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Research in Dance Education

Special Issue

Deadline for Submissions: October 18, 2019

Intersectionality and Identities

Research in Dance Education – Innovations in Arts Practice aims to inform, stimulate and promote the development of research in dance education and is relevant to both learners and teachers. The desire to improve the quality and provision of dance education through lively and critical debate, and the dissemination of research findings is uppermost. The journal sets out to include contributors from a wide and diverse community of researchers, extending to all aspects of dance in education.

An assumption, or something that is accepted as true without proof or evidence, often emerges as a stereotype or bias. Intersectionality refers to the complex manner in which different forms of discrimination--like racism, sexism, homophobia, among others—overlap, blend, and fuse in cumulative ways. Intersectionality, a term coined by legal and critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989), recognizes how a person’s overlapping identities (race, gender expression, sexuality, class, ability) affect her or his experiences with discrimination, marginalization and oppression.

As a framework, intersectionality examines the intersecting identities of people and power relationships within social groups (Mitchell, 2014). Intersectionality acknowledges that many social justice problems intersect, such as racism and LGBTQ+ discrimination, creating different types of or levels of injustice. Intersectional understanding and vantage points require moving away from strict “identity politics” focused only on one type of social category, such as racism or sexism, and to examine how social oppression is multi-layered. Applications to dance and dance education provide numerous opportunities for scholarly and applied research. This special issue’s call for papers asks:

• What is the current impact of intersectionality in dance education and what does it look like?

• How might we transform/change systems that marginalize and oppress in dance?

• What are possible agendas to navigate and critically engage intersecting identities in dance pedagogy and teaching methods?

• How might intersectional understanding and approaches to dance and dance education reduce social injustice in the field and beyond?

We invite papers addressing issues, challenges or concerns that may include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Consideration of intersecting identities in dance education related to curriculum, pedagogy, and artistic, performance, and choreographic agendas.

• Examination of power relationships in dance education through philosophical, social, artistic and pedagogical lenses and analyses.

• Exploration of overlapping identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, social class, ability) and experiences of discrimination, marginalization and oppression in dance and dance education cultures.

• Engagement of intersectionality with socio-political, economic, educational, employment and workplace inequities in dance and dance education.

• Discussion of intersecting identities and collaborative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices, knowledge exchange and impact.

• Analyse liberal, inclusive synergies and opportunities for dance education.

Theoretical, empirical and practice-based articles using mixed modes of enquiry will be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline for paper submission has been extended to 18 October 2019.

We seek contributions of ideally 5000–8000 words addressing any of these issues and focusing on intersectional and identities in dance and dance education settings.

Papers by previously unpublished authors may be submitted to be considered for the Linda Rolfe New Writers Prize. The New Writer’s Prize is an open competition and the winning article will be printed in the journal and receive a prize bundle. Two/three articles will be shortlisted but only one prize will be awarded. Unsuccessful New Writer’s articles can be resubmitted and considered under the normal review process for the main journal. Please indicate if you wish to enter when you submit your paper by selecting ‘New Writers Prize’ as the manuscript type.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at the Research in Dance Education Manuscript Central. For further information on the journal and Instructions for Authors, please visit the journal’s website.

Editor Information

Angela Pickard: Editor-in-Chief

Doug Risner: Associate (Special Issue) Editor

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