Apply to one of the pre-formed Hubs via the submission portal.

What is a Hub? Read about all of the presentation formats HERE. Deadline for submission is February 15th, 2022.

Dance, Anti-colonialism and Place-Based Praxis: Activist Approaches (Facilitated by Melanie Kloetzel, Alana Gerecke and Karen Barbour)

Intersecting place-based dance practice with the drive toward anticolonialism, in this Hub we will examine critically the past, present and future of dance that takes dialogues with place as a main motivator. The Hub will consider larger questions of activism in relation to social justice,
gender- and race-based violence, ecology, and climate change, as well as give space for discussions of if/how various ontological, epistemological, and activist concepts become emplaced in anticolonial ways via site dance research or in other self-identified place-based creation. This Hub will be structured to give ample opportunity for Hub participants to have embodied and place-based engagement with the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples on which the conference will take place.

Additional confirmed participants: Vicky Hunter, Julie Perrin, Jenn Cole, Mique'l Dangeli, Joanna Haigood

How to Dance a Politics? (Facilitated by Carrie Noland and Juliet Bellow)

Are the politics of an artwork determined by its maker, encoded in its explicit messages, formal choices, and modes of address? Or do a work's political resonances unfold in unpredictable ways, despite -- and sometimes counter to the artist's intentions? In this HUB we will look at the multiple ways that dance has offered a politics — both historically and in our own moment, and ask what political possibilities the embodied practice of dance may enable, or how dance might complicate what it means to be political.

Additional confirmed participants: Brendan Fernandes, Thomas deFrantz, Rebeacca Chaleff, Jade Power-Sotomayor, Barbara Formis, Gerald Siegmund

Co-Imagining Cross-Cultural and Anti-colonial Research: Looking for Radical Pedagogies and Artistic Micro-activisms (Facilitated by Cristina Rosa, Christine Greiner, Alyssa Elegant, and Shanny Rann)

This hub asks if a heightened and culturally responsive body awareness could foster a diversity of methodologies in dance research and criticism, considering that radical pedagogies ask for a re-accounting of what research can do in the process of thinking-doing and the commitment to the creation of practices that foreground how learning can trigger its own political activisms through dancing movements. Linking theories of decolonizing dance to practice, the hub will be conducted in person enabling embodied discussions and workshops.

Hub Format:
Discussion- Reflecting on previous cross-cultural experience in dance pedagogy and identifying pitfalls; 
Workshop- Challenging the universal body through exploration of specific embodied movements to reveal the embedded cultural knowledge;
Reflection- Reimagining of a mutually respectful platform for cross-cultural exchange of dance knowledge.
We invite practitioners who have been in either the teacher and student roles of cross-cultural dance.

Inspired: Investigating Spirituality and Resilience in Contemporary Dance (Facilitated by Alexander Schwan)

The hub invites dance scholars and artists who address post-traumatic healing, ancestrality, indigeneity, and anti-racist resistance as aspects of spiritually driven ethics in contemporary dance. With a deliberately broad and nonesoteric understanding of spirituality as a form of conscious connectivity in the broadest possible sense, we will critically investigate spirituality in contemporary dance and explore the connection to ethical responsibility. Our goal is to reveal how spirituality in contemporary dance fosters resilience on an individual, social, and ecological level.

Additional confirmed participants: Kathryn Dickason, Lindsey Drury, Tiffany Lytle, Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, Celeste Snowber, Sander Vloebergs

Dance and Technology: Critical Interventions in Surveillance Power (Facilitated by Benny Simon and Sydney Skybetter)

 This hub is dedicated to dance interventions along the braid of surveillance, performance, and performance studies. These interventions interrogate the role of emerging technologies such as drones, artificial intelligences, augmented and virtual reality, motion capture, spatial sound, and robotics in social movements. Proceedings would be predominantly live, with limited hybrid participation. Hub structure is partially modeled after the convening method and open space facilitation methodology of the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces. We welcome contributions from participants in the form of paper presentations, focus group discussions, and performance. 

Additional confirmed participants: Norah Zuniga-Shaw and Brian Brooks

Between Artists and Audiences: Dance Curation as a Practice of Mediation (Facilitated by Chris Dupuis)

Dance curators control most of the resources, space, and funding, along with serving as a mediator between artists and audiences. Through their choices, they also hold a pivotal role in writing dance history. Despite their importance, little is understood about their working practices, how they shape individual dance works, or the field as a whole. This hub invites dance artists, scholars, and curators to discuss curatorial practice, its impacts on the field, and new/evolving models for dance presentation. 

Activating Asian and Asian Diaspora Dance Futures: Creating Resilience Through Community (Facilitated by Emily Wilcox)

Asian and Asian Diaspora Dance Studies remains a marginalized subfield within the broader field of dance scholarship, performance, and presentation in North America, even though people of Asian descent have been dancing in North America for nearly two centuries. Moreover, while Asian dance is often centered in dance institutions in Asia, the work of Asian diaspora dancers is often left out of these conversations. The goal of this Hub is to foster advocacy and activism around the futures of Asia and Asian diaspora dance studies by building community among scholars who work in this field from a variety of locations, positionalities, and research topics.

Additional confirmed participants: Lorenzo Perillo, Yatin Lin, Chi-Fang Chao, Rosemary Candelario, Pallabi Chakravorty