Dance, Violence, and Conflict - CALL FOR PAPERS

09 August, 2022 by Gilberto Icle | 0 comments

Dance, Violence, and Conflict - CALL FOR PAPERS

The Journal invites submissions relating to the theme of DANCE, VIOLENCE, AND CONFLICT, before the deadline of October 31, 2022.

The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studiesan open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that does not charge submission or publication fees, invites submissions relating to the theme of DANCE, VIOLENCE, AND CONFLICT, before the deadline of October 31, 2022

Typically, dance signals joy, liberation, and resistance. However, even though the dancing body might enjoy moments of freedom, the same body might have to navigate past and present social conflict, repressive structures, dispossession, and violence. This call seeks scholars working in the field of dance and performance studies to address these more troubling forces that movers face in and through their art. Dance, in this context, might range from staged productions to everyday performances in ritual and revelry. Violence can signify a range of bodily harm from the catastrophic violence of colonialism, enslavement, and dispossession of Indigenous lands to the “slow violence” experienced by people living in polluted environments. Conflict equally might point to diverse clashes both within and between societies. This means conflict can encompass tensions caused by political polarization, culture wars, policing of and the fight for Black Lives, and struggles around gender, sexual, or reproductive rights. Conflict can also include brutal clashes between nations at war. 

Papers might deal with dances that have violent valences or dances that intervene in social conflict. For instance, violence could be symbolic such as dances that stage racist tropes or problematically appropriate cultural patrimony. Violence could also be literal such as the dances that human traffickers used to keep enslaved peoples active and vital on the horrific middle passage. As for dances that intervene in social conflict, this might entail choreographed meditations on political polarization, racism, sexism, and homophobia, for instance. Dances that intervene in conflict between societies, namely those at war, could include dances of resistance mounted by a society being invaded or dances in the aggressor nation staged by those who opposed the invasion. 

Some questions that papers might ask include: What role does dance play in perpetuating violence and conflict? How do dances address and perhaps deflect violence, forging a kind of refuge, salve, or vital community? Why do people dance in times of acute crisis like wartime? Does dancing and watching dance contribute to social harm, healing, both, or neither? These questions might or might not provide starting points for contributions to this issue. 

This call for papers seeks previously unpublished articles based on research with, about, and/or initiated by dance, violence, and conflict. To support the problematization and debates that compose the theme DANCE, VIOLENCE, AND CONFLICT, the Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença opens space for essays that explore the theme from different perspectives, using diverse methodologies and sources like textual and visual archives, creative processes, ethnography, interviews, and dances. In this sense, authors can present theoretical essays or articles based on research that works with dance, violence, and conflict in different contexts or situations, considering one or more of the following topics, or other related ones: 

- Dancing with or against colonization

- Violent dances of enslavement

- Cultural appropriation and racial/ethnic caricature in dance 

- Racism in dance

- Dance, Displacement, and Dispossession

- Dance, Trauma, and Memory

- Dance and White Supremacy

- Opposing Gender Violence in Dances

- Protest Dances

- Political Polarization and Dance

- Dances during Wartime

- Opposing Invasions through Choreography

- Dancing with or against crisis

- Decolonizing Dance

- Dancing in Neoliberal Contexts

- Classism in Dance Training and Patronage

- Dancing around Conflict in the Classroom

- Dance in drug trafficking communities 

- Dance and vulnerable populations facing violent situations 

- Dance, history, and violence 

- Dance, performance, and social conflicts 

- Dance and LGBTQIA+ phobia



Therefore, the Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença hopes to receive work resulting from studies that address the theme in some fashion or that engage dance, violence, and conflict as a starting point for a larger discussion about related topics.


Submissions should conform to the journal's standards and be posted directly to our submission system, to undergo our general evaluation process.


To submit a paper for this call, it is essential to select the proper heading on the journal’s website (Dance, Violence, and Conflict).  We remind you that the journal does not charge for submission or publication and uses a double-blind peer-review system. Texts can be sent in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French and will be published in two languages. Once an article is approved, authors who sent the original text in Portuguese or Spanish (and Portuguese speakers) will be asked to send a translation in English as a condition for publication of the articles. The translation should be conducted by a translator indicated by the journal and at the expense of the author. The journal will provide the translation to Portuguese of those papers sent in English or French whose authors are native in these languages and as long as there are financial resources available at the time of the edition.   Additional information can be found on our website,; our guidelines can be found at “Author Guidelines”.



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