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June 21, 2011
Canadian Dance Studies Conference 2010
I go to Society for Canadian Dance Studies conferences because I want to know that I am not alone. Research and writing about Canadian dance can feel very specialized, it is nice to know we have colleagues across the country who are doing amazing work. This year’s thematic conference, Renegade Bodies: Dance in Canada in the 1970s, took place in Ottawa coinciding with the Canada Dance Festival. It was a stimulating gathering of many generations of dance creators and researchers (a testament to the Society’s reputation).
Conference Co-chairs, Allana Lindgren and Kaija Pepper, did a fabulous job in picking a topic rife with untouched research material. This proceedings includes papers from the Policy and Preservation session, the Larger Social Sphere session, the Dance Education session, the Case Studies session, the Performing Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism session, and summaries of the Interdisciplinary Research roundtable and the Influence of Feminism roundtable. (You’ll find some of the papers are only in abstract form because of an upcoming book publication.)
It is an absolute pleasure to devote time to reading these articles, even if you did attend the conference. Dance in Canada in the 1970s was indeed booming in many communities across the country. All the papers include ground-breaking work, but I want to draw your attention to Amy Bowring’s compelling article about the perilous state of Canadian dance archives from the 1970s. It is a call to action that we should all heed.
The Society for Canadian Dance Studies is ten years old this year! On behalf of the Advisory Board and the membership, I want to thank our director Amy Bowring for her commitment and dedication to the Society and Canadian dance.
See you at the next conference in 2012,
Kate Cornell, PhD
June 21, 2008
Canadian Dance Studies Conference 2008
These electronic proceedings are merely a portion of the papers presented at the Society for Canadian Dance Studies conference held at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland from June 17-21, 2008. It was a privilege to read and compile these papers, as I was unable to attend the entire conference (with my 6-month-old daughter). These papers represent the impressive array of dance research going on in Canada today. Contributors to this proceedings examine dance in many different ways - through the lens of ethnography, philosophy, psychology, history, phenomenology, anthropology and poetry, to name a few. Questions of national identity and cultural representations run through these papers. Notably, the majority of the contributors write about dance from a place of passionate experience, either as participant, observer or insider. I would argue that Canadian dance scholars recognize the dubious nature of objectivity and as such dive into their research whole-heartedly.
The conference occurred at one of the most beautiful places in Canada. During our time in Newfoundland, we enjoyed great food and site-seeing excursions. (How many other dance conferences include iceberg sightings?) Please take note of the two papers on dance in Newfoundland by Kristin Harris Walsh and Colleen Quigley. Dance research in Newfoundland has methodologies that are unique and certainly applicable to other regions in Canada.
February 1, 2008
World Dance Alliance Global Assembly 2006 Proceedings
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