Call for Proposals: Dance and Democraty


Upcoming Conference: DANCE AND DEMOCRACY, 13th International NOFOD Conference June 14–17, 2017

University of Gothenburg, Department of Cultural Sciences, Sweden

Call for Proposals

In what ways can dance (in its broadest definition) enable people to think about themselves, their communities, their environments, their past, their aspirations and their future in a new and transformative fashion?

The 13th NOFOD conference is concerned with democracy, a word with Greek roots meaning ‘government by the people’. The concept of democracy takes on a variety of meanings in different times, places and contexts, but its characteristic key effects remain ‘different practices of inclusion and exclusion’ (Lena Hammergren 2011).

In recognition of this, the conference invites contributions exploring and celebrating the multiverse of dance practices, theories, and histories in relation to democratic challenges in a global, yet always also local world.

Striving to embrace a plurality of approaches, in a shared, creative and illuminating space, the organizers warmly welcome you to Gothenburg, which is hosting the NOFOD conference for the first time.

For the upcoming 13th international NOFOD conference the NOFOD board welcomes practice-based, artistic and scholarly contributions.

We encourage you to submit a wide range of proposals for presentations: movement workshops, paper presentations, lecture-demonstrations, roundtable discussions, lecture performances, conversations, as well as other formats.

The deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2016. All submissions should be sent as email attachments (in word format) to

Keynote speakers:

Mats Nilsson, dance researcher and senior lecturer in ethnology, and deputy head of education at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Stacey Prickett, principal lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.

Tone Pernille Østern, dance artist and professor in Arts Education at the Programme for Teacher Education, University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

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