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International Dance Conference 2016 : International Dance Conference, Barbados


When May 19, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Where Barbados
Abstract Registration Due Apr 25, 2016
Submission Deadline Jan 25, 2016
Notification Due Feb 15, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 15, 2016
Categories    DANCE   performing arts   caribbean studies   ethnography

Call For Papers

Call for Proposals

The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, invites the international community of dancers, choreographers and scholars to participate in the second International Dance Conference “Season of Dance” that will take place in our beautiful facilities May 19 – 22, 2016.

The EBCCI welcomes dance professionals and scholars from around the world to contribute to dynamic discussions and cultural encounters on the topic:

“Caribbean Fusion Dance Works: Rituals of Modern Society”

In 1940, Cuban scholar Fernando Ortiz coined the term “transculturation” to describe the process by which distinct cultures fuse to give birth to new cultural expressions. Scholars have since widely recognized the vital role syncretism has played in the Caribbean, due in no small part to its geographic and historical location at the center of travel and slave trade between Europe, Africa and the Americas. In 1996, Cuban writer Antonío Benítez-Rojo suggested that the defining characteristic of Caribbean culture is super syncretism, a propensity for recombining elements from disparate cultural traditions in a continual pattern of interruption and repetition. As Caribbean dances and dancers have migrated from the Caribbean Basin, they have continued these patterns of transculturation, syncretism, and hybridization in new fusions of Caribbean dance with practices as varied as ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, bhangra, and belly dance. Within the Caribbean, dance artists and social dance practitioners are integrating techniques and vocabulary from other Caribbean islands, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, facilitated by increased ease of travel, both physical and virtual. Conference participants are invited to examine the theme of fusion in Caribbean dance from a wide range of perspectives, including its socio-historical function. Caribbean dance will be conceptualized broadly to include the greater Caribbean created through migration, globalization, and virtual travel.

Questions addressed by presentations might include:
• In what ways does fusion compromise the cultural integrity of Caribbean dance?
• In what ways does fusion offer new commercial, educational, and cultural opportunities to Caribbean artists?
• How do the lingering impacts of English, French, and Spanish colonialism differentially impact dance artists from different Caribbean islands?
• How are patterns of migration reflected in the history and contemporary expression of Caribbean dance?
• How do migrants from the Caribbean adapt dance practices to new cultural environments, and what kinds of new hybrid dance forms are created as a result?
• Is there any such thing as Caribbean dance without fusion?
• How are sacred rituals adapted for modern cultural contexts?
• How are social dance practices adapted for stage performance and how are staged dances incorporated back into social practice?
• How has the proliferation and availability of dance video on the Internet accelerated and altered practices of Caribbean dance?
• What is the difference between fusion, hybridity, syncretism, transculturation and appropriation?
• How do fusion artists balance the need to honor a tradition and legacy with the impulse to innovate?
• How have issues of globalization impacted Caribbean dance?
• How can we expose and address issues of cultural appropriation in the context of a modern global dance community?

Conference sessions will include:
Individual Paper Presentations – original research including in-depth exploration and analysis of an issue related to the conference theme. [20 minutes paper/10 minutes for Q & A]
Panels – organized panels of 3-4 papers on related topics, each presenting original research related to the conference theme. [3-4 panelists – 1.5 hours] [15-20 minutes paper/10 minutes for Q & A]
Workshops – practical presentations of fusion dance forms including a narrative component based on the applied pedagogy of fusion [50 minutes– 10 minutes for Q & A]
Performance – presentation of Caribbean dance fusion. Six to eight works approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length will be selected to be part of two different programs. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required. Submission of video of the proposed work must be in its full version (link to an online resource such as YouTube or Vimeo).
Submission Guidelines

Digital submission only – Mailed paper proposals will not be accepted

Deadline for abstracts and videos: January 11th
Notification of acceptance: February 15th
Submission date for publication of papers: July 15th

Proposal submission–contact:

Abstracts should be submitted online to: INSERT LINK HERE

Abstract Submission Details

1. Abstracts should clearly explain the question, concern, issue, or project goals of your presentation. Please do not identify the presenter in the body of the abstract. The proposal must address the conference theme. No photos, text boxes, bullet points or tables (250-word limit).
2. Name and contact information for lead presenter (full name, preferred address, phone number and e-mail) should be submitted in a separate field from the abstract.
3. Biography for each panelist—150-word limit.
4. Track of session – Choose one of the categories as per the above guidelines (Individual Paper, Panel, Workshop and Performance).
5. Audio/visual requirements – State requirements for your presentation. The following AV devices will be available: projector and screen, computer, DVD player, CD player and speakers.
6. Conference registration fees: US$350 (early registration), US$400 after April 25th.
7. All accepted panelists must register and pay the conference registration fee by April 25th, 2016. Notification date: February 15th.

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