Dance Research Forum Ireland’s International Conference, call for papers and artistic contributions


7th International Conference. Power, Politics, and the Dancing Body

Thursday June 28 to Sunday 1st July 2018. In Association with Limerick Institute of Technology

First Call for Proposals – January 2018

Submission Deadline – Wednesday 14th February 2018

Dance and performance have always been forces for political and social change. Addressing issues of power, inequity, and hierarchy head on, Dance Research Forum Ireland (DRFI) – in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology – invites participation in its 7th biennial conference.

Inspired by DRFI’s ethos of equality and inclusiveness, this interdisciplinary conference provides a platform to explore themes related to power and politics in terms of movement and performativity.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: How are narratives of selfhood and/or nationhood constructed, questioned, and reconstructed through performative socio-political and cultural practices?
In what ways is decolonisation identifiable within work-making?
How do performative practices enable community engagement and reflection during political and cultural crises?
In what ways do movement practices encourage the navigation of borders and/or re-inscription of boundaries – be they political, cultural, social, geographic, stylistic or historical?
How can dance and movement practitioners challenge the dance ‘canon’ and expand the conversation to include voices that have been overlooked?
How can dance-making confront and confound racial discrimination, ethnic stereotypes and gender binaries?  What ethical responsibilities do dance-makers face in an increasingly globalized, technology-driven, and virtual world?
In what ways do dance-makers navigate the push and pull of tradition and innovation in their own practice, while simultaneously confronting the embedded hierarchies of the broader dance community?
What visual displays of power does choreography reveal within the broader context of performance – such as the politics at play in the relationship among music, dance, costuming, and/or mise-en-scène?

Academic-based paper presentations, practice-based research presentations, lecture demonstrations, round table sessions, dance workshops, and performance contributions are welcome. Performances can take the form of solos, duets or small ensembles, and can be based in any genre.

DRFI is interested in hearing from artists, researchers, and emerging scholars, of all movement genres and related performance fields. Abstracts of presentations addressing the above or any other topic relevant to the theme of the conference should be forwarded electronically in .doc or .rtf .pdf formats only to

For more information: please visit DRFI’s website at:

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Limerick Institute of Technology: for further information.

The closing date for ALL submissions is Wednesday 14th February 2018.