14th NOFOD conference Helsinki June 2019
14th NOFOD CONFERENCE, HELSINKI 12-15.6.2019
CALL FOR PAPERS
Practice, Participation and Politics
The aim of the 14th international dance conference NOFOD (Nordic Forum
for Dance Research) is to explore dance practices in their participatory
possibilities and political significances. In the context of NOFOD, dance
practices include both the fields of dance art in its various forms, dance
pedagogy and dance research.
The participatory possibilities within each field may seem widely apart from
each other but surprising entanglements and crossing points emerge.
Research practices may be academic, practice based and artistic based and
of course combinations of all of these. In dance/research the most
intriguing results are perhaps truly graspable when the knowledge from the
research is intertwined with dance practice and the research is made within
that practice itself.
Within different dance genres such as contemporary dance, breakdance,
hiphop, folk dance, ballet and bollywood etc. - who sets the agenda, who
are the dancers, why are the dancers who they are, and what kind of bodies
are asked for or developed? And how do dance/research practices
themselves participate in other context and in larger sociopolitical structures.
Themes such as politics in dance, politics and dance, or dance as politics may
show how different perspectives how politics can be seen as having directly
and indirectly influenced the dance field during former times as well as
today. For example: How do politically based decisions influence. - if - how
and to what extent - children and young people will get the chance to
experience dancing in schools, as leisure activity and elsewhere. Or: How
does state funding or other funding affect dance practices and participatory
Further questions and possible topics:
Practices of inclusion and exclusion in dance
How do practitioners experience their practices - and how do people outside
the practices experience the practices?
How does practice and identity relate to each other?
How does participation work in research?
Who is included in dance and research?
In what ways do participatory practices challenge dance history making?
Hierarchies in dance and research practices
How can practitioners and researchers influence the politics of dance?
Dance as conservative practice
Dance breaking borders - dance and research as a way of change and
What does politics within dance and politics connected to various dance
How do shifts and changes in the political climate affect, and how are they
affected by dance practices?
What kind of politics is involved in deciding who is able to participate in
research and in practice?
Striving to embrace a plurality of approaches connected with the themes of
practice, participation and politics the organizers warmly welcome you to the
Theatre Academy Helsinki, which is hosting the 14th international NOFOD
conference 12th - 15th June 2019.
For the upcoming conference the NOFOD board welcomes a wide range of
proposals for presentations: movement workshops, paper presentations,
lecture-demonstrations, roundtable discussions, lecture performances,
conversations, as well as other formats. Guidelines for proposals:
We encourage you to submit a wide range of proposals:
- Paper presentations: 20 minutes + up to 10 minutes discussion
- Lecture-demonstrations: 60 minutes all included
- Roundtable discussions and conversations: 60 minutes all included
- Movement workshops: 60 minutes all included
Other formats: please specify whether the format needs 20 minutes or 60
We welcome proposals in the form of abstracts of no more than 300 words
1. Presenter's name
3. E-mail addresses.
4. Abstact, max 300 words.
Send the proposals by 31st October 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you in Helsinki!