WEBINAR: Stockholm University of the Arts & Makerere University | Decolonizing tertiary dance education: Time to Act, April 7-8


Tukholman taideyliopisto ja Makereren yliopisto (Uganda) järjestävät kansainvälisen online-konferenssin huhtikuussa: mitä tanssin korkeakouluopinnoille ja tanssitutkimukselle kuuluu, maailmanlaajuisesti? Ohjelma painottuu dekolonialisoinnin kysymyksiin.

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Welcome to the fully virtual international conference/un-conference Decolonizing tertiary dance education: Time to act collaboratively hosted by Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Dance Pedagogy and Department of Dance, and Makerere University, Department of Performing Arts and Film, scheduled to take place April 7-8, 2022. The conference will take place on Zoom and participation is free. The conference will run at 1pm- 10pm (GMT+2) each day.

Date: April 7-8, 2022
Time: 1pm- 10pm (GMT+2) each day

Abstract proposals is now closed.
Please register for your conference participation HERE.
Conference participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

This conference/un-conference is motivated by the paradigmatic decolonial discourse that is ongoing within tertiary dance education, urging for major changes in higher education in dance worldwide. Dance research has contributed to a shift of focus from previously uncritical and colonial Western canons, towards more critical and inclusive dance practices in higher education, where the ideals of modernism have been critically explored and deconstructed with the help of decolonial theories. Worldwide, as well as at the Stockholm University of the Arts, students and teachers have, for quite some time, critically questioned the colonial, racist and sexist legacy of Western dance, dance education and teaching pedagogies. As well, it has been a concern for Makerere University and Africa in general, where content and pedagogical methods of Indigenous dance have been defined by Euro-American-oriented canons. These legacies are also clearly traceable in higher education; in the ways study programs are structured, staffed, taught, articulated and promoted. The perspectives on teaching and learning, as well as research and theory used, are most often based in the same Western legacies. The time has come for us to act, and this conference/un-conference is setting action.


Conference/un-conference topics

-should depart from the perspectives described above and can relate to topics such as

Radical game-changers in tertiary dance education
Activism in tertiary dance education
Places of privilege / dis-privilege in dance education
Pedagogies and approaches in dance practices
Institutional organizational structures, staffing and student recruitment
Tertiary dance education curriculums
Dance archives and their relation to education
Pursuing, teaching and performing dance education research
Colonial legacies in dance education
Academic formats: publications, conferences and presentations in dance
Theorizing dance outside the Euro-American canons
Dance as a community tool
Music as dance and dance as music
Historicizing colonization of dance


About the hosting institutions

Makerere University, one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa, prides itself as research-led institution. The Department of Performing Arts and Film, under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of its kind, and offers training and research in music, dance, drama and film under one roof.

Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, dance pedagogy, film, media, opera, performing arts and acting. The Department of Dance Pedagogy and the Department of Dance offer study programs and engage in research on the fields of dance and dance education.