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Calls for Contributions

Below are the current calls for contributions to events and publications. Please see below for the specific contact details for each call.


Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century

April 19th – 22nd 2017 University of Roehampton

A Conference convened by Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University and Centre for Dance Research, University of Roehampton

Call for papers, panels, performances and presentations

CFP Deadline extedned to October 14th 2016

This conference offers the blurring of boundaries between scholarly, writerly and material based artistic practices; emergent discourses between and across disciplines. New forms of collaborative and collective working will be emphasised and explored via mixed modes of enquiry, presentation, participation and dialogue.

By asking, ‘Where are we now?’ the conference will focus on strategic issues and questions pertaining to the UK socio-political landscape, whilst acknowledging the importance of the European and international dimensions as practices cannot be contained within any specific country-based framework. 

To read more about the conference themes and how to make a proposal please download the full call here

All proposals should be sent by email with a subject heading Dance Fields Proposal to:

Vacancies and Studentships

There are currently no vacancies at C-DaRE.


News date; 26th April 2017

SomaticApp - Dance, digital software design and inclusive practice

Dr. Tamara Ashley talks on the SomaticApp, which aims to bring together expertise across disciplines of health and dance to develop the concept of an app that can be used by students to promote self awareness and relaxation through mindful movement.

News date; 3rd April 2017

Europeana Space: Spaces of possibility for the creative reuse of digital cultural content.

We recently completed the project and received an ‘Excellent’ for the project in our final review. The project has been hugely successful and we are hoping to continue working with our partners on other projects.

News date; 9th November 2016

Special Issue Call for Papers: Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Posthumans)

The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media is seeking contributions by 16th January 2017 for a special issue on Bodily Extensions and Performance.

For further enquiries, please contact Sita Popat at

News date; 29th September 2016

Save the Date, Bookings Opening Soon

The Future of Performer Training in the 21st Century

Coventry University (in association with the Theatre Dance and Performance Training journal).

4-5 November 2016 9.30-4.30pm

We invite you to participate in a two-day symposium at Coventry University that will interrogate the future of performer training, specifically within Higher Education. The focus will be on theatre and dance training and education. For more information click here

For any enquiries email Mark Evans on or Natalie Garrett Brown on

News date; 20th September 2016

Europeana Space Conference: Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine

Click here to register:

The third conference from the Europeana Space project, will showcase the myriad ways that cultural heritage can be used and enriched through new technologies, innovation and the ingenuity of the creative industries. Click here to find out more.

News date; 2nd August 2016

We are very pleased to introduce you to some new members of the C-DaRE family

We have recently welcomed a number of new senior researchersCharlotte Waelde, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, joined C-DaRE from University of Exeter, and Dr Susanne Foellmer joined us as Reader in Dance, previously from the Freie Universitat Berlin.

We are also delighted to welcome three artist-researchers to the Centre. Renowned British dance artists/choreographers Jonathan BurrowsSiobhan Davies and Rosemary Lee have all taken up 0.5 positions as Senior Research Fellows, further enriching our work in practice led research.

News Date; 21st July 2016


Dance Fields Post-Graduate Research Un-Symposium

Thursday 8th-Friday 9th December

Coventry University

Hosted by C-DaRE Coventry University – University of Roehampton – De Montfort University

The Dance Fields Postgraduate Un-Symposium is designed as an informal event to share research and ideas, ‘network’, and engage in dialogue and discussion through a series of one to two hour sessions. Drawing on the themes of the Dance Fields—Staking A Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century conference to be hosted at Roehampton University April 19th-22nd 2017, the un-symposium hopes to open up possibilities for collaborative submissions to the Dance Fields conference as well as spark collaborative working practices, reading groups etc. for the future. 

For more information visit the event page by clicking here

News Date; 12th July 2016

We are pleased to annunce the 3rd International Conference of the Europeana Space Project

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine

21st-22nd November 2016 - Berlin

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine, the third conference from the Europeana Space project, will showcase the myriad ways that cultural heritage can be used and enriched through new technologies, innovation and the ingenuity of the creative industries. #ESPACEBERLIN2016

Detailed programme, and registration will be soon available at:

News Date; 27th April 2016

Register now for: Body^Space^Object^Memory identity Symposium CLICK HERE

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

Keynote Speakers!

Gill Perrie and Jonathan Burrows

News Date; 12th February 2016

(Re)Collecting the Past: (Re)Making the Future

4th March 2016

Registration now open-Click here

For the 6th edition of the Digital Echoes Symposium, we focus on participation as one of the most prominent legacies of the digital, in particular how it invokes processes of collectivity, democratisation and decentring. We consider participation as a process, a framework for access and production, but also increasingly becoming a philosophy and a culture. Click here for more information.

Registration closes on February 26th

News Date; 12th February 2016

20th May 2016, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

To see the call for papers click here. Deadline Friday 26th February

News date; 11th December 2015

4th March 2016, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)

For the 6th edition of the Digital Echoes Symposium, we focus on participation as one of the most prominent legacies of the digital, in particular how it invokes processes of collectivity, democratisation and decentring. We consider participation as a process, a framework for access and production, but also increasingly becoming a philosophy and a culture. In response to this theme, we invite researchers and practitioners in dance, the arts and the humanities, to reflect on practices of collecting, archiving and safekeeping, how these traces are being used to configure new ways of imagining futures, and how such practices highlight the legacy of the digital on humanistic and artistic disciplines. Click here to read more.

News date; 7th December 2015

This year, the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award goes to Dr. Nicola Conibere. The £10,000 award supports a choreographer to take some time out to undertake creative reflection and research, and the building of new partnerships to extend their profile and practice. Click here to read more. 

News date; 24th September 2015

Ruth Gibson wins the Lumen Prize for Digital Art with Gibson/Martelli’s MAN A.

