About the Colloquium

The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies offers an opportunity for dance scholars, practitioners, and critics in the San Francisco Bay Area to engage in thoughtful conversations about new directions in dance research. The Colloquium is open to multiple perspectives and approaches to studying dance, whether through embodied practice, performance, ethnography, historical research, movement/choreographic analysis, or cultural and social theory. Each meeting, a guest scholar or scholar-practitioner presents his or her work, followed by discussion. The Colloquium is free and open to the public. Please visit the “2017 – 2018 Schedule” and “Upcoming Events” pages for detailed information about upcoming meetings. Post-meeting reflections and media will be shared on the site’s “Blog.”

Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities, Stanford) and co-curator Usha Iyer (Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Dept. of Art and Art History, Stanford) have curated  the 2017 – 2018 Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies around the theme “Mediations of Movement: Theorizing Dance on Screen.” As forms invested in the exploration and exhibition of movement, cinema and dance have had a long history of engagement. Screendance studies has emerged as an exciting discipline within both dance studies and film & media studies, and calls attention to the long history of engagement between dance, cinema, and other moving media. Through the academic year, the Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies will invite scholars and scholar-practitioners to frame the theoretical and historical questions around screendance studies and dance on screen and their relevance for the study of dance, film, new media, art, and performance.

The Colloquium, founded in 2014 by Joanna Dee Das,  is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-sponsors include the Office of the Vice President for the Arts, Stanford Humanities Center, the  Department of Theater & Performance Studies, and the Department of Art History/Film & Media Studies. The Colloquium receives administrative support from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Please email Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh (rastovac@stanford.edu) to join the mailing list.

Header image: Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan’s Dust. © Dave Morgan.

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