format File
  5. Labeling: Clearly name your file with the title of your submission
  6. Spacing and fonts: Please double-space your article and use Arial (or similar) font, size 12.
  7. Referencing: Choreographic Practices follows the Harvard Style Guide with a full reference list at the end of the article. See Intellect’s Style Guide for full presentation details.
  8. Images: Choreographic Practices will be able to carry photographic images. If you have access to high quality images appropriate for your article it would be very helpful if you could send 2 or 3 such images in a separate file but with your article. Images should be sent as JPeg or tiff files at 300 dpi. If you are able to send us images please ensure that each contains relevant information including date, title and name of photographer and that the file name is clear.
  9. You are responsible for obtaining all appropriate permissions.
  10. Writing style: We encourage a diverse range of writing styles and layouts in line with the form, purpose and content of each submission. You might also consider our readership of dance artists, scholars, students, teachers, academics and practitioners in dance and related fields when writing. It will also be assumed that the author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as quotations, musical examples, images, tables, etc.


Peer Review

Choreographic Practices is an international peer-reviewed journal, thereby all articles published in the journal undergo rigorous peer-review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. All reviewers are internationally recognized in their fields. Peer-review reports will normally be returned to us within two months and the editors will provide feedback to you shortly after. Submission of an article to the journal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article have been given to the publishers.


If you have more general questions about Choreographic Practices or how to submit, contact Vida Midgelow at:


We very much look forward to receiving your submissions and continuing the conversation.


Guest Editors,

Sondra Fraleigh


Robert Bingham

MA CONTEMPORARY DANCE PERFORMANCE – University of Limerick, Ireland


University of Limerick, Ireland
Deadline for Non-EU Scholarship: Friday 24th FEB 2017
Deadline for General Scholarship: Friday 26th MAY 2017

Scholarships are available for the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Established in 1999, the MA Contemporary Dance Performance is a one-year full-time programme. It offers advanced tuition in contemporary/post-modern dance techniques in the form of daily class and intensive workshops. It provides students with the opportunity to work on a range of performance and dance-film projects with internationally renowned guest choreographers and tutors. Students are introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to support them to clarify, through writing, themes that emerge from of their studio-based practice/research. In addition, they have the opportunity to participate in the Light Moves Festival of Screendance, a collaboration between the University of Limerick and Dance Limerick.
For detailed information on the programme see:

General Stepping Stones Scholarships
These scholarships are open to all applicants to taught MA programmes at the Academy. There are three €1,000 general scholarships available.
Priority will be given to:
applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenges
applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practice
applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places
The closing date for General Stepping Stones Scholarships is 4pm, Friday 26th May.

OUT NOW: Performance Philosophy Vol 2, No 2 (2017)

OUT NOW: Performance Philosophy Vol 2, No 2 (2017)

We are delighted to announce that Vol 2.2 of the online journal, Performance Philosophy, has now been published.

The issue includes our Editorial composed out of replies to our open call for 1 sentence responses to the inauguration of T****.

The editors would be grateful for your support in sharing the Editorial, and indeed the links to the journal as a whole, to interested friends and colleagues, including those outside of academia.

Performance Philosophy is an emerging interdisciplinary field of thought, creative practice and scholarship. As an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal, Performance Philosophy publishes articles that interrogate what this field might be and what might be possible within it.

With thanks,

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

Kélina Gotman

Eve Katsouraki

Theron Schmidt

Performance Philosophy Vol 2, No 2 (2017)

Table of Contents


Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Kélina Gotman, Eve Katsouraki, Theron Schmidt

Fabric Philosophy: The “Texture” of Theatricality and Performativity

Teemu Paavolainen

“Any Search for an Origin is Hysterical”: Summoning the Ghost of J.L. Austin

Tawny Andersen

Disjointed Confessions: Adikia and Radical Deradicalization in Schlingensief’s Hamlet

Janus C. Currie

Rhythm and Structure: Brecht’s Antigone in performance

Bruno C. Duarte

Caesura of History: Performing Greek Tragedy after Brecht

Matthias Dreyer

Embodiment as First Affordance: Tinkering, Tuning, Tracking

Ben Spatz

A thought of performance

Tero Nauha

Attempts on (writing) her life: ethics and ontology in pro-feminist playwriting.

Kai Roland Green

Performance Philosophy: audience participation and responsibility

Alice Breemen

Silent waves: On silence, Singapore, and Jacques Rancière

Felipe Cervera


Running, Resistance, and Recollection: A conversation with ourselves through time

Katye Coe, Hetty Blades

Philosophy as Verse-Performance: five poems and a formalist prospectus

Christopher Norris

ISSN: 2057-7176

Dr. Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

Reader in Theatre & Performance

Director, Centre for Performance Philosophy

Department of Acting and Performance, GSA

University of Surrey

Call for Articles: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 3.3 and 4.1

Here is a call for the next 2 issues of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. Please read on for a fascinating range of topics!