Drawing inspiration from the visual language of ‘dazzle’ camouflage, developed by artist Norman Wilkinson in WWI, MAN A is a series of seemingly flat geometric surfaces, activated by a user’s mobile app to reveal dance performances.The work reminds us of both tribal war paint and zebra’s stripes, playing on the idea of concealment and revelation with the technology acting as the catalyst.

View the MAN A site here
View Lumen Prize here
View Digital Revolution here

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2015

The third international Dance and Somatic Practices Conference will take place at Coventry University on Thursday 9th-Sunday 12th July 2015. The Call for proposals in now open. Click here for more information on the event and to submit a proposal.

Visiting Professor Monica Dantas- at C-DaRE 20th-24th October

Monica Fagundes Dantas (Brazil)  earned her PhD from Études et pratiques des arts, at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a Master’s in Human Movement Sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has been a professor at UFRGS since 1995, teaching in the Physical Education and in the Dance Programmes (undergraduate level) and in the Performing Arts  Programme (Graduate level). She is also a contemporary dancer.

Monica earned a scholarship to visit C-DaRE with the aim of establishing contacts for future collaborations between UFRGS and Coventry University at the Dance Studies Field. She was at the University from Monday 20th – Friday 24th October and shared her own research as part of the C-DaRE Seminar series on Wednesday 22nd October 1-2pm in the ICE Building. Click here for more info.

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices:  5 Year Anniversary

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices is now in its 5th year of publication. Following our C-DaRE event ‘Working Across Materialities’  on the 1st of December from 10-11.30 at the ICE building, we will be showcasing issues of the journal as a celebration of its journey over the past five years. More information on the journal can be found at here 

MIRRORCITY Exhibition-until 4th January 

C-DaRE members Nicola Conibere and Katye Coe are showing work within the MIRRORCITY exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London which is now open and showing until 4 Jan 2015.

They are showing as part of Volumes Project, a collective which seeks to explore the expansive potentials of choreography and dance in the context of an exhibition. Volumes Project presents six live works, typically shown one at a time throughout the duration of the exhibition, and which move between artworks in other media.

You can find a link to the MIRRORCITY website here:, and to the Volumes Project page (still under construction) here:

Click here for a schedule of Volumes Project works for the coming few weeks.

Volumes Project was conceived by Nicola Conibere, Frank Bock (Independent Dance) and Martin Hargreaves (Trinity Laban).

Performing Process: Sharing Practice Symposium
On the 6 June 2014, a symposium examining the increased sharing of creative process by dance practitioners took place at the Centre for Dance Research. Click the link to see more.

Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
We are pleased to share the news that the JDSP has been accepted for indexing on SCOPUS. They had this to say –This is a leading journal in its field and strong in every respect. It fully merits inclusion in SCOPUS. Click here to see the latest issue of the journal. 


New PhD Studentships at Coventry University- Deadline for applications 25th July 2014

Faculty of Arts and Humanities conducts world-leading research and is offering exciting PhD opportunities through a number of bursaries for students, to work with our professors and other researchers. In addition to more mainstream approaches, research projects may be practice-based where appropriate. They will be pursued within or across our broad research areas of industrial/transport/3D design, performing arts, creative arts, and media

Dance: Dance Annotation

The last decade has seen a rise in dance projects, often initiated by dancer artists themselves, which have utilised digital technologies as a way of experimenting with different modes of transmission. Some of these projects have incorporated annotation as a tool for users to deepen their engagement with the dance, to offer an alternative mode of analysis and to reveal otherwise ‘hidden’ properties in the dance. But there has not yet been a systematic analysis of the impact of annotation on dance and whether it has brought about changes, positive or otherwise, in how dance is made, viewed, appreciated and shared. This PhD studentship will focus on annotation and its roots in analogue forms, including dance notation systems, to explore the impact of annotation as a tool within dance production, pedagogy and research/scholarship. The PhD will ask questions that might include: How does annotation impact on modes of dance analysis, criticism, practice and reception? What different kinds of annotation tools are available? How do they work, who is using them, what changes? To what extent do digital humanities offer a critical lens for examining annotation in dance?

Based in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, the successful candidate will join a team of researchers and PhD students who have many contacts with dance artists and companies, in the UK and world wide, who have developed digital tools that have included experiments with annotation. The student will therefore be able to access artists, projects and experienced researchers as part of the research activity. Through a partnership between C-DaRE and Deakin Motion.Lab, Australia, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to explore links with colleagues at Deakin University who are working in this field as part of the research process.

Art History: The Body and Sculpture: 1977-1986

British sculpture of the late 1970s and early 1980s has largely been written from the perspective of New British Sculpture, British Land Art, and a few well-known performer sculptors, but the range of practices were much broader and richer than those. There were those that combined performance and sculpture, photography and sculpture, and that were intrinsic to the aims of different regional groups. There were practices that were gendered and that were by non-white artists, whose work reflected different belief systems and artistic frameworks. There have also been sculptors whose work has been overlooked.

This PhD will contribute to knowledge about these as yet marginalised artists and their practices. It is expected that the topic will develop and become defined from the combined interests of the student and supervisory team. It could be, but is not limited to being about the work of a particular artist who has not received sufficient attention, about one of the groups, about the performative body in a particular range of sculpture or installation, or about making and materials. The project might thus investigate how artists during this period drew from other arts practices and traditions that were influential on how the body performed with and through sculpture (such as dance and movement-based performance practice).

This topic has emerged through research being undertaken by Dr Imogen Racz and Professor Sarah Whatley, and is part of a larger research investigation in the school about the body, object and identity, and education in art schools of the 1970s and 1980s.For further details, please contact: Dr Imogen Racz;

To find out more information about PhD Studentships at Coventry University and how to apply Click here.