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CFP: Special Issue of Western Folklore on Dance

Monday, March 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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Western Folklore is currently accepting abstracts for a special issue devoted to dance studies. This issue, On Point: The Study of Dance as Folklore, seeks to bring together core terminology and theories essential in analyzing dance as folklore with the objective of providing a valuable framework to encourage further scholarship of ethnochoreology within folkloristics. In doing so, the issue seeks to expand upon the performance-centered approach of folkloristics, examining the moving body as a site for the performance of cultural values and histories. Each article will thus center on one key concept central to both fields. The editors welcome abstracts on any relevant topic and are particularly interested in abstracts that address the following themes: 

  • Narrative: How can folkloric understandings of oral narrative transfer to physical movement?
  • Material Culture: How does the making and/or wearing of costumes impact a performance? How can objects become central to dance?
  • Bodylore: How can dance help create understanding of the relationship to the human body? How are injuries avoided, dealt with, and/or discussed by dancers?
  • Gender/Sensuality/Sexuality: How does the concept of gender figure into performance? How can dance be used as a way to reinforce or challenge existing paradigms around sensuality and sexuality?
  • Transmission/Pedagogy/Globalization: How has the advent of the internet (principally YouTube, Instagram, and Skype) impacted the way dance is taught and learned?

Abstracts should be 250–350 words. Selected contributors will be contacted by late April 2019. Manuscripts will be 6,000 to 10,000 words in length, and drafts will be due December 15, 2019.

Please send abstract submissions via email as a Word.doc attachment, with the subject line, “Abstract - YOUR LAST NAME” (e.g. Abstract - Morales). Include your name, institution or affiliation, position or current title in the document.

Send all queries and submissions to the special issue editor, Eric César Morales, PhD, at

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