2021 Virtual Conference

Ecologies of and Through the Body

April 22-29, 2021

This year we have experienced the world in the midst of a global pandemic as well as widespread civil unrest due to social and racial injustice. Earth Day (April 22, 2021) and World Dance Day (April 29, 2021) bookend our virtual conference this year and provide a fitting backdrop for considering the relationship of our various environments and the effects we have on one another as a global system. As a discipline, ecology asks students to investigate and explore the connections of organisms to each other as well as the physical surroundings. With this in mind, how might dance practice, dance works, and dance education function to enact or elicit relationships within or across ecosystems? How might the human body be a metaphor for the earth in crisis? In what ways does your work consider ecologies of and through the body?

We are now accepting proposals for presentations! Think about the following questions in guiding your presentation proposals:

What is the state of our collective body ecology? How do the ecologies of the body and the world intertwine in your work? In what ways do climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and the human disruption of animal and plant habitat inform and challenge your work as a dance artist and/or scholar? How might histories, migrations, political unrest, social and racial injustice relate to ecologies of the earth and body? As dance artists and/or scholars, how do we maneuver, orient, challenge, and make purposeful change within and through our evolving ecologies?

With these questions in mind, we urge participants to propose new possibilities for the many different modes of presenting, experiencing, producing, and teaching dance. Proposals are not limited to or by the Conference theme, which is considered as a catalyst for discussion rather than a restraint.

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