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The Institute of Music and Dance and the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations at the Jagiellonian University are pleased to announce the international conference ?Re-writing dance modernism?, which will be hosted by the Jagiellonian University on 21-22 September 2018. The opening point for this discussion is the First International Competition of Artistic Dance in Warsaw. More than a hundred dancers convened in 1933 for a dance festival and competition: roughly half came from Poland, while the remainder came from across Europe and as far afield as Egypt, India, and Indonesia. Taking Warsaw 1933 as a starting point, this conference looks at the range of dance practices in interwar Europe, with an accent on the countries that have until now been underrepresented  in general dance history.


Within this conference, we would like to question both the historical and aesthetical context of early modern dance as well as its social and political implications. We are interested in understanding how dance is involved in the process of identity shaping but also how it complicates clear-cut, especially national identities. Therefore we propose to look at modernism in dance from a transnational perspective.


In this context, we would like to consider the following questions in order to initiate a new debate on modernist practice and heritage:


How did dance, both social and theatrical, contribute to nation-building?


How did dance from Central and Eastern Europe participate in European and global dance exchange during those years?


What was the impact of the emigration of the young generation of East-European dancers and choreographers (mainly women) on dance development outside of Europe?


How did non-European dance practices influenced modernist dance practices in Central and Eastern Europe?


The conference is planned as a platform of exchange between scholars from as diverse backgrounds as possible, both those with significant experience  and those at the beginning of their academic careers. Therefore each of the two days will bring presentations by invited key note speakers and selected applicants. We welcome proposals for conference papers of 40 minutes.


In order to submit an abstract of your paper (max. 500 words) along with a short biography, please go to: Abstracts and application forms must be submitted by 15 June 2018 at the latest.


Once a paper proposal is accepted, the organizers reserve a right to schedule the presentation of the paper anytime during the two days of the conference.


A publication of a collection of articles based on selected papers from the conference is planned within a period of eighteen months after the conference. A post-conference call for publication will be announced to all conference presenters.


Language of the conference: English

Language of the publication: English

No translation will be provided


Conference fee: 50 euro



Deadline for applications: June 15, 2018

Schedule announcement: July 1, 2018

Conference: September 21- 22, 2018


Venue: Collegium Novum, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland


Key-note speakers:

Susan Manning (Northwestern University, Chicago)

Matthew Isaac Cohen (Royal Holloway University of London)

Lucia Ruprecht (University of Cambridge)

Marion Kant (University of Cambridge)

Susanne Franco (Universita Ca?Foscari, Venezia)

Małgorzata Leyko (University of Lodz)


Conference website


Organizers: Institute of Music and Dance & Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations, Jagiellonian University


The Program Committee: Susan Manning (Honorary Chair), Wojciech Klimczyk (Jagiellonian University), Joanna Szymajda (University of Lodz), Aleksandra Dziurosz (Institute of Music and Dance), Julia Hoczyk (Institute of Music and Dance), Marta Michalak (Institute of Music and Dance)


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