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The International Conference Identity-autonomy-critical discourse. Dance in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 was held on 8–9 November, at the 16th International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin. The Conference was organized by: Institute of Music and Dance, East European Performing Arts Platform, Centre for Culture in Lublin and Lublin Dance Theatre as well as Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

The conference is dedicated to the transformations that have occurred in the world of dance in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989, from the perspective of artists, scientists and critics. Guests from several countries, including authors of the book New Dance in Europe after 1989. Communitas and the Other issued by the Institute of Music and Dance and Routledge, members of the East-European EEPAP network and researchers from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin were discussing the complex issues of dance identity and autonomy, and of constructing critical discourse. Although a wide range of issues have been raised at the conference, the most important topics related to the opportunities of dance development in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 have been successfully discussed. The willingness to continue the intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, started in Lublin, and to further cooperate, are also very important. Therefore, we hope that the conference will be the first step in this direction and will allow to develop specific strategies of cooperation in the field of contemporary dance.

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