'Inclusion and Intersectionality’ Symposium

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‘Inclusion and Intersectionality’ symposium - 19-20 November 2021

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The Society for Dance Research is pleased to announce the 'Inclusion & Intersectionality' symposium, held online and hosted by Coventry University, in collaboration with C-DaRE and Candoco Dance Company.

This two-day online symposium, taking place on 19 & 20 November 2021 will include performance, curated panels, research papers, interactive workshops and lecture-demonstrations.

The symposium will be held on Zoom, in webinar format - necessary links and further information will be emailed to attendees closer to the symposium.

Attendees will be sent a delegate envelope to their home address, if you wish to receive this please ensure you fill out the postal address by 1 November.

Participants and attendees will have access to a dedicated online space for sharing ideas and resources relating to the themes of inclusion and intersectionality.

The symposium will ask:

How does dance include and exclude?

Whose voices are heard, in what way and in what manner? What stories do we see and how (and whose) bodies are mobilized and empowered through the practices we engage with, produce and promote?

How might intersectional thinking expose the “non-performativity” of institutional commitments to inclusion and diversity, which so often “do not bring into effect that which they name” (Ahmed, 2012: 119)?

Proposed Schedule

Day 1 - 19 November - 11.00 - 19.00

11.00 am: Welcome by Co-Chair of The Society for Dance Research Lise Uytterhoeven

11.15-12.30pm: Panel 1 - Practitioner Perspectives - Chair: Daniela Perazzo Domm

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.45pm: Panel 2 - Candoco Dance Company


15.00 - 16.15: Panel 3 - Broadening Opportunities - Chair: Kathryn Stamp


16.30 - 17.45: Panel 4 - Decolonial Dance Narratives – co-chairs: Mercy Nabirye and Jane Carr


18.00 – 19.00 : Panel 5 - Centring and Intersectionality: Black Perspectives in Dance Research

Provocation and discussion led by Mercy Nabirye (Director of Kauma Arts) with Dr Funmi Adewole (Senior Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University) and Duane Cyrus (Professor at University North Carolina  at Greensboro and Director of Theatre of Movement collective.

Day 2 - 20 November - 9.30 - 17.00

9.30am: Welcome by Co-Chair of The Society for Dance Research Cristina de Lucas

9.45-11.00 am: Panel 6 - C-DaRE – Chair: Vipavinee Artpradid


11.15 am-12.30 pm: Panel 7 – Society for Dance Research - Chair: Sinibaldo de Rosa

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30 - 14.45 pm: Panel 8 - Age and Inclusion - Chair: Bethany Whiteside


15.00 -15.30: Performative respondent - Michelle Bynoe and open floor, Chair: Vicky Hunter

15.30 - 16.15: Reflections on the conference and organisation, Chair: Lynsey McCulloch

Closing remarks by Co-Chairs Lise and Cristina

More information on panels and artists coming soon.

To host this conference, The Society for Dance Research is incurring costs including artist/speaker fees, space hire and technical assistance. We are hosting 30 panellists, chairs and organisers at C-DaRE at Coventry University. All audience members will be participating online. The Society invites attendees to self-select payment options in accordance with their own financial means.

*Please note there is a minimum donation of £1

Image Credits: Candoco Dance Company, Stephen Wright Photography

Hot Mess choreographed by Theo Clinkard. Dancers: Joel Brown, Laura Patay, Nicolas Vendange, Megan Armishaw, Olivia Edginton, Mickaella Dantas, Toke Broni Strandby.

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The Society for Dance Research offers stimulating events, conferences, workshops and publications. Since 1982 we have been working to foster and promote the quality and scope of dance scholarship in the UK and to provide an international forum for diverse dance interests covering a broad range of dance forms and dance-related issues. With our activities, we aim to:

- advance research into all forms of dance and performance internationally

- stimulate discussion and exchange through meetings and other activities that support dance research, including practice-led

- encourage the preservation of archives, collections and important source materials

The SDR’s journal Dance Research is published twice yearly. For more information please visit:

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