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Asian and South Asian Dance in US Postsecondary Dance Education

Submission deadline
15 September 2021

The Journal of Dance Education invites manuscript submissions which discuss the pedagogies of Asian and South Asian dance in postsecondary education in the United States for possible publication. Accepted articles will be published in JODE and may become part of a specialized collection focused on Asian and South Asian dance in US postsecondary education.

Over the last few years, deep political, social, and racial fissures have surfaced in the US that necessitate a need to discuss the role that dance and its associated discourses play in academia. Universities are looking to diversify and expand the movement vocabularies that characterize their dance programs. As more and more Asian and South Asian dance forms, dancers, and students populate the dance studios of US academia, it is time that dance education confront the racist, sexist, ableist, and colonial modes that are embedded in the way that this transition often takes place, especially as instances of racial violence are on the rise. The cost of inclusion should not be an erasure where much of the plurality, difference, and fluidity of content and pedagogy–aspects that make these forms valuable to dance education–are lost. It is important then that the dance education community consider what this inclusion implies and generate scholarship to think through the shifts engendered by this diversity of movement pedagogy in the understanding of dance education and its outcomes.

Submission Guidelines

This call for papers is framed by the following questions but is not limited by them.

  • What are the sites (formal and informal) where dance is taught and performed in the university in the US?
  • Most Asian and South Asian dance forms are specific to certain communities, contexts, and locations. How can meaningful connections to the lives of students in the US be generated without erasing the historical and cultural specificity of these dance forms?
  • Asian and South Asian dance forms are marked by colonial violence to the extent that South Asia itself is a colonial category. How does dance pedagogy make this violence visible and generate space for epistemic healing? What are some of the strategies used to engage critically without exoticizing Asian and South Asian dance practices?
  • What are the dynamics of Asian and South Asian dance forms with dance techniques like ballet, modern, or contemporary dance that are usually taught within US dance programs?
  • Given that there are many iterations and versions of any given form and that dance practice in Asia and South Asia resists codification on many levels, how is the issue of authenticity negotiated in US academia?
  • Given that US dance departments have often relied on limited standards of technique framed by a White gaze, how are Asian and South Asian dance techniques and aesthetics performed and assessed within a postsecondary setting?
  • What are the issues that might arise around teacher training, assessment, and accountability with respect to Asian and South Asian dance teachers and how are these negotiated?
  • What are student experiences of learning Asian and South Asian dance techniques? Who are the students who choose to be in these classes and what are their aspirations and motivations?
  • Which dance forms from Asia and South Asia are represented in US academia and what is left out?
  • What are some teaching and learning outcomes for Asian and South Asian dance forms and how might these be reimagined for a culturally conscious teaching environment? What is the impact of the inclusion of Asian and South Asian dance forms into dance programs on the community?

Submissions may be Feature Articles (5,000-8,00 words including references), In Practice Articles (1,500-3,500 words including references) or Student Readings (1,000-3,000 words including references). All submissions will undergo a double-anonymous peer review process and should be submitted online via the ScholarOne website. Please see JODE’s Instructions for Authors here

Questions on what to submit? Contact Karen Schupp: [email protected] and Aadya Kaktikar: [email protected]

Questions on how to submit? Contact Sherrie Barr: [email protected] or Alison Leonard: [email protected]

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