Call for Articles: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 3.3 and 4.1,id=232/

Submission dates: June 1st 2017  (3.3) and November 1st 2017 (4.1)

Dance, Movement & Spiritualities is interested in publishing works concerned with the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement, and contributions are invited from across disciplines. Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in Western dance practices. In contrast, this journal provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. The journal offers a diverse platform for scholars working within and across the fields of Dance Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Somatics movement/dance education and therapy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Health Studies, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dance Histories.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores spirituality and movement from different inter-disciplinary perspectives offering a broad stage for academic discussion and innovation. Recognizing the plurality and diversity of spiritual experience, the journal invites contributions from a vast panorama of the world’s sacred dance traditions to topics such as secular, New Age and postmodern spiritualities.

Example topics may include (but are not limited to the following areas):

The meeting points between health, movement and spirituality

Embodied spirituality and Somatics movement modalities

The cultural and historical production of spirituality in relation to the growth of dance and movement practices

Spirituality, gender and dance/movement

The intersections between religion, spirituality and dance

Secularization and dance/re-emergence of the sacred

Connections between philosophy, spirituality and dance/movement

The emergence and appreciation of new forms of spiritual dance in Western contexts  otherwise undocumented (both popular and  academic)

The documentation of spiritual forms associated with institutionalized religion Dance/movement forms aligned with non-institutionalized spirituality (evolving forms linked to New Age Spirituality and the holistic spirituality paradigm)

Secular spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

Postmodern spiritualities underpinning practice, performance and pedagogy

Movement/dance forms conversant with Feminist Spirituality

Jungian/post-Jungian dance/movement forms

The influence of non-Western/Eastern sacred narratives as they continue to inform Western dance practice

Intercultural, cross-cultural and multicultural perspectives

Creative transformation and life-force celebration

Shamanic dance traditions

Mysticism, movement and dance

Dance and new technologies

The growth of spirituality in Higher Education

E-mail expressions of interest and submissions to:

Chief Editor: Amanda Williamson
Coventry University

Bradford Keeney,
The University of Louisiana

Hillary Keeney,
The University of Louisiana

Rebecca Weber
Temple University

Dunja Njaradi,
University of Chester

Eline Kieft

Coventry University

4th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture, Leeds, UK, January 2018


It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others, e.g. women, ethnic groups, religious groups, etc. Agenda setting research has established decades ago that media set public agendas, and tell us both what to think about (agenda setting) and how to think about a certain issue (media framing). Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling a way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable. All these influences form our daily lives and views of others, and while the media and popular culture do not influence all people, on all issues and at all times, they do have a significant influence on our views and actions. These and other issues are the subject of the conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

Media and identity

Media and political campaigns

Media and discrimination

Women in the media

Media Bias

Media and democracy

Media and human rights

Popular culture

Media and memory

Media and history

History of media and popular culture

Media and diplomacy

Audience studies

Media and religion

Media and Business

Agenda setting and media framing theories

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Both researchers and practitioners are welcome to submit paper/panel proposals.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić ( by 15 December 2017

Conference fee is GBP180, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution originally founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). Since July 2016 the Centre is registered as a private institution in Leeds, United Kingdom.

Information for non-EU participants

The Centre will issue Visa letters to participants who need entry clearance to attend the conference in the UK. We will also issue earlier decisions to allow Visa applications. The British Home Office has a straight forward procedure for the Visa applications that are not excessively lengthy, and the Centre will assist where and when necessary.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

Twitter: @MediaConfLeeds

Routledge publication of Women in Asian Performance: Aesthetics and Politics.

Routledge publication of Women in Asian Performance: Aesthetics and Politics. This is an anthology that I edited, consisting of essays by a group of internationally renowned scholars. Please see the link for more details:
Dr Arya Madhavan
Senior Lecturer
School of Fine and Performing Arts
University of Lincoln


From March 2st to the June 1st, you can apply your work on Screendance and Documentary, for the 5th version of FIVC. Later, you can do it through Last Deadline.
FIVC is the Screendance Festival of Chile! …So we will begin to showcase the official selection of the Festival 2017 in Santiago, then travel to at least 3 cities of our country!

FIVC does not believe in borders! That is why, through its FIVC ON TOUR program started almost 10 years ago, the selected works will participate in new exhibitions!

Get to work!… we’re anxious to see your movie!!


Light Moves festival of screendance Film Submissions Open Call for 2017


Light Moves festival of screendance announces Film Submissions Open Call for festival 2017

Following our exciting and successful festivals over the last three years, we’re delighted to announce our Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves 2017, which takes place in Limerick from 2-5 November.
Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.  Submissions should be made via the Light Moves page on
The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 26 May 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call.  Full details, terms and conditions are available from

Works which will be considered include:
– Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration, to be presented in a cinematic context.
– Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration, to be presented in a cinematic context.
– Documentaries not exceeding 55 minutes.
– Student films in which the director and/or choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.

In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling, will also be considered.  While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.

Filmmakers should note that, in 2017, Light Moves, in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will be curating a selection of invited screendance installations.  Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation submissions via the Open Call.

Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves.  We were blown away by the beauty, creativity and imagination evident in last year’s submissions, so we can’t wait to see this year’s entries.  This year we are using for the first time, so this should make submitting films very easy.  We’re also delighted that Light Moves 2017 will again take place at the three city centre venues of Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Belltable, Limerick“.

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film/screendance in Ireland and internationally.  The festival began in 2014 and showcases thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues and includes classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.  Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre), at University of Limerick.  Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.  See