Dance Research Journal

The Dance Research Journal (DRJ) is a peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists books received.

DRJ is published three times per year by Cambridge University Press.  DRJ is a peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists of books received.  Published articles address dance history, theory, politics, ethnography, and intersections with cultural, gender, critical race, and diasporic studies among others.  DRJ is committed to cross-disciplinary research with a dance perspective.  Contributions for publication consideration are open to both members and nonmembers of DSA, and will be accepted any time. 

Dance Research Journal access is free for DSA members, who may access issues online by signing into the DSA member portal and clicking "DRJ Member Access" on the far right of the menu bar.

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Most Recent Issue

Volume 53 - Issue 2 - August 2021, special issue Graves Arms Akimbo: Black Women Choreographing Social Change (editor Nadine George)DRJ Cover

With this issue, the authors and I [ed. Nadine George-Graves] are calling attention to the aesthetics of protests, the embodiment of struggle, the dancing of dissent, the rhythms of resistance, the movement of the movement. This issue is also a willing of the world to make manifest respect for a wider range of academic methodologies and formats. As you'll read, Maya Berry's teacher tells her, “This is not dancing for dancing's sake!” As part of the call to decolonize our field in form and content, these authors set the bar high for a range of scholarly methodologies for sophisticated analyses at the intersection of dance studies, critical Black studies, critical gender studies and queer theory.

Returning to why Black women (with all the complexities and limitations of identity politics), I evoke Anna Julia Cooper who stated: “Only the black woman can say ‘when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro [human] race enters with me.’” Finally, I draw your attention to the illustrations in this issue and on the cover. What do these images provide? What do they afford? How do they give us what we need? And what can we “un-need” from people? What happens when Black women dance? Hint…Look at their arms.

Moving forward, looking back…

Dr. Nadine

 DRJ Submission Guidelines 

DRJ Style and Reference Guide

Rebekah Kowal, Executive Co-Editor

Nadine George-Graves, Executive Co-Editor

Stacey Prickett, Book Reviews Editor

To see the full Editorial Board, visit the Leadership & Management page.

 Call for Submissions: Special Issue "Assembly, Gathering, Being with Dance" (due Dec 30, 2021)

Dance Research Journal is currently seeking applications and nominations for 2 open Editorial Board seats. Editorial Board members serve a term of 3 years, with the option to renew once.
Editorial Board members:
- Attend two meetings/year (at the annual DSA Conference and virtually)
- Work with the Dance Research Journal Executive Co-Executive Editors on matters of policy, publication, and at meetings.
- Read and evaluate special issue proposals, and offer recommendations and feedback to the DRJ Executive Co-Editors to convey to prospective special issue editors.
- Serve as peer reviewers and/or author mentors for approximately 2 articles/year.
- Gain valuable experience in editing and publishing.
Ed Board members are also contributing to a process of re-imagining the mission and administration of Dance Research Journal, including aligning the journal, its mission, and its practices and procedures with present-day approaches to developing and disseminating knowledge in the field of dance studies.
To apply, please send a 100-word bio and a 150-word statement of interest to Executive Co-Editors Rebekah J. Kowal and Nadine George-Graves at [email protected] letting us know why you are interested in serving on the DRJ Editorial Board, what you would bring to the board, and what you would hope to gain from the experience. We also encourage nominations of others. If nominating someone else, please send a 150-word statement on the nominee’s qualifications for board service.
Applications and nominations are welcome from people at all career stages and settings, including independent scholars. People of color and people working outside of the United States and in the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.