2023 Conference Image

Rosemarie Roberts, President / Cristina Fernandes Rosa, VP Conferences / Lizzie Leopold, Executive Director

As we work to gather more consciously, DSA announces a series of conference symposia leading up to its next annual conference in Buenos Aires, Cartographies of Movement (July 2024). Throughout 2023, which marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, DSA will host 3 one-day live-streamed events (papers, panels, performances, workshops), which will be curated locally at different shores of this connecting body of water. These events will encourage and support remote participation, yet some activities will have in-person attendance and/or audience. In doing so, Movement, Mobility, Reciprocity aims to expand our ability to listen and exchange ideas, practices, and processes transnationally, while acknowledging the cost and carbon footprint of traditional conferences. We will leverage DSA’s platforms and reach to gather virtually, yet keep our feet rooted on new grounds. 

Through South-North reciprocal transnational exchanges, more importantly, the series seeks ways to problematize and overcome the geopolitics of knowledge production and dissemination historically reinforced in our field. We hope that our membership at large will gather online to witness, listen, and discuss how the understandings of movement, mobility and reciprocity help us in expanding the field of dance studies, diversifying and de-stratifying its constituting voices, theories, methods, and discourses. Importantly, DSA will not organize or promote travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, etc. Please note that each event will have a separate call, released and curated independently via DSA website. Each individual is only permitted to submit to one event, and accepted sessions will be expected to present virtually.  Onsite events will include livestreamed plenaries, performances, and workshops for a primarily local audience.

Practically speaking, this initiative acknowledges that there is a 18-month gap between the conferences of Vancouver (October 2022) and Buenos Aires (July 2024), yet the bulk of our membership has its travel funding tied to a yearly disbursement. Hence, the 2023 series will function as an informed experiment that seeks to attend to DSA’s need for the continuation of its member programming and benefits. With that in mind, please understand that this experimental series will remain subject to scrutiny and revision for re-implementation in the future.


Schedule overview:

Radical Acts of Translation: Mobilizing Reciprocities Across Bodily Arts
Friday, 12 May at UFBA, Salvador (Brazil) 
Organizers: Cristina Fernandes Rosa and Gilsamara Moura
Submissions open: December 16, 2022 / Deadline: January 30, 2023

New Mobilities on the Turn? 
Friday, 8 September at The Place, London (United Kingdom) 
Organizers: Lise Uytterhoeven and Martin Hargreaves
Submissions open: April 4, 2023/ Deadline: May 25, 2023

Bridging the Gap Between Gown and Town
Saturday, 18 November at Crown Hill University, Ilorin (Nigeria) 
Organizers: Funmi Adewole and Jeleel Ojuade
Submissions open: June 16, 2023/ Deadline: July 28, 2023
Photos: Lia Rodrigues Compania de Danças EncantadoFuture Cargo Requardt & Rosenberg; 'Funmi Adewole by Irven Lewis