Call for papers

Call for papers

Conference topics: 

We hereby request proposals that discuss one or more of the following topics:

  • 21st Century skills - 21st Century skills refer to a range of skills that people need to succeed in society and the world of work in 21st century. How are they relevant to dance education? What kind of tendencies and new developments do you see related to your specific practice? In a rapidly changing technological world, how can dance education contribute in our development as human bodies (empathy, patience, believing in our ability to create, think, collaborate, caring for self and others) What competencies are required as a dancer, dance teacher and/or researcher concerning holistic, embodied lifelong learning?
  • Transforming professional knowledge and competencies concerning expanding professionalism in dance education - what skills, attitudes and competencies are required to enter new areas and fields? Is “professional” differently defined today, if so, how?
  • Dance in schools (kindergarten, elementary, upper secondary, teacher education, artists in residence, teaching artists, Culture School) – Why dance in education? Challenges, hopes and dreams for embodied, holistic, integrated and creative learning in a deskbound school system.
  • Developing your practice – within this theme you can present the development of your teaching in relation to ideas of learning, art and culture. New ideas, developmental projects, artistic projects. Investigating ways in which you urge for development in your practice.
  • Dancing politics – frames and structures for dance in education and how this enables or limits us as artists, researchers and teachers. How do we mind the gap between policy and practice?
  • Dance and wellbeing – You can address the topic from a range of perspectives that place the dancing body, experience, and performativity in the centre to discuss identities, equality, emotional distress, as well as physical and emotional wellbeing

Formats for presentations

  • Single paper presentations
    • 20 min individual paper presentation + up to 10 min discussion
  • Panel presentations
    • 3 individual paper presentations of 20 minutes around the same topic. 60 min (3 x 20 min) paper presentations + up to 30 min discussion
  • Lecture demonstrations
    • A demonstration of a dance class that you are teaching with students, max 60 min including discussion. Please indicate what students you need – for example children, young people or senior citizens
  • Performance lecture
    • A presentation of your research in a performative format, max 60 min including discussion. Please specify audio-visual needs
  • Poster presentations
    • A presentation of your research as an academic poster
  • Workshops
    • A practice-based presentation of your work where the participants take part, max 60 min including discussion
  • Practice based morning sessions
    • Just dance! Lead a class open for every one through a morning session, 45 min
  • Round table discussions
    • 10 minutes presentation of a research topic followed by a discussion with everybody around the table, max 60 min all included

The conference will also include different and creative ways of meeting, networking and facilitate debates, discussions, practical sessions, artistic contributions in collaboration with MultiPlié dance festival, and open space in an interactive mode.

We invite you to submit a 300-word abstract with your name and contact information on the top and a 50-word bio by July 1, 2019. Please specify any technical needs for presentation.

Submit your abstract

Conference publication

Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed special issue of NORDIC JOURNAL OF DANCE.

Guidelines and more information:

Deadline to submit full article for peer-review: June 1, 2020

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